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PaCT workshops begin in March

09 March 2016

PaCT workshops are open to all schools interested in using the PaCT, RTLBs, RTLits, and Reading Recovery Teachers.

Dates, locations, and contact details »  

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New Curriculum for the future resources

26 February 2016

NZCER have designed a set of three resources to stimulate open-ended conversations about learning and curriculum. The resources can be used separately or together, and in any order.

Download the App for free until the end of February 2016!

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17 February 2016

The first Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out now! A summary of the new school stories, resources, and information from the Enabling e-Learning website, and what's coming up in Enabling e-Learning community

Go to the Newsletters  page to:

  • sign up for the newsletter – look for the heading Keep Informed, enter your email, and click on the yellow subscribe button. 
  • view archived newsletters.
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Safer Internet Day 2016

Safer Internet Day

09 February 2016

29 organisations are joining forces to mark 2016’s Safer Internet Day (9th February 2016) in New Zealand as Kiwis report an increasing number of incidents involving internet harms. Safer Internet Day is celebrated worldwide to encourage the safe and positive use of the internet and digital technologies, especially among families and young people. New Zealand’s Safer Internet Day is being coordinated by NetSafe, the online safety and security organisation.

“Safer Internet Day is a global event that celebrates the positive work going on every day of the year to make the internet a safer place for all users. We’re pleased to have so many organisations supporting the event in New Zealand. This highlights how creating a safer internet is a shared responsibility,” said Martin Cocker, NetSafe’s Executive Director.

NZ Partners working towards a safer Internet

Organisations supporting SID 2016 are promoting positive online safety messages and getting behind four activities on the day:

1. Project Positive –national compliments campaign

Project Positive is being run by young NZers with support from Sticks ‘n Stones, NetSafe Facebook and Google. The goal for the day is to share as many compliments online as possible. Students across NZ have created compliments for use on the day. People can participate in the campaign by:

  • sharing a compliment using Project Positive
  • posting a photograph of themselves with a compliment on social media.

Twitter, Google and Facebook are all providing support in the form of targeted promotion to ensure the compliments campaign gets the maximum amount of exposure online. You can read more about Project Positive on Facebook »

2. Staying Safe Online – resource

NetSafe has worked with NZ’s leading online companies to develop advice about staying safe online using their services. These resources are designed as “self help” guides to promote positive action by individuals to improve their own online safety, as well as providing valuable support for those with duty of care responsibility. Read more from NetSafe's Staying safe online page »

3. So you got naked online – resource

NetSafe is publishing So you got naked online , a resource that provides children, young people and parents with advice and strategies to support them in the event of sexting incidents. It promotes positive action by individuals to improve their own online safety, as well as providing valuable support for those with duty of care responsibility. 

4. Digital Challenges Report

To mark Safer Internet Day, NetSafe has published a report on the full range of online challenges that New Zealanders faced in 2015

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08 December 2015

The December Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out now! Watch the new school stories from Halswell School and catchup on the latest news and information.

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Towards digital fluency

Towards digital fluency

07 December 2015

The Hon Nikki Kaye, Associate Minister of Education, announced a range of initiatives to help ensure that every student benefits from the advantages of digital technologies for learning.  

Towards digital fluency addresses all four dimensions of learning in the 21st Century:

  • infrastructure
  • teaching and learning practices
  • online content
  • equitable access.
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Game design competion 2016

26 November 2015

The Game Design Competition 2016 gives New Zealand school students in Years 7-13 the chance to win prizes by creating a playable game or game design where players have fun while learning to contribute to a safe road system.

Details about the competiton and how to enter are on the NZ Transport Agency website »

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New three year deal with Microsoft provides software to schools

25 November 2015

The Ministry of Education has confirmed a new three year deal with Microsoft to provide their software to New Zealand schools.

The agreement focuses on supporting cloud-delivered computing and "anywhere, anytime" learning. Schools will have a choice of cloud-delivered or traditional on-premise software, and new tools to manage the increasing fleet of mobile devices in schools.

The Ministry will be undertaking a joint programme to support school software vendors, IT partners, and schools in the transition to cloud and mobile computing. This will include developing new tools, training, and advice to support schools in their use of digital technology.

Visit the Ministry’s website to find out more about Ministry-funded software and technology for schools.

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Raising the potential for digital technology to transform learning in New Zealand schools

20 November 2015

Nikki Kaye outlined the Government’s vision for the future of digital education in her speech to the Bett Asia Leadership Summit 2015, 18 November.

The aim is maximise opportunities offered by the digital age to improve our education system. Building blocks and work underway include:

  • Government funding an ICT infrastructure for schools through the N4L Managed Network and investing in innovative learning environments – by the end of 2016, all schools will have the ICT infrastructure to enable digital technologies to be fully integrated into their teaching and learning
  • the Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative, designed to support teachers and principals to raise student achievement in every school
  • private-sector support for digital innovation
  • international partnerships.

Read her speech on the Beehive website »

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Ministry of Education Four Year Plan 2015–2019

02 November 2015

The Ministry of Education has published a Four Year Plan 2015–2019. This plan sets out what the Ministry is trying to achieve and how it is going to work with partners across the education system and across government to make it happen. Submissions for this plan close on Monday 14 December 2015. 

For information about submissions to the plan read the Ministry bulletin for SCHOOL LEADERS - He Pitopito Kōrero  (pdf)

Visit the Ministry's website to find out more about the Four Year Plan 2015–2019.

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Consultation on an update to the Education Act 1989

02 November 2015

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced consultation on an update of the Education Act 1989, inviting New Zealanders to have their say on how to help shape an education system that all children and young people deserve

For critical and need to know action read the Ministry bulletin for SCHOOL LEADERS - He Pitopito Kōrero (pdf)

Visit the Ministry's website to find out more about the Four Year Plan 2015–2019. It is online and open now until 5pm, Monday 14 December 2015.

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Signup online to use PaCT

23 October 2015

Schools can now sign-up online to use the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) .

Visit the PaCT website for more information on:

  • getting started 
  • setting up administration
  • using the tool.
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Ministry of Education PLD allocation

19 October 2015

If your school/kura has been allocated PLD and Programme for Students (PfS – for English medium schools only) for 2016, you will receive email notification by the end of October. This will confirm the support your school will be able to take part in during 2016.

The Ministry has prioritised supporting Communities of Learning and schools/kura with a high number of students achieving below expected levels, as well as those in regional areas facing significant challenges.

The Minister of Education announced changes to professional learning and development (PLD) in late September. These changes include:

  • From 2017, professional development will largely focus on a small number of national priorities in the area of mathematics/pāngarau, science/pūtaiao, te reo matatini (pānui, tuhituhi, kōrero), reading and writing, and digital fluency. The first national priorities will be in place for the next three to five years.
  • Access to professional development funding will be prioritised to Communities of Learning and schools/kura with a high number of students achieving below expected levels.
  • Some regions will be prioritised for professional development funding. The first regions are Northland and the Gisborne/East Coast district.
  • Accredited PLD experts will build professional and evaluative capabilities within and across Communities of Learning and will support them to gather, analyse and use their data and evidence to identify what matters most to generate greater equity and excellence for their students.

More detailed information is in the Ministry Bulletin for school leaders: Issue 38 »

If you have any questions about PLD please email: PLD.2016@education.govt.nz .

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Free one-day workshops for leaders of digital technologies

19 October 2015

The Connected Learning Advisory is offering free one-day workshops for school leaders and leaders of digital technologies. Explore effective ways to manage and plan the ways your school or community of schools uses digital technologies for learning.

Workshops are being held in three regions:

  • Friday November 6th: Whangarei
  • Wednesday November 18th: Hamilton
  • Wednesday November 25th: Christchurch

Registration information »

New NetSafe website

New NetSafe website

19 October 2015

This latest version of the NetSafe website is packed full of updated advice and guidance on cyber safety and security challenges in New Zealand.

More than 60 pieces of content have been completely rewritten to reflect recent legislative changes with priority given to issues that involve significant financial and emotional harm.

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MyPortfolio Ministry support continues

25 September 2015

The Ministry intends to continue its support of the e-portfolio tool MyPortfolio for up to two years.
MyPortfolio was commissioned by the Ministry and is currently used in approximately 1500 schools. The Ministry recognises that e-portfolio tools are an important teaching and learning resource. In the next two years it will investigate long-term options for e-portfolio solutions.
If you have any questions about MyPortfolio, joining or getting started, please contact support@myportfolio.school.nz .

e-Portfolios – information about using e-portfolios in your school and classroom »  

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New OECD report – Students, computers, and learning

16 September 2015

Based on results from PISA 2012, this report, Students, computers and learning: Making the connection discusses differences in access to and use of ICT. The report examines the relationship among computer access in schools, computer use in classrooms, and performance in the PISA assessment. As the report makes clear, all students first need to be equipped with basic literacy and numeracy skills so that they can participate fully in the hyper-connected, digitised societies of the 21st century.

See the Research and readings page on Enabling e-Learning for a wide range of research to inform your pedagogy and approach to learning with digital technologies » 

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Accessing PLD and supplementary support for 2016

07 September 2015

In prioritising PLD for 2016, the Ministry will be seeking to support Communities of Learning with their achievement challenges; schools and kura in regional areas facing significant achievement challenges and schools and kura with a high number of students achieving below expected levels.

Professional Learning and Development (PLD) provisions and supplementary support available for 2016, plus information on how they can be accessed is in the latest Bulletin from the Ministry of Education. 

Bulletin issue 36 – see Critical need to know and action, #4 How to access PLD and supplementary support »   

There will not be an application form this year.

More information about PLD to support learning with digital technologies »

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Money week – Define wealthy with a selfie photo competion

02 September 2015

The Commission for Financial Capability is running a photography contest throughout Money Week. They'd like you to show what being wealthy means to you, your family and friends.

This competition is for students aged 13 and over.

To enter the competition »

To download Money Week resources for your school »

Money Week is a nationwide awareness-raising event aimed at changing behaviour around personal finance. It provides a platform for people in the education, finance, business and community sectors to hold money-related events and activities around the country.

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