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Virtual Learning Professional Development

Professional development

20 September 2011

NZ teachers and leaders interested in participating in the next VPLD intake.

The Virtual Professional Learning Development programme (VPLD) team is very keen to hear from NZ teachers, principals, APs and DPs who are interested in participating in the next VPLD intake. The programme begins in February 2012. 

Please use this form to submit your expression of interest.

To discuss participation, for yourself or a colleague, contact Hazel Owen hazel.owen@core-ed.org , Rachel Roberts rachel.roberts@core-ed.org , or Clarrie Yates clarence.yates@core-ed.org .

The VPLD programme is part of the e-Learning Professional Learning and Development (PLD) programme, managed on behalf of the Ministry by Te Toi Tupu, a PLD consortium that comprises CORE Education, Cognition Consulting Education, NZCER, Waikato - Tainui College of Research and Development, and The University of Waikato. 

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Copyright Act - NetSafe

12 September 2011

The Copyright Act has been amended. NetSafe provides guidance to schools.

On 1 September 2011 an amendment to the Copyright Act (1994) came into effect – the Copyright (infringing file sharing) Amendment Act. You can read the act in full on The New Zealand Legislation Acts website . The Act provides rights owners with a new method of taking enforcement action against people who infringe their copyright through file sharing – the upload or download of resources that are protected by copyright, specifically via file sharing technologies like peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.

Copyright (infringing file sharing) Amendment Act: Advice and guidance for schools 

The Ministry of Education funds NetSafe Incorporated to provide free, independent advice and guidance to New Zealand schools concerning cybersafety issues. Read their advice to schools  on the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act. NetSafe will work directly with schools that have concerns or questions about the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Act.  

NZFACT has confirmed that they are not able to officially enter into an agreement with NetSafe on behalf of infringing schools. However, NetSafe can talk to NZFACT about schools on an individual case by case basis.

NetSafe can be contacted directly at 0508NETSAFE (0508 638 723) and queries@netsafe.org.nz .


NZ on Screen resources

23 June 2011

Digistore has worked with NZ On Screen to provide a portal to resources.

Digistore, with NZ On Screen, has provided a portal to a number of NZ On Screen resources relevant to The New Zealand Curriculum. Currently there are 10 NZ On Screen resources indexed from within Digistore, but this number will continue to rise.


Collaborate with NetSafe

23 June 2011

NetSafe wants your feedback on their new Acceptable Use Policy for schools. Due to the rapid changes in technology use and the introduction of learning environments where students create, control and share their own content, more and more educators are seeking ways to effectively guide students to become responsible digital citizens.

NetSafe’s new Acceptable Use Policy is based on the values in The New Zealand Curriculum. NetSafe invites you to feedback on their consultation document.

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