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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
More detailed information is in the Ministry Bulletin for school leaders: Issue 38 »
If you have any questions about PLD please email: PLD.email@example.com .
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 »
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.
There will not be an application form this year.
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.
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.
DIGMYIDEA is a nationwide competition is about discovering and nurturing people with ideas that can make a difference. The aim is to grow Māori involvement in Aotearoa / New Zealand’s digital economy.
There are two entry categories:
Entries open Monday 24 August and close Sunday 18 October 2015. Entrants can submit an individual or team (up to three people) entry.
N4L has connected the 2000th school to its Managed Network, bringing its services to 80 per cent of the country’s schools. This means more than 600,000 students and 42,000 teachers across the country now have access to the government-funded network.
The rollout continues to be ahead of schedule, with over 700 schools connecting since N4L passed the halfway mark in February.
The process for schools applying for professional learning and development (PLD) will work differently for 2016.
Previously, schools have applied for PLD funding from a list of available provision areas. For 2016, the Ministry of Education will contact schools directly to discuss options for accessing appropriate support to PLD.
In prioritising PLD for 2016, the Ministry will support:
More details about PLD and the other supports that will be available in 2016 and how to access them will be provided in the next Ministry Bulletin for school leaders – He pitopito kōrero .
If you have any questions, please email PLD.email@example.com
Kia orāna! Cook Islands Māori Language Week / Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani takes place this year from 3 August to 9 August.
For ideas, resources, and inspiration to help you learn and celebrate the languages of the Cook Islands with your school community go to Pasifika resources»
The Term 3 Enabling e-Learning calendar of events is out now! There's no better time to access virtual PLD (anytime, anywhere, anyhow), than from the comfort of your school or home during winter. This term we address some common e-learning trends and warmly invite you to get involved in our dedicated e-learning forum discussions and live workshops.
Webinar: Personalising PLD using social networks, 12 August, 3.45-4.45pm »
More and more educators are finding ways to meet their PLD needs through social networks like Twitter, Facebook as well as live webinars in Google Hangouts.
Come and join Danielle Myburgh (EdchatNZ founder) and Sonya Van Schaijik (TeachMeetNZ fame) as they share the purpose, potential and practicalities for how Twitter and Google Hangouts can make the most of a growing teacher network to help meet your professional learning needs.
Audience: Primary and secondary school leaders or e-learning leaders interested in connecting with other like-minded NZ educators via social networking.
"From a Māori perspective Pakirehua (inquiry) has always been and is what we’ve always done, it's part of our DNA. Ancestors, tipuna show the way for us; their stories, experiences and knowledge are a natural part of understanding how we (as Māori) inquire, are curious and solve problems. Using this approach, kaiako and tumuaki (in kura) have been engaging in cycles of inquiry to improve student achievement and the results have been hugely successful."
Come and join Tammy Gardiner and Marama Reweti-Martin (Te Toi Tupu facilitators for Assessment, Management, and Tumuaki projects) as they share the story and success of Pakirehua.
Audience: All kaiako, tumuaki, teachers and leaders interested in raising achievement for Māori students using teaching as Inquiry with a Māori world view.
Webinar: e-Learning leadership, what does it take? 26 August, 3.45-4.45pm »
What does it take to be an e-leader in a future-focused educational secondary environment? What needs to be taken into consideration when resourcing and supporting all learners within and beyond the school? How can we help each other, as e-leaders to support the work we do in school? Come join Richard McLaren (Assistant Principal, Shirley Boy’s High School, Christchurch) as he shares his experiences of e-leadership in a secondary school.
Audience: Secondary teachers, leaders, e-leaders interested in e-leadership in a secondary context.
Unconference: E-Learning in your classroom – Your voice 2015, 9 September, 3.45-4.45pm »
Each year we create a space for community members to informally share how e-learning activities are impacting on you as teachers and your students' learning. You determine the contexts and content (fast snappy 4 minute presentations). Guest presenters: YOU!
Audience: Anyone interested in sharing or hearing about the impact of e-learning in both primary and secondary schools.
See the discussions on in Term 3 on the Enabling e-Learning calendar of events »
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