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Ministry of Education

PLD Supplementary support application closes soon

27 August 2014

To apply for support in 2015, schools need to complete their applications for additional supplementary professional learning and development (PLD).

This can be done using the online form below.

More information

The New Zealand Curriculum Online

International languages week

18 August 2014

International Languages Week takes place between Sunday, 17 August and Saturday, 23 August 2014. This special week provides an opportunity to showcase and promote languages and cultures in your school and communities. 

What can your school do to celebrate International Languages Week?

  • Use the following question as a discussion starter with your class – "does the world look different in other languages?" 
  • Connect with community groups and families to find out what languages are spoken in your school community.
  • Invite family members with a second language into the school as guest speakers, to read first language books, or practice conversations with students.
  • Learn more than greetings – can you do a weather forecast in another language? Run an assembly or a PE lesson? Or cook something using a recipe entirely in another language?
  • Make a video like this YouTube one  to promote International Languages Week.
  • Develop a resource written in an international language to welcome new migrants and inform them about your local area.
  • Connect with another class in a country that speaks an international language – The Mixxer  is a free educational site designed to connect language learners around the world.
  • Participate in Moving Words – The inaugural literary translation prize for New Zealand secondary schools .
  • Use information communication technologies (ICTs) to improve student language learning outcomes – Learning languages with ICTs is a website with examples of how New Zealand teachers and schools are using ICTs to improve student learning outcomes.
  • Consider ways in which you could build learning languages into the rest of your school year.

For further information and resources visit International Languages Week on NZC Online »  

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The Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Scholarship Fund Board Challenge

18 August 2014

The Challenge is offered to Māori students in years 7 to 13 and is an opportunity to learn about the valuable contributions made by soldiers of the 28th (Māori) Battalion in World War II. Students may enter submissions in a number of different mediums including short film, musical composition and photographic essay, with individual and group entries permitted.

Entries can link to English, history, arts, and Te Reo Māori learning. The Challenge encourages Māori students to draw on whānau experience and local history. Winning entries receive cash prizes and schools may win prizes for participation.

For more information and entry forms, go to The Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Scholarship Fund Board Challenge webpage  or email ngarimu.scholarship@minedu.govt.nz .

Tags: scholarship  Māori 
Staying Safe Online: Cybersafety tips from New Zealand's leading online companies

Staying safe online

18 August 2014

The booklet, Staying Safe Online: Cybersafety tips from New Zealand's leading online companies has been developed by NetSafe in association with several major online content providers, including: Facebook, YouTube, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Trade Me, and Twitter. It contains clear and practical tips that are effective in reducing risk and encouraging safety, to ensure all New Zealanders can use the internet in a positive way.

A copy of this booklet has been sent to every school in New Zealand. It is also available online for download in PDF format from the NetSafe website

Newsletter

30 July 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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Enabling e-Learning

eLPF online tool for all schools

28 July 2014

The e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF) online survey tool is now available for all schools to use. 

The eLPF online tool is intended to support schools with regular self-review and planning for improvement of e-learning skills and knowledge. Use the online survey tool to gather and analyse information from across your school staff, leadership, and community including students and whānau.

The online survey tool:

  • is an efficient way to gather information in a relatively short space of time – the survey takes approximately 40 minutes.
  • gathers information from each individual
  • offers flexibility in terms of access (time and place)
  • helps schools and teachers reflect on, and evaluate, their e-learning capability. 

Schools can register now to use the online tool.

Go to Using the eLPF online tool for further information »

Māui and his first journey

Māui app launched

22 July 2014

Whakatipu has just released a new bilingual app for iPhone and iPad in time for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

"Māui and his first journey" interweaves positive parenting, child development, and brain development information into the traditional pakiwaitara about Māui growing up. Voiced by prominent kaumātua Amster Reedy of Ngāti Porou, the app has been developed by award-winning developer Flightless and illustrated by Ali Teo.

"Māui and his first journey" is available online and as a free download from the iTunes store:

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New ICT Advisory Service

21 July 2014

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye recently announced the establishment of an ICT Advisory Service to help schools make the most of their new connections to the Managed Network. The Learning Technologies Advisory Service, to be launched in February 2015, will provide schools with strategic advice on how technologies can help them achieve their educational goals.

In the interim, a targeted service will be delivered by Network For Learning (N4L). This will enable a tender process for the provision of a more comprehensive Learning Technologies Advisory Service to be completed.

See New ICT advisory service for schools Beehive press release for more information.

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Māori language week 21-27 July

21 July 2014

This year the theme for te wiki o te reo Māori is te kupu o te wiki, the word of the week. This theme promotes learning te reo Māori throughout the year rather than during just one week.

Use the resources and join in the discussions in the Enabling e-Learning community.

Māori medium e-Learning Planning Framework

Māori medium e-Learning Planning Framework

02 July 2014

The Māori Medium e-Learning Planning Framework (MMeLPF) is now available to all kura/schools. The framework has been developed to support Māori medium settings to use as:

  • a self-review tool for schools to gather evidence about practice
  • a "road map" for building e-learning capability
  • a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of e-learning programmes.

Find out more about the MMeLPF and download the hardcopy document »

Newsletter

13 June 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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Learning with 1:1 digital devices

05 June 2014

View the new section, Learning with 1:1 digital devices just up on Enabling e-Learning. This section provides information and examples to support school leaders and teachers with introducing and developing a digital device or BYOD programme in school. Content includes:

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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. 
Tags: newsletter 
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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 »

NetSafe

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 .

Tags: Web Rangers  NetSafe 
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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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