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Next wave of Communities of Schools

23 April 2015

Education Minister Hekia Parata announced 129 schools from across the country have signed up for the second round of Communities of Schools on 22 April 2015.

The schools, will form 18 new Communities of Schools dedicated to lifting the quality of teaching and learning in their classrooms. These new Communities add to the first 11 Communities of Schools, announced in December.

Schools in the latest groupings come from across the spectrum. Almost 60 per cent are decile 1 – 5 schools.

Communities of Schools are part of the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative announced in 2014. Schools in the programme receive additional funding to enable teachers and principals to share teaching and leadership expertise.

A key part of Investing in Educational Success (IES), Communities of Schools are groups of schools and kura that come together to raise achievement for children and young people by:

  • sharing expertise in teaching and learning
  • supporting each other
  • forming around students’ usual pathway from primary to secondary school.

These Communities set shared goals based on information about their students’ educational needs and work together to achieve them.

“We know that the biggest factors in-school for lifting achievement are the quality of teaching and leadership. The biggest out-of-school factors are family involvement and community expectations. IES promotes all these by fostering systematic collaboration between teaching professionals and encouraging parents and communities to set achievement objectives and challenges," says Ms Parata.

For more information, Investing in Educational Success »  

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ANZAC day e-learning resources

20 April 2015

Use this collection of online resources to support learning and teaching about ANZAC day and the WW1 centenary.

ANZAC day e-learning resources provides:

  • links to discussions and crowd sourced resources in the Virtual Learning Network
  • NZ Curriculum resources
  • useful links to reputable NZ websites with lots of information, and interactive activities for students.
Tags: ANZAC  WW1  world war 1 
Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand

Dyslexia advocacy week 16-22 March

16 March 2015

Getting it right in the classroom is a key focus of Dyslexia Advocacy Week. See what you can do to improve the learning experience and support improved achievement outcomes for student’s with dyslexia.

More information is available from:

Tags: Dyslexia 
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Connected Learning Advisory launched today

06 March 2015

The Connected Learning Advisory – Te Ara Whītiki is a service to help schools and kura access consistent, unbiased advice on integrating technology with learning so they can get the best results for their students and communities.

This service is provided free of charge to all state and state-integrated New Zealand schools. It is funded by the Ministry of Education and managed by CORE Education.

Schools and kura can contact advisors by phone or online for consistent, unbiased advice on integrating technology with learning so they can get the best results for their students and communities.

The Connected Learning Advisory will help schools make the most of the potential of ultra-fast broadband, the N4L Managed Network, and other digital technologies to achieve better educational outcomes for all learners.

For contact details and more information about the Connected Learning Advisory – Te Ara Whītiki  » 

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Digital Technology – Safe and responsible use in schools

25 February 2015

This new guide provides general advice for schools about preventing incidents by promoting safe and responsible use of digital technology. It was produced by the cross-sector Online Safety Advisory Group convened by the Ministry of Education. NetSafe is a member of this group and led the content development of this guide.

The Education Act 1989 contains provisions that are directly relevant to how schools should manage an incident, such as bullying, that involves digital technology. This guide provides specific advice schools on how to manage digital technology under the legislation relating to searches and confiscation of property. It is a companion to the Guidelines for the Surrender and Retention of Property and Searches released by the Ministry of Education in January 2014.

Download Digital Technology – Safe and responsible use in schools from the NetSafe website

More information about digital citizenship on Enabling e-Learning:

Ministry of Education

School-whānau relationships report released

25 February 2015

The Education for Māori: Relationships between schools and Māori whānau report released today says that good relationships between whānau and schools can have an important influence on Māori student achievement.

"Parents and whānau have a critical role to play in their child’s education. We know that when whānau and schools work closely together, significant gains can be made in student achievement,” says Ms Parata.

The report also says that six out of 10 whānau surveyed believe they have effective relationships with their local school.

“By working together to build better relationships between whānau and schools, we can help all young Māori to achieve educational success and make a positive contribution to society.”

Find out more:

Newsletter

12 February 2015

The first Enabling e-Learning newsletter for 2015 is out now! View the new school stories, resources, and information from the Enabling e-Learning website, and the 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. 

Term 1: Enabling e-Learning calendar of events  is out now. Enrol for one of our free webinars or join one of the facilitated discussions coming up this term.

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Safer Internet Day 2015

10 February 2015

Safer Internet Day 2015 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 10th February with the slogan “Let’s create a better internet together”.

Coordinated in New Zealand by NetSafe , the celebration will see New Zealand organisations getting involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, and others to join together in helping to create a better internet.

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New provider for $5 million digital advisory service

11 December 2014

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that CORE Education has been chosen to deliver the Ministry of Education’s new Learning Technologies Advisory (LTA) Service.

CORE Education, which offers a range of e-based learning and development services, will deliver the LTA service to all schools from 2015 on. A total of $5 million will be invested in the service over three years, starting in 2015. 

A recent survey showed that around 70% of schools believe digital technologies positively affect teaching and learning, but only 14% feel all their teachers have the necessary skills to manage digital resources for learning.

“This service is about helping teachers take advantage of digital technology to enhance learning in our schools," says Associate Minister Kaye.

See New provider for $5 million digital advisory service  Beehive press release for more information.

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New online resources share future-focused learning examples

25 November 2014

A new web section has been launched to share some of the diverse ways schools are using digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning. The Future-focused learning examples web section currently features examples and approaches from Leamington and Newmarket schools with more planned for 2015.

Visit the new Future-focused learning examples web section  now »

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Enabling e-Learning newsletter out now

21 November 2014

New school stories, resources, and information from the Enabling e-Learning website, and the Enabling e-Learning community .

In this latest issue :

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. 
Tags: newsletter 
Ministry of Education

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.5 is now available

05 November 2014

Symantec has recently released a new version of Symantec Endpoint Protection, 12.1.5

This version includes significant feature enhancements in terms of performance and management, most significant of which being:

  • Linux Client Management integration
  • Support for Mac OS X 10.10
  • An improved way to distribute antivirus signature files reducing disk requirements by up to 95%

Since the middle of 2014, Symantec has seen a major surge in the occurrence of crypto-malware. Schools should upgrade SEP to version 12.1 or later if they haven’t already done so.

Crypto-malware works by tricking computer users to click on a link in an email which then downloads malicious software (so called malware) to their PC. This malware then encrypts a user’s files which can’t be used until a fee or ransom is paid.

To help protect against crypto-malware schools should:

  • educate users to not open suspicious emails
  • backup files regularly
  • upgrade Symantec Endpoint Protection and other security software they have.

For more information, go to the ICT helpdesk – Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.5 is now available  page.

Newsletter

14 October 2014

The latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out now! View the new school stories, resources, and information from the Enabling e-Learning website, and the 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. 

Check out the free webinars available to schools this term.

Tags: newsletter 
Ministry of Education

Teaching in the digital world: Term 4 webinars

08 October 2014

A range of free webinars is planned for Term 4 to support schools to make the most of digital technologies for learning. Webinars are an easy way to get up to speed, learn from colleagues, and ask questions about some of the rapidly developing issues in education.

First up on Tuesday 14 October: NZQA assessment on line

One of the most common questions secondary school teachers ask Howard Baldwin, Ministry of Education Sector Engagement Manager for the Learning with Digital Technologies programme, is when students will be able to do their NCEA external examinations on their laptops or devices.

The webinar will answer that question. Steve Bargh, NZQA’s Digital Assessment Programme Leader, says NZQA is working towards moving secondary school external assessment to the online environment in response to significant demand from the sector and in line with Government objectives.

“One of the reasons that we are most interested in computer-based examinations is that we believe technology is an enabler of more sophisticated assessment. Technology allows you to include higher order skills such as knowledge creation, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and evaluation skills in your assessment,” he says.

In the webinar Steve will talk about what is involved in changing to computer-based examinations and lessons from international experience. The webinar will also cover opportunities for schools to pilot various aspects of online assessment. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, and Howard Baldwin and Elizabeth Eley, Manager Senior Secondary from the Ministry, will also be available to answer questions.

Register for the NZQA Assessment online webinar »  

Other learning with digital technologies themed webinars include:

All webinars are 3.45–4.45pm. Register online for any of these free webinars »  

To find out more about Ministry initiatives to support schools to integrate digital technologies in teaching and learning:
Go to Ministry initiatives  
Or email: learning.digitaltechnologies@minedu.govt.nz

Ministry of Education

PLD Supplementary support application closes soon

08 October 2014

To apply for support in 2015, schools need to complete their applications for additional supplementary professional learning and development (PLD).

This can be done using the online form below.

More information

Enabling e-Learning

New Māori medium section

29 September 2014

A new Māori medium section is just up on Enabling e-Learning. 

Go to the new Māori medium tab and find information, examples, and resources to support your kura with developing your e-learning capability.

Māori Medium e-Learning Planning Framework (MMeLPF) – Te Rangitukutuku Online Survey Tool

There is information about how to use the Māori Medium e-Learning Planning Framework (MMeLPF) – Te Rangitukutuku Online Survey Tool, which is now available for all kura to use. 

The MMeLPF online tool is intended to support kura 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 kura 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 kura and teachers reflect on, and evaluate, their e-learning capability. 

Schools can register now to use the online tool.

For more information go to Te Rangitukutuku: Ngā tohutohu (Using the MMeLPF online tool) »

Enabling e-Learning

MMeLPF online tool for all kura

26 September 2014

The Māori medium e-Learning Planning Framework (MMeLPF) – Te Rangitukutuku Online Survey Tool is now available for all kura to use. 

The MMeLPF online tool is intended to support kura 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 kura 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 kura and teachers reflect on, and evaluate, their e-learning capability. 

Schools can register now to use the online tool.

Go to Te Rangitukutuku: Ngā tohutohu (Using the MMeLPF online tool) for further information »

Newsletter

28 August 2014

The latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out now! View the new school stories, resources, and information from the Enabling e-Learning website, and the 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. 
Tags: newsletter 
Ministry of Education

PLD Supplementary support application closes soon

27 August 2014

To apply for support in 2015, schools need to complete their applications for additional supplementary professional learning and development (PLD).

This can be done using the online form below.

More information

The New Zealand Curriculum Online

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 »  

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