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December 18, 2019

Happy Holidays And Workshops And Events For 2020

An item from my Kiwi readers.

GCSN Upcoming Events and Workshops                                                     View this email in your browser
Kia ora Michael

As the school year comes to a close, we would like to wish everyone in the GCSN community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

In 2020 GCSN are continuing to project manage the ConnectED project to grow and give another 600 students access to educational WiFi in homes in Aranui.

Keep up to date with workshops on offer.

Thanks for your support, see you next year.
GCSN team.

Term one 2020

28 February 
Are You Ready? – Digital Technologies 101
This workshop has a morning or afternoon session to choose from

18 March
Integrating Sphero into Digital Technologies
Integrating BeeBots into Digital Technologies

30 March
Creating with Google (Whole Day Workshop)

Join in a Term one workshop

Holiday workshop

20 April
Holiday Workshop: Creating with iPad – Whole day workshop

The iPad can spark creativity and develop a sense of curiosity in your learners. Come along and find out how to get students creating not consuming.

Book your place here

Term 2 2020

8 May
Play with a Digital Spin – Whole day Workshop

18 May
Digital Technologies 101
Creating with iPad

3 June
Creating with Google – Whole day workshop

Join in a Term two workshop

GCSN Partners

View all TToM workshops here.
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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)


New Zealand


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).


  • 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


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…

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December 5, 2019

December Newsletter: Celebrating Digital Creativity, Cultural Capability & More

An item from my Kiwi readers.

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

You’ve almost made it – the countdown is well and truly on to the summer holidays. We hope you get to enjoy the perfect balance of fun and relaxation!

In the meantime, we’ve got one more update to get your inspiration for learning in 2020 going. Read on for the latest about; digital technology success stories, building cultural capability and professional learning opportunities.

Celebrating digital creativity

A record number of primary and intermediate students from across Canterbury designed, developed and showcased their digital creations recently as part of the Grow Waitaha DigiAwards. Check out the winning entries announced at the recent awards evening – there’s plenty of inspiration for things your learners could create next year! Congratulations to Grow Waitaha for running another successful competition.
See the winning entries >

How might I build cultural capability?

Strengthening cultural capabilities is all about relationships with local iwi, hapū, whānau and tamariki. Building relationships can start with something as simple as a cup of tea. For more ideas of where to start, watch this video.
Build your cultural capability >

Upcoming learning opportunities

Man walking down a mountain track
Explore outdoors: opening up Aotearoa for everyone
FREE virtual field trip
Online: 18-20 February
Surfer out at sea
Sustainable seas: essential for NZ’s health and wealth
FREE virtual field trip
Online: 3-5 March
A facilitator talking to two teachers
Mentoring and coaching
20 week programme
Online: starts 24 February
River and trees
River restoration: from mountains to sea
FREE virtual field trip
Online: 31 March – 2 April
Pounamu necklace
Te Whakamānawa: culturally responsive practice in school communities
20 week programme
Online: starts 2 March
Three teachers using Apple devices (laptop, phone and iPad)
CORE Apple Teacher Experience
One-day event
Auckland: 21 April
Christchurch: 23 April

Contact us

We love receiving your feedback. Please feel free to email us.

Wherever you are in Aotearoa, if you are looking for specific professional learning, our consultants can tailor PLD to suit you or your educational setting. Find out more.

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December 2, 2019

Get The Most Out Of iPads In The Classroom

An item from my Kiwi readers.

Inspire. Create. Innovate.
Kia ora Michael

  • Do you have iPads in your class, but aren’t sure how to get the most out of them?
  • Would you like to feel more comfortable using iPads in your class?
  • Would you like to see your learners create amazing content that demonstrates their learning in meaningful ways?
  • Are you a school leader that would like to see your teaching staff get the most out of your Apple technology?

We would like to invite you to a very special one-day experience with CORE Education in which you will learn how to use your iPads in exciting and engaging ways.

CORE Apple Teacher Experience

The CORE Apple Teacher Experience is designed to show teachers/kaiako powerful ways that students can use iPads to demonstrate creativity and understanding. There will be workshops run by CORE staff and Apple Professional Learning Specialists. You will have an opportunity to learn more about Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create resources as well as the Apple Teacher programme.

Apple Teacher programme

The CORE Apple Teacher Experience will get you started with the Apple Teacher Programme and inspire you to go further in your learning on how to get the most out of the Apple devices in your learning community. This full-day event will be delivered by CORE staff, and Apple Professional Learning Specialists, who are committed to helping educators get the most out of Apple technology.

Register now!

CORE Education is offering two Apple Teacher Experiences in 2020:
Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland
21 April 8:30-4:00pm
Ormiston Junior College
Ōtautahi / Christchurch
23 April 8:30-4:00pm
Christ’s College
Individual price: $195 + GST per person
Individual registration Auckland >
Individual registration Christchurch >

Group discounts

$165.75 + GST per person for registrations of 3 or more people.

A registration form will need to be completed for each delegate when registering a group. Use the code 3PLUSDISCOUNT when registering each delegate to receive the 15% discount.

Group registration Auckland >
Group registration Christchurch >
For all enquires please email the Events Team.

Ngā mihi nui,
The CORE Events Team

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