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)

Location

New Zealand

Aim

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).

Objectives

  • 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

Rationale

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…

To continue reading, visit https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en_us/solutions/industries/docs/education/NewZealandsVirtualLearningNetwork.pdf

November 17, 2019

New Zealand: Tomorrows Schools Review Report Out

One of my Kiwi colleagues passed this along…


https://conversation.education.govt.nz/conversations/tomorrows-schools-review/

Online or e-learning does have a place in the pages of the Government’s decision document:

Flexible learning and specialist provision: Over the longer term, the Government will consider opportunities to promote a more cohesive national approach to support flexible learning and specialist provision. This would include the roles of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) and the Virtual Learning Network (VLN), and the national and local special schools/kura.

4e. A review of the roles of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) and the Virtual Learning Network (VLN), and the national and local special schools/kura, is undertaken with the aim of developing a more cohesive national approach to flexible learning and specialist provision. Progress further Priority B: Progress within the next 2 – 4 years “

November 10, 2019

News Article: Online Resource Roll-Out Can Address Teacher Shortage – Network

The second of two items for my Kiwi readers.  This one was sent to me be a colleague on Facebook.

Online resource roll-out can address teacher shortage – network

1:14 pm today

A group of 65 schools says the government could alleviate the teacher shortage by helping more schools share teachers online.

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Photo: Unsplash / Nicole Honeywill

The Education Ministry has forecast a shortage of up to 2000 teachers by 2025 and schools in the NetNZ network believe their model could help.

Darren Sudlow from NetNZ said it had been helping schools, most of them in the South Island, share teachers for many years and there were probably about 360 schools involved in similar networks around the country.

“What it means is you are locating specialist teachers in various parts of the country and you’re able to enrol students into those courses, it means you don’t have to actually have your teachers located on site in your school,” he said.

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October 30, 2019

October Update 2019

An item for my Kiwi readers.

 

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

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