Virtual Learning Awards release info;
On 15 April 2014 the Virtual Learning Network Community (VLNC) held their Annual General Meeting in Wellington. As part of that event the delegates were joined by the Associate Minister of Education the Hon. Nikki Kaye who spoke about the work of the sector and the vision and passion she sees as essential in the ongoing efforts towards a brighter future for education in New Zealand. As well as speaking to the group, the Minister was invited to be part of the presentation ceremony for the inaugural Virtual Learning Awards. The awards were instigated by the VLNC Council and have been developed to honour some of the exceptional individuals within the virtual learning community, and to highlight aspects of the range of outstanding work undertaken by the community as a whole.
The inaugural awards event was sponsored by Asnet technologies, who have been part of the journey alongside the Virtual Learning Network Community of schools. The VLNC delegates were joined by senior management and several staff members of Asnet technologies an integral part of the awards event, as well as providing the technology and support to enable members of the community and families from around the country to attend both the meeting and awards ceremony.
2014 VLA winners joined by members of the VLNC Council and Senior members of Asnet Technologies
From the left Back row: Rachel Roberts, Eric Greenop, Richard Bishop, Sue Winters, Gary Pasco, Chris Nielsen
Front row: Madeline Campbell, Meghan Scanlon, Kanyakon Kosinanonth, Carolyn Alexander-Bennet, Jo-Anne Stuart
Citations for the Virtual Learning Awards
Rachel has been nominated for her work within the VLN Communities of Schools in terms of her development of the VLN Primary. The nomination highlighted the personal touch Rachel brings to guidance and management of the burgeoning number of primary schools joining such activities as the Rural Schools project and over the back fence. With her can do attitude and readiness to be available and problem solve Rachel is the go-to within the participants of the VLNP and the We-Learn website. Rachel is also active in the VLPD and ethos communities, and generously shares her vision for the pedagogical underpinnings of her work as well as her advocacy for the VLN Primary within the community of users on the Virtual Learning Network.
Rachel is receiving the Virtual Learning Award for Innovation
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Madeline is a relative newcomer to the field of eTeaching and has embraced the potential of the medium with unmatched commitment and enthusiasm. Madeline has engaged her students in learning in new ways through inquiry and knowledge building to gain excellent grades. If this were not enough of a challenge she is modelling her rethinking the teacher’s role and motivating her peers with her collaborative approach to teaching and learning. Madeline is proactive in sharing her work across the Virtual Learning Network Communities and is highly regarded as an educator among her colleagues.
Madeline is receiving the Virtual Learning Award for Enabling Elearning
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Carolyn has been nominated for this award for her passion and dedication for the VLNC whanau, for online learning opportunities and maximising them for both rural and urban education communities. Many across the VLN Community of Schools have personal experience of the benefit of Carolyn’s knowledge and dedication in her work with the local community as well as her advocacy and passion for the VLNC as a whole. Carolyn exhibits admirable leadership qualities and advocates for the VLNC on many working groups and committees as well as maintaining an organisational role, supporting and mentoring others and all without impacting on her dedication to her own teaching with her level 3 Accounting class.
Carolyn Alexander-Bennet is receiving the Virtual Learning Award for Leadership
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This nomination was submitted by a fellow staff member inspired by Jo-Anne’s professionalism and organisational skills in her role as E-Dean and her advocacy for the benefits of the Virtual Learning Network Community as a vehicle for ensuring students can get the best of opportunities available. Jo-Anne is credited with the growth in numbers of students accessing courses through the VLN and in her developing and support for the elearning student cohort, which she does without receiving extra timetable allocation or remuneration.
Jo-Anne Stuart is receiving the Virtual Learning Award for Building Capacity
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Kanyakon Kosinanonth (Maija)
Kanyakon’s nomination is a list of achievements by an exceptional, self-motivated and conscientious student. With Thai being Kanyakon’s first language she has demonstrated an incredible resilience to study multiple subjects via Video Conferencing, in a second language and achieve, three subjects with merit endorsements. As well as being credited with being a great student Kanyakon is an inspiration to others and was also awarded Dux of Ruapehu College for 2013.
Kanyakon is receiving the Virtual Learning Award for Achievement
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Meghan’s nomination for these awards showcases an exemplary student in both her studies and in her all round capabilities in sports, engaging in the school culture and being a young leader. She modelled 100% commitment to both her learning and her extra curricular activities and by meeting her own high expectations set a standard for other students to aspire to. This awards joins a long list of achievements that Meghan has been awarded and she is obviously very highly regarded in her school and community.
Meghan Scanlan is receiving the Virtual Learning Award for Achievement