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Future focused learning report

05 June 2014

The Future-focused learning in connected communities report from Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye's 21st Century Learning Reference Group was released on Friday 30 May 2014. Download the full version of the "Future-focused learning in connected communities" report from www.minedu.govt.nz/FutureFocusedLearning .

The report aims to help inform government planning around 21st century skills and digital competencies. It suggests ten strategic priorities, including the creation of modern learning environments that are vibrant and safe, investment in high-quality content and systems, and development of collaborative networks for teachers and leaders to share ideas. The report covers potential device policies and further professional development for teachers. 

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Samoan language week 25-31 May

26 May 2014

The theme is Taofi mau i au measina – Hold fast to your treasures.

The aims of Samoan Language Week are to:  

  • Celebrate the Samoan language and culture in New Zealand and globally
  • Promote the teaching and learning of the Samoan language
  • Raise awareness of the Samoan language as one of the most widely spoken languages in New Zealand
  • Promote the use of the Samoan language in every environment respecting each other’s situation – strong and respectful relationships
  • Promote initiatives to maintain and grow the recognition, learning and use of the Samoan language in the home, in education, at work, in government, in the media, in sport, in the arts, in the church and in the community.

Use the Teaching and learning resources on Enabling e-Learning with your students »

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Share your examples of learning with digital technologies

16 May 2014

The Ministry of Education is calling on schools to participate in the development of online resources that will share some of the diverse ways schools are using digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning, leadership, administration, and/or community engagement in schools.

Experienced providers of multi-media products will take content provided by schools and create inspiring and easy to access web resources that illustrate the digital learning journey for schools, their communities, teachers, and students, including both the challenges and the benefits. Some schools may be invited to work directly with producers in the development process. Teacher Relief will be provided by the Ministry for this purpose if required.

Schools are encouraged to share their experiences at whatever stage they are in their digital learning journey, as examples will be helpful to schools at similar stages of planning and implementing digital technology related initiatives.

The final products will be shared on Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI). Schools will also be encouraged to publish on their own websites and to use the resources for their own purposes.

We have extended the date for schools to submit outlines of their experiences to 8am on Tuesday 3 June 2014.

For more information on the project and to register your interest to participate »

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Term 2 Enabling e-Learning calendar of events

10 May 2014

We have another great line-up of events planned for you this term in the Enabling e-Learning community .

Check out the following events from the Enabling e-Learning calendar .

Register for the upcoming webinars: 

Have your say and participate in the forum

Watch out for these forums, coming soon in the Enabling e-Learning community:

  • Personalising learning | Shallow and deep expressions of practice,  22 May–23 June
  • Engaging parents/whānau with and through technologies, 5 June–4 July
  • New technologies and collaborative processes, 19 June–18 July
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Newsletter

10 May 2014

The latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out now! View the new school stories, resources, and information from the Enabling e-Learning website, and the 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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Share your examples of learning with digital technologies

02 May 2014

The Ministry of Education is calling on schools to participate in the development of online resources that will share some of the diverse ways schools are using digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning, leadership, administration, and/or community engagement in schools.

Experienced providers of multi-media products will take content provided by schools and create inspiring and easy to access web resources that illustrate the digital learning journey for schools, their communities, teachers, and students, including both the challenges and the benefits. Some schools may be invited to work directly with producers in the development process. Teacher Relief will be provided by the Ministry for this purpose if required.

Schools are encouraged to share their experiences at whatever stage they are in their digital learning journey, as examples will be helpful to schools at similar stages of planning and implementing digital technology related initiatives.

The final products will be shared on Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI). Schools will also be encouraged to publish on their own websites and to use the resources for their own purposes.

Schools are invited to submit an outline of their experiences by Friday 23 May, 2014.

For more information on the project and to register your interest to participate »

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NetSafe invites students to create a campaign for Web Rangers

09 April 2014

NetSafe and Google NZ have teamed up to launch New Zealand’s first Web Rangers programme, an initiative that offers a practical way to help address cyber-bullying and promote good digital citizenship.

The Web Rangers programme invites teenagers from 14-17 years old to create a campaign that will help their peers think about their online behaviour and keep each other safe online. Around 200 young people will be invited to take part in the project, attending workshops in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, where they will receive training from experts in online safety, marketing, and social media.  

Students will then be given six weeks to produce their campaigns, which can take any form including YouTube videos and other social media content, billboards, and in-school events. The creators of the top internet safety campaigns from each city win a trip to Google’s HQ in Sydney (with a guardian) to present their campaign to Google executives.  

We would love it if you could encourage students in your school to sign up and take part. They would need to be able to make their way to and attend a holiday workshop at one of these dates:

  • Wellington Tuesday, April 29
  • Christchurch on Wednesday, April 30
  • Auckland on Thursday, May 1.

To sign up, students can visit www.netsafe.org.nz/webrangers . Registrations close April 14.

New Zealand’s most popular YouTube star, Jamie Curry of Jamie’s World, is also backing the programme and she has made this video in support.

If you have any questions about the workshops, or the programme in general, please feel free to contact NetSafe on 0508 NETSAFE or at help@netsafe.org.nz .

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Seeking parental permission for the use of online apps

27 March 2014

NetSafe are looking at the types of permission processes that schools have established for student use of school administered online applications. These range from productivity suites (GAFE, Office365) through to LMS, and school controlled "social applications" (such as Moodle, Skooville, Edmodo).

  • Are you providing some of these accounts for the use of your students? 
  • Do you send out permission letters, hold information evenings or amend your existing use agreements to cover their use?

If this is you, and you'd be prepared to share (in confidence) what you are doing, NetSafe would love to hear from you.
NetSafe will put together an analysis of what the sector is doing, with the aim of preparing some specific advice to guide schools as they navigate through this area.

Email: feedback@netsafe.org.nz  whith an outline of your process and any documentation you use. If you have specific questions relating to this request, contact Sean Lyons directly at seanl@netsafe.org.nz

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Schools as Digital Hubs

17 March 2014

Schools with ultra-fast broadband can now share their fibre connections with their local communities. See Associate Minister of Education Nikki Kaye's announcement  of Thursday 20 February 2014.

Before agreeing to any third party occupying school land or buildings, a school must talk to the local Ministry of Education office to seek "Approval in Principle" (AIP) from the Ministry. This is an initial check to ensure the third party arrangement meets section 70B of the Education Act 1989  and any policy requirements.

There is information on the Ministry’s website to help schools and boards understand what becoming a community digital hub  entails and the process they need to follow if they wish to consider this option. This includes Guidelines for Schools and Board of Trustees  (Word 781Kb) and the Third party occupancy: approval process .

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Newsletter

10 March 2014

The latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out now! View the new school stories, resources, and information from the Enabling e-Learning website, and the 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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Request for feedback on the N4L managed network support pack

10 March 2014

We are seeking feedback on Connecting to the N4L managed network , the Ministry’s online support pack, which is hosted on the Enabling e-Learning section of the TKI website.

The Ministry’s online support pack is to help schools, kura, and other parties supporting schools, with deciding to connect, preparing to connect, and understanding how to gain the full benefits of the N4L managed network, once connected.

To help us ensure that we are providing the information and advice that you need, we would appreciate your feedback via a short online survey. The survey should take no more than five minutes to fill in. We ask that you review the online support pack, Connecting to the N4L managed network  before you complete the survey form .

We would like your views by 21 March 2014.

Thank you again in advance for helping with this. Any resulting changes to the online support pack will be made by early April.

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Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He pitopito kōrero

10 February 2014

The first issue of the Ministry bulletin has been send out. The bulletin is the Ministry’s central channel for communicating information to schools. The Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He pitopito kōrero  is the new central channel for school-related information. The bulletin will be sent to principals and board chairs fortnightly on Monday mornings and will then be published on the Ministry of Education website.

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The Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards

07 February 2014

A way to recognise your, and other's, good work. The Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards are now open for nominations, or direct entries. You might know someone or be interested in applying yourself. Take a look, check the criteria. The forms are on the website: http://www.pmawards.education.govt.nz/ . If you have any questions, email: info@pmawards.education.govt.nz .

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e-Learning Planning Framework revised

21 January 2014

The e-Learning Planning Framework provides schools and teachers with a self-review tool to gather evidence about practice and a "road map" for building e-learning capability.

The framework has been revised in January 2014. The key changes are:

  • re-ordering the order of dimensions to raise focus on the importance of engagement with whānau and community
  • inclusion of whānau and student engagement in several strands so that schools can involve the wider community in self-review, should they choose to do so
  • "Pre-emerging" added as a phase throughout the frameworks
  • a new strand added in the Teaching dimension, "Digital literacy embedded in the curriculum".

Visit the e-Learning Planning Framework section to download the revised e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF).

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Connecting to the N4L managed network

16 December 2013

View the new section, Connecting to the N4L managed network , on Enabling e-Learning. 

This new section of Enabling e-Learning provides information to support your school with connecting to, and making the most of, the Network for Learning (N4L) managed network.

The Ministry of Education is working to ensure schools are well placed to take advantage of learning with digital technologies by encouraging schools to review their strategic planning and curriculum in terms of learning with digital technologies and promoting access to Ministry resources like the Enabling e-Learning website. 

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First school connected to N4L managed network

26 November 2013

Massey Primary in Auckland is the school first to connect to the Network for Learning (N4L) managed network.

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye made the announcement today along with providing a list of the next 100 schools to be connected by the end of term one, 2014. View the list of the next 100 schools to be connected at: www.n4l.co.nz/managednetwork/rollout .

They commented, “Through the managed network, the Government is picking up the cost to provide schools with safe, predictable and fast internet with uncapped data, content filtering and network security services.

It will also provide greater accessibility to a growing collection of teaching and learning resources."

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Microsoft will provide Office 365 ProPlus to students in schools

18 October 2013

From December, as part of its Student Advantage programme, Microsoft will provide Office 365 ProPlus to students in schools, universities and polytechnics in New Zealand that licence Office for staff and faculty.

The Office 365 ProPlus includes full Office applications and can be installed on up to five devices per person. According to Microsoft, schools can give students access to the same productivity tools used by leading NZ companies when they combine Office 365 ProPlus with the entitlements they receive through Microsoft’s School Agreement with the Ministry of Education.

Newsletter

16 October 2013

The latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out now! View the new school stories, resources, and information from the Enabling e-Learning website, and the 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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MyPortfolio funding continues

14 October 2013

The Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that the funding of MyPortfolio has been extended until the end of 2015. Well before then we anticipate that we will be able to announce the long-term plans for supporting and funding this very successful New Zealand ePortfolio. Currently more than 1300 schools are registered users of MyPortfolio. (The initial funding offer from the Ministry was from 2011 until the end of 2013.)

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Latest content on Enabling e-Learning

27 September 2013

Take a look at the new content pages and videos just up this month on Enabling e-Learning.

New pages with content designed to support teachers with enhancing achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners using e-learning.

Video clips from Greenmeadows School, Sacred Heart Girls' College, and James Cook High School sharing how e-learning tools are making a difference for students and teachers.

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