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 .
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.
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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.
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.
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:
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.
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The Virtual Learning Network Community (VLNC) held its AGM in Wellington on 3 April 2012.
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.
Schools can now easily find out when they will be connected to fibre via the Government’s ultra-fast broadband initiative.
School Connection is a searchable database showing individual schools when they are likely to get connected to fibre. The database presents information in an easy-to-access format and will be updated regularly with the latest connection timeframes.
With the majority of New Zealand schools set to get ultra-fast broadband connections over the next few years, the Ministry is helping prepare schools for fibre with this new database tool which will help schools with their ICT planning.
All schools will have access to ultra-fast broadband, either through fibre, or through other technologies to create modern 21st century learning environments.
Over the next five years, 97.7% of schools will receive ultra-fast broadband connections enabling speeds of up to 100 Mbps through Government’s investment in ultra-fast broadband. The remaining 2.3% of schools, which are in the most remote locations, will receive a high-speed wireless or satellite connection.
By June 2012 it is expected approximately 740 school fibre connections will be completed.
For further information email email@example.com
The Government has announced the final providers for the Rural Broadband Initiative.
The Government has selected Chorus and Network Tasman for the final Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) contracts. One hundred and ninety three rural schools are covered under these contracts. Inspire.net, Gisborne.net, Chorus, and Araneo have been selected to connect 57 remote schools to faster broadband.
To read more, see the Ministry of Economic Development's website communications section .
The Network for Learning will be available for schools from mid-2013.
From mid-2013 schools with fibre connections will be able to progressively sign up to the Network for Learning (N4L), available as an online network for schools. Read more about The Network for Learning in the Education Gazette .
The Ministry of Education has negotiated a new licensing program for 2012.
The Microsoft New Zealand School Agreement has been in place for two years - 2010 and 2011. For the third year (2012), the Ministry of Education has negotiated a new licensing program enabling greater use and deployment of Microsoft technology in schools.
This new program is called the Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES). The EES agreement is based on a faculty and student calculation which means there is no longer need to report a desktop count.
Email notification will be sent out to each school explaining the changes in March 2012. Acceptance will be via an electronic form.
Please visit http://www.moe.dsv.co.nz for more information about the changes to the Microsoft New Zealand School Agreement.
The next group of schools to be connected to ultra-fast broadband (UFB) fibre by Chorus has been announced.
From 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013:
will be connected to fibre.
Further information about the rollout, and the lists of schools in each of these initiatives can be downloaded from the How and when will schools be connected page of the Ministry of Education website.
The Ministry of Education will send these schools information packs about the connection process. Schools can also contact the Ultra-fast Broadband Helpline on 0800 22 55 42 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional support.
The next group of schools to be connected to ultra-fast broadband (UFB) fibre has been announced.
Information and Communications Technology Minister Amy Adams announced that Enable will connect 11 more schools in Christchurch to UFB by July 2012.
The Ministry of Education will provide these schools with information packs to guide them through the connection process. Schools can also contact the ultra-fast broadband helpline on 0800 22 55 42 for additional support.
For more information read the press release on the Beehive site .
The Ministry of Education is seeking feedback from schools to help inform the design and implementation of the Network for Learning.
The Ministry is looking for a wide cross-section of New Zealand schools to take part in a technical survey, to provide a snapshot of how schools currently use their network and hardware infrastructure. Schools taking part will have an on-site inspection of their ICT infrastructure involving an audit of relevant cabling and switching equipment, other hardware, and the capacity of internal networks. The principal or ICT manager will also be interviewed about future ICT planning. Findings from individual audits will be supplied to each school (in confidence) to inform their planning.
Schools are invited to register their interest by Friday 23rd March. Surveys will take place from March through to August 2012.
Notices will also be featured in the Education Gazette.
Register now for free webinars, available in the Enabling e-Learning community.
Webinar: How to use Enabling e-Learning communities/VLN Groups
A short introduction to VLN Groups for new members, with a focus on Enabling e-Learning
24 Feb 2012.
What does online professional learning look like for learners and leaders?
A short seminar on ways of engaging in the Enabling e-Learning communities to support leading and learning online
28 Feb 2012.
When ultra-fast broadband comes to you, where to start? - with Douglas Harré
A session with Douglas Harré about ultra-fast broadband and your school
22 Mar 2012.
Digital resources and content for Māori learners
Suzie Vesper and Janelle Riki share Digistore resources to help support Māori learners.
29 Mar 2012.
From 2012, the selection of schools for e-learning-related professional learning and development, funded by the Ministry of Education, will be managed by Regional Ministry offices.
Regional offices will work collaboratively with professional learning providers to identify priority groups. More information »
The Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, has confirmed the next 150 schools to receive government-subsidised internal network upgrades, in readiness for ultra-fast broadband.
For an overview of SNUP, view the Ministry of Education's website .
Ms Parata says that, to keep pace with the fibre rollout, schools will be selected for SNUP in smaller groups more frequently and that the next group of schools to be upgraded is expected to be announced in early 2012.
The report outlines several major findings of the 2011 ICT in Schools survey...
A new report released today by the 2020 Communications Trust reveals that while most schools are ready and eagerly awaiting the roll-out of the government’s ultra-fast broadband initiative, principals believe they will need help in making full use of the network capabilities. Specifically this includes further professional development for teachers, upgrades to existing information and communication technologies (ICTs), and better technical support.
Students continue to have good access to ICTs at school. There is now an average of one computer for every three students with network access in most classrooms. Over half of all classrooms are now equipped with a data projector and nearly one-third with an interactive whiteboard. Most principals report that the internet is having a significant impact on teaching and learning but bandwidth constraints and data caps are constraining usage.
“It appears that the deployment of school internal infrastructure is largely in good shape and the deployment of ultra-fast broadband is coming just in time to remove the internet bottleneck,” said Laurence Zwimpfer, spokesperson for the 2020 Communications Trust.
The relatively high penetration of computers and networks in New Zealand schools has been achieved at a significant cost. On average, schools are spending around 11 percent of their operating grants on ICT, compared with 10% two years ago. This represents an annual spend by schools of $105M from a total operating grant of nearly $1B.
As in previous surveys, there is very little correlation between socio-economic status and student:computer ratios. These have remained largely constant across various school decile rankings.
“We welcome this finding,” said Mr Zwimpfer. “Our Trust is committed to ensuring that every child has equitable access to ICTs, in their schools and their homes. It is pleasing that the socio-economic status of a school does not appear to be limiting this access in any significant way, at least while students are at school. Other findings in the report however suggest that many students do not have access to the internet from their homes and this remains an ongoing concern in terms of providing equitable learning opportunities.”
Other findings in the report:
This year’s ICT in Schools survey, carried out for the 2020 Communications Trust by Research New Zealand, was supported by a number of partners from government and business. They included ACTIVBoardNZ, asnet Technologies, Hewlett-Packard New Zealand, InternetNZ, KAREN, Microsoft, the Ministry of Education, Research New Zealand, Telecom New Zealand, and Te Puni Kōkiri.
The 2020 Communications Trust is a registered Charitable Trust established in 1996 to promote digital literacy for all New Zealanders.
Printed copies of the full report are being sent to every school. A copy of the report can also be downloaded from the 2020 Trust’s website .
Apple’s new OS X Lion desktop operating system software is now available...
Apple’s new OS X Lion desktop operating system software is now available to schools registered with Renaissance Education (now named YOOBEE) under the Ministry’s Apple Maintenance Program (AMP) 2010-2012 software agreement. Schools currently registered under the Ministry's AMP Software Agreement will receive an email from YOOBEE outlining the process to obtain OS X Lion.
Update: Yoobee’s software and support contract with the Ministry of Education ended 31 December 2012.
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