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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 


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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Expressions of interest VPLD 2013

17 September 2012

The Virtual Professional Learning and Development (VPLD) team is keen to hear from NZ teachers, Principals, APs, and DPs who are interested in participating in the next VPLD intake programme beginning in February 2013.

The closing date for applications is 17 October 2012.

Please contact Hazel Owen for further information: hazel.owen@core-ed.org

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30 August 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 
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Beyond the classroom

28 August 2012

The Enabling e-Learning website and community are under-pinned by the e-Learning Planning Framework. For each dimension of the framework, there is a corresponding section of the website providing school stories, resources, and a community discussion group to support teachers and school leaders with developing their e-learning capability. Check out the content in the new Beyond the Classroom section of the website.

Join the Connecting Home-School group  in the Enabling e-Learning community to participate in discussion on developing and building connections beyond the classroom.


19 July 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 
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Appointments to Network for Learning Limited board

22 June 2012

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the appointments to the inaugural board of the new Crown-owned company to operate and manage the Network for Learning.

Network for Learning Limited will be established on July 2, 2012 as a separate entity with its own chief executive but will have an on-going relationship with the Ministry of Education. Board members and further information can be found in the June 21 press release on beehive.govt.nz .

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Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching - a New Zealand perspective

18 June 2012

This report to the Ministry of Education discusses some emerging principles for future learning, how these are currently expressed in New Zealand educational thinking and practice, and what they could look like in future practice. The research project draws together findings from new data and more than 10 years of research on current practice and futures-thinking in education.

Written by Rachel Bolstad and Jane Gilbert, with Sue McDowall, Ally Bull, Sally Boyd and Rosemary Hipkins [New Zealand Council for Educational Research] in June 2012, this report can be downloaded from Education Counts .

Tags: e-learning 
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e-Portfolios in the classroom webinar now online

14 June 2012

View the webinar e-Portfolios in the classroom (14 June, 2012) just up in the Enabling e-Learning community. James Rae and Jacqui Innes from Russell St School lead this discussion sharing: 

  • the pedagogy and purpose for e-portfolios at Russell St School
  • how they are encouraging students to reflect on their work more deeply and the benefits to students' learning
  • how they setup e-portfolios at Russell St School - software, documentation, staff expectations, and professional development. 

From the Webinar recordings page, you can view the webinar in Elluminate Live!, the PowerPoint  used in the presentation, and download PDF's of the  Russell Street School documentation  used with e-portfolios.

More information on e-portfolios and Russell Street School's story can be found on the e-Portfolios page within this website.

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Network for Learning live address 14 June

14 June 2012

Watch the Network for Learning address by Howard Baldwin live from Orewa College, Thursday 14th June at 11.00 am-12.30 pm. Howard is the Manager of Sector Engagement for the Network for Learning from the Ministry of Education. To watch the live stream of his address go to etv.org.nz  and click the Network for Learning banner on the login page. eTV logins are not required.

Security Central

Cyber Security Awareness Week 11-15 June

11 June 2012

NetSafe is running New Zealand’s first Cyber Security Awareness Week in June and will be providing free advice at www.securitycentral.org.nz .

Cyber crime cost the country $625 million in 2011 (Norton Cyber Crime 2011 report) as more and more people use computers and the Internet for work and play.

More than 2000 adult New Zealanders are affected by cyber crime every day in the form of computer viruses and malware, credit card fraud, online scams, phishing and identity theft.

The key themes for this year’s programme are

Update everything - Make sure your operating system and all software is up to date

 Back up your files - Make regular copies of important data and store it in several locations

Use a secure wireless network - Choose a strong encryption setting and long passphrase for your router

Use strong passwords - Aim for 15 characters and a mix of lower and upper case letters and symbols

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

Tags: cybersafety  NetSafe 
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07 June 2012

The latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out. Find out what's new on the Enabling e-Learning hub in this issue. Watch new school stories from Finlayson Park School sharing how they are building home-school partnerships. Find out about Grant's Braes School's successful iPad trial and how Kimi Ora School are implementing e-portfolios.

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

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Learning without Limits seminars

31 May 2012

Find out what ultra-fast broadband and the Network for Learning will mean for your school. The Ministry of Education is running Learning without Limits seminars starting from 23 July. The seminars are free, in 24 locations across New Zealand.

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School ICT infrastructure survey underway

09 May 2012

Torque IP has been contracted by the Ministry of Education to undertake a technical infrastructure survey of a large sample of New Zealand Schools. The purpose of this survey is to inform the design of the Network for Learning and to provide the Ministry with an understanding of the current capacity of New Zealand schools to fully utilise the Network when it is implemented. Participation will enable schools to undertake a detailed self-review of their school infrastructure guided by technical experts.

A number of schools have already been contacted based on a random sampling exercise. If your school has not been contacted and you would like to participate please email Lorrae Ward at the Ministry of Education.

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Network for Learning RFP announced

09 May 2012

A request for proposal (RFP) for the provision of managed network services (internet access, firewalls, filtering, and support services) for a Network for Learning (N4L) for New Zealand schools has been announced by the Minister of Education.

For further information:

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01 May 2012

The latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out. This term's newsletter focuses on ultra-fast broadband. It gives you links to new school stories and discussions focused on developing the opportunites for learning and teaching that ultra-fast broadband provides.

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

Virtual Learning Network Community annual meeting

Virtual Learning Network Community annual meeting

24 April 2012

The Virtual Learning Network Community (VLNC) held its AGM in Wellington on 3 April 2012.

Minister of Education Hekia Parata at the VLNC annual general meeting in Wellington on 3 April.

The Minister of Education, Hon Hekia Parata, joined the meeting to discuss government initiatives, such as the fibre roll out and how it will help schools transition to digital learning environments, to improve outcomes for learners.

The Virtual Learning Network (VLN), He kōtuinga ako ā-ipurangi, is an interactive resource provided by the Ministry of Education for all New Zealand educators.  It supports the work of the Māori Medium Kura Network and the VLN Community (VLNC), promoting the concept of classrooms without walls, where learners and educators have the flexibility to connect with each other 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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