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September 19, 2017

September Update 2017

One for my Kiwi readers.

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September Update 2017
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Give your students a voice by Rachel Whalley
You have given your students a choice to learn online, now give them a voice to tell us about it. We want to give your students a voice in the VLN Primary. Share their stories with us! 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

Another term is near the end and I am sure you are all looking ahead to a well deserved break. For some keen enough and lucky enough, this might include participating in ULearn17 conference.  In this newsletter we include a summary of what the VLN Primary team is presenting at ULearn17 and look forward to the opportunity to meet some of you in Hamilton this holiday break.

NZCER have recently published some interesting research findings about digital technologies for learning in primary schools that show there is a lot of potential for students to be collaborating and communicating beyond their classroom.

Te reo māori kaiako who are keen to teach online, please get in touch. If you are interested, or know anyone who would be, please share this with them. Thanks to Matua Matetu for all the work he has done with us during this year.

We share some great opportunities for Science PLD coming up through the Science Learning Hub. Finally we ask our students to share their stories with us. VLN Primary schools please take this request to your students. We would love to hear from them.

Ngā mihi nui



See you at ULearn17 conference

We’ll be at ULearn in the October term break. If you are there too, make sure you come along to one of our presentations or seek us out for a chat! Check out breakouts from our team: Read more

Prince Harry takes an Online Class
Digital Technologies for learning

NZCER recently released a report looking at the role of digital technologies for learning in primary and intermediate schools. Some interesting key findings were outlined for schools and very relevant too for the VLN Primary. Read more

Paparimu children join in Te Reo Māori Online 
Te Reo Māori kaiako wanted 

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 have a part-time position & would love to have you join our team! Read more

Science Learning Hub
Online PLD with the Science Learning Hub

It is great to see a growing number of professional organisations offering their PLD online. Science Learning Hub regularly offers these opportunities. Check out what’s coming up: Read more

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September 12, 2017

From Inception to Infinity

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From Inception to Infinity
by Ralph Springett
 Flexible learning conference 2018. Don’t miss this opportunity to be involved in your future of learning and teaching.  Read more

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September 7, 2017

Education News And Advice – CORE September Newsletter

Another one for my Kiwi readers…

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Kia Ora Michael

Welcome to our September issue of Ki te Ao, we hope the arrival of Spring has brought a little inspiration and energy your way!

This month we feature:

  • Educators’ Wellbeing Toolkit
  • uLearn17 — final chance to register 
  • edSpace — join discussions
  • Māori Language Week
  • Te reo Blended Programmes

Educators’ Wellbeing Toolkit

An exciting new initiative is now available in New Zealand!

Are you keen to improve individual wellbeing and build valuable social capital? Wellbeing is intrinsically linked to the success of our ECE/schools/kura and research continues to highlight the stress faced by New Zealand’s educators. In response, we have recently launched the Educators’ Wellbeing Toolkit, an effective, flexible and easily implemented programme that supports staff in schools.

Read more >

Final chance to register for uLearn17

With just four weeks to go, we are on the countdown to our biggest event of the year! It’s not too late to book your ticket to hear from our line up of amazing New Zealand and international keynote and spotlight speakers. With over 200 breakouts, there is something to suit all who are interested in the future of education.
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Your learning. Your network. Your portal.

We invite you to join the edSpace community  a valuable online network created specifically for educators throughout New Zealand to connect, share knowledge and grow capabilities. While you’re exploring edSpace why not join the discussions around the release of CORE’s 2017 Ten Trends or uLearn17 (which kicks off 11 October in Hamilton).
Join edSpace >

Māori Language Week 2017 | Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

Next week (11 to 17 Mahuru) is Māori Language Week. It is a special time for New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori. The theme for 2017 is Kia ora te reo  Let the Māori language live. 

These fantastic resources will help you on your reo journey:

Are you looking for professional development to enhance your te reo journey?

Join one of our Blended Programmes starting this month. Engage and discuss content with facilitators and other students in Online forums and Face-to-Face huis. Choose from Te Reo Puāwai Māori  a beginners’ guide to speaking and writing te reo, or Te Reo Manahua Māori — an intermediate course.
Two spots are available for Te Reo Puāwai Māori and limited spaces are left for Te Reo Manahua Māori — register today to avoid missing out.
Read more >

From the blog

Creating culturally safe organisations: Lessons from health 
Alex Hotere-Barnes shares lessons on how Pakeha can best work with Māori.
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iCubed: How design thinking develops lifelong learners 
Philippa Nicoll Antipas outlines three broad phases of design thinking and how they contribute to lifelong learning.
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Manaakitanga  The  story of two schools
Tania Coutts reflects on manaakitanga after visiting two schools.
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Professional learning – workshops, programmes & events

Blended Programme
Te Reo Puāwai Māori
Starts 11 Sept
uLearn17 Changing Spaces
10 Oct
Blended Programme  
Te Reo Manahua Māori
Starts 18 Sept
11-13 Oct
Breakfast Seminars  
PAKURANGA  – 15 Sept
HAMILTON – 14 Sept
DUNEDIN – 13 Sept
Online Programme 
Middle Leadership Matters
Starts 19 Feb 2018

Contact us

We love receiving your feedback and ideas of topics you’d like to read about.
Feel free to email us anytime!

Wherever you are located in New Zealand, if you are looking for specific professional learning and development you can talk to one of our consultants who can tailor PLD to meet your needs and those of your school or Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. Have a deeper discussion with one of our consultants to find out how we can help.

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Breakfast Seminar Streamed Live — 3 November: Collaboration — The Culture Super Sizer

One for my Kiwi readers…

Inspiring professional learning at your convenience — streamed straight to you!
Kia ora Michael

We invite you to attend our next live-stream presentation on Friday 3 November.

Collaboration – the culture super sizer

Transformational change and continuous improvement have been enabled at Stonefields School through intentional leadership work on teacher collaboration and creating the conditions and culture that people want to be a part of. Hear about some of the tools and frameworks that have been developed to ‘onboard’ new staff and to grow highly synergetic teams that have collective impact.

“Collaboration is not about gluing together existing egos. It’s about the ideas that never existed until after everyone entered the room”. (Source unknown)

This CORE breakfast seminar will include:

  • what’s the why? why collaborate? the online safety paradox
  • what are the elements of a high functioning team?
  • growing conversational capability to address the ‘undiscussables’
  • growing consciousness about what has the potential to plus and minus trust
  • achieving the organisational culture people aspire to belong to.

Key Details

Date: Friday 3 November 2017
Seminar time: 7.30 am – 8.30 am (live stream)
Cost: Live stream only – $80 plus gst
Recorded video only – $80 plus gst
Live stream and recorded video – $120 plus gst
Presenters: Sarah Martin and Chris Bradbeer
Venue: Streamed live

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Viewing options

Live stream: Watch the seminar as it happens, with the opportunity to ask the presenter questions via a virtual discussion space. $80 plus gst.

Recorded video: View a recording of the seminar at a time that suits you. We aim to have this available the Monday following the event. $80 plus gst.

Live stream and recorded video: Watch the live seminar, benefit from the discussion space and also receive access to the recorded video for future reference. $120 plus gst.

Want to see how streamed breakfasts work? Watch our short video.

Who will this session be of interest to?

Teachers at all levels working in teams who are keen to realise what supports deep and meaningful collaboration.

About our presenters:

Sarah Martin is the Foundation Principal of Stonefields School. She is a passionate, forward thinking educator with a real commitment to improving outcomes for all learners, not just those within her school community.
Sarah is enthusiastic about:

  • ensuring all students develop the necessary competencies to strengthen their capacity to learn
  • staying focused on students being engaged and successful with learning that matters
  • questioning the effective teaching practice that causes learning.

She has held leadership roles in a number of schools. As both a teacher and leader, she has a particular strength in collectively building change momentum, enabling collaborative high functioning teams, future visioning, embracing student voice and reimagining what learning matters. Twitter @sarahmartin74

Chris Bradbeer has been Associate Principal at Stonefields School in Auckland since its opening in 2011. He has been involved in developing a vision for teaching and learning, building teacher capacity and having the opportunity to consider ‘what might be possible’ in a new school setting.
Chris has a strong interest and experience in the development of Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) in New Zealand schools; how design affordances can support approaches to contemporary pedagogy, and the opportunities engendered by the provision of new educational spaces. He is currently completing a PhD in conjunction with the ‘Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments’ Australian Linkage Council project at the University of Melbourne, focussing on the nature of collaborative teacher practices in ILE. He is also a Research Fellow (part time) on the 2016-2019 Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change project (ILETC). Twitter @chrisbradbeer
Other useful information:

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ChristchurchCanterbury 8013

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September 5, 2017

Article Notice: Pedagogical Practices Of NetNZ Teachers For Supporting Online Distance Learners

This item showed up yesterday in the These New Articles For Distance Education Are Available Online entry, but I wanted to highlighted today in this fashion too.

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Original Articles

A supportive online learning environment entails teachers using effective pedagogical practices to meet the needs of their students and developing a positive teacher–student relationship to foster learner motivation and engagement. This paper reports a study investigating how 32 secondary teachers in New Zealand taught their online distance classes and how they related to their students. These classes were administered by NetNZ, an online distance education community. An online survey conducted in 2016 found that NetNZ teachers used inquiry-based practices including flipped learning and knowledge-building pedagogies to support agency, autonomy, collaboration, and community development. They also used synchronous and asynchronous communication technologies to overcome barriers of relationship building in online settings. NetNZ was unique in delivering distance education in the New Zealand context in that it used a community approach to encourage a more active participation of its member schools and teachers in delivering distance courses to secondary students.


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