Watching the Enabling e-Learning webinars is a great way get some free professional learning over the holidays.
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 »
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.
: 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.
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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.
An online group has been created to facilitate sector-led discussion around the ongoing strategy and use of Student Management Systems (SMS).
The group will use Loomio, an online discussion and decision-making tool, to work collaboratively with the project team.
The SMS project is critical to establishing a shared vision of data that follows the student, is easy to find, accurate, up-to-date and can be reflected back to students, teachers, school management teams, parents and whānau.
Participants in the discussion group currently represent primary, secondary and intermediate schools, SMS vendors and education consultants.
If you would like to be part of the discussion group or kept informed of progress around the initiative, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let the Ministry of Education know if you have a particular area of interest.
Education Minister Hekia Parata announced 129 schools from across the country have signed up for the second round of Communities of Schools on 22 April 2015.
The schools, will form 18 new Communities of Schools dedicated to lifting the quality of teaching and learning in their classrooms. These new Communities add to the first 11 Communities of Schools, announced in December.
Schools in the latest groupings come from across the spectrum. Almost 60 per cent are decile 1 – 5 schools.
Communities of Schools are part of the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative announced in 2014. Schools in the programme receive additional funding to enable teachers and principals to share teaching and leadership expertise.
A key part of Investing in Educational Success (IES), Communities of Schools are groups of schools and kura that come together to raise achievement for children and young people by:
These Communities set shared goals based on information about their students’ educational needs and work together to achieve them.
“We know that the biggest factors in-school for lifting achievement are the quality of teaching and leadership. The biggest out-of-school factors are family involvement and community expectations. IES promotes all these by fostering systematic collaboration between teaching professionals and encouraging parents and communities to set achievement objectives and challenges," says Ms Parata.
For more information, Investing in Educational Success »
Use this collection of online resources to support learning and teaching about ANZAC day and the WW1 centenary.
ANZAC day e-learning resources provides:
Getting it right in the classroom is a key focus of Dyslexia Advocacy Week. See what you can do to improve the learning experience and support improved achievement outcomes for student’s with dyslexia.
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The Connected Learning Advisory – Te Ara Whītiki is a service to help schools and kura access consistent, unbiased advice on integrating technology with learning so they can get the best results for their students and communities.
This service is provided free of charge to all state and state-integrated New Zealand schools. It is funded by the Ministry of Education and managed by CORE Education.
Schools and kura can contact advisors by phone or online for consistent, unbiased advice on integrating technology with learning so they can get the best results for their students and communities.
The Connected Learning Advisory will help schools make the most of the potential of ultra-fast broadband, the N4L Managed Network, and other digital technologies to achieve better educational outcomes for all learners.
For contact details and more information about the Connected Learning Advisory – Te Ara Whītiki »
This new guide provides general advice for schools about preventing incidents by promoting safe and responsible use of digital technology. It was produced by the cross-sector Online Safety Advisory Group convened by the Ministry of Education. NetSafe is a member of this group and led the content development of this guide.
The Education Act 1989 contains provisions that are directly relevant to how schools should manage an incident, such as bullying, that involves digital technology. This guide provides specific advice schools on how to manage digital technology under the legislation relating to searches and confiscation of property. It is a companion to the Guidelines for the Surrender and Retention of Property and Searches released by the Ministry of Education in January 2014.
Download Digital Technology – Safe and responsible use in schools from the NetSafe website
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The Education for Māori: Relationships between schools and Māori whānau report released today says that good relationships between whānau and schools can have an important influence on Māori student achievement.
"Parents and whānau have a critical role to play in their child’s education. We know that when whānau and schools work closely together, significant gains can be made in student achievement,” says Ms Parata.
The report also says that six out of 10 whānau surveyed believe they have effective relationships with their local school.
“By working together to build better relationships between whānau and schools, we can help all young Māori to achieve educational success and make a positive contribution to society.”
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Term 1: Enabling e-Learning calendar of events is out now. Enrol for one of our free webinars or join one of the facilitated discussions coming up this term.
Safer Internet Day 2015 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 10th February with the slogan “Let’s create a better internet together”.
Coordinated in New Zealand by NetSafe , the celebration will see New Zealand organisations getting involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, and others to join together in helping to create a better internet.
Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that CORE Education has been chosen to deliver the Ministry of Education’s new Learning Technologies Advisory (LTA) Service.
CORE Education, which offers a range of e-based learning and development services, will deliver the LTA service to all schools from 2015 on. A total of $5 million will be invested in the service over three years, starting in 2015.
A recent survey showed that around 70% of schools believe digital technologies positively affect teaching and learning, but only 14% feel all their teachers have the necessary skills to manage digital resources for learning.
“This service is about helping teachers take advantage of digital technology to enhance learning in our schools," says Associate Minister Kaye.
See New provider for $5 million digital advisory service Beehive press release for more information.
A new web section has been launched to share some of the diverse ways schools are using digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning. The Future-focused learning examples web section currently features examples and approaches from Leamington and Newmarket schools with more planned for 2015.
Visit the new Future-focused learning examples web section now »
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Symantec has recently released a new version of Symantec Endpoint Protection, 12.1.5
This version includes significant feature enhancements in terms of performance and management, most significant of which being:
Since the middle of 2014, Symantec has seen a major surge in the occurrence of crypto-malware. Schools should upgrade SEP to version 12.1 or later if they haven’t already done so.
Crypto-malware works by tricking computer users to click on a link in an email which then downloads malicious software (so called malware) to their PC. This malware then encrypts a user’s files which can’t be used until a fee or ransom is paid.
To help protect against crypto-malware schools should:
For more information, go to the ICT helpdesk – Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.5 is now available page.
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Check out the free webinars available to schools this term.
A range of free webinars is planned for Term 4 to support schools to make the most of digital technologies for learning. Webinars are an easy way to get up to speed, learn from colleagues, and ask questions about some of the rapidly developing issues in education.
First up on Tuesday 14 October: NZQA assessment on line
One of the most common questions secondary school teachers ask Howard Baldwin, Ministry of Education Sector Engagement Manager for the Learning with Digital Technologies programme, is when students will be able to do their NCEA external examinations on their laptops or devices.
The webinar will answer that question. Steve Bargh, NZQA’s Digital Assessment Programme Leader, says NZQA is working towards moving secondary school external assessment to the online environment in response to significant demand from the sector and in line with Government objectives.
“One of the reasons that we are most interested in computer-based examinations is that we believe technology is an enabler of more sophisticated assessment. Technology allows you to include higher order skills such as knowledge creation, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and evaluation skills in your assessment,” he says.
In the webinar Steve will talk about what is involved in changing to computer-based examinations and lessons from international experience. The webinar will also cover opportunities for schools to pilot various aspects of online assessment. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, and Howard Baldwin and Elizabeth Eley, Manager Senior Secondary from the Ministry, will also be available to answer questions.
Other learning with digital technologies themed webinars include:
All webinars are 3.45–4.45pm. Register online for any of these free webinars »
To find out more about Ministry initiatives to support schools to integrate digital technologies in teaching and learning:
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