Virtual School Meanderings

January 21, 2019

VLN Primary – Welcome Back To School!

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

December 10, 2018

Meri Kirihimete from the VLN Primary School

This newsletter from a New Zealand K-12 e-learning program arrived in my inbox yesterday or today.

 

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September 26, 2018

Term 3 Update 2018

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Term 3 Update 2018
Room1, Viscount Learning Community
Room1, Viscount Learning Community, by Kuinita Gayford
Kapa Haka online by Rachel Whalley
Did you know that you can learn Kapa Haka online with the VLN Primary? Read more
Kia ora koutou katoa, Nĭ hăo 你好, Annyoung haseyo 안녕하세요

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

I know many of you will be counting down the last few days and looking forward to a well deserved break – what a busy term it’s been! Please take some time to read through our newsletter and keep up with the opportunities we have to share across our schools.

We celebrated Te Reo Māori Language Week last week and share information about our Kapa Haka class with Koka Jules. Did you know that out of our approximately 1000 online learners, over half of them are learning Te Reo Māori or Kapa Haka! Of these students 36% are Māori learners & Māori learners make up 28% of learners in all our classes.

Hot on the heels of Te Reo Māori Language Week this week is Chinese Language Week and Korean Festival timed to coincide with Mid-Autumn Festival, an important Asian festival. We give you a peak inside our Chinese language classes with Laoshi Lisa and share a Mandarin resource we created for NZ schools.

We are proud to celebrate the achievements of one of our students participating in the Korean Speech competition and acknowledge the continued support the Korean Education Centre will be providing in 2019. We are able to offer new Korean 5 week taster classes in Term 4. We would love more of our schools to participate and would welcome our younger learners. Give it a go – there is no cost involved.

Keeping with the learning languages theme we profile a proposed language strategy for NZ and a private members bill (Hon.Nikki Kaye) aiming to strengthen languages provision. We support both the strategy & the bill before parliament. There is a huge need for support in schools to provide language learning opportunities, especially Te Reo Māori, which is why it is such a major part of the VLN Primary curriculum.

Our students and teachers have given us a report card on ‘How we are doing’. This is interesting to read what we do well, what are some of the challenges and what schools see as being the benefits for their learners.

The repeal of Communities of Online Learning (CoOLs) gets one step closer with the reading of the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) 2018 in parliament this week. This throws us back into uncertainty on how online learning will be supported by the government and future sustainable resourcing. Please discuss with your local MP and share your VLN Primary stories.

uLearn18 is on in the 2nd week of the holidays and this is the first year that the VLN Primary will not be present and contributing, and the first time in 14 years that I won’t be there myself! This is a great conference and for those of you who are getting along to Auckland this year have an awesome time and make sure you get along to the Hail presentation and find out why we love Hail so much!

Robert, our Digital Technologies teacher shares a recent PLD experience and contemplates how AI can be used in learning.

Finally a short video from Nate at Halfmoon Bay as a reminder that Air New Zealand AirPoints competition is now open – get your entries in!

Kia pai tō rā

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

 

Cherise - Korean Speech Competition
Annyoung haseyo 안녕하세요

This week is Korean Festival week and we were proud to have one of our students participating in the Korean Education Centre speech competition and also to hear that the Korean Education Centre and CAPE will be continuing to support our Korean classes in 2019! We still have opportunities for free Korean classes in Term 4 – we would love to see some of our younger children participate with their teachers! Read more

VLN Primary Chinese Class
你好 Nĭ hăo Happy Chinese Language Week!

What does it look like inside our Chinese language classes? This video shows our Chinese teacher Lisa in action with many different schools around New Zealand. Read more

Languages in Education – proposed strategy & legislation

There is a huge need for support in schools to provide language learning opportunities for our children, especially Te Reo Māori and also other languages, which is why it is such a major part of the VLN Primary curriculum. We support the aims proposed through this strategy & legislation that will strengthen language learning in New Zealand. Read more

How are we doing?

At the end of semester one we asked students, teachers and principals how are we doing? Students and schools were mostly positive about their learning with the VLN Primary. They talked about what was going well, what wasn’t, their teachers, their online environments, and the opportunities they had in learning especially for te reo Māori, second languages and programming. Read more

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

On 13th September the government tabled the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) 2018 which seeks to repeal CoOL (Communities of Online Learning) legislation. What does this mean for the future of online learning in NZ schools? Read more

Hail - Create Curate Communicate
 Hail at uLearn18 

Stressless, effortless digital communications with student agency thrown in! Make sure you get along to Lisa’s presentation at uLearn18 and find out why we  Hail Read more

AVA - Automated Virtual Assistant
Machines as Learning Partners

Meet AVA (“Automated Virtual Assistant”) from ‘Soul Machines’ – the face of the future? The face of future learning? The face of future teachers? Read more

Meet Nate - Airpoints™ for Schools
Halfmoon Bay School Showcases Air New Zealand Airpoints for Schools

Great to see the wonderful Nate from Stewart Island share his story on the Air New Zealand website on how the Airpoints for Schools programme helped our Rural & Remote Schools get to Wellington in 2017. Read more

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September 20, 2018

[REPOST] Repealing CoOLs – Back To The Drawing Board For Online Learning in Schools

The original version of this post is available at https://hail.to/vln-primary-school/article/RNneliF

On 13th September the government tabled the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) 2018 which seeks to repeal CoOL (Communities of Online Learning) legislation. What does this mean for the future of online learning in NZ schools?

It was not entirely unexpected that the new government would make this decision to repeal CoOLs. There were major reservations voiced by opposition and the educational sector about this legislation and we shared some of these concerns especially in respect to:

  • Privatisation of education
  • Quality of online education and the important role of teachers
  • An open educational marketplace that has the potential to undermine public schooling
  • Full time online schools as an option for all students
  • Equity and access for learners

However we supported CoOLs because:

  • We have for many years been actively lobbying and making submissions for the resourcing and support of online learning
  • It would provide a much needed regulatory framework and sustainable resourcing for virtual learning that is already taking place in New Zealand
  • It would provide recognition and support for virtual learning in the ‘mainstream’ education setting
  • It would provide more choice and learning opportunities for learners
  • It would help build capability across networked communities of schools
  • It has the potential to level the playing field especially for smaller rural schools
    (See our Communities of Online Learning Submission to the Education and Science Select Committee)

So it would be fair to say that for me personally I feel disappointed that after advocating for so many years to provide a place for online learning as a legitimate part of the New Zealand education system this will now be repealed. We are still having to continue to advocate to ensure that we can provide the best online learning opportunities we can for our schools and learners.  This is especially difficult at this time when our resourcing needs are so immediate. This is a time when we should be strategically stepping up and helping lead change in this area, not struggling to keep afloat.”

My main concerns are that:

  •  online learning doesn’t get left by the wayside within the wider process of review,
  • small rural schools get equitable and fair opportunities,
  • the government understands there are many models of working online across schools and they all require adequate funding and support,
  • the way online learning is working in primary schools is very different but as important to what is happening in secondary schools.

I have spent some time reading through MoE recommendations (worth a read). Much of these recommendations are based on stakeholder discussions and research (attached below) that we were an active part of, and that was originally set up to inform the guidelines for CoOLs. In considering this I can appreciate the opportunity that going back to the drawing board will bring in aligning online learning to the whole system review that is underway; however being redirected into the depths of #educonvo is very challenging – how can our voices be heard amongst so many, and amongst the multitude of issues being discussed?

So we wait, alongside the rest of the education sector to see what will take shape from the government’s education conversations and where online learning in NZ schools may or may not sit as part of that.

If you care about our children having access and equity to education through online learning for all , have your say when this bill reaches select committee.

Read more:

Education Amendment Bill (No 2) 2018

Regulatory impact statement

The VLN Primary submission to the repeal of CoOLs legislation consultation is attached below.

http://vlnprimary.school.nz/

(A version of this article was first published March 2018)

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

July 3, 2018

Term 2 Update 2018

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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

Rachel

 

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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