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September 29, 2016

VLN Primary School September Update

A final item for my Kiwi readers (overnight for us here in North America)…

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VLN Primary School September Update

Paparimu children join in Te Reo Māori Online 
Paparimu children join in Te Reo Māori Online , by Rachel Whalley

Wanted – another Te Reo Māori teacher to join our awesome team! by Rachel Whalley

Are you a registered teacher with a sound knowledge of te reo Māori, tikanga & kaupapa Māori? Have good level of digital fluency? Want to develop your skills as an online kaiako? We would love to have you join our team! Read more

Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi – Akonga Aka Mariko.Welcome to the VLN Primary School

Our goal is to:

Connect Schools for Enhanced Learning Outcomes

The end of another super busy term and a chance to slow down the pace a bit over the next fortnight. Our September newsletter is out just in time to give you a bit of holiday reading.

It has been a great term for our students learning online with us. Our second cohort of Rural & Remote Schools Project is well underway, with Ally (Principal, Mulberry Grove) completing her first term’s online teaching. Our eteachers are getting to grips with our new Zoom technology and this term we have had relatively few technical issues – yahoo!

We  are pleased to welcome new schools Mayfield, Waitaria Bay and Te Kura o Waitahanui. We also welcome Carol Reid from Te Kura o Waitahanui to our eteaching team.

We will have information out soon about our 2017 programmes and encourage you to get ready to participate by contacting Ginette for a taster session next term. If you have any requests for new programmes or projects or would like to contribute and do some eteaching, please let us know.

In this newsletter we: 

  • share and celebrate our success in picking up an ANZIA award;
  • look forward to participating in ULearn16 and invite you to make contact with us there;
  • update you on our Asian languages project and invite you to join our global connections with Korean classrooms;
  • are on the lookout for another talented kaiako to join our te reo Māori team;
  • discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the proposed Communities of Online Learning (CoOLs) and invite your views as we prepare to make a submission to the select committee.

Ngā mihi nui


ANZIA - Highly commended for Diversity & Digital Skills

Recognition for VLN Primary School at Awards Night

Rachel picks up a Highly Commended ANZIA award (runners up) for Diversity & Digital Skills at a recent Awards night in Melbourne. Read more

VLN Primary School, VLN Secondary Clusters & NetNZ meet to discuss proposed Communities of Online Learning (CoOLs)

Online Communities Meet to Discuss CoOLs 

Last month we joined representatives from NZ’s online communities to discuss the proposed changes to the Education Act that could see more support for virtual learning in NZ.   Read more

ULearn - Back in the Day

Looking Forward to ULearn 2016

The anticipation of going to ULearn doesn’t lessen even after more than a decade of participation.  A valuable face to face time that builds relationships and networks that continue throughout the year. Read more

ALLiS team at the National Library

ALLiS Update

Online goes face to face when teachers met in Auckland recently for PLD & Planning for our ALLiS (Asian Languages) Project Read more

Students send presents from South Korea Tae-reung Middle School

Understanding SOUTH KOREA with words, giggles and song

Rosmini College’s Over the Back Fence project continues to push their GLOBAL CONNECTIONS to promote an understanding of cultural differences, languages, and being a global student. Read more

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Please note that I am a member of the Governance Group for this e-learning cluster.

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