Virtual School Meanderings

July 3, 2018

Term 2 Update 2018

One for my Kiwi readers.

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Term 2 Update 2018
Calf and Lamb Day
Calf and Lamb Day, by Rachel Whalley
Rural Education, Virtual Learning and Collaborative Practice by Rachel Whalley
There are many challenges in being a principal in a small rural school in New Zealand, but when principals work collaboratively across schools they can relieve some of those challenges and provide benefits for their students and themselves. 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:

Create Connected, Passionate, Purposeful Learners

In this newsletter we update you on research findings and recommendations on rural education, virtual learning and collaborative practice. We report on our recent AGM and newly formed Governance Group and discuss the proposed repeal of CoOLs (Communities of Online Learning) legislation. There is a lot of consultation taking place in education right now it is quite overwhelming to be able to respond to the sheer volume of it.  I am concerned that online learning doesn’t get left by the wayside within the wider process of review, small rural schools get equitable and fair opportunities, and the government understands there are many models of working online across schools and they all require adequate funding and support.

It’s not too late to get your enrolments in for Semester 2, starting at the beginning of Term 3.  We have a couple of exciting new programmes on offer and Korean classes at NO COST.  We introduce four new eteachers who strengthen our team and extend the opportunities we can share with our schools. If you have been thinking about getting involved now is a great time to jump in!

Sadly we also farewell Madlen Kunath who has been our awesome elearning support person for the first Semester. Madlen is accompanying her husband on sabbatical to Berlin for the remainder of the year.

Funding is an issue in maintaining an elearning support role, also at this stage we have no contract with the Ministry for 2018 and beyond. We have started a Give a Little Page to attract sponsorship. Please share this with your community and networks and encourage those who can to support our work.

Finally Sitech advise me they still have a special offer for schools on web conferencing camera and audio equipment at reasonable prices.

I hope you all have a restful holiday break

Kia pai tō whakatā

Ngā mihi nui



Team work
Governance Group Update

In May we held our AGM welcoming new governance team members and reporting on our 2017 year. Read more

Repealing CoOLs – Back to the Drawing Board for Online Learning in Schools

What does this mean for the VLN Primary school? Make sure your voice is heard in the consultation process about online learning in schools. Read more

#connectedlearners #lovelearning
2018 Semester Two Enrolments Now Open

Do you want your students to be #connectedlearners, lead their own learning and build key competencies? Do you want to share in the expertise of a growing collaborative network of schools? Read more

Kiwitea Students Korean Cultural Day Nov 2017, Sunny Yang VLNP teacher
Free Korean online language & culture classes

Join our free Korean online taster classes supported by the Korean Education Centre (KEC). Find out how your students can participate & take advantage of this offer in Term 3 & 4. Read more

Future Planning
Future Planning – Life Skills

Students will investigate financial literacy through a variety of authentic tasks that prepare them for the future but inspire them now! Read more

Web Design
Web Design

Could you be a web designer? Jen Hammonds is our web design tutor. Jen is a teacher but also a graphic and web designer, a PERFECT MATCH Read more

Poetry Study

Students are invited to join this literacy learning opportunity. Read more

Robert Bain - Digital Technologies eTeacher
Robert Bain – Digital Technologies

Robert, is Head of Digital Technologies at Amuri Area School close to Hanmer Springs in North Canterbury. Read more

Margaret Bullen - French teacher
Margaret Bullen – French

I am an experienced French teacher with a BA in French. Read more

Carolyn Drahohs - Visual Arts & Literacy Programmes
Jen Hammonds
Jen Hammonds

Kia ora whanau! My name is Jen and I’m originally from Taranaki, although living in Alaska during winter (making it an endless summer with endless Alaskan salmon). Read more

Aver CC30 HD Camera with Wireless Audio
Sitech Special Offer for VLN Primary Schools

Check out this web-conferencing camera and portable microphone suitable for larger groups and classes. 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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