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August 25, 2016

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VLN Primary School Statement – Communities Of Online Learning

A final item for my Kiwi readers (overnight for us here in North America)…

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VLN Primary School Statement – Communities Of Online Learning  by Rachel Whalley

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VLN Primary Kids #connectedlearners— Rachel Whalley

The Virtual Learning Network Primary School welcomes the news of the proposed regulatory framework for online learning in New Zealand. This mode of delivery is not new in New Zealand schools, however the educational policy that supports it, is definitely new. Read more
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[FLANZ] 7 September FLANZ Conversation With Bill Anderson

Another for my Kiwi readers…


7 September FLANZ conversation with Bill Anderson

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FLANZ Conversation: Talking with Bill Anderson
FLANZ members are invited to the next FLANZ Conversation which is scheduled for
Wednesday September 7th from 12.30-1.30pm
with Bill Anderson. Bill led a workshop on the topic of this Conversation at the DEANZ2016 conference earlier this year.

Good teaching is a mix of both art and science. This FLANZ conversation focuses on the science part of the mix, drawing on Diana Laurillard’s ideas of teaching as a design science. It’s a science that enables teachers to construct the design knowledge of teaching practice and thus build on and improve – and share – the principles and patterns that underpin practice. In this Conversation we’ll hopefully have time to do the following: explore the framework that Laurillard uses as the basis for these ideas;  talk about how teachers’ use of digital technologies relates to this framework; and, consider a tool that helps teachers make explicit their pedagogic practice so that it may be understood and shared.

Bill will start the Conversation by briefly reviewing the framework Laurillard uses and will subsequently introduce the CRAM tool, but the focus will be on discussing the ideas with each other. You are invited to email Bill ( with questions prior to the Conversation.

Register, and join in.
To join in the conversation fill in this form by midday Friday 2 September, expressing your wish to participate in the FLANZ Conversation with Bill Anderson. You will then be sent the Zoom online meeting address, plus instructions about joining a Zoom meeting.

I look forward to joining you in the conversation.

Dr Sarah Stein
President, Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand

FLANZ – Making ako accessible for all

JOFDL, FLANZ’s refereed journal, publishes research & welcomes submissions in this field

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August 24, 2016

Collaborate With Global Experts At The Deep Learning Lab (2-4 Oct, Christchurch)

One for my Kiwi readers…

Unique PD experience! Meet, work with and learn from innovative educators & global experts.

Join the action at the Deep Learning Lab

Learn from and collaborate with global experts

Kia ora Michael,

Whether you are an educator looking to improve your teaching practice or a school in the process of forming a Community of Learning (CoL), here is an excellent opportunity to investigate ways to improve your teaching practice and the outcomes for learners. Meet, learn from and share your ideas with innovative educators from around New Zealand and international NPDL experts at the Deep Learning Lab.

Join Global Directors of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), Michael Fullan, Joanne Quinn and Joanne McEachen, for a unique opportunity to explore leading-edge innovations for deep learning and tools to help your students succeed in today’s complex world.

We are committed to ensuring this event programme offers insights, learning opportunities and value for leadership roles in schools, clusters and at a national policy level (MoE representatives will be attending), as well as practical, hands-on activities to empower teachers and in-school leaders.

When: 2 – 4 October 2016
Where: Christ’s College, Christchurch 

Investment: $455 incl GST (discounts available for registered NPDL schools in NZ – please inquire directly to Margot McKeegan)

What we will explore together:

  • Keynote Michael Fullan: the big picture of NPDL, global insights and events, the ‘new measures’
  • Delve deeper into Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn’s book ‘Coherence’
  • Microsoft to share their ‘digital learning framework’, and launch a special kit for NPDL schools in NZ
  • Australian educators to share their cluster experiences
  • Development of a rubric around Cultural Responsiveness
  • Development of student learning experiences, drawing on success in Uruguay
  • Moderation activity: how does the process work?
  • Overview of the Deep Learning Hub and its resources
If you are an NPDL cluster member or if you are interested in finding out more about Deep Learning, then register now for this professional development workshop.

Places are strictly limited, to ensure this is an intimate and collaborative learning experience.

Registrations close Friday 23 September 2016.

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This event is being hosted by CORE Education, in collaboration with NPDL.  As cluster lead for New Zealand, CORE are proud to offer the NPDL programme as part of our professional learning solutions.

If you have any questions about the Deep Learning Lab or NPDL, please contactMargot McKeegan.

We hope to see you there!

Nāku noa,
Margot McKeegan
CORE Education

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iNACOL Plugged In | 08.24.16

From the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is currently accepting nominations for the iNACOL Innovator Awards, designed to honor pioneers in personalized, blended and online learning. The deadline to submit your intent to nominate is this Friday, August 26, 2016. Final nomination packages are due by 8:00 p.m. ET on September 9, 2016. Please send all intents to nominate and any questions to more here and share with your colleagues on Twitter:

Below are the latest events, news and trends across the field of competency-based, blended and online learning.

Upcoming iNACOL Events

September Leadership Webinar | Key Takeaways and Lessons Learned from Next Generation Learning Models

September 14, 2016  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Learn more and register.

September Teacher Talk Webinar | How to Get Started with Maker Education

September 15, 2016  |  6:30-7:30 p.m. ET

Learn more and register

September Special Edition Webinar | A Reflection on the Field of K-12 Competency-Based Education and Emerging Issues

September 29, 2016  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Learn more and register

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium 2016

October 25-28, 2016 | San Antonio, Texas

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Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based, Blended and Online Education

San Antonio Here We Come: Competency Ed at the iNACOL Symposium

Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

Inside the Online School That Could Drastically Change How Kids Learn Everywhere

Chris Berdik, Wired

Full ‘STEAM’ Ahead: Buses Converted into Computer Labs

Karen Freeman, U.S News & World Report

Looking to Eliminate Dropouts? How Idaho Reached English Language Learners with a ‘Hybrid’ Course Experiment

Dr. Sherawn Reberry, Jeff Simmons, EdSurge

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture for Valuable Learning

Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift

New Graduation Rules Stress Actual Knowledge

Andrew Martin, Stanley Blow III, Stowe Reporter

Learner-Centered Teaching: Are Schools Doing Enough?

Julius Bizimungu, The New Times

Palisade Crowd Gets Info on Performance-Based Learning

Katie Langford, The Daily Sentinel

Change Schooling to Improve Student Learning

Jill Berkowicz, Ann Myers, Education Week

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

9 Ways States Can Support Personalized, Competency-Based Education Systems

Creating an education system that prepares every student to succeed requires systemic transformation to high-quality, personalized, competency-based education. Today, the prevailing traditional, one-size-fits-all K-12 education…

Top State Policy Issues for Leading Edge Educators and Leaders

Each year, iNACOL surveys our members for the top federal and state policy issues they are seeing in their work. iNACOL’s more than 5,000 members represent diverse viewpoints from personalized, competency-based, blended…

5 Reasons Why Competency Education Can Lead Us to Improved Quality and More Equity

Ensuring quality and equity is as the heart of the movement to transform education toward personalized, competency-based learning. By placing the student at the center of the learning process and re-engineering around…

iNACOL in the News

Student Voices: Moving Beyond “When I Grow Up…”

JoEllen Lynch, The Huffington Post

A major task for high schools today is to guide students toward postsecondary opportunities. In the best schools, a strong college and career office develops relationships with students and families, presenting them with possible… 

Blended 2.0 Shifts Learning in Schools

Patricia Daddona, District Administration 

A third-grader studying the Spanish settlement of California found a virtual tour online and shared the trip with her classmates by slipping a smartphone into a Google Cardboard viewing device. Such limitless online resources represent…

Education Department Announces Grant Competition to Spur Innovative Tests

Corinne Lestch, EdScoop

The Department of Education announced a grant competition to encourage states to propose improved, innovative annual state tests that would incorporate technology-based tools and measure student achievement by 21st century…

Getting Smart Staff, Getting Smart 
It’s that time again! Time to vote for which panels you want to see at SXSWedu in 2017. Community votes and comments for SXSWedu are open on the PanelPicker from now until Friday, September 2. If you aren’t registered to vote…

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