Schools with ultra-fast broadband can now share their fibre connections with their local communities. See Associate Minister of Education Nikki Kaye's announcement of Thursday 20 February 2014.
Before agreeing to any third party occupying school land or buildings, a school must talk to the local Ministry of Education office to seek "Approval in Principle" (AIP) from the Ministry. This is an initial check to ensure the third party arrangement meets section 70B of the Education Act 1989 and any policy requirements.
There is information on the Ministry’s website to help schools and boards understand what becoming a community digital hub entails and the process they need to follow if they wish to consider this option. This includes Guidelines for Schools and Board of Trustees (Word 781Kb) and the Third party occupancy: approval process .
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We are seeking feedback on Connecting to the N4L managed network , the Ministry’s online support pack, which is hosted on the Enabling e-Learning section of the TKI website.
The Ministry’s online support pack is to help schools, kura, and other parties supporting schools, with deciding to connect, preparing to connect, and understanding how to gain the full benefits of the N4L managed network, once connected.
To help us ensure that we are providing the information and advice that you need, we would appreciate your feedback via a short online survey. The survey should take no more than five minutes to fill in. We ask that you review the online support pack, Connecting to the N4L managed network before you complete the survey form .
We would like your views by 21 March 2014.
Thank you again in advance for helping with this. Any resulting changes to the online support pack will be made by early April.
The first issue of the Ministry bulletin has been send out. The bulletin is the Ministry’s central channel for communicating information to schools. The Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders | He pitopito kōrero is the new central channel for school-related information. The bulletin will be sent to principals and board chairs fortnightly on Monday mornings and will then be published on the Ministry of Education website.
A way to recognise your, and other's, good work. The Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards are now open for nominations, or direct entries. You might know someone or be interested in applying yourself. Take a look, check the criteria. The forms are on the website: http://www.pmawards.education.govt.nz/ . If you have any questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The e-Learning Planning Framework provides schools and teachers with a self-review tool to gather evidence about practice and a "road map" for building e-learning capability.
The framework has been revised in January 2014. The key changes are:
Visit the e-Learning Planning Framework section to download the revised e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF).
View the new section, Connecting to the N4L managed network , on Enabling e-Learning.
This new section of Enabling e-Learning provides information to support your school with connecting to, and making the most of, the Network for Learning (N4L) managed network.
The Ministry of Education is working to ensure schools are well placed to take advantage of learning with digital technologies by encouraging schools to review their strategic planning and curriculum in terms of learning with digital technologies and promoting access to Ministry resources like the Enabling e-Learning website.
Massey Primary in Auckland is the school first to connect to the Network for Learning (N4L) managed network.
Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye made the announcement today along with providing a list of the next 100 schools to be connected by the end of term one, 2014. View the list of the next 100 schools to be connected at: www.n4l.co.nz/managednetwork/rollout .
They commented, “Through the managed network, the Government is picking up the cost to provide schools with safe, predictable and fast internet with uncapped data, content filtering and network security services.
It will also provide greater accessibility to a growing collection of teaching and learning resources."
From December, as part of its Student Advantage programme, Microsoft will provide Office 365 ProPlus to students in schools, universities and polytechnics in New Zealand that licence Office for staff and faculty.
The Office 365 ProPlus includes full Office applications and can be installed on up to five devices per person. According to Microsoft, schools can give students access to the same productivity tools used by leading NZ companies when they combine Office 365 ProPlus with the entitlements they receive through Microsoft’s School Agreement with the Ministry of Education.
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The Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that the funding of MyPortfolio has been extended until the end of 2015. Well before then we anticipate that we will be able to announce the long-term plans for supporting and funding this very successful New Zealand ePortfolio. Currently more than 1300 schools are registered users of MyPortfolio. (The initial funding offer from the Ministry was from 2011 until the end of 2013.)
Take a look at the new content pages and videos just up this month on Enabling e-Learning.
New pages with content designed to support teachers with enhancing achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners using e-learning.
Video clips from Greenmeadows School, Sacred Heart Girls' College, and James Cook High School sharing how e-learning tools are making a difference for students and teachers.
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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.
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:
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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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.
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
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:
Find out more at NetSafe's Security central website .
Follow the week’s activities at www.facebook.com/netsafe .
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