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VLN Primary School
Term Two Update June 2015
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Kia ora koutouThanks for reading our VLN Primary School newsletters. Our goal is to:Connect Schools for Enhanced Learning Outcomes.In this newsletter we update you with a great story of online meets face to face at Orewa Estuary Arts Centre, share the excitement about the VLN Primary School supporting Asian Languages learning in NZ, make a call for enrolments for Second semester online programmes & projects, introduce two new members of our Governance team and congratulate two of our wonderful eTeachers. Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and follow us on our social media channels – we just can’t fit all the good news in here!
15 Schools, 300 Students, 1200 Photos!
It is always such an amazing feeling being able to meet face to face with friends who you have learned with online. This was especially so with the opening of the My Story, Your Story, Our Story exhibition at Orewa Estuary Arts Centre on the weekend. Students, teachers and parents gave up their weekend, traveled many miles, took ferries, flights and vans to meet in Orewa and be with the amazing Theressa Butler from Ahuroa School at the opening of their Photography exhibition. Great to see students from Kaitoke & Mulberry Grove Schools, from Great Barrier; Kaikohe West, Hobsinville Point and Ahuroa Schools; and teachers from Devonport and Moanataiari Schools. The exhibition runs for the month – if you are in Auckland and the Upper North, make an effort and check it out. The childrens’ work is a delight to view – emerging themes of family, friends, nature and animals ran throughout the images. Follow our twitter, facebook feeds for more pictures & video to come. It has been a wonderful learning journey for Theressa’s students from all of our schools and we are all really looking forward to the next project!
ALLiS Funding Application Successful!We are so excited that our application to the MoE for Asian Languages Learning in Schools has been accepted. This means that we will be able to step up our work in this area, improve our resourcing and online language learning models, build capability in our teachers in learning languages and future focused pedagogies. We hope to make a significant impact in the learning of Asian Languages not only for the VLN Primary Schools who have signed up with us to this contract but to all schools around NZ who will be able to join with us. The graphic below gives a very basic overview of how we plan to develop programmes for Mandarin, Korean, Japanese & Bahasa Indonesian. Thanks to our supporting schools who have enabled us to move forward in this area – Mangere Central, Matapu, Moanataiari, Paparimu, Rangiwaea, Halfmoon Bay, Puterino, Oakura, Makuri, Marco and Apiti.Check out the latest news on the Confucius Institute, Auckland site about our Mandarin class ‘Virtual Learning a Hit for Auckland School’s Mandarin Class’; and listen to Jen Vincent (Marco School, Principal) talk about Learning Mandarin in a small Taranaki country school.
Get your Enrolments in for Semester Two Classes:
There are lots of great learning opportunities coming up for you and your students to participate in. Check them out below:
Language Classes – te Reo Māori, Mandarin, French, Spanish, German, Afrikaans – students are welcome to participate in any of these classes. Check out our recorded Taster Class session to see how our online classes work (this is designed as an induction for students). If you want to introduce learning languages in your classroom or school, this is a great way to start. We invite interest from schools for individual students, small groups or whole class participation.
ASIA – Our Closest Neighbour
Have you ever thought about who New Zealand’s closest neighbour is?
Do you want to learn about Asia today and possibilities for our futures?
This is an inquiry unit designed for students in year 4-8. We will be inquiring into Asia, using a Korean Context. Click here for full details. eTeacher, Nicki Fielder, Apiti School, has recently participated in anAsiaNZ Korean Studies Workshop in Korea.
Introduction to Computer Science and Programming with Scratch
A fun introduction to computing with opportunities to practice problem solving and technological modelling skills through the creation of interactive animations, stories and games. Follow this link for more information.
We would also love to offer Japanese, Astronomy, Science, Cook Islands Māori & Korean but need more eTeachers – if you are interested in training to be an eTeacher (or know someone who does please register your interest here)
VLN Primary School activities – online classes and projects are open for all NZ schools to participate. Please read our Protocols of Participation for specific details on how to participate and what costs are involved. All schools wishing to register for online programmes should do so on this online form. For expressions of interest or queries please Contact Ginette.
Welcome to new Governance Group Members:
Wayne Howes – Moanataiari School
Wayne has over 30 years experience as a primary teacher with a strong background in supporting classroom teaching through the use of technologies. He is a graduate of Wintec’s Information Technologies in Education Diploma programme and Waikato University’s eEducation Diploma. Wayne has held leadership roles in ICTPD clusters in the Thames, Coromandel area and was Co-Director of the Kopu Digital Opportunities Contract.
Wayne lived in Asia for 7 years, and traveled and taught English in Singapore and Malaysia. He returned to classroom teaching at Moanataiari Primary School in Thames in 2014. Wayne says, “I have taken the opportunity to involve my students in VLN Primary lessons to provide learning experiences that they would not receive in any classroom at our school . I can see great potential for this form of teaching and learning and would like to apply my skills to helping with the success of VLN in Primary Schools.”
Michael K. Barbour
Michael K. Barbour is the Director of Doctoral Studies for the Isabelle Farrington College of Education and an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. He has been involved with K-12 online learning for almost two decades as a researcher, evaluator, teacher, course designer and administrator. His research has focused on the effective design, delivery and support of K-12 online learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions. Recently, Dr. Barbour’s focus has shifted to policy related to effective online learning environments.
In 2014 Dr. Barbour was named as a Fellow of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), an organization that is influential with policymakers on the national and international level. He was also named an Honorary Lifetime Member and Board Member of the Canadian E-Learning Network (an organization devoted to K-12 online and blended learning in Canada). Dr. Barbour’s expertise in K-12 distance education has resulted in invitations to testify before House and Senate committees in several states, as well as consulting for Ministries of Education across Canada and in New Zealand.
Michael’s New Zealand publications are Virtual Education as an Impetus for Educational Change’ 2013 (with Derek Wenmoth); and ‘Primary and Secondary e-Learning: Examining the Process of Achieving Maturity’ 2011 (supported by DEANZ).
Ngā mihi nui me te aroha nui Nan Peeti, who is now Dr. Peetikuia Wainui!Peeti graduated from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi earlier in May with a Doctorate in Nursing Studies. Her focus of study was breast cancer in Māori women. Tūmeke Kau mai te wehi, this is a great achievement!
Dandan, one of our 2014 Mandarin Language Assistants received an award from Hanban University, China, for her Excellence in Volunteering for her work with the Confucius Institute. This is quite an achievement for Dandan to stand out from so many others so we are very proud of her. Dandan said about her work with the VLN Primary School last year: “It was a challenge in the beginning and a gift in the end.”
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Please note that I am a member of the Governance Group for this e-learning cluster.