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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.
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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 
Ministry of Education

Student Management Systems – strategy discussion group

11 May 2015

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 delta.info@education.govt.nz and let the Ministry of Education know if you have a particular area of interest.

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Next wave of Communities of Schools

23 April 2015

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:

  • sharing expertise in teaching and learning
  • supporting each other
  • forming around students’ usual pathway from primary to secondary school.

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 »  

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ANZAC day e-learning resources

20 April 2015

Use this collection of online resources to support learning and teaching about ANZAC day and the WW1 centenary.

ANZAC day e-learning resources provides:

  • links to discussions and crowd sourced resources in the Virtual Learning Network
  • NZ Curriculum resources
  • useful links to reputable NZ websites with lots of information, and interactive activities for students.
Tags: ANZAC  WW1  world war 1 
Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand

Dyslexia advocacy week 16-22 March

16 March 2015

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.

More information is available from:

Tags: Dyslexia 
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Connected Learning Advisory launched today

06 March 2015

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  » 

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Digital Technology – Safe and responsible use in schools

25 February 2015

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

More information about digital citizenship on Enabling e-Learning:

Ministry of Education

School-whānau relationships report released

25 February 2015

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.”

Find out more:


12 February 2015

The first Enabling e-Learning newsletter for 2015 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. 

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.

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e-Learning: Technologies
e-Learning: Professional Learning
e-Learning: Beyond the classroom
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