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July 5, 2013

[General] GCSN Newsletter – 5 July 2013

GCSNAnother one for my Kiwi readers…

GCSN Newsletter – 5 July 2013

Staffing news

It is with considerable regret that we farewell Margot McKeegan from the GCSN team as she takes up a full- time position with CORE Education.  Margot has been a valued member of the GCSN team from 2010 to 2013.  Her contribution to the development of video conferencing in schools, her work with school champions, her organisation of the scholarship mentoriing programme and her support of the of the Pegasus schools have been particularly valuable.

Some reminders

Termination of GCSN Video Conferencing Bridge Service

The Ministry of Education  has announced it is transitioning to a new high definition video conferencing bridging service to be supplied by Asnet.  All  schools will now have access to the high definition service provided by the Ministry.  For this reason GCSN will be terminating the video conferencing bridging service it has been supplying for the last twenty four months.

Asnet will arrange to transition all the GCSN video conferencing users over to the new Ministry service over the coming weeks.  It is expected the new service will be in place for GCSN schools by the start of next term.

Please feel free to contact Michael Hilliard at GCSN, mike.hilliard@gcsn.school.nz. or Richard Bishop at Asnet, Richardb@asnettechnologies.co.nz if you have any questions.

Registration of interest in individualised BYOD workshops

In our previous newsletter we indicated that GCSN is considering whether to run a number of BYOD workshops for individual schools. Such workshops would involve expert assistance from across New Zealand in all facets of ICT and BYOD development   It is proposed these workshops will be held during term three.

If your school is interested in   participating in this programme could you please contact carol.moffatt@gcsn.school.nz.   Expressions of interest should be lodged by the end of term two.

Other information

This newsletter will be be the last one for term two.  It has been a busy term for everyone.  We hope that everyone has an opportunity to  enjoy the forthcoming school vacation.

Please keep an eye on the GCSN  events calendar over the next few weeks for information about GCSN events in terms three.

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