Virtual School Meanderings

December 11, 2019

Meri Kirihimete 2019

An item for my Kiwi readers.

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

December 10, 2019

CISCO Case Study: New Zealand’s Virtual Learning Network (VLN)

I used this document as a citation in something that I wrote a few years ago.  But I don’t think I ever posted it to this space, so I wanted to share it with primarily my North American readers.

Case Study: New Zealand’s Virtual Learning Network (VLN)


New Zealand


The aim is to establish an online environment supporting asynchronous and synchronous learning across New Zealand and beyond in-line with the Ministry of Education’s s-Learning Action Plan for Schools 2006-2010 (Enabling the 21st century learner).


  • Increase and enhance the capability of teachers, principals, education providers, and Ministry of Education staff
  • Support staff to become confident users of video conferencing and other communication technologies for teaching and learning through professional development
  • Provide advice and leadership to staff and principals to develop quality online networked teaching and learning environments
  • Initiate and coordinate collaborative partnerships between schools, staff, principals, and education resource providers


New Zealand has 2700 schools, the majority of which are in rural areas with under 100 school children. Between 1920 and 1994, a paper-based correspondence school was responsible for the education of isolated primary children and for extending…

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December 2, 2019

Get The Most Out Of iPads In The Classroom

An item from my Kiwi readers.

Inspire. Create. Innovate.
Kia ora Michael

  • Do you have iPads in your class, but aren’t sure how to get the most out of them?
  • Would you like to feel more comfortable using iPads in your class?
  • Would you like to see your learners create amazing content that demonstrates their learning in meaningful ways?
  • Are you a school leader that would like to see your teaching staff get the most out of your Apple technology?

We would like to invite you to a very special one-day experience with CORE Education in which you will learn how to use your iPads in exciting and engaging ways.

CORE Apple Teacher Experience

The CORE Apple Teacher Experience is designed to show teachers/kaiako powerful ways that students can use iPads to demonstrate creativity and understanding. There will be workshops run by CORE staff and Apple Professional Learning Specialists. You will have an opportunity to learn more about Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create resources as well as the Apple Teacher programme.

Apple Teacher programme

The CORE Apple Teacher Experience will get you started with the Apple Teacher Programme and inspire you to go further in your learning on how to get the most out of the Apple devices in your learning community. This full-day event will be delivered by CORE staff, and Apple Professional Learning Specialists, who are committed to helping educators get the most out of Apple technology.

Register now!

CORE Education is offering two Apple Teacher Experiences in 2020:
Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland
21 April 8:30-4:00pm
Ormiston Junior College
Ōtautahi / Christchurch
23 April 8:30-4:00pm
Christ’s College
Individual price: $195 + GST per person
Individual registration Auckland >
Individual registration Christchurch >

Group discounts

$165.75 + GST per person for registrations of 3 or more people.

A registration form will need to be completed for each delegate when registering a group. Use the code 3PLUSDISCOUNT when registering each delegate to receive the 15% discount.

Group registration Auckland >
Group registration Christchurch >
For all enquires please email the Events Team.

Ngā mihi nui,
The CORE Events Team

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December 1, 2019

NZC Online Newsletter November 2019

An item from your Kiwi readers.

November 2019
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Welcome to the November 2019 newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with stories, resources, and events to help you implement your local curriculum.

Strengthening Local Curriculum

Spotlight: Strengthening Local Curriculum 

Our thirteenth spotlight explores ways that you can bring The New Zealand Curriculum to life for your students as you strengthen your local curriculum.
Local curriculum is the tailoring of learning to build on the strengths, needs, and interests of your people. It adds value to your learners and to your communities.

Find short videos, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection.

Webinar: Strengthening Local Curriculum 

If you missed the Strengthening Local Curriculum Webinar, there will be a recording available shortly online.

Leading Local Curriculum Guide series

The Leading Local Curriculum Guide series has been developed to steer review of your curriculum, assessment, and design decisions as you strengthen your local curriculum, respond to progress, and reinforce learning partnerships with parents and whānau.

Read more>>

New Resources

The Same Game 

All Year 1-3 classrooms will receive copies of ‘The Same Game’ this week, a book which covers The New Zealand Curriculum principles of cultural diversity and inclusion.

Included in the book are key questions for teachers to ask when facilitating important conversations that require students to reflect, take on the perspective of others, consider differences and demonstrate inclusivity and respect for others.

For more information, please contact Joanne Whitaker at

Teaching and learning Gagana Tokelau

New resources to support the teaching and learning of the Tokelau language (gagana) as an additional language for Years 7 to 10 are being distributed to schools.

The Tokelau storybooks and teacher support materials support the Learning Languages area of The New Zealand Curriculum.

The teacher support materials can be found in the Pasifika languages section of TKI’s Pasifika Education community and include activities and an English version of each story.

Latest updates

VLN Primary School – Online Programmes 2020
Strengthen your schools curriculum delivery; enable your students to develop as connected, self-managing, digitally fluent learners; share in the expertise of a growing collaborative network of schools by participating in a wide range of online programmes available through the VLN Primary School.

  • Te reo Māori, Digital technologies, Gifted and talented, Learning languages, Arts, Science, Maths, Literacy and life skills

Find out more and register your interest online or contact with queries.

Your feedback helps
NZC OnlineWe would love to hear from you if you have ideas to make the website easier to use, or better for you, or if you have ideas for future blog posts or newsletters.

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November 27, 2019

November Newsletter

One for my Kiwi readers.

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