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June 20, 2018

2018 Online Classes

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2018 Online Classes
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#connectedlearners #lovelearning, by Rachel Whalley
2018 Semester Two Enrolments Now Open by VLN Primary School
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
Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi – Akonga Aka Mariko. Welcome to the VLN Primary School online learning programmes for Semester 2 2018.

We have the spaces to take your kids places!

Our online classes & projects are open to any NZ children to participate. Here you will find information on our learning programmes, our eTeachers and the technology that we use. When you are ready to enrol, please click on the registration form link here oron any of the programme pages. Email if you have any questions or visit our websitefor further information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Final date for enrolments for Semester 2 will be 6th JulyLate enrolments may be accepted and will be dependent on timetable and available space. 

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Room 4 Boys Haka
Kapa Haka with Koka Jules

Parents in one VLN Primary school were skeptical that Kapa haka taught online would be any good, but these same parents gave their tamariki a standing ovation for their performance at end of year assembly! Read about the benefits of Kapa haka from our awesome kaiako Koka Jules. Read more

Te Reo Māori

Nau Mai, Haere Mai. Our Te reo Māori programmes with Koka Jules and Whaea Ngawai are our most popular classes. 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

Rosmini Year 7 and 8 students connected to students in Busan, South Korea
Asian Language Online Classes

Enrol now for 2018 placement in these popular classes. Read more

More Language Classes

We offer the following language and culture classes, aligned to NZC: Afrikaans, French, German, and Spanish. We use Google Classrooms with our classes. Read more

Extension and Creative Classes

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

Connecting Globally
Global Connections – Making it Work

Having been asked often, “How do you establish and maintain your global connections?” Geoff Wooddetails the nuts, bolts and issues relating to this. Read more

Olivia Graham & Melanie Matthews present at ULearn17
How Does the VLN Primary Work?

New to us or just looking for a refresher? Here you will find all the essential information you need about how we work. Read more

Online teaching and learning becomes more visible using this platform
Using Google Classrooms to support student learning

This year some of our eTeachers have been using Google Classrooms to share activities and resources with students and as a tool to collate and evaluate student work. eTeacher, Sofie Jacobs, shares her experiences so far. Read more

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June 14, 2018

Customised Mentoring For Your Professional Learning

One for my Kiwi readers.

It’s your learning journey, so uChoose!
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CORE uChoose - customised mentoring for your professional learning

Kia ora Michael

It’s your learning journey so uChoose!

Discover the benefits of having a programme specifically tailored to suit your needs with CORE’s customised mentoring programme, uChoose. Take control of your professional learning journey, extend your skills, thinking and learning network and achieve life-changing results.

  • Lead change and building leadership practices
  • Develop strategies and solutions for specific situations and challenges
  • Explore areas of specialisation (such as e-learning, modern learning practices, cultural responsiveness, and much more)
  • Develop your own mentoring or facilitation skills
  • Meet your appraisal goals
  • Collect, select and reflect on a body of evidence for appraisal
  • Design, plan, implement and evaluate your own inquiry
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uChoose the timeframe, uChoose the context…because it’s your learning journey.

Where would you like to go?

Find out more >
Contact us to discuss your professional learning journey >
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June 10, 2018

Education News And Advice – June Newsletter

And one for my Kiwi readers as they begin their week.

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

Winter is here and it’s bitterly cold, so what better way to warm up than with a cuppa and the latest edition of Ki te Ao?

This month we bring you the latest news regarding the NCEA review, a round up of how early years educators have embraced online Te Whāriki webinars, and a preview of this year’s uLearn pre-conference — Tēnei te Tira Hou | Culture of Change.

The future of NCEA belongs to all New Zealanders

CORE is excited to have partnered with the Ministry of Education to manage the national conversation around the NCEA Review. Part of our involvement in this project is to organise 20 regional workshops, hui and fono across New Zealand for the public to attend and have its say about the future of NCEA. Find out more about the project and the ways you can participate in the discussion.
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Early Years Te Whāriki webinar success

It’s been an exciting 12 months of engagement working on behalf of the Ministry of Education to implement the revised curriculum — Te Whāriki. The uptake has been incredible with over 9,000 having participated in the webinars, and a further 3,000 viewing them online!

Read the recent blog post where Jane Ewens reviews the success of webinars as a professional learning platform for the ECE sector.

Find out more >
Tēnei te Tira Hou | Culture of Change
A one-day pre-conference to uLearn18
Are you ready to build, celebrate and thrive in a culture of change? Tēnei te Tira Hou | Culture of Change is a day of interactive, deep experiential learning designed to help you activate for sustainable, ecological change and build learning futures that everyone deserves. Read the full programme overview and register for hands-on workshops from one or more of the learning strands.
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From the blog

Hey, let’s be careful out there — How to legally reuse images from the internet
Looking for free images? Here’s some excellent resources along with a helpful (and simple) explanation about Creative Commons licenses.
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Children writing
Conversations around writing
Is it time to put less emphasis on teaching children to write with a pencil? Allanah King puts a case for concentrating on building digital technology skills from an early age.
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Going back to the island
Teanau Tuiono points out that Pasifika students born in Aotearoa may be influenced by the culture of their home island, but they are still unique. There is a rich diversity in what it means to be Pasifika.
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Professional Learning: workshops, programmes & events

Introduction to collaborative teaching practice in the primary school
Introduction to collaborative teaching practice in the primary school
AUCKLAND – 13 June
Play. Think. Activate Change.
WELLINGTON – 17-18 July
FREE Virtual Field Trip
Kōkako – restoring birdsong to Mt Pirongia
NATIONWIDE – 19-21 June
Online programme
Mentoring and coaching
NATIONWIDE – starts 23 July
Seminars and workshops
DUNEDIN – 27 June
Collaborating at uLearn
Annual educators’ conference
AUCKLAND – 10-12 October

Contact us

We love receiving your feedback and hearing what you want to read about. Please feel free to email us anytime!

Wherever you are located in Aotearoa New Zealand, if you are looking for specific professional learning and development, our consultants can tailor PLD to you, your school or your Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. Find out more.

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June 5, 2018

NZC Online Newsletter June 2018

One for my Kiwi readers…

5 June 2018
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Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Welcome to the June newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources to help you implement your school curriculum.
Content ideas for June
Learning to learn spotlight
Our eighth spotlight explores the learning to learn principle, supporting you to help students reflect on their own learning processes and to learn how to learn. Find short videos, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection.

Education matters to me blog
NZC Online unpacks the six key insights from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the NZ School Trustees Association, Education Matters to Me: Key Insights (January 2018).

Play based learning at Kaimai School
Kaimai principal Dane Robertson shares his findings about play based learning and Kaimai School’s journey so far as they put this into action.

What’s happening with Assessment?

With the removal of the National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori last year, the Ministry of Education is working with the sector, students, parents, whānau, iwi and communities to focus on progress and achievement across the breadth of the National Curriculum – The New Zealand Curriculum or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa – for students in years 1 to 10.

Our assessment and reporting systems will need to evolve to support a focus on progress and achievement across the curricula. The Ministry will work to make sure that teachers and kaiako, schools and kura have the capability and tools to provide the right learning opportunities and support for each student.

What’s on?

Matariki events page
Matariki is the Māori name for a group of stars known as the Pleiades star cluster. The Māori New Year is marked by the rise of this star cluster and the sighting of the next new moon. In 2018, Matariki is due to begin on 15 June.

Apply for 2019 Study Awards, Study Support Grants and Sabbaticals
Teachers or principals can now apply for 2019 Study Awards, Study Support Grants and Sabbaticals. You could complete a qualification, take time off each week to study while teaching, move to another curriculum or subject area, or take time off to research a topic of interest, with support provided for you and your school.

Join the conversation
The National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) were introduced into secondary schools over 15 years ago, and are a widely respected qualification both in New Zealand and internationally.

This year, as part of the Education Conversation or Kōrero Mātauranga, New Zealanders have a powerful opportunity to explore ways to strengthen NCEA. Have your say through a quick online survey.

Consumer protection school resources – Years 11 and 12
Resources to support year 11 (NCEA level 1) and year 12 (NCEA level 2) have been added to the suite of Consumer Protection school resources.

Change coming for PaCT and TWA users
If your school uses the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) or Te Waharoa Ararau (TWA) you now have the option to have your settings aligned to the National Curriculum as opposed to National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori.

Updated versions of the PaCT and TWA tools were released on 28 May. The changes will align judgements to all five levels of the curriculum for The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa respectively.

This enhancement is part of how the Ministry is supporting teachers, kaiako, and education leaders with tools to help all students progress and achieve against the curriculum.

Your feedback helps
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May 24, 2018

Innovative Learning: Term 3 Online Programmes

An item that may be of interest to my Kiwi readers.

Registrations open now for Term 3 online programmes.
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Innovative Learning
Kia ora Michael

Rethink teaching and learning in innovative, transformative ways, to ensure tamariki are engaged with learning and the world around them.

Whether your focus is on curriculum, practice, assessment or environments, CORE has an innovative learning online programme to suit your needs.

All programmes are facilitated online, allowing you to work professional development into your own busy schedule, and apply what you learn to your practice as you go.

Introduction to Innovative Learning

Teacher and students sitting on floor
Learn about the basics of innovative learning, including the drivers for change and frameworks that support implementing change in your context.

Starts week commencing: 30 July 2018
Length: 5 weeks
Cost: $250 +GST

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Innovative Learning Environments

Innovative Learning Environment at Stonefields School
Delve into innovative learning environments and design what your space could look like to support the type of teaching and learning you want to promote.

Starts week commencing: 30 July 2018
Length: 20 weeks
Cost: $830 +GST

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Innovative Learning Practice

Facilitator with two teachers
Unpack how learning can be organised in an innovative learning environment to best suit the needs of modern learners, and how this relates to your teaching practices.

Starts week commencing: 30 July 2018
Length: 20 weeks
Cost: $830 +GST

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Innovative Learning Curriculum

Explore ideas about future-focused curriculum and how they translate into classroom practice, including implications for designing learning experiences.

Starts week commencing: 30 July 2018
Length: 20 weeks
Cost: $830 +GST

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Innovative Learning Assessment

Teachers on laptops
Develop an in-depth understanding of the pedagogy of innovative learning and the implications of this on assessment.

Starts week commencing: 30 July 2018
Length: 20 weeks
Cost: $830 +GST

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Looking for something more customised?

uChoose is a personalised professional learning programme with experienced mentors who will empower you to meet your specific goals. To find out more

Interested in other topics?

We have a wealth of other professional learning solutions available on a range of topics, including inclusive education, culture and language, digital technologies, leadership, and collaboration.

Discover the full range of face-to-face and online workshops or online programmes and find the one (or two!) that’s right for you.

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