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October 30, 2016

VLN Primary 2017 Online Programmes

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VLN Primary 2017 Online Programmes

Mangere Central School Japanese students talk to their eteacher in Japan.
Mangere Central School Japanese students talk to their eteacher in Japan., by Maria Heron

How We Work by Ginette Van Praag

New to us or just looking for a refresher? Here you will find supporting information and links to essential documents about how we work. Read more

Welcome to our VLN Primary School online learning programmes for 2017.  Our online classes & projects are open to any NZ children to participate (including secondary age students).  Here you will find information on our Programmes, our eTeachers and our Technology to help you choose the best we have to offer for your learners. When you are ready to enrol, please click on the online registration form link on any of the programme pages.  Please contact primary@vln.school.nz if you have any questions or queries.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Mangere Central VLN Primary Students

Enrolments Open for 2017 Semester 1 Online Programmes

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? Are you looking to extend the walls of your classroom and work with other like minded schools?  Read more

Mangere Central School Japanese students talk to their eteacher in Japan.

How We Work

New to us or just looking for a refresher? Here you will find supporting information and links to essential documents about how we work. Read more

Kids Guide to 2017 Online Classes

Learner’s Guide to our Online Classes

Help your learners choose online classes that match their interests with our new 2017 Guide. Read more

ALLiS - Asian Language Learning in Schools

ALLiS – Asian Language Learning in Schools

We are now in the second year of the government’s investment in Asian Language Learning in Schools (ALLiS) funding initiative and it’s going great! Read more

Japanese Lanterns

Our ALLiS Learning Programme

Whether you want your learners to get a taste for Asian Culture, or want your whole class or year group to study for the year, we offer a range of online classes to suit their needs. Read more

Eva's Spanish Class

Our Language Classes

In addition to our ALLiS languages we intend to offer the following language and culture classes in 2017: Te Reo Māori, Afrikaans, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Asia Aware Inquiry.  We may offer more as the year progresses, watch this space! Read more

Extension and Creative Classes

We offer classes that extend learners in Maths, Astronomy, Computer Science and Programing and Visual Art.  We welcome your ideas for other courses we can do. Read more

Students from India talking with Rosmini College students.

Over the Back Fence Project 2017

Check out the Over the Back Fence Project – Global Connections, Collaborative Inquiry, Reciprocal Teaching. Plan to participate for 2017! Read more

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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

Rachel

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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August 25, 2016

VLN Primary School Statement – Communities Of Online Learning

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VLN Primary School Statement – Communities Of Online Learning  by Rachel Whalley

VLN Primary Kids #connectedlearners
VLN Primary Kids #connectedlearners— Rachel Whalley

The Virtual Learning Network Primary School welcomes the news of the proposed regulatory framework for online learning in New Zealand. This mode of delivery is not new in New Zealand schools, however the educational policy that supports it, is definitely new. Read more
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August 1, 2016

VLN Primary School – August Update

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VLN Primary School – August Update

Game On
Game On, by federicoghedini (Pixabay)

The Perfect Game by Tim Morgan

Increasing participation in physical activity – a hauora based learning programme.  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

In this newsletter we invite you and your students to participate in a number of exciting and innovative programmes and professional learning opportunities.

Through our collaborative schools network we are able to connect you and your students to some amazing professionals who have a huge depth of expertise and passion for what they do. Tim Morgan brings you NZ’s first online PE programme for primary students with the Perfect Game; Geoff Wood’s Filipino students host Asburton students with theirVirtual Merienda & invite others to join them; and we introduce ourfantástico Spanish teacher Eva Anton.

Thank you to all the amazing people in our schools, who truly get what it means to collaborate beyond their own school gate for the benefits of all our children in NZ. If you think you ‘get it’ too, are future focused and want to share collaborative practice, then get in touch with us we can help make those connections.

In this edition we also give you a heads up on PLD for teachers ‘How do i teach Computer Science?’ provided by Trevor Storr from Core Education – don’t delay in registering for this, it starts this week, and places are filling up. Michelle & Rebecca are looking for teachers to trial their Primary Industry resources.

Finally join us in a webinar to explore Hail. Hail is behind our online communications, and is giving us a digital footprint that helps us tell our stories, in a way that can extend our reach, is easy to use and looks great.

Kia pai tō wiki  Have a good week

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

Rosmini College - Virtual Merienda

Virtual Merienda

Filipino students connecting across the country – your students are invited too! Read more

Eva - Our Amazing Spanish Teacher

Say ¡Si Si! to Spanish!

Join our fantástico eteacher Eva for Spanish classes online. Read more

CTRL

What is computer science and how do I teach it?

Our friends and Core Education have picked up on the challenge of Digital Technologies in the NZ Curriculum, with this PLD free to teachers. Read more

On the Farm

Teacher Resources – Primary Industries

Do you have an interest in biosecurity, animal welfare and/or food safety? Read more

Hail - Create Once - Publish Everywhere!

Join An Upcoming Webinar with our friends at Hail

And explore how you can step up and streamline the management and quality of your schools’ online communications through using Hail content publishing platform. Read more

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July 13, 2016

VLN Primary School – July Update

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VLN Primary School – July Update


By Ginette Van Praag

Recognition for Leading Online Learning by Ginette Van Praag

We are thrilled by the news and wanted to share with you that we are finalists in the 2016 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards, Diversity and Digital Skills Category! 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

In this newsletter we are thrilled to announce the VLN Primary is a finalist in the Australia/NZ Internet award, this is awesome recognition of the work we do across NZ schools.

We encourage schools to register and participate in online classes running in Term 3 & 4. There is no cost to participate in our Asian Languages as our schools are lucky to have a MoE contract that supports this. Now is a really good time to try out learning Mandarin and Japanese. Great PLD for teachers too in learning languages and digital capabilities. Give it a go!

Geoff shares the benefits to his students and ours, of tuakana/teina learning relationships online through the Over the Back Fence Project. Find out more about the possibilities and how to participate. We hear about a new game app, Shark in the Park, designed to get kids out and active. Melanie would love to hear from teachers who are wanting to trial this with their children.

We highlight some free PLD designed to bring you up to speed with the basics of using Google Apps for Education and we say Hooray! for our new system ZOOM! A great cloud based web-conferencing solution that is helping our eteachers and students make their learning connections.

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

Learning Chinese Online

Enrolments Open for Semester 2 Online Programmes

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?  Are you looking to extend the walls of your classroom and work with other like minded schools?  Read more

Rosmini College - Over the Back Fence

Tuakana /Teina – Student led learning

Older students teaching younger students. Geoff Wood talks about the benefits for our students – young & old alike. Read more

Sharks in the Park 

Mobile Outdoor Gaming – Getting Kids Off the Couch

There is a certain Internet craze going off at the moment that shows how gamification, augmented reality and geospatial technology are a winning formula for motivating kids to get up and move. If you just said WHAT?? to that last sentence read on… Read more

Zoom 

Zoom

We have just made the switch to using Zoom for all our online classes…….and we are loving it! Read more

Google Educator Certification & Training

With more schools becoming Google Apps for Education (GAFE) schools, how are you preparing your teachers to be confident and make the most of these tools? A great way to evaluate your current skills and confidence with Google Apps for Education is to train for accreditation.  Read more

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