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05 August 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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Ministry of Education

Extension of school software agreements with Microsoft and Novell

01 August 2013

The Ministry of Education has announced the extension of school software agreements with Microsoft and Novell.

The Microsoft agreement has been extended to 31 December 2015.  This gives schools continued access to Microsoft software, including Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems and software suites.   To find out more, see the Microsoft School Software Agreement page on the Ministry’s TKI ICT Helpdesk website.

The Novell agreement has been extended to 30 April 2014. This gives schools ongoing access to Novell software, including Linux operating systems and office productivity software, mobile device management and endpoint management software. To find out more, see the Novell School Software Agreement page on the Ministry’s TKI ICT Helpdesk website.

These agreements and other Ministry-funded software and infrastructure arrangements, give schools continued choice and support in providing a digitally-enabled 21st century teaching and learning environment.

Tags: Novell  Software  Microsoft 
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Cook Islands Māori language week 4-10 August

01 August 2013

There are five languages spoken in the Cook Islands. English and Cook Islands Māori are the official languages (except on Palmerston where only English is official). The other languages are:

  • Pukapukan - from the island of Pukapuka, which is geographically and linguistically closer to Samoa
  • Rakahanga/Manihiki - spoken on the islands of the same name 
  • Tongarevan - spoken on the island of Penrhyn.

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Ministry of Education

SNUP status online

12 July 2013

Find the current status for school network upgrades and ultra-fast broadband connections. The Enabling e-Learning School Connection database provides a schedule of upgrades to confirm when the remaining eligible schools are likely to receive a school network upgrade.

The data is updated regularly by the Ministry of Education.

The Education Gazette feature article New developments in the School Network Upgrade Project  provides more information and describes the links between the School Connection Project, the future introduction of a managed network, and the School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP).

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Tags: UFB  SNUP 
Ministry of Education

Wireless option for SNUP

24 June 2013

The Minister of Education announced an investment of $136 million to fast-track school network upgrades and the option of including wireless connectivity for future schools upgrades as part of the Ministry’s School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP) on 11 June, 2013.

Wireless connectivity provides schools with the opportunity to give students and teachers access to the network at school from mobile devices like laptops and tablets. This means teachers and students have greater flexibility when it comes to taking advantage of digital learning.

The focus of the wireless connectivity option is on the approximately 50% of schools still in need of a SNUP upgrade, but the aim is to make sure as many schools as possible can take advantage of wireless connectivity.

To find out more, see the SNUP wireless connectivity  information on the Ministry website.

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New te reo Māori App launched

12 June 2013

A new mobile phone application developed by Victoria University’s Faculty of Education, Te Kura Māori, looks set to change the way New Zealanders learn te reo Māori.

The "Kura App" includes a range of games modules that allow users to improve their knowledge and understanding of the Māori language. Users are timed and can pit their skills against others via a scoreboard.

Victoria lecturer Tabitha McKenzie says Kura was developed to plug a gap in the market.

"There didn’t seem to be any applications that catered to people with some degree of proficiency in te reo. We wanted to provide a platform that’s not only educational, but also engages the audience, which is why we opted for the games format."

Mrs McKenzie says the team spent most of last year working with local app developers to create the concept. It was initially envisaged as a resource solely for teachers of Māori, but the scope was soon widened to include a more generic audience.

"Our primary audience is the teachers we work with at Kura Kaupapa (language immersion schools) and in the field, but we believe everyone should be able to learn te reo Māori, so we’ve decided to make it publicly available and free to download."

Mrs McKenzie says before users access the modules and games, they can create an Avatar, or alter ego, which involves choosing their hair, eyes, nose, mouth, clothes and even accessories.

Users can then progress through the levels at a competitive pace.

She believes Kura is a first for New Zealand and says the Te Kura Māori team has achieved its aim of creating an educational, fun and challenging way to learn te reo.

"The feedback so far has been really positive and users say it makes them want to learn."

The app is being launched on Wednesday 12 June from 10.30am at Akopia Marae on Victoria University’s Karori Campus.

The app will initially be available to Apple iPhone users with a roll-out for Android phones and desktops further down the track.

Source: Press release, Victoria University of Wellington

Tags: App  te reo Māori 
Security Central

Cyber Security Awareness Week starts 27 May

24 May 2013

NetSafe and the government's National Cyber Policy Office will launch the second week long awareness campaign to educate New Zealanders about improving their computer security.

They have developed a rugby themed set of messages called the Tight 5:

  1. Think before you click
  2. Update everything
  3. Backup your files
  4. Secure your wireless network
  5. Use strong passwords

Find out more at NetSafe's Security central website .

Follow the week’s activities at www.facebook.com/netsafe .

Tags: cybersafety  NetSafe 
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Statement of Intent 2013 - 2018

23 May 2013

The Ministry of Education’s Statement of Intent 2013 – 2018 sets out the key elements of how they will contribute to the delivery of Government’s priorities for education. Read more »

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School ICT infrastructure survey

29 April 2013

Completed by 600 schools across the sector, the survey shows that existing school infrastructure is in a relatively good state. More than half of schools surveyed have a server less than five years old and most schools have some type of wireless system. Indications are that while most schools are embracing digital learning they are keen to upgrade their internal networks through the School Network Upgrade Project to ensure service quality is retained as technology demands increase.

The School ICT Infrastructure Survey is available as a download from Education Counts. Published in April 2013 and written by the Schools Infrastructure Group, Ultra-fast Broadband in Schools, and Ministry of Education, it provides information about the current state of ICT infrastructure in New Zealand schools, how they are currently using technology and what they would find valuable in terms of content and services to enhance teaching and learning.

Learning without Limits

Ministry of Education digital education update

12 April 2013

The Ministry’s Ultra-fast Broadband in Schools team is currently visiting regions around New Zealand to inform local schools of the progress on digital education initiatives including:

  • the School Connection Project (SCP)
  • School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP)
  • the TELA laptop scheme and more. 

The updates are being given as part of CORE Education’s Learning@schools roadshow. If you missed it, you can find the more information on the Ministry initiatives page.

Newsletter

04 April 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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Education Gazette

IT training opportunities for schools

03 April 2013

The Ministry of Education is inviting schools to apply for free access to the Microsoft IT Academy programme.

As part of the recently renewed Microsoft School Software Agreement, the Ministry will provide free access for 10 schools to the IT Academy. Each of these schools will receive 1000 certification vouchers.

Schools using the IT Academy are provided with, and have the ability to deliver, Microsoft training and certification content to students, teachers, and the wider community.

IT Academy participants can develop expertise in Microsoft software, such as Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SQL Server, Visual Studio, and more.

Find out how to apply by 19 April 2013 »

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Registered Teacher Criteria and e-learning

20 February 2013

This new resource illustrates how e-learning examples can be used to support the Registered Teacher Criteria . The twelve criteria have been "unpacked" with examples provided for each criteria. Find out more »

House of Representatives

Education and Science Committee reports on inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy

19 December 2012

The Education and Science Committee has reported to the House on its inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy, chairperson Nikki Kaye announced today. The report can be found on the New Zealand Parliament website at http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/Documents/Reports/

"The inquiry has been carried out over the last 8 months, and has come to fruition with the help of a number of high quality submissions from a variety of sources," the chairperson said.

"The committee's report contains 48 recommendations which all members of the select committee have agreed as a baseline."

"The report acknowledges that the education sector is changing significantly as result of new technologies and access to the internet. This report concludes that significant change is required across government if our learners and teachers are to take full advantage of the digital learning resources available to them."

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Newsletter

12 December 2012

The latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out now! View the new school stories, resources, and information from the Enabling e-Learning website , the Enabling e-Learning community , and Software for Learning  profiled in this issue. 

You can sign up for the newsletter from the Enabling e-Learning homepage, look for the heading Keep Informed and use the subscribe link.

Tags: newsletter 
Learning without Limits - Ultra-fast broadband in schools

Ultra-Fast Broadband in Schools Roundup for 2012

07 December 2012

The Ultra-fast Broadband in Schools programme (UFBIS) has reached some significant milestones in 2012.  This newsletter from the Ministry of Education of the year is to update you on progress over the last few months. View the full newsletter on the UFBiS newsletter page

TKI ICT Helpdesk

Ministry funded software agreements

07 December 2012

The Ministry has extended current software liscencing and support arrangements for:

  • the Microsoft Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES) agreement for state and state-integrated schools to 31 December 2013
  • Watchdog and Telecom (Gen-i) for web filtering and firewall services to 31 December 2013
  • licensing and support arrangements for Symantec SEP anti-virus software have been extended by the Ministry to 31 December 2013. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.2 was released in November. This release introduces new features and supports new operating systems (Microsoft Windows 8, Mountain Lion OS X). If you wish to upgrade to 12.1.2 you will need to contact the Ministry’s ICT Help Desk on Ph: 0800 CALL ICT (0800 225 542) to access and deploy this product.

Decisions about Apple, Novell and Websense software licensing and support arrangements are pending.

Go to the  TKI ICT Helpdesk  for all the latest updates.

Tags: Software 

Newsletter

25 October 2012

The latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out now! View the new school stories, resources, and information from the Enabling e-Learning website , the Enabling e-Learning community , and Software for Learning  profiled in this issue. 

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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Teachers and social media

08 October 2012

The Teachers Council has developed a new web space to help teachers understand and discuss social media and ethical issues they may face when using social media. It includes guidelines for ethical use of social media, animated scenarios and presentation frameworks to encourage discussion in schools and centres.

The guidelines and resources use the Code of Ethics for Registered Teachers  as their underpinning framework, in particular the four commitment statements to learners, parents/guardians and family/whānau, society and the profession.

The resources have been developed out of a recognition that

  • teachers who model good social media use will grow learners who apply positive, respectful values in their interactions on social media platforms; and 
  • teachers need support and guidance around how to use social media in a way that is confident, competent and ethically sound. 

The project was overseen by a reference group that included social media experts, teachers, professional leaders and teacher education providers. The Council hopes the resources will be useful to support teachers to be confident and enjoy using social media. We welcome feedback and in particular, any positive stories about how teachers have been using social media and the steps they took to manage ethical issues.

The website will launch at ULearn 2012 on 11 October 2012.

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Next 150 schools to receive SNUP

04 October 2012

On 3 October 2012 the Government announced the next 150 schools to receive SNUP upgrades. A full list of the 150 schools is available to download at the bottom of the  Overview of the School Network Upgrade Project  page.

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