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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. 
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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.

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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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The Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Scholarship Fund Board Challenge

18 August 2014

The Challenge is offered to Māori students in years 7 to 13 and is an opportunity to learn about the valuable contributions made by soldiers of the 28th (Māori) Battalion in World War II. Students may enter submissions in a number of different mediums including short film, musical composition and photographic essay, with individual and group entries permitted.

Entries can link to English, history, arts, and Te Reo Māori learning. The Challenge encourages Māori students to draw on whānau experience and local history. Winning entries receive cash prizes and schools may win prizes for participation.

For more information and entry forms, go to The Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Scholarship Fund Board Challenge webpage  or email ngarimu.scholarship@minedu.govt.nz .

Tags: scholarship  Māori 
Staying Safe Online: Cybersafety tips from New Zealand's leading online companies

Staying safe online

18 August 2014

The booklet, Staying Safe Online: Cybersafety tips from New Zealand's leading online companies has been developed by NetSafe in association with several major online content providers, including: Facebook, YouTube, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Trade Me, and Twitter. It contains clear and practical tips that are effective in reducing risk and encouraging safety, to ensure all New Zealanders can use the internet in a positive way.

A copy of this booklet has been sent to every school in New Zealand. It is also available online for download in PDF format from the NetSafe website

Newsletter

30 July 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 
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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New ICT Advisory Service

21 July 2014

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye recently announced the establishment of an ICT Advisory Service to help schools make the most of their new connections to the Managed Network. The Learning Technologies Advisory Service, to be launched in February 2015, will provide schools with strategic advice on how technologies can help them achieve their educational goals.

In the interim, a targeted service will be delivered by Network For Learning (N4L). This will enable a tender process for the provision of a more comprehensive Learning Technologies Advisory Service to be completed.

See New ICT advisory service for schools Beehive press release for more information.

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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.

Māori medium e-Learning Planning Framework

Māori medium e-Learning Planning Framework

02 July 2014

The Māori Medium e-Learning Planning Framework (MMeLPF) is now available to all kura/schools. The framework has been developed to support Māori medium settings to use as:

  • a self-review tool for schools to gather evidence about practice
  • a "road map" for building e-learning capability
  • a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of e-learning programmes.

Find out more about the MMeLPF and download the hardcopy document »

Newsletter

13 June 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 
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Learning with 1:1 digital devices

05 June 2014

View the new section, Learning with 1:1 digital devices just up on Enabling e-Learning. This section provides information and examples to support school leaders and teachers with introducing and developing a digital device or BYOD programme in school. Content includes:

e-Learning community discussions

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