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 .
Completed by 600 schools across the sector, the survey shows that existing school infrastructure is in a relatively good state. More than half of schools surveyed have a server less than five years old and most schools have some type of wireless system. Indications are that while most schools are embracing digital learning they are keen to upgrade their internal networks through the School Network Upgrade Project to ensure service quality is retained as technology demands increase.
The School ICT Infrastructure Survey is available as a download from Education Counts. Published in April 2013 and written by the Schools Infrastructure Group, Ultra-fast Broadband in Schools, and Ministry of Education, it provides information about the current state of ICT infrastructure in New Zealand schools, how they are currently using technology and what they would find valuable in terms of content and services to enhance teaching and learning.
The Ministry’s Ultra-fast Broadband in Schools team is currently visiting regions around New Zealand to inform local schools of the progress on digital education initiatives including:
The updates are being given as part of CORE Education’s Learning@schools roadshow. If you missed it, you can find the more information on the Ministry initiatives page.
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The Ministry of Education is inviting schools to apply for free access to the Microsoft IT Academy programme.
As part of the recently renewed Microsoft School Software Agreement, the Ministry will provide free access for 10 schools to the IT Academy. Each of these schools will receive 1000 certification vouchers.
Schools using the IT Academy are provided with, and have the ability to deliver, Microsoft training and certification content to students, teachers, and the wider community.
IT Academy participants can develop expertise in Microsoft software, such as Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SQL Server, Visual Studio, and more.
This new resource illustrates how e-learning examples can be used to support the Registered Teacher Criteria . The twelve criteria have been "unpacked" with examples provided for each criteria. Find out more »
The Education and Science Committee has reported to the House on its inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy, chairperson Nikki Kaye announced today. The report can be found on the New Zealand Parliament website at http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/Documents/Reports/
"The inquiry has been carried out over the last 8 months, and has come to fruition with the help of a number of high quality submissions from a variety of sources," the chairperson said.
"The committee's report contains 48 recommendations which all members of the select committee have agreed as a baseline."
"The report acknowledges that the education sector is changing significantly as result of new technologies and access to the internet. This report concludes that significant change is required across government if our learners and teachers are to take full advantage of the digital learning resources available to them."
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