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Tohatoha releases card game to teach Creative Commons licensing

20 December 2018

Tohatoha NZ has released a new educational card game that aims to teach players about Creative Commons licensing in a fun and engaging way.

The game itself is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC-BY-SA), which means users can share, adapt and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

“Anyone is welcome to download the cards, design their own scenarios, and adapt the game for local needs,” says Henk. Rules for play  and a set of scenarios  are available on the Tohatoha web site, as well as GitHub .

Decks of cards with the CC licenses on them, along with a selection of paintings of New Zealand native birds in place of the face cards, are now available for purchase from Tohatoha for $10.00 per pack, including postage and packing.

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Safer Internet Day

20 December 2018

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

  • Safer Internet Day is Tuesday 5 February 2019
  • The theme is, Together for a Better Internet

Coordinated in New Zealand by Netsafe, the day is an opportunity for people, schools, industry and organisations to unite together to raise awareness and start conversations about online safety.

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Tomorrow's Schools review

10 December 2018

The Government review of Tomorrow’s Schools by the Independent Taskforce is completed. Their report: Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini has now been released for public consultation. Stakeholder feedback on the report and its recommendations will be critical to inform Government decision making in 2019.

Submissions or queries can be emailed to tomorrows.schools@education.govt.nz  Taskforce-led regional hui will take place in February/March 2019. More information on these will be available in early 2019.

Access the full report and the report summary from Tomorrow's Schools Review »

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Flickr is changing

08 November 2018

Free Flickr accounts are now going to be limited to 1000 photos. If users want to store more photos, they will need to purchase a $50USD/year Pro account.

Photos uploaded with a Creative Commons licence before 1 November 2018 will remain on the site, even if the user account is over the 1000 image limit.

More information from Flickr blog posts »

Media Literacy Week

Media Literacy Week: 5 – 9 November

02 November 2018

Media Literacy Week is spearheaded by the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). 

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Free Chrome licensing for all New Zealand schools

02 November 2018

Starting on November 1, all state and state-integrated schools across New Zealand, will be able to claim Ministry-funded Chrome Education licenses at no cost courtesy of Google and New Zealand Ministry of Education.

Learn more »

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NCEA Review – End of public engagement

30 October 2018

On 27 May, the Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, launched the NCEA Review to the public and asked New Zealanders to have their say on the future of NCEA. The public engagement phase has just closed almost five months later on 19 October.

Over 16,000 people engaged directly in the NCEA Review, with 8,058 filling in a survey or detailed submission. Approximately 8,000 people attended a workshop, meeting, hui, fono, focus group, in-depth interview or debate.

Read more about the public engagement on NCEA

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Progress and consistency tools update

29 October 2018

PaCT has some new features designed to make students’ progress and achievement in relation to The New Zealand Curriculum more visible.

New progress features include:

  1. Expected curriculum progress: This shows the progress expected through levels 1 to 5 of the curriculum. It is based on the expectation that students will take two years of schooling to move through each level of the NZC. It provides a visual trajectory for expected achievement and appropriate rates of progress in relation to the demands of the curriculum.
  2. Typical progress: This shows the achievement of the middle 50% of students (between the 25th and 75th percentiles). It is based on data collected within PaCT. It shows student achievement in relation to the wider population.
  3. Progress trend: This shows what the student’s expected rate of progress will be over the next 12 months, if learning conditions are unchanged. It is based on the student’s achievement over the previous 14 months.
  4. Progress narratives: Concise general descriptions, which summarise what students can usually do when they achieve at different stages of the New Zealand Curriculum levels (this is shown on the PaCT scale).

Progress reports can be tailored and used for teaching and learning including conversations with students, parents, and whānau.

Find out more information and get support

  • Trial the new features on the Progress and Consistency demo site  using synthesised data.
  • View a range of guidance  on the new features.
  • Book professional support from Consortium of Professional Learning.

Update on progress tool for Māori medium – Te Waharoa Ararau (TWA)

Kura are strongly encouraged to keep using Te Waharoa Ararau and can continue to access support for this progress tool from Kia Ata Mai Trust .

Anga Tupuranga (learning progression frameworks) will be developed and tested with the Māori medium sector throughout 2019. Concept design thinking for the Anga Tupuranga is grounded in te ao Māori and mātauranga Māori as Te Marautanga o Aotearoa identifies the need to consider knowledge and skills relevant to the learner from the old world, the contemporary world and the new world.

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Digital Technologies and the NZ Curriculum – Your guide to finding support and getting ready

16 August 2018

This new resource will help you and your community learn more about the new digital technologies curriculum content, the supports available to help unpack the new content, and how you can access that support.
 

Digital Technologies and the New Zealand Curriculum – Your guide to finding support and getting ready

Digital Technologies and the New Zealand Curriculum – Your guide to finding support and getting ready

Information supporting schools and teachers understand and implement the new Digital Technologies strands

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Tapasā: Cultural Competencies Framework for Teachers of Pacific Learners

16 August 2018

The new Tapasā framework, a resource for all teachers of Pacific learners is now online.

Tapasā: Cultural Competencies Framework for Teachers of Pacific Learners

Tapasā: Cultural Competencies Framework for Teachers of Pacific Learners

Tapasā is a resource for all teachers of Pacific learners. It is designed to support teachers to become more culturally aware, confident and competent when engaging with Pacific learners and their parents, families and communities. It aims to contextualise quality teaching and planning within a Pacific learner setting by providing a Pacific lens to the Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Information and examples to support meeting the needs of Pasifika learners

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Nationwide upgrade to the N4L Managed Network

08 August 2018

N4L is rolling out an upgrade designed to provide schools with a safer, smarter online learning environment. They are enhancing online security services, providing greater internet capacity (i.e. more data), and reducing technical complexity to provide technology that’s safe and optimised for learning.

The upgrade is fully funded and will be completed for all schools by Term 4, 2019.

In August 2018, N4L will appoint an initial panel of IT support companies to help ensure the rollout is delivered in a timely, seamless and supportive manner. A schedule will be developed from September and will be shared with schools in advance. 

Find out more about the upgrade »
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Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Digital Readiness programme launched

22 June 2018

Education Minister Chris Hipkins launched the $12 million professional support programme to help schools implement the new digital curriculum.

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko| Nationwide Readiness Programme is one part of a wider $38 million Government funding package to help teachers and kaiako with the roll out of the new digital curriculum content.

The programme recognises that teachers will have different levels of experience in working with the new strands in the Technology Curriculum. Teachers can use a self-assessment tool that is designed to individually tailor the programme to their individual needs.

Sign up today »

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Change coming for PaCT and TWA users

05 June 2018

If your school uses the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) or Te Waharoa Ararau (TWA) you now have the option to have your settings aligned to the National Curriculum as opposed to National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori.

Updated versions of the PaCT and TWA tools were released on 28 May. The changes will align judgements to all five levels of the curriculum for The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa respectively.

This enhancement is part of how the Ministry is supporting teachers, kaiako, and education leaders with tools to help all students progress and achieve against the curriculum.

More information on the Ministry of Education website »

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Technology Online webinar: NCEA level 1 digital technologies standards

23 March 2018

Come along and hear Julie McMahon (HOD Technology, St Hilda's Collegiate School) and John Creighton (HOF Technology, Burnside High School) discuss these revised assessment tools and how they can be utilised in programmes of learning. There will also be time for a question and answer section.

Participate in webinar 

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Technology Online webinar: Introducing the learning progressions for digital technologies

23 February 2018

In this webinar, Catherine Johnson (Lead facilitator) will discuss the new learning progressions for digital technologies:

  • what they are
  • how they are embedded within technology and The New Zealand Curriculum
  • what supports and information are available for teachers.

This webinar is useful for teachers who will be involved in implementing the new learning progressions for technology in digital technologies, including:

  • classroom teachers in primary and secondary
  • technology lead teachers
  • syndicate leaders
  • heads of technology departments/learning areas/faculties
  • digital technologies teachers.

Participate in webinar 

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Education portfolio work programme

21 February 2018

The Minister of Education has outlined his Education Work Programme for the next three years. This maps out how he will realise this vision for the education system. The main components are outlined on the Ministry of Education's website – go to the Education Portfolio Work Programme  page. The Education Portfolio Work Programme: Purpose, Objectives and Overview is available as a downloadable PDF from this page.

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Updated TELA+ scheme

19 February 2018

From 1 March 2018, the Tela scheme will be managed by a new provider, Cyclone Computer Company Ltd. The scheme will be renamed TELA+ and be launched online on 2 March. From 2 March, the TELA website  will have a new design and additional features (login required).

The TELA+ scheme will no longer offer Toshiba devices but will add Acer, Apple, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft to its range. There will also be a wider selection of devices that will include laptops, tablets/hybrids and Chromebook models.

The Ministry of Education subsidy will continue for all eligible principals and teachers.

Any devices purchased under the TELA scheme before 1 March 2018 will continue to be covered for service and repairs under the original terms agreed at time of purchase through the TELA scheme.

More information
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2018 Census Primary and Intermediate schools' resources

19 February 2018

Stats NZ have produced 2018 Census Support Resources , which include resources for Primary and Intermediate schools in English and te reo Māori. The resources support the online census being held in in February/March. 

The resources are designed to support students to:

  • see the relevance of the data generated in their own lives
  • talk about data and the census at school and at home.

Student activities focus on:

  • understanding different people's perspectives about the census using persona cards and engaging in an exercise to convince people of the value of participating in the census
  • finding out about the languages spoken in New Zealand, including Māori language schools (kura kaupapa Māori)
  • comparing the world they are living in now with the world they will live in in 2038
  • supporting others to do the census is online.
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Safer Internet Day 2018 resources are ready!

25 January 2018

Each year Netsafe coordinates Safer Internet Day in NZ on behalf of the UK Safer Internet Centre. This year it is 6 February.

The theme for Safer Internet Day 2018 is "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you". This theme is an invitation for everyone to join in and engage with others in a respectful way in order to create a better digital experience.

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Safer Internet Day 2018

24 November 2017

Each year Netsafe coordinates Safer Internet Day in NZ on behalf of the UK Safer Internet Centre. In 2018 this will be held on 6 February. Netsafe will be providing resources, imagery, stories, and information to help you celebrate this day in your classroom. These resources will be available in early 2018.

The theme for Safer Internet Day 2018 is "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you". This theme is an invitation for everyone to join in and engage with others in a respectful way in order to create a better digital experience.

Find out how you can get involved in Safer Internet Day now »

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