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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 .

Connected Learning Advisory

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.

Ministry of Education

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 »  

Students, computers and learning

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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Māori innovation challenge

26 August 2015

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:

  • Māuri oho: Youth category (15 years to 18 years)
  • Māuri tū: Open category (anyone 19 years and above).

Entries open Monday 24 August and close Sunday 18 October 2015. Entrants can submit an individual or team (up to three people) entry.

More information on the DigMyIdea website »

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2000 schools now connected to N4L’s Managed Network

26 August 2015

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. 

Read the Interface article for more information »

Ministry of Education

New PLD process for 2016

25 August 2015

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:

  • Communities of Schools with their achievement challenges
  • schools and kura in regional areas facing significant achievement challenges
  • schools/kura with a high number of students achieving below expected levels.

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.2016@education.govt.nz

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Cook Islands Māori language week 3-9 August

03 August 2015

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»

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Register now for Term 3 free PLD

29 July 2015

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.

Sign up for our free online 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.

Webinar: Pakirehua – Teacher Inquiry from a Māori world view 19 August, 3.45-4.45pm »

"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.

Participate in our online forum discussions

See the discussions on in Term 3 on the Enabling e-Learning calendar of events »

Tags: webinar  discussion  PLD 


29 July 2015

The July Enabling e-Learning newsletter 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.
Tags: newsletter 
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Game-based learning

25 June 2015

Using games creates an environment for thinking differently about learning. In these new videos, Rachel Bolstad (NZCER) talks about how and why we should use games to provide new opportunities for problem solving, creativity, and collaboration.

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New look webinars

25 June 2015

Watching the Enabling e-Learning webinars is a great way get some free professional learning over the holidays.

Browse the new Enabling e-Learning on demand page in the VLN and find out what else is new across the community reading the e-Learning round-up for 25 June»

Tags: webinar 
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Innovative Learning Environments

10 June 2015

In the past the term Modern Learning Environments (MLE) has been used. Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) has greater international recognition and the Ministry of Education is migrating to this term consistent with both international usage and growing discomfort in New Zealand with the term MLE.

Take a look at the updated Innovative Learning Environments website »

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Free webinars – register now

29 May 2015

Teachers and school leaders can register online now for these free webinars in June. 

Universal Design for Learning : 15:45 - 16:45, 4 June 2015
Join Lynne Silcock and Linda Ojala as they talk about applying the Universal Design for Learning framework to create an inclusive classroom.

Resourcing e-Learning : 3:45 - 4:45, 10 June 2015
Join National Aspiring Principals Programme (NAPP) participants and guest presenters as we explore the why and how of effectively resourcing e-learning.

These free webinars are organised and facilitated by the Enabling e-Learning team.


29 May 2015

The May Enabling e-Learning newsletter 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.
Tags: newsletter 
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ICT in schools survey

11 May 2015

By the end of the year, all state and state-integrated schools will have received their School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP) upgrade and the Ministry are looking at how they can help schools maintain and get the most out of their new ICT infrastructure.

The Ministry of Education want to understand more about schools' current ICT needs and expenditure, and future costs. They will be sending a survey out to approximately 600 schools later this week. If your school has been selected, they would appreciate your participation. This will provide valuable insight into the ICT products and services schools are investing in, and the areas where schools think the Ministry could provide further support.

Tags: ICT 

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