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Apple's OS X Lion software is now available

12 December 2011

Apple’s new OS X Lion desktop operating system software is now available...

Apple’s new OS X Lion desktop operating system software is now available to schools registered with Renaissance Education (now named YOOBEE) under the Ministry’s Apple Maintenance Program (AMP) 2010-2012 software agreement. Schools currently registered under the Ministry's AMP Software Agreement will receive an email from YOOBEE outlining the process to obtain OS X Lion.

Update: Yoobee’s software and support contract with the Ministry of Education ended 31 December 2012. 

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Enabling e-Learning newsletter

28 October 2011

Nau mai, Haere mai, the first Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out now!

Nau mai, Haere mai, welcome to the first issue of the Enabling e-Learning newsletter.This newsletter replaces the ICT PD Online newsletter you were subscribed to.

The Enabling e-Learning newsletter is aimed at the wider educational audience. It will bring you information, links to resources, and school stories about e-learning from the new Enabling e-Learning web presence.

Read the newsletter online  or subscribe for updates.

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e-Learning Planning Framework

06 October 2011

You are invited to provide feedback on the e-Learning Planning Framework.

You are invited to provide feedback on the development of a New Zealand e-Learning Planning Framework. Consultation is now open to all schools and teachers, until 11 November 2011.

The e-Learning Planning framework will provide a 'road map' to support schools as they build capability to use e-learning effectively. Schools can use the framework as a self-review tool to gather evidence about current practice, plan next steps and access resources and services to support their progress.

The intended audience of the 2011 draft of the e-Learning Planning Framework is English medium primary and secondary schools, which include Māori in English medium schools.

Currently a framework for kura and Māori medium settings is planned as part of another consultation process in 2012. However, feedback on how an e-Learning Planning Framework can best meet the needs of kura and Māori-medium settings is welcomed as a part of the consultation process.

You can participate in the consultation process in the e-Learning Planning Framework group in the Virtual Learning Network.

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New NZCER research project

27 September 2011

NZCER would like to hear from those who work with school-aged learners.

NZCER is beginning a new research project for the Ministry of Education entitled Supporting 21st century teaching and learning for New Zealand students. The project aims to develop a vision for what future learning might look like for New Zealand students and to contribute to educational futures thinking and policy development. Further details about the project can be found on NZCER's website .

Can you contribute to this research?

We would like to hear from principals, teachers, and others who work with school-aged learners (approx 5-18 years old) about their innovative educational practices and ideas for teaching and learning for the 21st century.

From mid-September 2011 we are inviting schools that teach in English-medium, and others who support young people's learning, to contribute their stories of innovative practices and future-focussed thinking through an online submission form , where you can also read more about the kinds of practices we are most interested in hearing about. 

If you have any questions about this research, please contact the project leader: Rachel Bolstad, Senior Researcher, New Zealand Council for Educational Research. rachel.bolstad@nzcer.org.nz , DDI 04 802 1382

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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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