Covid-19 Update: Friday 27 March

(Last Updated On: March 27, 2020)

Welcome to our daily Covid-19 Update. Each day, we’ll bring you a selection of the latest news, information and advice on the coronavirus pandemic.


Covid-19 Pandemic level added to NZ Civil Defence’s game ‘What’s the Plan Stan?’

A new Covid-19 Pandemic level has been added to New Zealand Civil Defence game What’s the Plan Stan?, a free resource to support schools, teachers and students to develop the knowledge and skills to prepare for emergency events, including earthquake, tsunami and now a health pandemic.  Read more here. Give it a go!

WIN a $100 voucher. Designer Geo AR Games is challenging students (ages 6 to 12) to create a 30-60 second video trailer of the game, with a $100 voucher for the best one (as decided by Geo AR Games and Civil Defence). For more details contact or go the game site, What’s the Plan Stan?


Gamefroot tutorial: ‘Stop the Spread!’

Coding platform Gamefroot has created an activity for students to learn how social distancing has a direct impact on how fast a virus like Covid-19 can spread. Go to, under Tutorials select ‘Covid-19 Stop the Spread!’, load the template, and play.



Kiwi teacher in China gives tips on how to teach in coronavirus lockdown Hazel Seager, a New Zealand-trained primary teacher, moved to Qingdao in July 2019 and works for an international school.

From The Guardian

‘Let your kids get bored’: emergency advice from teachers on schooling at home Suddenly the children are at home. How do you even start to educate them yourself? Here are expert tips from teachers

Free resources

NZ Transport Agency’s Education Portal has road safety resources for teachers and school leaders, with ready-to-use curriculum units for Years 1-13, advice for families and school policies. For the latest news and to access materials, go to or @NZTAeducation

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko / National Digital Readiness Programme has lots of resources available online to support the development and learning of your students. Inside the Pīkau/Toolkits, you will find activities you can teach online. In the coming weeks, new resources will be released to help make easier teaching online and integrating Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko into virtual classrooms. Sign up at or keep up-to-date on social media, @kiatakatu and


Share your stories

How are you managing so far? If you have any stories and experiences you’d like to share about your current situation (or anything else you’re doing with your teaching), we’d love to hear from you. Contact Editor Greg Adams at


Stay safe and well.


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