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Minecraft competition 2020

Minecraft Competitions 2020

04 March 2020

INTERFACE, MOTAT, and Microsoft have teamed up for the Minecraft 2020 competitions. Entries are open now.

Entry forms

  • Students: Build a better future in Minecraft . Build a Minecraft creation that helps to save and protect our environment. Record a video showing how it works. Choose from three age categories:
    • Primary (Years 1-6)
    • Intermediate (Years 7-8)
    • Secondary (Years 9+)

Entries close: Monday 29 June 2020 (the last week of Term 2).

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Digital learning day

21 February 2020

Join teachers and students around the globe celebrating the use of digital technology in education for Digital Learning Day on February 27th.

Each year classrooms across the United States and around the world hold events to celebrate Digital Learning Day. 

Google for education  offer some great collections of free lessons as part of the day.

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Newsletter

21 February 2020

Find out about what's new on the website and what's happening in the online community.

To sign up for our newsletters:

  • go to the Newsletters  page
  • look for the heading Keep Informed  enter your email, and click on the subscribe button.
Beehive.

Classroom internet in hundreds of schools to get a boost

24 January 2020

The Government has begun a massive IT upgrade to provide more seamless internet access to 200 schools around the country.

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Newsletter

18 October 2019

Find out about what's on in the Enabling e-Learning community this term.

To sign up for our newsletters:

  • go to the Newsletters  page
  • look for the heading Keep Informed  enter your email, and click on the subscribe button.
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StudyIt – support for NCEA students

18 October 2019

StudyIt is an online learning environment for NCEA science, maths, and English students, with information for students about what they need to know to achieve particular achievement standards, as well as discussion forums, and general study and exam advice.

Students can use forums to discuss NCEA issues with other students and teachers, and send specific questions to expert teachers.

StudyIt has been refreshed and is also now more responsive to being viewed on mobile devices.

Tags: NCEA  StudyIt 
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Netsafe – New research reveals the online lives of NZ kids

03 October 2019

Netsafe has released Ngā taiohi matihiko o Aotearoa - New Zealand Kids Online looking at the online experiences of Kiwi kids and their confidence in their online safety skills.

Summary of findings

  • Most New Zealand children have frequent access to the internet, with 77% saying they can often or always go online.
  • The most common places for children to access the internet are at home (96%) and at school (89%).
  • Children use multiple, preferably portable, digital devices to go online. Overall the most commonly used devices are laptop or notebook computers (76%), and smartphones (72%). However, among older children (15-17 years) smartphones are the most frequently used device (93%).
  • Most children said they are confident about their digital skills. However, younger children (9-11 years) are less so than other age groups, particularly in regard to managing privacy.
  • Most children use the internet for entertainment, learning, and socialising, e.g. 90% watched video clips at least once a week. However, children are much less likely to go online for community engagement, civic participation and creative opportunities, e.g. 15% created and shared their own video or music.
  • Social media is ubiquitous among children of all ages who use these tools primarily for socialising and entertainment. There are some gender differences regarding social interaction through social media.

Read the full report, Exploring NZ children's internet access, skills and opportunities »  

Netsafe Review Tool.

Netsafe Schools programme launch

06 September 2019

Today Netsafe launches the revamp of the Netsafe Schools programme. They introduce a new tiered approach. The tiers act as signposts to guide a school’s progress and illustrate their growth in online safety competencies to their wider school community.

Visit Netsafe Schools »  

Newsletter

27 August 2019

Find out about what's on in the Enabling e-Learning community this term.

To sign up for our newsletters:

  • go to the Newsletters  page
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Minecraft competition.

"Make A Machine" in Minecraft Student Competition 2019

02 August 2019

INTERFACE and MOTAT have teamed up for the Minecraft Student Competition 2019. Entries are open now.

Students design and create a 'machine' of their choice, then record a video showing how it works.

Choose from three age categories:

  • Primary (Years 1-6)
  • Intermediate (Years 7-8)
  • Secondary (Years 9+)

Entries close Tuesday 15 October (the first week in Term 4).

Entry Form – "Make a Machine" in Minecraft »

Enabling e-learning.

Supporting place-based education with digital technologies

01 August 2019

Place-based education can help to localise your curriculum by giving students a sense of responsibility and affiliation for their surrounding environment, community, and region.

Read more about place based education »

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Newsletter

25 July 2019

Find out about what's on in the Enabling e-Learning community this term.

To sign up for our newsletters:

  • go to the Newsletters  page
  • look for the heading Keep Informed  enter your email, and click on the subscribe button.
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N4L's Pond to close on 28 June

21 June 2019

After a wide-ranging review, N4L has confirmed that it will be shutting down Pond. The platform will officially close Friday 28 June 2019. Read more on the N4L website .

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Enabling e-Learning Community update

11 April 2019

Join the conversations and access useful resources from the Enabling e-Learning online community. See the latest roundup to find out what's new or read the blog »

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FREE DT & HM Readiness Workshops in your region!

22 March 2019

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko are providing free regional workshops that support teachers, kaiako, and leaders understand and implement the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curricula content.

Ki te Ahikāroa or Regional Meetups are hands-on, engaging workshops.

  • Experienced facilitators deliver workshops for people with all levels of expertise.
  • Workshops are delivered in Te Reo Māori and English for Māori and English Medium contexts. 
  • New meetups will be added in all regions for the second half of 2019 and into 2020.

Register for a meetup »

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Christchurch Attacks – Advice from Netsafe

20 March 2019

Netsafe issued an advisory on Saturday 16th March 2019 encouraging the public to report video content directly to their helpline. The Netsafe team has been working closely with the Police, the Department of Internal Affairs and other government departments to assess these reports.

The video of the attack is officially classified as "objectionable content" by the Chief Censor. Netsafe encourage you to use their harmful content advisory on what steps to take upon discovery of the video online. 

enabling e-learning

Newsletter

12 March 2019

Find out about what's on in the Enabling e-Learning community this term.

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Seeking schools to take part

04 March 2019

In 2019, Sticks n Stones is taking its programme across Aotearoa with an augmented training programme powered by Facebook – and is looking for schools interested in being involved. The "Online Advocate" training is provided free and can support up to 40 schools this year.

The programme starts with full-day activator workshops in host schools attended by local students (supported by a staff champion). This is followed by an interactive and collaborative online training programme supported by webinars.

For an information pack – or if you have any questions – contact hello@sticksnstonesnz.com

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Webinar – NCEA L2&3 digital technologies standards

25 February 2019

Julie McMahon (St Hilda's College) and John Creighton (Burnside High School) discuss these revised assessment tools and how they can be utilised in programmes of learning.

There will be time for you to ask Julie and John your questions.

Keep informed

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