Quarterly update – December 2021
Wishing all our customers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Instant closes Friday 17th December, and re-opens on Tuesday 11th January 2022.
Some of our customers have thought that to purchase one unit in an area, e.g. supported learning, that you had to purchase the entire range we offer for the subject.
This is not the case. Irrespective of whether you are on a standard, annual, or national licence; there is no requirement to purchase all units in a subject area. If you want just one unit from a particular domain or subject – that is absolutely fine with us!
Instant now offers a unit in the Tourism – Visitor Services domain.
24731v4a Demonstrate knowledge of destination New Zealand (Level 2, Credits 4)
This resource includes a comprehensive Teaching and Learning Guide, Assessment with Schedule, and Assessment Sample Answers.
Students will learn about:
- the importance of international and domestic tourism to Aotearoa New Zealand
- the use of statistical information to evaluate the importance of different tourism sectors
- destination Aotearoa New Zealand, including gateway cities, regions, and natural features
- tourism attractions, activities, and events; and their features.
Spotlight on: Business administration/computing
We are very busy working on the new and updated Business Administration Units and are pleased to announce the following units have been published:
Unit 32003v1a: Create and customise business documents (Level 3, Credit 6)
This is a new Business Information Processing unit that replaces units 108, 12886 and 12887. This comprehensive unit covers areas such as layout principles, correspondence and meeting documents, marketing materials, and reports. It also covers more advanced features such as styles, mail merge and forms.
Unit 122v8a: Provide safe and secure customer-focussed reception services (Level 3, Credit 5)
This is an update from the previous version.
The rest of the 320xx series and the 290xx series are well underway. We are also in the process of finalising updates for 26786v3 and 327v8.
Agricultural Vehicles and Machinery
Tractor driving units are now available – new improved, more flexible and user-friendly!
All units include: Assessment with Schedule, Assessment Sample Answers, and comprehensive course materials (Teacher’s and Learner’s Guides).
- 19044v4a: Demonstrate knowledge of the legal requirements and hazards associated with tractor use (3 Credits)
Learners identify legal requirements for tractor driving on public roads and private property. They also identify tractor driving hazards and accident reporting methods. 19044 is a pre-requisite for level 2 units: 31913 and 31914.
- 27608: Demonstrate basic wheel tractor driving on flat ground under close supervision (3 Credits)
Learners carry out pre-drive checks, and then drive the tractor along a pre-planned route. No pre-requisite required – can be done at the same time as 19044.
Text-to-Speech Options for Instant Resources
There are several free options available to learners who need support to read Instant learning and assessment resources.
One option we tested was Natural Readers. Its online version and Chrome extension (once pinned) provide a wide range of features and voices (the Australian voices – Tyler and Lisa - were particularly good) and are easy to use.
Students just drag and drop the pdf file into the reading box.
Two other features that are particularly useful for dyslexic students:
- the dyslexic font option - the part being read shows up magnified at the bottom of the screen in the dyslexic font, and each word is highlighted as it is read;
- the dark mode option - the area on the screen surrounding the document becomes dark, which increases the reader’s ability to focus on the text.
Adobe and Foxit Readers both have a read out loud function that works on our PDF documents. These need to be enabled before use, and students would need to learn some basic keyboard commands to use them effectively. Their voice options and features are more limited, however.
Adobe Reader set up tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETOohmYui3Q
Foxit Reader set up tutorial: https://www.foxit.com/blog/how-to-make-foxit-reader-read-aloud-to-you/
Assessment marking service
Thank you to all the schools that have used our assessment marking service this year. Please remember that in line with NZQA/NCEA rules we can offer only one resubmission. For unit standards offering achieved/merit/excellence grades, the highest grade that can be offered after a resubmission is achieved.
Other news & updates
Chris Hipkins, the Minister for Education, recently announced there would be some re-phasing of the planned NCEA changes.
The re-phasing does not change the planned pilots for Literacy and Numeracy, Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau standards, and Te Ao Haka. These pilots will go ahead as planned in 2022.
Information about the NCEA changes is available here:
We would love to hear from you
Please make contact with us if you have any resources that you would like. At Instant we want to ensure that we are providing education providers with the most up-to-date and relevant resources possible. Whilst we cannot possibly create all of the resources you request or make all the changes you suggest; we really appreciate your feedback. Your feedback assists us to improve quality of our material and make informed decisions on what to publish next.
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