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10 June 2016

The latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out now! This issue contains lots of new school stories, resources, and information from the Enabling e-Learning website. Find out what's coming up in Enabling e-Learning community. 

Go to the Newsletters  page to:

  • sign up for the newsletter – look for the heading Keep Informed, enter your email, and click on the yellow subscribe button. 
  • view archived newsletters.
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NetSafe appointed to cyberbullying role

01 June 2016

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 .

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Grass Roots Ideas Initiative

23 May 2016

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.

More information »
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$8.5m boost for school wireless connections

29 April 2016

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.

More information »

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Term 2 Enabling e-Learning events

27 April 2016

Register now for free webinars and participate in our planned forum discussions to support your professional learning. 

Term 2 Events in the Enabling e-Learning community »

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New focus for student information sharing initiative

19 April 2016

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.

Workshops

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.

Workshops are:

Joining the discussion

email: delta.info@education.govt.nz  if you would like to:

  • be part of the ongoing discussion. Request to be added to the dedicated online forum. 
  • would like to give some one-off feedback about the proposals. The Ministry will collate feedback received, and post updates to the draft proposals online.
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$500k to deliver wireless technology to more schools

14 April 2016

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.

More information »

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NZQA seeking your feedback on proposed changes to moderation

07 April 2016

NZQA is reviewing how it can better provide moderation services to meet changing assessor needs. They are working to:

  • make external moderation findings more relevant to assessors
  • improve the timeliness and usability of external moderation findings
  • provide a tool for use by assessors to support their own internal moderation practices.

NZQA want to hear your views on the following proposals:

  • How we can move to full online external moderation
  • Proposed changes to policies and processes to make external moderation more relevant and timely
  • Proposed changes to online submission of material for external moderation
  • Developing a web based tool that can assist schools and TEOs with making assessment decisions

Information on how to have your say is on the NZQA website »

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Student Management System workshops

01 April 2016

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.

Workshops are:

  • useful to senior leaders in all schools and kura, regardless of the SMS you use
  • free of charge
  • held in 30 regional locations.

Register for a workshop in your area »

Newsletter

24 March 2016

The second Enabling e-Learning newsletter for the year is out now! A summary of the new school stories, resources, and information from the Enabling e-Learning website, and what's coming up in Enabling e-Learning community

Go to the Newsletters  page to:

  • sign up for the newsletter – look for the heading Keep Informed, enter your email, and click on the yellow subscribe button. 
  • view archived newsletters.
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Hooked on NZ books

11 March 2016

A new website has been launched today – Hooked on NZ Books He Ao Ano . It's for young Kiwis to review New Zealand young adult fiction and it's all Creative Commons licensed.

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Term 1 Enabling e-Learning events

10 March 2016

Register now for free webinars and participate in our planned forum discussions to support your professional learning. 

More information about events in the enabling e-Learning community »

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PaCT workshops begin in March

09 March 2016

PaCT workshops are open to all schools interested in using the PaCT, RTLBs, RTLits, and Reading Recovery Teachers.

Dates, locations, and contact details »  

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New Curriculum for the future resources

26 February 2016

NZCER have designed a set of three resources to stimulate open-ended conversations about learning and curriculum. The resources can be used separately or together, and in any order.

Download the App for free until the end of February 2016!

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Newsletter

17 February 2016

The first Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out now! A summary of the new school stories, resources, and information from the Enabling e-Learning website, and what's coming up in Enabling e-Learning community

Go to the Newsletters  page to:

  • sign up for the newsletter – look for the heading Keep Informed, enter your email, and click on the yellow subscribe button. 
  • view archived newsletters.
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Safer Internet Day 2016

Safer Internet Day

09 February 2016

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.

NZ Partners working towards a safer Internet

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:

  • sharing a compliment using Project Positive
  • posting a photograph of themselves with a compliment on social media.

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

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Newsletter

08 December 2015

The December Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out now! Watch the new school stories from Halswell School and catchup on the latest news and information.

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Towards digital fluency

Towards digital fluency

07 December 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:

  • infrastructure
  • teaching and learning practices
  • online content
  • equitable access.
NZTA Game design competition

Game design competion 2016

26 November 2015

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.

Details about the competiton and how to enter are on the NZ Transport Agency website »

Ministry of Education

New three year deal with Microsoft provides software to schools

25 November 2015

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.

Tags: Software  Microsoft 

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