The Education (Update) Amendment Bill (the Bill) proposes to recognise the impact that technology is having on education, by introducing a new mode of education delivery – online learning. Technological change makes it possible for students to learn anywhere, anytime, and at any pace.
Anne Williams, e-Dean at Ashburton College, explains the benefits for students of online learning, particularly using NetNZ. Anne comments, "Being an online learner really does give a lot of independence to students around their learning."
It's Tokelau language week from 23-29 October. Find lots of useful online resources for including Tokelau language in your classroom curriculum on the Pasifikia Resources page .
Try out your language skills with these easy words and phrases in te gagana Tokelau.
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Each series is designed for a specific stage in students’ learning, providing supports and challenges to scaffold their growing understandings and to prepare them for the next stage in their learning.
The English-medium literacy instructional series support teaching and learning through years 1–8. They include:
This new online guide provides ideas, resources, and stories illustrating how NZ secondary schools use digital technologies to extend and enhance learning in the NCEA years.
Using digital technologies to support learning in a senior secondary context has been developed by the Connected Learning Advisory. This online guide has been developed to support school leaders and teachers prepare for NZQA's extensive innovation programme for going digital, which will impact all senior secondary students. Schools need to make significant shifts in practice to respond to challenges and harness the opportunities provided by digital technologies.
This guide is one of a series produced by the Connected Learning Advisory. To find out more visit the Connected Learning Advisory page on Enabling e-Learning.
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The Ministry of Education have released an App to help teachers use the learning progressions frameworks to support teaching and learning.
The App allows you to browse the frameworks and illustrations anywhere, anytime and make notes to help you in your work.
Ruaumoko: The Rumbling Voice is an interactive digital book narrated by deaf Māori students in Te Reo Turi and New Zealand Sign Language. This narration is supported by text and audio in Te Reo Māori and English.
The story follows the whakapapa of Te Kore, Rangi and Papa and their separation, Ruaumoko, and the battle of his brothers where he sent earthquakes to signal his feelings about the separation. The narrator explains the connection with the deaf community and their identification with the way Ruaumoko sends vibrations through the ground to gain the attention of others. The story familiarises the deaf students with their whakapapa and gives them the sense they are associated with one of Nga Atua Māori, demonstrating they are powerful and valued.
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Digital technology is to be formally integrated into the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today at the NZTech Advance Education Technology Summit in Auckland.
The decision is an outcome of the Government’s Science and Society Strategic Plan – A Nation of Curious Minds: Te Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara .
"Digital technology will be included as a strand of the Technology learning area in the New Zealand Curriculum, and as a whenu within the Hangarau Wāhanga Ako of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa," says Ms Parata.
From now until the end of 2017, the Government will consult with stakeholders, design new curriculum content, and develop achievement objectives across the whole learner pathway. It will be fully integrated into the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa in 2018.
Education Services has a new website explaining how professional learning and development (PLD) is being changed from 2017. The new website explains what PLD is focussed on, who delivers it, and how schools, kura and, Communities of Learning can access it.
Education Services are working with a wide range of sector representatives to implement the new approach to PLD.
The Professional Learning and Development site will have the most up-to-date information about the changes.
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NetSafe has been appointed as the Approved Agency under the harmful digital communications act to manage and assist Internet users with cases of online harassment under a new civil enforcement scheme.
The Approved Agency’s role includes advising on steps people can take to resolve a problem, investigating and attempting to resolve complaints where harm has been caused, and providing education and advice about online safety and conduct.
Budget 2016 included $16.4 million of new funding to support the Harmful Digital Communications Act including operation of the Approved Agency.
It’s expected NetSafe will start as the Approved Agency in November 2016.
More information on NetSafe's website – NetSafe appointed as approved agency .
If you have been using technology in a way that is innovative, or you have a brand new idea you would like to trial, the Grass Roots Ideas Initiative wants to hear from you!
The Grass Roots Ideas Initiative aims to help schools around New Zealand better understand how to use digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning.
The Ministry of Education wants to work with teachers and school leaders to identify, test, and share teaching and learning ideas that take advantage of the Internet, digital devices, digital resources and/or digital tools.
The Ministry will support successful applicants by funding release time for the person or people leading the change in practice. The release time will cover their involvement in setting up and implementing the change, analysing the results and writing them up. The Grass Roots Ideas advisor will provide mentoring support throughout the application process and idea investigation.
Another 350 schools will be able to access wireless technology, thanks to a funding increase for the Ministry of Education’s Wireless School Network Upgrade Project (WSNUP), Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
There are 475 schools already in the process of having wireless retrofitted, and today’s announcement will see this increase to about 825 schools throughout the country.
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The Student Management System (SMS) initiative has been renamed SISI – the Student Information Sharing Initiative.
To date, the SISI team have undertaken a detailed assessment of the types of systems currently used in schools. They are working towards a solution, which will allow teachers and school leaders the flexibility to continue using systems that work for their particular schools.
A new roadmap
A draft "roadmap" for the SISI project, which is the result of consultation between the Ministry, and interested teachers, school leaders and vendors, is now available for feedback.
As the SISI team investigated the different SMSs around the country, it was found that data recording practices varied widely across schools, and that a number of schools were not using their systems to the best effect.
SMS "Good Practice" workshops for school leaders have been developed in partnership with the Connected Learning Advisory (CLA). These workshops are being planned for delivery in Term 2.
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Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced funding of $500,000 to enable over 40 more schools nationwide to receive wireless technology, as part of the Ministry of Education’s Wireless School Network Upgrade Project (WSNUP).
“The WSNUP project was set up in late 2014 to retrofit wireless technology to a number of schools that had already received a core digital infrastructure upgrade, prior to wireless technology being included in SNUP.
“Under WSNUP, work is already well advanced towards retrofitting wireless technology to over 430 schools, and I’m pleased that today’s announcement will see over 40 more schools also receive wireless upgrades," said Minister Kaye.
NZQA is reviewing how it can better provide moderation services to meet changing assessor needs. They are working to:
NZQA want to hear your views on the following proposals:
Make the best use of your student data. The Ministry’s Student Information Sharing Initiative (SISI) is working with the sector to resolve the challenge of easily accessing and sharing information that schools, students and caregivers need.
The Connected Learning Advisory–Te Ara Whītiki is running a series of half-day workshops throughout Term 2 on behalf of the Ministry of Education.
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