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International languages week

18 August 2014

International Languages Week takes place between Sunday, 17 August and Saturday, 23 August 2014. This special week provides an opportunity to showcase and promote languages and cultures in your school and communities. 

What can your school do to celebrate International Languages Week?

  • Use the following question as a discussion starter with your class – "does the world look different in other languages?" 
  • Connect with community groups and families to find out what languages are spoken in your school community.
  • Invite family members with a second language into the school as guest speakers, to read first language books, or practice conversations with students.
  • Learn more than greetings – can you do a weather forecast in another language? Run an assembly or a PE lesson? Or cook something using a recipe entirely in another language?
  • Make a video like this YouTube one  to promote International Languages Week.
  • Develop a resource written in an international language to welcome new migrants and inform them about your local area.
  • Connect with another class in a country that speaks an international language – The Mixxer  is a free educational site designed to connect language learners around the world.
  • Participate in Moving Words – The inaugural literary translation prize for New Zealand secondary schools .
  • Use information communication technologies (ICTs) to improve student language learning outcomes – Learning languages with ICTs is a website with examples of how New Zealand teachers and schools are using ICTs to improve student learning outcomes.
  • Consider ways in which you could build learning languages into the rest of your school year.

For further information and resources visit International Languages Week on NZC Online »  

Enabling e-Learning

eLPF online tool for all schools

28 July 2014

The e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF) online survey tool is now available for all schools to use. 

The eLPF online tool is intended to support schools with regular self-review and planning for improvement of e-learning skills and knowledge. Use the online survey tool to gather and analyse information from across your school staff, leadership, and community including students and whānau.

The online survey tool:

  • is an efficient way to gather information in a relatively short space of time – the survey takes approximately 40 minutes.
  • gathers information from each individual
  • offers flexibility in terms of access (time and place)
  • helps schools and teachers reflect on, and evaluate, their e-learning capability. 

Schools can register now to use the online tool.

Go to Using the eLPF online tool for further information »

Māui and his first journey

Māui app launched

22 July 2014

Whakatipu has just released a new bilingual app for iPhone and iPad in time for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

"Māui and his first journey" interweaves positive parenting, child development, and brain development information into the traditional pakiwaitara about Māui growing up. Voiced by prominent kaumātua Amster Reedy of Ngāti Porou, the app has been developed by award-winning developer Flightless and illustrated by Ali Teo.

"Māui and his first journey" is available online and as a free download from the iTunes store:

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Māori language week 21-27 July

21 July 2014

This year the theme for te wiki o te reo Māori is te kupu o te wiki, the word of the week. This theme promotes learning te reo Māori throughout the year rather than during just one week.

Use the resources and join in the discussions in the Enabling e-Learning community.

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Samoan language week 25-31 May

26 May 2014

The theme is Taofi mau i au measina – Hold fast to your treasures.

The aims of Samoan Language Week are to:  

  • Celebrate the Samoan language and culture in New Zealand and globally
  • Promote the teaching and learning of the Samoan language
  • Raise awareness of the Samoan language as one of the most widely spoken languages in New Zealand
  • Promote the use of the Samoan language in every environment respecting each other’s situation – strong and respectful relationships
  • Promote initiatives to maintain and grow the recognition, learning and use of the Samoan language in the home, in education, at work, in government, in the media, in sport, in the arts, in the church and in the community.

Use the Teaching and learning resources on Enabling e-Learning with your students »

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The Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards

07 February 2014

A way to recognise your, and other's, good work. The Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards are now open for nominations, or direct entries. You might know someone or be interested in applying yourself. Take a look, check the criteria. The forms are on the website: http://www.pmawards.education.govt.nz/ . If you have any questions, email: info@pmawards.education.govt.nz .

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Cook Islands Māori language week 4-10 August

01 August 2013

There are five languages spoken in the Cook Islands. English and Cook Islands Māori are the official languages (except on Palmerston where only English is official). The other languages are:

  • Pukapukan - from the island of Pukapuka, which is geographically and linguistically closer to Samoa
  • Rakahanga/Manihiki - spoken on the islands of the same name 
  • Tongarevan - spoken on the island of Penrhyn.

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Security Central

Cyber Security Awareness Week starts 27 May

24 May 2013

NetSafe and the government's National Cyber Policy Office will launch the second week long awareness campaign to educate New Zealanders about improving their computer security.

They have developed a rugby themed set of messages called the Tight 5:

  1. Think before you click
  2. Update everything
  3. Backup your files
  4. Secure your wireless network
  5. Use strong passwords

Find out more at NetSafe's Security central website .

Follow the week’s activities at www.facebook.com/netsafe .

Tags: cybersafety  NetSafe 
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e-Portfolios in the classroom webinar now online

14 June 2012

View the webinar e-Portfolios in the classroom (14 June, 2012) just up in the Enabling e-Learning community. James Rae and Jacqui Innes from Russell St School lead this discussion sharing: 

  • the pedagogy and purpose for e-portfolios at Russell St School
  • how they are encouraging students to reflect on their work more deeply and the benefits to students' learning
  • how they setup e-portfolios at Russell St School - software, documentation, staff expectations, and professional development. 

From the Webinar recordings page, you can view the webinar in Elluminate Live!, the PowerPoint  used in the presentation, and download PDF's of the  Russell Street School documentation  used with e-portfolios.

More information on e-portfolios and Russell Street School's story can be found on the e-Portfolios page within this website.

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Cyber Security Awareness Week 11-15 June

11 June 2012

NetSafe is running New Zealand’s first Cyber Security Awareness Week in June and will be providing free advice at www.securitycentral.org.nz .

Cyber crime cost the country $625 million in 2011 (Norton Cyber Crime 2011 report) as more and more people use computers and the Internet for work and play.

More than 2000 adult New Zealanders are affected by cyber crime every day in the form of computer viruses and malware, credit card fraud, online scams, phishing and identity theft.

The key themes for this year’s programme are

Update everything - Make sure your operating system and all software is up to date

 Back up your files - Make regular copies of important data and store it in several locations

Use a secure wireless network - Choose a strong encryption setting and long passphrase for your router

Use strong passwords - Aim for 15 characters and a mix of lower and upper case letters and symbols

Follow the week’s activities at www.facebook.com/netsafe .

Tags: cybersafety  NetSafe 

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