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December 16, 2018

[JOFDL] New Issue Published

One for my Kiwi readers to begin their week.  I don’t believe there are any K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning items in this issue.

Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning

Journal of Open Flexible and Distance Learning has just published its latest
issue at We invite you to review the
Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and
items of interest.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work.

Dr. Maggie Hartnett
JOFDL Associate Editor
Massey University

December 12, 2018

NZC Online Newsletter December 2018

One for my Kiwi readers.

December 2018
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Kia ora and welcome to the December newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, events, stories, and research to help you implement your school curriculum.
What’s new on NZC Online?

Transitions spotlight
Our latest spotlight focuses on transitions, an important component of the coherence principle. It provides videos, questions, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection to help you ensure positive transitions for your students and their families.

“The curriculum offers all students a broad education that makes links within and across learning areas, provides for coherent transitions, and opens up pathways to further learning.”

The New Zealand Curriculum, p. 9

Amesbury School – Celebrating Diwali
Staff and students at Amesbury School recently celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

In this snapshot, teacher Sonali Singh and Associate Principal Angela Johnston describe the activities from the week and explain why they brought Diwali to life at Amesbury School.

National events and the NZC
We have updated our National events page, so you can plan ahead for 2019. Our pages link to The New Zealand Curriculum and provide you with ideas, resources, and tools to help you and your school get involved.

How do you celebrate national events in your school?
Share your stories with us by emailing


Curriculum support

Local curriculum package of support for 2019

The Ministry of Education has heard that schools and kura want to focus on local curriculum – both design and review. In recognition that a range of leadership, teacher, and kaiako capability already exists on local curriculum practice, the Ministry is responding to this feedback by providing a package of support on local curriculum, which will be will be available online from 22 January from NZC Online and sent directly to schools in the week beginning 28 January. Workshops with teacher-release time, guidance, and tools will also be provided.

Resources on the DT I HM curriculum change

This Ministry of Education web page has a range of factsheets, posters, reports, and resources on how to teach the Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.

Other news

VLN Primary School – Online programmes

Registrations are invited from schools wishing to participate in the VLN Primary School in 2019.

There are a wide range of online language programmes, as well as extension maths, literacy, digital technology, astronomy, visual arts, web design, life skills, health and the Over the Back Fence Project. All NZ children are welcome to learn with the VLN Primary – Nau Mai, Haere Mai!

Find out more and register your interest online or contact with queries.

Holiday reading

We wish you all a restful and relaxing summer break. If you find yourselves looking for some summer professional reading, check out our most popular blogs and school stories for 2018.

School Stories


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.

Email us at:

December 11, 2018

Connected Educator New Zealand December Update

One for my Kiwi readers.

Stay connected in education with Connected Educator NZ.
Kia ora Michael

What an incredible year it has been! We’d like to thank you – the Connected Educator NZ community – for sharing and participating in many webinars, teachmeets, field trips, resources and more with other educators throughout the country.

Looking ahead to 2019, perhaps could it be your New Year resolution to share professional learning events, resources and activities with others on the Connected Educator calendar?

> Pledge an event

Connected Educator Starter Kete

Have you downloaded the Starter Kete yet? Across 30 days, the kete will walk you through quick and easy steps towards becoming a more connected educator.
> Download the Starter Kete

Connected Conversations

A highlight from uLearn18 in October were the Connected Conversations. The two sessions were live streamed for those not at uLearn, and the recordings are still available to watch at a time convenient for you.
> Watch the Connected Conversations

Inspiration for the year ahead

The summer holidays are approaching! Hopefully you’ll have time on your hands to sit down and catch up on some resources that have been shared on the Connected Educator calendar throughout the year.

Recent highlights we recommend are:

Please contact if you have any questions.

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December 10, 2018

Meri Kirihimete from the VLN Primary School

This newsletter from a New Zealand K-12 e-learning program arrived in my inbox yesterday or today.


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

December 9, 2018

December Newsletter: EDtalks Video Resources, Educators’ Wellbeing Toolkit, Advanced Leadership & More

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

Before the year wraps up and we take a break for a (hopefully) sunny summer holiday, there’s time for one more update from the CORE Education team.

In our final newsletter for 2018, you can find a huge range of educational videos on EDtalks, as well as information about the Educators’ Wellbeing Toolkit and Advanced Leadership programme. This month’s featured blog posts will make for some great beach reading too!

Happy Holidays from the CORE Education whānau – see you in 2019!

Inspirational holiday viewing
EDTalks with Pasi Sahlberg
EDtalks has over 750 interviews, discussions and presentations from thought leaders, innovative educators and inspirational learners freely available to you. Be sure to take a look at the recently added interviews with Pasi Sahlberg, Sarah Whiting, Whare Isaac-Sharland and more.
Watch EDtalks >
Make wellbeing a priority in 2019
Team hands together
Staff wellbeing is intrinsically linked to the success of our educational communities. Designed specifically to support staff in education, the Educators’ Wellbeing Toolkit improves individual wellbeing and builds valuable social capital. Learn how effective, easily implemented and flexible the Toolkit is.
Find out more >

Accelerate your career potential

Two women working together
Te Whakaahu Hautūtanga | Advanced Leadership programme is designed to develop exceptional female leaders in education. This programme will take participants on a career-defining, six month journey; incorporating self-assessment, online sessions, peer coaching, and adaptive leadership challenges.

Download the programme prospectus and apply now for 2019.

Find out more >

And the winners are…

We have double the joy to share at the perfect time of year!

Congratulations to Dave Bagwell, Helen Revill and Ronan Kelly – the lucky winners each receiving a KOHA game for registering for a 2019 Online Programme before 30 November.

Thank you also to all those who attended uLearn18 and completed the post-event survey. The winners of the $100 grocery vouchers are Kate Roli, Anne McKay, Tania Chapman, Melinda Clow and Megan Bennett.

From the blog

Two free time tools that I use everyday
Rochelle Savage shares some practical tips on how to use Yast and Pomodoro to stay accountable and productive.
More >
Goldfish bowl
How to swim naked in the goldfish bowl
Greg Carroll discusses four important things to remember when being part of the often small world that is education in Aotearoa.
More >
Person standing in a field
Be neotenous: the importance of curiousity
Philippa Nicholl Antipas writes about why curiousity isn’t just for children and how teachers should be fostering it in themselves too.
More >
Subscribe to the blog >

Upcoming learning opportunities

Online Programme
Mentoring and coaching
ONLINE – starts 25 February
Irrigation system in paddock
FREE Virtual Experience
Water – a balancing act
ONLINE – 19-21 March
Online Programme
Te Reo Puāwai Māori
ONLINE – starts 11 March

Contact us

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

Wherever you are in Aotearoa, if you are looking for specific professional learning and development, our consultants can tailor PLD to suit you, your school or your Kāhui Ako. Find out more.

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