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July 13, 2016

VLN Primary School – July Update

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

June 14, 2016

Enrolments Now Open for Semester 2 Online Programmes

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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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May 22, 2016

Nau mai! Haere mai!

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Nau mai! Haere mai! by Rachel Whalley

VLN Primary School
VLN Primary School— Rachel Whalley

All are welcome to join our VLN Primary AGM Tuesday 24th May 4.00 pm. Agenda & Connection details are: Read more
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May 16, 2016

VLN Primary School – May Update

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VLN Primary School – May Update

Special visitors to Halfmoon Bay School
Special visitors to Halfmoon Bay School, by Kath Johnson

Awesome Airpoints Support by Rachel Whalley

Big shout out & thanks to our supporters who have been donating their Air New Zealand Airpoints – keep them coming please! 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 celebrate the success of the Rural & Remote Schools project being recognised with a Merit in the national DEANZ award; and we update you on our Air NZ Airpoint progress and ask you to keep sharing and supporting this for our students. There is an offer to all our VLN Primary schools from the Pye Foundation to join up for a pilot project that offers access to Sunshine Classics online. Barrie Matthews from LEARNZ invites students and teachers to become Nature Watchers with the iNaturalist app and to join our newest WeLearn group to share their findings. Ginette writes about her big day out at Wairakei Primary School and we discuss the Arts Online curriculum with Education HQ.

It is as usual another busy month in the VLN Primary school. We are very excited to announce that Ginette our National Co-ordinator / eLearning Support, has now been employed full time for the remainder of the year. This will make a huge difference to the level of support for our eteachers and students and provide us with the capacity to work with new schools as they join us throughout the year. It will also free Rachel up to focus on developing sustainability for the VLN Primary School within the changing NZ education landscape. This involves a lot of advocacy, networking, proposal and fund writing applications. We are cautiously optimistic that we are starting to gain some movement in this area and will soon be able to focus on the business of teaching and learning online and not just surviving each year intact. We are trialling a new webconferencing tool Zoom and early indications show this is going to make a huge difference in providing quality, reliable connections between our schools. We will report further in our next newsletter. This week Rachel is at conference with the Sole Charge & Teaching Principals and presenting ‘Tips and Tools for Online Collaboration.’ This conference is always a highlight on our calendar and results in stronger networks and new ideas for schools collaborations.

Ngā mihi nui

Kia pai tō wiki

VLN Primary Schools Receives DEANZ Merit Award

VLN Primary School Recognised with DEANZ Award

The 2016 Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) Award was awarded at the organisation’s biennial conference in Hamilton, at Hobbiton. The awards evening is part of the DEANZ conference that hosted around 200 delegates at the University of Waikato from 17-20 April. Read more

Sunshine Books

VLN Primary Schools Share in the Sunshine 

VLN Primary schools have been invited to become a part of the Sunshine Classics pilot project, which is funded by the Pye Foundation.  Read more

A NatureWatch observation of a Red Admiral, a butterfly species endemic to New Zealand.

Attention all Nature Watchers

Harness the power of children as citizen scientists, with iNaturalist, NZ Nature Watch, LEARNZ & VLN Primary.  Read more

Connected Collaboration with Wairakei Primary School 

Ginette met with participating children and teachers from Wairakei Primary School recently to meet the children and their contributing eTeachers. All Year 5 & 6 children participate in our programmes this year along with 2 eteachers, and 2 still to train.  Read more

 Opening of the My Story, Your Story, Our Story exhibition at Orewa Estuary Arts Centre - June 15

Arts Online Features in Education HQ

Rachel talks to Education HQ about how the Arts Curriculum is catered for in the VLN Primary. We have supported a few great projects, but there is scope to do so much more with the support of keen contributors and more funding. Get in touch if you would like to drive this in our learning community. Read more

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April 13, 2016

VLN Primary – Term 1 Update

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VLN Primary – Term 1 Update

Class of 2013 - Rural & Remote Schools
Class of 2013 – Rural & Remote Schools, by Kath Johnson

Support our students with AirNZ AirPoints for Schools  by Rachel Whalley

Donate AirNZ airpoints and help our kids get to camp in 2017! 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

With just a couple of days to go to a well deserved Term 1 break please take a few minutes to catch up with our news, or put this on top of your holiday reading list.

It has been a busier than usual first term with a record numbers of enrolments, new schools joining and many more new eteachers too. Check them all out in our Welcome below. The ALLiS project has increased our level of activity, and is positioning for growth and as such we are now able to employ Ginette our National Coordinator & eLearning Support full time from the beginning of June.

We are very excited to announce a new partnership with Hail. Having a strong online presence and coherent communication channels is really important for the VLN Primary School so partnering with Hail is enabling us to step up! They will assist us to create our best online presence and will offer our member schools preferential pricing and support. We are looking forward to working with the Hail team and are planning our first webinar in Term 2. More details below.

Check out the Junior Eureka programme. You can access and use this in your schools individually or join in a collaboration with us. STEM curriculum is an area that is under resourced in the VLN Primary School and highly sought after by our schools, therefore we recently made application to Unlocking Curious Minds Funding. We will hear back on this sometime in May.

We are making one more drive for school communities to host a visiting Chinese teacher. These teachers are due in July but preparation for this is being done NOW. More information for you below to follow up on.

Finally our Rural & Remote Schools Project children & their teachers were very proud to be one of a handful of schools picked from 70 applicants for the new Air New Zealand AirPoints for Schools programme. Please share their story as widely as you can and donate a few airpoints to our students.

Ngā mihi

Kia pai tō hararei

#connectedlearners

Welcome to new learners & teachers

Our learning network continues to grow! Read more

Engaging Young People in STEM

Eureka!

Engaging young people in STEM & help build students confidence in communicating Science. Read more

Host a Chinese Teacher

Host a Chinese Teacher 

What better way to bring the world to your corner of NZ and develop our children’s understanding of cultural diversity, customs and languages. We need host schools and families! Read more

Content creation and collaboration on the go

VLN Primary School Partners with Hail

Having a strong online presence and coherent communication channels is really important for the VLN Primary School so partnering with Hail is enabling us to step up! Read more

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