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August 25, 2016

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

VLN Primary Kids #connectedlearners
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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August 7, 2016

Darren Sudlow invited you to NetNZ Workshop: Teaching in the online space

One for my Kiwi readers to begin the week.  I’m going to try to attend this one myself.

This is a discussion based workshop examining the experience of teaching in a fully online environment. A group of NetNZ teachers will discuss the highlights, advantages and challenges of engaging learners in this environment.

Q&A

NetNZ Workshop: Teaching in the online space

Wed, August 24, 11:30 PM

Hangouts On Air – Broadcast for free
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August 1, 2016

VLN Primary School – August Update

One for my Kiwi readers…

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VLN Primary School – August Update

Game On
Game On, by federicoghedini (Pixabay)

The Perfect Game by Tim Morgan

Increasing participation in physical activity – a hauora based learning programme.  Read more

Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi – Akonga Aka Mariko.Welcome to the VLN Primary School

Our goal is to:

Connect Schools for Enhanced Learning Outcomes

In this newsletter we invite you and your students to participate in a number of exciting and innovative programmes and professional learning opportunities.

Through our collaborative schools network we are able to connect you and your students to some amazing professionals who have a huge depth of expertise and passion for what they do. Tim Morgan brings you NZ’s first online PE programme for primary students with the Perfect Game; Geoff Wood’s Filipino students host Asburton students with theirVirtual Merienda & invite others to join them; and we introduce ourfantástico Spanish teacher Eva Anton.

Thank you to all the amazing people in our schools, who truly get what it means to collaborate beyond their own school gate for the benefits of all our children in NZ. If you think you ‘get it’ too, are future focused and want to share collaborative practice, then get in touch with us we can help make those connections.

In this edition we also give you a heads up on PLD for teachers ‘How do i teach Computer Science?’ provided by Trevor Storr from Core Education – don’t delay in registering for this, it starts this week, and places are filling up. Michelle & Rebecca are looking for teachers to trial their Primary Industry resources.

Finally join us in a webinar to explore Hail. Hail is behind our online communications, and is giving us a digital footprint that helps us tell our stories, in a way that can extend our reach, is easy to use and looks great.

Kia pai tō wiki  Have a good week

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

Rosmini College - Virtual Merienda

Virtual Merienda

Filipino students connecting across the country – your students are invited too! Read more

Eva - Our Amazing Spanish Teacher

Say ¡Si Si! to Spanish!

Join our fantástico eteacher Eva for Spanish classes online. Read more

CTRL

What is computer science and how do I teach it?

Our friends and Core Education have picked up on the challenge of Digital Technologies in the NZ Curriculum, with this PLD free to teachers. Read more

On the Farm

Teacher Resources – Primary Industries

Do you have an interest in biosecurity, animal welfare and/or food safety? Read more

Hail - Create Once - Publish Everywhere!

Join An Upcoming Webinar with our friends at Hail

And explore how you can step up and streamline the management and quality of your schools’ online communications through using Hail content publishing platform. Read more

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July 13, 2016

VLN Primary School – July Update

One for my Kiwi readers…

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VLN Primary School – July Update


By Ginette Van Praag

Recognition for Leading Online Learning by Ginette Van Praag

We are thrilled by the news and wanted to share with you that we are finalists in the 2016 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards, Diversity and Digital Skills Category! Read more

Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi – Akonga Aka Mariko.Welcome to the VLN Primary School

Our goal is to:

Connect Schools for Enhanced Learning Outcomes

In this newsletter we are thrilled to announce the VLN Primary is a finalist in the Australia/NZ Internet award, this is awesome recognition of the work we do across NZ schools.

We encourage schools to register and participate in online classes running in Term 3 & 4. There is no cost to participate in our Asian Languages as our schools are lucky to have a MoE contract that supports this. Now is a really good time to try out learning Mandarin and Japanese. Great PLD for teachers too in learning languages and digital capabilities. Give it a go!

Geoff shares the benefits to his students and ours, of tuakana/teina learning relationships online through the Over the Back Fence Project. Find out more about the possibilities and how to participate. We hear about a new game app, Shark in the Park, designed to get kids out and active. Melanie would love to hear from teachers who are wanting to trial this with their children.

We highlight some free PLD designed to bring you up to speed with the basics of using Google Apps for Education and we say Hooray! for our new system ZOOM! A great cloud based web-conferencing solution that is helping our eteachers and students make their learning connections.

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

Learning Chinese Online

Enrolments Open for Semester 2 Online Programmes

Do you want your students to be #connectedlearners, lead their own learning and build key competencies?  Do you want to share in the expertise of a growing collaborative network of schools?  Are you looking to extend the walls of your classroom and work with other like minded schools?  Read more

Rosmini College - Over the Back Fence

Tuakana /Teina – Student led learning

Older students teaching younger students. Geoff Wood talks about the benefits for our students – young & old alike. Read more

Sharks in the Park 

Mobile Outdoor Gaming – Getting Kids Off the Couch

There is a certain Internet craze going off at the moment that shows how gamification, augmented reality and geospatial technology are a winning formula for motivating kids to get up and move. If you just said WHAT?? to that last sentence read on… Read more

Zoom 

Zoom

We have just made the switch to using Zoom for all our online classes…….and we are loving it! Read more

Google Educator Certification & Training

With more schools becoming Google Apps for Education (GAFE) schools, how are you preparing your teachers to be confident and make the most of these tools? A great way to evaluate your current skills and confidence with Google Apps for Education is to train for accreditation.  Read more

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June 14, 2016

Enrolments Now Open for Semester 2 Online Programmes

One for my Kiwi readers…

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Enrolments Now Open for Semester 2 Online Programmes by Ginette Van Praag

Learning Chinese Online
Learning Chinese Online— Rachel Whalley

Do you want your students to be #connectedlearners, lead their own learning and build key competencies?  Do you want to share in the expertise of a growing collaborative network of schools?  Are you looking to extend the walls of your classroom and work with other like minded schools?  Read more
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Copyright © VLN Primary School, 2016

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

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