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December 12, 2017

December Update 2017

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Mangere Central School Japanese students talk to their eteacher in Japan
Mangere Central School Japanese students talk to their eteacher in Japan, by Maria Heron
CoOLs or Not CoOLs? A sustainable future for online learning in NZ primary schools by Rachel Whalley
The VLN Primary continues to grow in leaps and bounds every year, yet we are still not quite there in terms of becoming a recognised and fully supported part of our education system. This year we had 870 learners in the VLN Primary School network! What will next year bring? 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:

Create Connected, Passionate, Purposeful Learners

When the rush and excitement of the last days of the school year has passed and you have time to come up for air, please take some time to read through our latest newsletter which is packed full of our good news stories from 2017.

Our leading story highlights the current challenges we are grappling with around reduced funding and growing numbers of online learners. There is uncertainty over future support of online learning including the possibility of Communities of Online Learning. Concerns about sustainability are not unfamiliar territory to us, as our long term schools will be well aware of. However we ask that you use your collective efforts to help us advocate for increased resources and support for the VLN Primary.

We share our 2017 Yearbook created in Hail, showcasing the highlights of the year that has been. Students share their work and stories from our Rural & Remote Schools project, our visual arts class and our Tagalog tuakana from Rosmini College.

We farewell the wonderful Ginette and introduce three new members of staff who will be teaching with us next year. Best wishes to Lisa Wang, our Chinese teacher who is away on maternity leave next year; and big congratulations to Sofie Jacobs and her husband Will, who recently welcomed their new baby Jack into the world. It is great to see our VLN Primary family growing! Sofie will continue in her teaching role next year, working in the flexibility of being an eteacher with the demands of being a new mum.

A big thank you to our teachers, governance group, partners and supporters for enabling us to extend learning opportunities for our children.

Ngā mihi mō te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa

Rachel

 

Meri Kirihimete
Meri Kirihimete – 2017 A Year in Review

Another successful year for the VLN Primary and online learning in NZ schools. We wish all our school communities, whānau, students, teachers, partners and supporters a very Meri Kirihimete and a safe and enjoyable summer break. Read more to browse the highlights of the year that has been… Read more

Rural Schools are special schools!
WOW – Webpages – Rural Kids

WOW – stands for Work of the Week – a tradition shared in the Rural & Remote Schools project. This term they share their webpages, made with Google sites, that showcase their cool schools and the unique places they live. Read more

Tauriko School Visual Arts students 
Tauriko students learn Visual Arts online

Tauriko School children share their experience of learning visual arts online with Sofie, and proudly share their favourite work. Read more

Students helping students to learn - Filipino
Talking Tagalog and Tuakana Teina

Rosmini College Student John Yap talks about his Filipino language experience with VLN Primary School. John has been teaching other students the Filipino language, Tagalog, online with the VLN Primary School for 2 years. Read more

Nicki, Olivia, Ginette - eteachers VLNP
Farewell Ginette

The VLN Primary team, eteachers and trustees would like to thank Ginette for her support of our students, teachers and schools over the last three years. Read more

Rick Whalley - eTeacher in Action
Rick Whalley – Digital Technologies

Previously our extension maths teacher, Rick returns to teaching online with the VLN Primary. He will be teaching our Digital Technologies programme. Read more

Campbell Potter
Campbell Potter – learning through Minecraft

Campbell is a  part time teacher, farmer and family man. He is an experienced, digitally fluent teacher specialising in outdoor education and social studies.  Read more

Su Yang - Mandarin 
Mandarin eTeacher: Su Yang

Welcome to Su who will be relieving for Lisa Wang who is on maternity leave for Semester 1 (2018). Read more

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November 22, 2017

VLN Primary Online Programmes 2018

One for my Kiwi readers.

Registrations are invited from schools wishing to participate in the VLN Primary School in 2018.

There are a wide range of online language programmes, in addition – extension maths, astronomy, visual arts, computer programming, health and Over the Back Fence Project.

Our online classes & projects are open to any NZ children to participate. Here you will find information on our learning programmes, our eTeachers and the technology that we use.

All NZ children are welcome to learn with the VLN Primary – Nau Mai, Haere Mai!
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November 21, 2017

November Update

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Rural kids wellington school trip jun 2017
Rural kids wellington school trip jun 2017
2018 Semester One Enrolments Now Open by VLN Primary School
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?   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:

Create Connected, Passionate, Purposeful Learners

A super busy time in schools right now I know! But make sure you check into this newsletter to find out what opportunities there are for your students to participate in online learning in 2018. Get your enrolments in early to enable us enough time to prepare our teachers and timetables.  We will be adding more programmes and will let you know as they become available.

If you are thinking about joining the VLN Primary for the first time contact us for a taster session for you and your children. This short online session introduces you to our  online environment so you can have an idea of what is involved in our programmes & decide how you would like to participate.

In this newsletter we share the excitement of our recent Korean Cultural day – thanks to Kiwitea School for hosting our schools and Asia NZ for their support.

We also share information on a range of interesting and valuable PLD experiences for you or your staff – Korean principal’s study tour, Science teaching leadership and FLANZ digital technologies in education Mini conference. Finally consider how you can develop a Global Citizenship education project. We would love to partner with any schools who want support to help their ideas go further.

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

 

Kiwitea Students Korean Cultural Day Nov 2017, Sunny Yang VLNP teacher
VLN Primary Korean Day enriches students’ cultural diversity

Students learning Korean with the VLN Primary and students from Kiwitea School recently enjoyed a Korean Cultural Day to expand their knowledge of the culture. Students experienced a variety of traditional events, such as games, fan making, calligraphy, playing instruments and savouring Korean foods. Read more

Geoff Wood visits Korean Schools
Korean Study Tour 2018

The Korean Education Centre are hosting Principals and Senior staff to visit Korean schools and educational organisations between 14~21 April 2018Apply now to meet the Nov 28 deadline.Read more

Sea Lion Selfie @ Purakaunui
Science Teaching Leadership Opportunity

Kath, Principal of Halfmoon Bay is having an awesome time on the Science Teaching Leadership Programme. Read about her experience and find out how you can participate in this amazing opportunity. Read more

FLANZ18 Conference
Inception to Infinity – Places, Spaces and Time for Learning

FLANZ – Flexible Learning NZ – Mini Conference. Calling all teachers who are interested in the ways in which digital technologies are changing the face of education! Join us for an evening of inspiring talk on the changing face of learning and teaching with a panel of internationally renowned exerts.   Read more

Global Citizenship Education Projects 

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is offering awards for Global Citizenship Education activities. Read more

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October 23, 2017

October Update 2017

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Waitangi Treaty Grounds, by Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Visit the Treaty Grounds Virtually by Rachel Whalley
Te Tiriti was taken around Aotearoa back in 1840. Let us take you back to where it all began through a personalised virtual visit with our Education Team at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. 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:

Create Connected, Passionate, Purposeful Learners

Welcome back to Term four.  A busy time for our rural schools with Calf & Lamb Day season in full swing. I am enjoying all the pictures from these days coming up in my Facebook feed.

I have now officially returned from sabbatical, although I still have to complete writing up my research and look forward to sharing this before the end of the year.

Our focus this term is on preparing for 2018, so keep a look out for our 2018 programmes prospectus and enrolment call coming out soon & get your interest in early.

I will be advocating with the new Minister of Education for increased support for the VLN Primary for 2018. This year our number of student enrolments was 870! Yet our operational funding (now our ALLiS contract is nearly over) is the same as when we had a roll of 200. Any advocacy support you can provide on our behalf would be really helpful. We are still a long way from any CoOLs resourcing, and if that even eventuates or not will be uncertain.

In this newsletter we invite schools to participate in Waitangi Treaty Grounds new virtual field trips. The VLN Primary is supporting Waitangi teachers in getting this off the ground so would love our schools to be the first to come onboard and help them shape their new virtual programme.

We share some interesting findings from research about the VLN Primary presented at ULearn by teachers from Wairakei Taupo. This is important for schools considering learning online and our currently participating schools to look at their own practice.

We have a couple of webinars coming up in November. We are teaming up with our partners Hail to run a webinar on their super cool tool. Come and have a look at how we produce our newsletters and maintain our social media through Hail. We have also been invited by the Enabling Elearning team to present (along with NetNZ) on the benefits of online learning. This is on 1st November – details and registration here.

Last week was Chinese language week, see how we celebrated this on the VLN Primary and access contacts and ideas for bringing cultural activities to your school.

Finally we are still on the lookout for our second te reo Māori teacher. We will advertise in the gazette but in the meantime please share this with your networks.

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

 

Olivia Graham & Melanie Matthews present at ULearn17
Sharing our story at ULearn 17

Kudos to Melanie & Olivia who presented at ULearn this year. They shared findings from their study of how the VLNPrimary is working in their school. Read more

Hail - Create Once - Publish Everywhere!
Hail – Create. Curate. Communicate Webinar 

Having a strong online presence and coherent communication channels is really important for the VLN Primary School, that’s why we partner with Hail. Join our webinar to see how Hail is being used effectively in schools and how you can use it collaboratively in your own school setting. Read more

Auckland children martial arts performance at Confucius Institute 10th Birthday dinner
Celebrating Chinese Language Week

Last week Chinese Language Week was celebrated in the VLN Primary with schools celebrations and attendance at Confucius Institute Auckland’s 10 th birthday celebrations. Read more

Paparimu children join in Te Reo Māori Online 
Te Reo Māori kaiako wanted 

Are you a registered teacher with a sound knowledge of te reo Māori, tikanga & kaupapa Māori? Have good level of digital fluency? Want to develop your skills as an online kaiako? We have a part-time position & would love to have you join our team! Read more

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September 19, 2017

September Update 2017

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VLN Primary Rural Kids Group
VLN Primary Rural Kids Group, by Rachel Whalley
Give your students a voice by Rachel Whalley
You have given your students a choice to learn online, now give them a voice to tell us about it. We want to give your students a voice in the VLN Primary. Share their stories with us! 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:

Create Connected, Passionate, Purposeful Learners

Another term is near the end and I am sure you are all looking ahead to a well deserved break. For some keen enough and lucky enough, this might include participating in ULearn17 conference.  In this newsletter we include a summary of what the VLN Primary team is presenting at ULearn17 and look forward to the opportunity to meet some of you in Hamilton this holiday break.

NZCER have recently published some interesting research findings about digital technologies for learning in primary schools that show there is a lot of potential for students to be collaborating and communicating beyond their classroom.

Te reo māori kaiako who are keen to teach online, please get in touch. If you are interested, or know anyone who would be, please share this with them. Thanks to Matua Matetu for all the work he has done with us during this year.

We share some great opportunities for Science PLD coming up through the Science Learning Hub. Finally we ask our students to share their stories with us. VLN Primary schools please take this request to your students. We would love to hear from them.

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

 

ULearn16
See you at ULearn17 conference

We’ll be at ULearn in the October term break. If you are there too, make sure you come along to one of our presentations or seek us out for a chat! Check out breakouts from our team: Read more

Prince Harry takes an Online Class
Digital Technologies for learning

NZCER recently released a report looking at the role of digital technologies for learning in primary and intermediate schools. Some interesting key findings were outlined for schools and very relevant too for the VLN Primary. Read more

Paparimu children join in Te Reo Māori Online 
Te Reo Māori kaiako wanted 

Are you a registered teacher with a sound knowledge of te reo Māori, tikanga & kaupapa Māori? Have good level of digital fluency? Want to develop your skills as an online kaiako? We have a part-time position & would love to have you join our team! Read more

Science Learning Hub
Online PLD with the Science Learning Hub

It is great to see a growing number of professional organisations offering their PLD online. Science Learning Hub regularly offers these opportunities. Check out what’s coming up: Read more

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