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Communication technologies

What are communication technologies?

Communication technologies enable students to connect with experts, collaborate with their peers, share their learning, ask questions, and receive feedback.

With ultra-fast broadband and easy access to mobile devices, communication technologies such as video conferencing, Skype, and Google Hangouts are increasingly able to facilitate relevant and authentic learning opportunities for students.

Lalaosalafai Tu’ua describes his experience of using video conferencing to teach Samoan at NCEA Level 3 at Southern Cross Campus in Mangere.

VoiceThread

Students at Ashburton Netherby School used ICT technologies to share aspects of their learning.

Tags: Assessment, Social sciences, Communication, Multimedia – audio/music/sound, Presentation, Lower primary, Primary

Skype

Students from Melville Intermediate helped students from neighbouring Broadlands Primary School prepare and learn a short mihi using Skype.

Tags: English, Learning languages, Collaborative tools, Communication, Primary, Upper primary

Raising literacy levels

Fendalton Open Air School teachers collected and analysed a range of data to enhance their writing programme and engage learners. 

Tags: English, Teacher inquiry, Collaborative tools, Communication, Multimedia – video, Presentation, Primary

Developing learner empathy

Year one students at Lyttleton School share their learning through digital stories, which provide students, teachers, parents, and whānau with a common language to discuss relating to others and managing self.   

Tags: Teacher inquiry, Communication, Lower primary, Primary

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Using technologies to connect with the community

Using technologies to connect with the community

Principal Jane Danielson explains the different applications they are using to connect with their community. 

Engaging your school community using technologies

Engaging your school community using technologies

Rob Clarke, principal of Burnham School, explains the importance of face-to-face meetings in terms of successful whānau and community engagement with e-learning tools.

Using Ustream to share assemblies

Using Ustream to share assemblies

James Rea, DP at Russell Street School, shares how they are using Ustream to live stream their school assemblies.

Using blogs to communicate with the school community

Using blogs to communicate with the school community

James Rea, DP at Russell Street School, shares how students are using their library blog to post book reviews and character profiles.

Using video conferencing to expand learning options

Using video conferencing to expand learning options

Southern Cross Campus student Shona Unasa takes economics via video conference.

Teaching Samoan via video conference

Teaching Samoan via video conference

Lalaosalafai Tu’ua describes his experience of using video conferencing to teach Samoan at NCEA Level 3 at Southern Cross Campus in Mangere.

Sharing book reviews with QR codes

Sharing book reviews with QR codes

Hillcrest Normal School librarian, Kim Bizo demonstrates and describes the process for making QR codes of book reviews with gifted and talented students. 

Engaging parents in learning through technology

Engaging parents in learning through technology

Hillcrest Normal School teacher, Michelle Macintyre shares how technology has enabled parents to be involved in different ways with students' learning.

Using mobile devices to improve communication

Using mobile devices to improve communication

Parents from Holy Cross School explain how they are able to connect easily with the school, using mobile devices and different forms of digital media.

Bringing the classroom to the community

Bringing the classroom to the community

Staff at Mahurangi Christian School discuss how the school connects the classroom to the community through digital technologies.

A student’s perspective of inclusive education

Inclusion

Waerenga o Kuri student, Herepo Wynyard talks about how the involvement of her whānau both online (through her e-portfolio), and face-to-face at school has encouraged success with her learning goals.

Building connections with parents and whānau

Building connections with parents and whānau

Wairakei School principal Shane Buckner explains the benefits of using digital technologies to build connections with parents and whānau.

Students communicating beyond the classroom using digital technologies

Students communicating beyond the classroom using digital technologies

Teacher, Mike Crawford and his students from Woodend School describe why they are using Twitter to raise public awareness of local environmental issues.

Connecting with the community through social media

Connecting with the community through social media

Rosin Lamb, Communications Manager at Pakuranga College, explains how they use social media to connect with the community.

Sharing student learning

Sharing student learning

Staff and students from Apiti School discuss the benefits of using e-portfolios to share student learning with parents and the community. 

Connecting learning and the community

Connecting learning and the community

Teacher, Nicki Fielder and students from Apiti School explain the different social media tools they use to connect with parents and the wider community.

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Web links

VLN Community
The Virtual Learning Network Community (VLNC) is a network of school clusters and educational institutions who collaborate to provide  access to a broad range of curriculum and learning opportunities for students through online learning.

The video and audio conferencing bridge can be accessed by any New Zealand school.

Learning through video conferencing
Lynda Walsh-Pascoe has been teaching PE by video conferencing since 2002. She explains how the virtual learning network's (VLN) video conferencing connections provide valuable learning experiences for students in rural areas. Lynda gives examples of how video conferencing is used, including the use of video footage to assist in assessment.

Research and resources

Video conferencing in distance learning: A New Zealand schools' perspective

This article traces the development of video conferencing in distance learning in the New Zealand secondary school sector. It begins with an overview of the definition and development of distance learning, then traces the technology of video conferencing from its inception to the present day. It goes on to look at the growth of video conferencing, the role and contribution it has made to distance learning in New Zealand schools, then concludes with a brief discussion of possible future directions.

Video conferencing: Extending the learning opportunities for our students
This article explains what video conferencing is and outlines the four Ps of effective video conferencing in schools:

  • programmes – providing more access to subject choices across the curriculum
  • projects – extending the reach of the classroom by enabling students to engage in virtual field trips, access experts, and collaborate
  • professional learning
  • participation.

Online discussions

Join the Virtual Learning Network (VLN)  and participate in these discussions.

Web conferencing in education  – find out more about video conferencing and make connections with other colleagues.
VLN Primary group  – find out more about online classes, online collaborative between schools, tools, and access to PD and support. 

Featured snapshot of learning

Facilitating shared learning using Skype
Find out how student learning was facilitated between neighbouring schools using Skype.

e-Learning community discussions

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