29 organisations are joining forces to mark 2016’s Safer Internet Day (9th February 2016) in New Zealand as Kiwis report an increasing number of incidents involving internet harms. Safer Internet Day is celebrated worldwide to encourage the safe and positive use of the internet and digital technologies, especially among families and young people. New Zealand’s Safer Internet Day is being coordinated by NetSafe, the online safety and security organisation.
“Safer Internet Day is a global event that celebrates the positive work going on every day of the year to make the internet a safer place for all users. We’re pleased to have so many organisations supporting the event in New Zealand. This highlights how creating a safer internet is a shared responsibility,” said Martin Cocker, NetSafe’s Executive Director.
Organisations supporting SID 2016 are promoting positive online safety messages and getting behind four activities on the day:
1. Project Positive –national compliments campaign
Project Positive is being run by young NZers with support from Sticks ‘n Stones, NetSafe Facebook and Google. The goal for the day is to share as many compliments online as possible. Students across NZ have created compliments for use on the day. People can participate in the campaign by:
Twitter, Google and Facebook are all providing support in the form of targeted promotion to ensure the compliments campaign gets the maximum amount of exposure online. You can read more about Project Positive on Facebook »
2. Staying Safe Online – resource
NetSafe has worked with NZ’s leading online companies to develop advice about staying safe online using their services. These resources are designed as “self help” guides to promote positive action by individuals to improve their own online safety, as well as providing valuable support for those with duty of care responsibility. Read more from NetSafe's Staying safe online page »
3. So you got naked online – resource
NetSafe is publishing So you got naked online , a resource that provides children, young people and parents with advice and strategies to support them in the event of sexting incidents. It promotes positive action by individuals to improve their own online safety, as well as providing valuable support for those with duty of care responsibility.
4. Digital Challenges Report
To mark Safer Internet Day, NetSafe has published a report on the full range of online challenges that New Zealanders faced in 2015 .
The Hon Nikki Kaye, Associate Minister of Education, announced a range of initiatives to help ensure that every student benefits from the advantages of digital technologies for learning.
Towards digital fluency addresses all four dimensions of learning in the 21st Century:
The Game Design Competition 2016 gives New Zealand school students in Years 7-13 the chance to win prizes by creating a playable game or game design where players have fun while learning to contribute to a safe road system.
The Ministry of Education has confirmed a new three year deal with Microsoft to provide their software to New Zealand schools.
The agreement focuses on supporting cloud-delivered computing and "anywhere, anytime" learning. Schools will have a choice of cloud-delivered or traditional on-premise software, and new tools to manage the increasing fleet of mobile devices in schools.
The Ministry will be undertaking a joint programme to support school software vendors, IT partners, and schools in the transition to cloud and mobile computing. This will include developing new tools, training, and advice to support schools in their use of digital technology.
Visit the Ministry’s website to find out more about Ministry-funded software and technology for schools.
Nikki Kaye outlined the Government’s vision for the future of digital education in her speech to the Bett Asia Leadership Summit 2015, 18 November.
The aim is maximise opportunities offered by the digital age to improve our education system. Building blocks and work underway include:
The Ministry of Education has published a Four Year Plan 2015–2019. This plan sets out what the Ministry is trying to achieve and how it is going to work with partners across the education system and across government to make it happen. Submissions for this plan close on Monday 14 December 2015.
For information about submissions to the plan read the Ministry bulletin for SCHOOL LEADERS - He Pitopito Kōrero (pdf)
Visit the Ministry's website to find out more about the Four Year Plan 2015–2019.
Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced consultation on an update of the Education Act 1989, inviting New Zealanders to have their say on how to help shape an education system that all children and young people deserve
For critical and need to know action read the Ministry bulletin for SCHOOL LEADERS - He Pitopito Kōrero (pdf)
Visit the Ministry's website to find out more about the Four Year Plan 2015–2019. It is online and open now until 5pm, Monday 14 December 2015.
If your school/kura has been allocated PLD and Programme for Students (PfS – for English medium schools only) for 2016, you will receive email notification by the end of October. This will confirm the support your school will be able to take part in during 2016.
The Ministry has prioritised supporting Communities of Learning and schools/kura with a high number of students achieving below expected levels, as well as those in regional areas facing significant challenges.
The Minister of Education announced changes to professional learning and development (PLD) in late September. These changes include:
More detailed information is in the Ministry Bulletin for school leaders: Issue 38 »
If you have any questions about PLD please email: PLD.firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Connected Learning Advisory is offering free one-day workshops for school leaders and leaders of digital technologies. Explore effective ways to manage and plan the ways your school or community of schools uses digital technologies for learning.
Workshops are being held in three regions:
This latest version of the NetSafe website is packed full of updated advice and guidance on cyber safety and security challenges in New Zealand.
More than 60 pieces of content have been completely rewritten to reflect recent legislative changes with priority given to issues that involve significant financial and emotional harm.
The Ministry intends to continue its support of the e-portfolio tool MyPortfolio for up to two years.
MyPortfolio was commissioned by the Ministry and is currently used in approximately 1500 schools. The Ministry recognises that e-portfolio tools are an important teaching and learning resource. In the next two years it will investigate long-term options for e-portfolio solutions.
If you have any questions about MyPortfolio, joining or getting started, please contact email@example.com .
Based on results from PISA 2012, this report, Students, computers and learning: Making the connection discusses differences in access to and use of ICT. The report examines the relationship among computer access in schools, computer use in classrooms, and performance in the PISA assessment. As the report makes clear, all students first need to be equipped with basic literacy and numeracy skills so that they can participate fully in the hyper-connected, digitised societies of the 21st century.
See the Research and readings page on Enabling e-Learning for a wide range of research to inform your pedagogy and approach to learning with digital technologies »
In prioritising PLD for 2016, the Ministry will be seeking to support Communities of Learning with their achievement challenges; schools and kura in regional areas facing significant achievement challenges and schools and kura with a high number of students achieving below expected levels.
Professional Learning and Development (PLD) provisions and supplementary support available for 2016, plus information on how they can be accessed is in the latest Bulletin from the Ministry of Education.
There will not be an application form this year.
The Commission for Financial Capability is running a photography contest throughout Money Week. They'd like you to show what being wealthy means to you, your family and friends.
This competition is for students aged 13 and over.
Money Week is a nationwide awareness-raising event aimed at changing behaviour around personal finance. It provides a platform for people in the education, finance, business and community sectors to hold money-related events and activities around the country.
DIGMYIDEA is a nationwide competition is about discovering and nurturing people with ideas that can make a difference. The aim is to grow Māori involvement in Aotearoa / New Zealand’s digital economy.
There are two entry categories:
Entries open Monday 24 August and close Sunday 18 October 2015. Entrants can submit an individual or team (up to three people) entry.
N4L has connected the 2000th school to its Managed Network, bringing its services to 80 per cent of the country’s schools. This means more than 600,000 students and 42,000 teachers across the country now have access to the government-funded network.
The rollout continues to be ahead of schedule, with over 700 schools connecting since N4L passed the halfway mark in February.
The process for schools applying for professional learning and development (PLD) will work differently for 2016.
Previously, schools have applied for PLD funding from a list of available provision areas. For 2016, the Ministry of Education will contact schools directly to discuss options for accessing appropriate support to PLD.
In prioritising PLD for 2016, the Ministry will support:
More details about PLD and the other supports that will be available in 2016 and how to access them will be provided in the next Ministry Bulletin for school leaders – He pitopito kōrero .
If you have any questions, please email PLD.firstname.lastname@example.org
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