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13 March 2018

Our latest newsletter is out now. Find out about, and register for, the free online webinars and forums available this term to support your professional learning and development.

To sign up for our newsletters:

  1. Go to the Newsletters  page
  2. Look for the heading Keep Informed  enter your email, and click on the subscribe button.
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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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Newsletter

13 February 2018

The first newsletter for the year is out now. We have developed some useful new pages and videos to support planning for the year.

Find out more in the latest newsletter »

To sign up for our newsletters:

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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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New digital technologies curriculum content published

08 December 2017

Today the Ministry of Education released the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.

The new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content is available from:

The release of the content follows a consultation period with teachers, kaiako, schools and kura, parents and whānau.

Schools and kura are expected to integrate the Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content by 2020. It will be taught from Years 1–10, with the option to specialise from Years 11–13.

Resources and supports for teachers and kaiako

To complement the release of the new curriculum content, the Ministry have commissioned a range of resources and supports for teachers and kaiako to:

  • build their digital confidence and capability
  • support them to introduce the new curriculum content into their teaching and learning programmes.

These supports and resources will be available over 2018–20.

More information »

Enabling e-Learning

Newsletter

06 December 2017

The final newsletter for the year is out now. Read the latest updates and find out what's new on the website.

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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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Strengthening Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko in the curriculum

16 November 2017

The Ministry of Education have closed off the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko (DT & HM) curriculum content consultation process with the release of three reports outlining:

  • the rationale for the new curriculum content and how it was developed
  • the feedback received from the schooling sector and other key stakeholders
  • the advice received from an independent Curriculum Advisory Group.

DT & HM feedback and synthesis reports 

  1. Martin Jenkins consultation report  – summarises and collates feedback received from the public consultation.
  2. Curriculum Advisory Group (CAG) report  – the CAG was established as an independent panel of experts commissioned to advise the Ministry on the draft DT & HM curriculum content and provide recommendations on feedback received during consultation as collated in the Martin Jenkins consultation process report.
  3. Summary report   – outlines:
    • the process for developing and consulting on the draft curriculum content
    • the changes noted, and responded to, on the DT & HM curriculum content after considering submissions received
    • the next steps for the sector as the new curriculum content is introduced into schools and kura.

A fourth report, The Ministry of Education’s response to the Curriculum Advisory Group Report, will be available on request.

The new curriculum content will be gazetted in December. It will be available for all state and state-integrated schools and kura to use in their teaching and learning programmes from the beginning of the 2018 school year. All schools and kura will be required to implement the new curriculum content from 2020.

Resources and supports for teachers and kaiako

To complement the release of the new curriculum content, the Ministry have commissioned a range of resources and supports for teachers and kaiako to:

  • build their digital confidence and capability
  • support them to introduce the new curriculum content into their teaching and learning programmes.

These supports and resources will be available over 2018-20.

More information »

Enabling e-Learning

Term 4 – Calendar of events on Enabling e-Learning

11 October 2017

We have a fresh series of free online webinars and forums to support your professional learning and development, and build your e-capability. 

Find out and share what's on with your colleagues

Enabling e-Learning

Newsletter

05 September 2017

Our latest newsletter is out now. Check out what's new on the website and the free PLD available to you this term.

Find out more in the latest newsletter »

To sign up for our newsletters:

  1. Go to the Newsletters  page
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Consultation on new digital technologies content for the National Curriculum

28 June 2017

Consultation on new digital technologies content for the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Māori-medium Curriculum, was launched today by Education Minister Nikki Kaye.

“The new curriculum content is about ensuring that students across all year levels have access to rich learning aimed at building their digital skills and fluency, to prepare them for this world," said Minister Kaye.

More information »

  • Complete the online survey  seeking feedback on the proposed Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.
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$40m digital fluency package

28 June 2017

Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced an investment package of around $40 million over three years to enhance the digital fluency of our young people.

“This investment will help integrate new digital technologies content, released this morning for consultation, into the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, our Māori-medium Curriculum,” says Ms Kaye.

$40 million digital fluency package at a glance

Initiative Funding Expected delivery
Additional demand-driven professional learning and development for teachers $9 million over 3 years Funding applications available Term Four 2017
National programme to introduce new curriculum and teaching strategies to teachers $15 million over 3 years Information available from Term Four 2017, support available from Term One 2018
Professional and Industry Networks $3 million over 3 years Funding for networks available from Term Four 2017
Specialised online provider $800,000 over 2 years Activities delivered in 2018
Interactive resources $3.5 million over 3 years Available from Term One 2018
Online exams trials $2.9 million over 1 year Trials complete by December 2018
Digital Technology for All Equity Fund $6 million over 3 years Information for potential providers published August 2017
Digital enterprise scholarships $330,000 over 3 years Information will be released in coming months
National Digital Championship $1.2 million over 2 years Details announced late 2017

More information

Enabling e-Learning

Newsletter

20 June 2017

Our latest newsletter is out now. Check out what's new on the website and the free PLD available to you this term.

Find out more in the latest newsletter »

To sign up for our newsletters:

  1. Go to the Newsletters  page
  2. Look for the heading Keep Informed  enter your email, and click on the yellow subscribe button.
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The Teaching and school practices survey tool is now ready for use

The Teaching and school practices survey tool is now ready for use

30 May 2017

This new online survey tool is designed to provide useful information for school inquiry, review, and development. It can provide your school with important insights about its teaching practices, processes, and leadership.

The design of the survey ensures that:

  • the items are based on robust research and are consistent with the New Zealand Curriculum, ERO's School Evaluation Indicators, and the draft Standards for the Teaching Profession
  • it's completely confidential, NZCER developed and hosts the surveys and safeguards the data
  • the principal gets sent a set of reports immediately after they close off the survey in their school so they can decide how best to use them.

Free to schools in Terms 2 and 3 each year.

NZCER will provide a national report at the end of the year.

Access the Teaching and school practices survey tool »

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2016/7 Digital technologies in schools survey results

17 May 2017

The 20/20 Trust's latest report, Digital technologies in schools, published April 2017, presents findings and information from the Digital Technologies in Schools survey. The survey objective was to ascertain how New Zealand schools manage access to, and the use of, digital technologies as a medium for curriculum delivery and student learning.

Specific areas of focus include:

  • strategic planning and digital technologies
  • digital tools for learning and personal digital tools
  • internet safety and students
  • te reo Māori resources
  • the impact of digital technologies on learning
  • barriers to the use of digital technologies in schools
  • use of digital technologies to communicate with the wider community
  • future-focused learning and stages of adoption of digital technologies by teachers.

The summary and full report are downloadable from the 20/20 Trust website .

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Protect your school from WannaCry ransomware

16 May 2017

The weekend media reported on a virus called WannaCry that is targeting computers of public organisations and private companies around the world.
 
Some schools may have been affected by this virus and we are writing to let you know what you should do and what we are doing to protect schools.

What is WannaCry?

WannaCry is malicious software that is taking control of computer systems by blocking access to a device, then demanding a ransom to unblock it. The virus, a type of ransomware, is largely being spread through emails when users click on links or attachments. Once a device is infected, the virus can quickly spread to all devices using your organisation’s network.
 
You can read more about WannaCry in New Zealand from CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team), the lead government agency monitoring the situation and providing advice on cyber security threats.

How can you protect your school?

  • Keep your software up to date – Ensure all devices connecting to your school’s network are patched with the latest software updates. The virus is affecting devices using older versions of Microsoft Windows software (XP through to 2008 R2) by exploiting flaws in Microsoft Windows SMB Server. Turn automatic updates on wherever possible.
  • Be cautious of email attachments and links and remind your staff and students to do the same – Everyone should apply a duty of care when clicking on links and opening email attachments. Note: these could be sent by people you know including students or staff who are unaware their devices have been infected.
  • Don’t become complacent and make sure back up files are kept off site

If your school has been infected, please report the incident to CERT immediately via its website: https://www.cert.govt.nz/businesses-and-individuals/report-an-issue/ and do not pay the ransom.

What is being done about it

N4L has blocked all traffic on the Managed Network that is attempting to connect to malicious IP addresses known to be associated with this virus. They are also actively monitoring the Managed Network to spot traffic patterns that may indicate suspicious activity from connected devices.

Web safety and cyber security requires continuous vigilance, education and duty of care around how devices are used. This virus may evolve and we will continue to work closely with our technology partner, Spark, and government agencies such as Ministry of Education, CERT and Netsafe to help schools keep their online environments safe for teaching and learning.

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Educamp dates and venues

12 May 2017

EduCampNZ is focused on digital learning, education, sharing ideas and learning from each other. Everyone is invited to participate.

EduCampNZ Dates and Venues for 2017

  • EducampAKL Saturday 29th July, Papakura High School
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