Virtual School Meanderings

June 16, 2019

2019 Semester Two Enrolments Now Open

One for my Kiwi readers.

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

June 6, 2019

June Newsletter: NPDL Deep Learning Lab Keynotes, LEARNZ Virtual Experiences, ACCELERATOR Events & More

An item from my Kiwi readers.

Inspiration for educators | Professional learning | Resources | Articles
Ki te Ao - monthly newsletter
Kia ora Michael

All of a sudden we find ourselves in winter and things are getting chilly across Aotearoa. But it’s not all bad – there are some exciting opportunities coming that will keep you fired up!

This month’s newsletter features information about the upcoming NZ NPDL Deep Learning Lab, exciting LEARNZ virtual fields trips, ACCELERATOR events and more.

Join us to explore deep learning

NZ Deep Learning Lab 2019, 18-19 July, Haeata Community Campus, Christchurch. Keynote speakers Andy Kai Fong and Pam Hook.
There’s just six weeks to go until this year’s NZ NPDL Deep Learning Lab. We can’t wait to hear from our motivational keynote speakers, Andy Kai Fong and Pam Hook. Spaces are filling fast, so register now!

To learn more about New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, as well as stories of impact from around Aotearoa, take a look at Margot McKeegan and Derek Wenmoth’s latest blog post.

Find out more >

Take your students on an adventure

Access the inaccessible!
LEARNZ virtual field trips are live, interactive experiences that help students access the inaccessible. Supported by a wealth of online resources and expert teachers, students are transported around Aotearoa, Antarctica and beyond – for free!

Enrolments are open for upcoming trips, including Map my waahi – discovering our shared heritagetaking place 25-27 June.

Explore LEARNZ field trips >
Not your average PD
Have you thought about bringing your team along to ACCELERATOR? Together, you can kick-start innovative thinking and bring ideas to life. Check out the video from last year’s event – groups of five or more from the same organisation receive a 10% discount! Join us at ACCELERATOR events across Aotearoa.
Register now >

From the blog

Three different stages of a chrysalis turning into a butterfly
Transformation theory: a theory of adult learning
Philippa Nicholl Antipas discusses Transformation Theory, which focuses on critical reflection and dialogue to support people to adapt their worldview.
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Wellbeing: what’s it all about?
Ara Simmons explores the wellbeing of educators and the importance of making wellbeing a part of our daily routines.
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Time to get real with reporting
Katrina Laurie explains how digital tools can provide an opportunity to engage, deepen and extend learning conversations.
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Upcoming learning opportunities

A group of students going down a slide together
Leading collaborative practice
ONLINE: 12 June
Place-based education in our backyard: Te Tūranga o Ōku Waewae
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Future Ready? Explore the 2019 Ten Trends
Te Reo Puāwai Māori
Online programme
ONLINE: starts 22 July
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Strategies to develop student agency
ONLINE: 26 June
Aotearoa’s premier educational conference
ROTORUA: 9-11 October

Contact us

We love receiving your feedback. Please feel free to email us.

Wherever you are in Aotearoa, if you are looking for specific professional learning, our consultants can tailor PLD to suit you or your educational setting. Find out more.

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May 28, 2019

Don’t Miss This Line-Up Of Speakers At uLearn19

One for my Kiwi readers.

Nei te mihi nui ki a koutou,

The spotlight sessions and panels bring their industry knowledge to the stage at uLearn19. Exploring the uLearn19 conference themes, they’ll offer insight and ideas based on their own experiences and mahi.

Topics on the agenda: data  wellbeing and resilience ⧫ nurturing cultural identity ⧫ design and computational thinking ⧫ nurturing innovation in our Māori students ⧫ technology and innovation ⧫ systems thinking tools ⧫ redesigning the curriculum

You’ll want to secure your spot early (and save $70 by registering before 31 May).

Read the spotlight bios

Experience CORE uLearn – watch the video


Are you keen to uncover more by talking with other like-minded educators about the uLearn19 speakers?

Come and join the edSpace online community. Once you’re there, head to our uLearn discussion forum, where you’ll find all topics uLearn related.

If you have a colleague or friend who you think would benefit from attending uLearn19, please forward on, we’d love them to join us!
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CORE Education

144 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central

ChristchurchCanterbury 8013

New Zealand

May 22, 2019

NZC Online Newsletter May 2019

Another item from my Kiwi readers.

May 2019
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Welcome to the May 2019 newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources to help you implement your school curriculum.

What’s new on NZC Online? 

Whose voices help to shape your local curriculum?
The New Zealand Curriculum encourages schools to seek out and listen to the ideas of students, parents, families, whānau, and the wider community when designing their local curriculum. This blog provides ideas, questions, tools, and examples to help you design a local curriculum that reflects what is important to your community.

Some misunderstandings about play
Leslee Allen, principal of Kaurihohore School, is an advocate and practitioner of play based learning. In this blog, Leslee responds to three common misunderstandings about play.

NCEA Change Package Overview 2019
Following the national conversation on the future of NCEA the Government has now announced the change package which has resulted from this engagement.
Take another look

Strengthening Local Curriculum guides

The Strengthening Local Curriculum guides are arriving in schools this week.
You can also download them from NZC Online.

Local Curriculum: This guide focuses on the key elements of designing and reviewing your local curriculum. It can also be used for ongoing review.

Assessment for Learning: This guide focuses on informal assessment for learning in the classroom to inform teaching and learning, including selecting appropriate assessment tools for equitable and positive outcomes for all students.

Information Sharing and Building Learning Partnerships: 
This guide can be used to lead conversations with:

  • your staff, parents, whānau, hapū, iwi, and the wider community – so you can better understand what opportunities there are to build and strengthen learning partnerships.
  • your staff – to review your local information sharing practices and decide what is working well and what can be improved.

Professional Learning
TeachNZ scholarships 2019

Applications for 2019 TeachNZ scholarships are now open for the third and final time. There are still places available for the following scholarships:
• 2019 TeachNZ Science, Technology and Maths Secondary
• 2019 TeachNZ Māori Medium (Primary) and Te Reo Māori (Secondary or Wharekura)
• 2019 TeachNZ Career Changer Scholarships

Visit the TeachNZ website for more information. If you have any questions about these scholarships email or call 0800 165 225.

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko Digital Readiness – free workshops
Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko are in your region offering free workshops
to support teachers, kaiako, and leaders to better understand and implement the revised DT & HM curricula content. Find out more and register at 

Mark your calendars
National events and the NZC 

Techweek 2019  20–26 May 2019
Techweek celebrates New Zealand’s fast-growing technology and innovation sectors and raises awareness of the need for greater ICT skills and a “tech-savvy” culture for everyone.

Our New Zealand Muslim community is currently observing Ramadan, a month long celebration to commemorate Allah. We have shared information on Islamic practices and etiquette.

Sāmoan Language Week  26 May–1 June 2019 
Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa is being held this year from Sunday 26 May to Saturday 1 June. The theme for this year is: ‘Lalaga le si’osi’omaga mo se lumana’i manuia’ – ‘Weave an environment for a better future’.

If you’d like to share how you are celebrating these special days in your school, send us an email at or jump onto our NZC Online facebook page and leave us a comment under the appropriate post.

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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Access The Inaccessible With LEARNZ

An item from my Kiwi readers.

Access the inaccessible! LEARNZ takes you there. Powered by CORE.
Kia ora Michael

Would you like to help your students access the inaccessible?

CORE Education’s LEARNZ team help you do just that, via free virtual experiences that transport students around Aotearoa, Antarctica and beyond.

The award-winning team have been expanding learners’ horizons for over 20 years. Integrated with the New Zealand curriculum, LEARNZ virtual field trips are real and current – an awesome way to inspire and inform students.

Live and interactive experiences, supported by a wealth of online resources, are led by LEARNZ teachers and field trip experts. Web conferences, videos, images and diary entries connect you with people and places that are otherwise hard to reach.

Participation is free to all registered and provisionally registered primary and secondary educators teaching in Aotearoa.

Check out some upcoming field trips – enrolments open now! Let LEARNZ take you there!

Matariki and navigation – Kupe, Cook and today

Matariki stars
11-13 June 2019

Explore navigation techniques around Aotearoa over time. Learn why maps matter, use the stars to locate Matariki, paddle a waka, board a modern ship and so much more

Discover more >

Map my waahi – discovering our shared heritage

25-27 June 2019

In Aotearoa, our ancestors all came from another place. Explore where those places were, how we got here, and take a peek into the different lives we lead.

Discover more >

Tūhura Ahuahu – cultural and ecological stories from Great Mercury Island

Waves crashing on a beach
30 July – 1 August 2019

Meet with archaeologists on Great Mercury Island to uncover secrets from Māori ancestors and their early days in Aotearoa.

Discover more >

Rail safety – more sustainable journeys in Aotearoa New Zealand

Train coming up to a platform
13-15 August 2019

During Rail Safety Week, join us to explore issues involving trains and how this impacts us all in more ways than we think!

Discover more >

Natural hazards – our supervolcano

Erupting volcano
27-29 August 2019

Join geologists at Lake Taupō to understand how the supervolcano that created the lake works, and how we can prepare for another eruption.

Discover more >

Access anytime

Can’t take part in these field trips live? Don’t worry – resources for all LEARNZ trips remain online for you to access and share with your class at a time that suits you.
Find a previous trip >

Contact us

If you’ve got a question, please email The team will be happy to help!
LEARNZ takes you there. Powered by CORE.
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