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March 24, 2016

VLN Primary School – March Update

One for my Kiwi readers…

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VLN Primary School – March Update

Introducing Ourselves in Spanish Class with Eva
Introducing Ourselves in Spanish Class with Eva, by Rachel Whalley

Thunderbirds are Go! by Rachel Whalley

Classes are up and running for Semester one but there are still more opportunities to participate! 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 update you on: 

Our new and returning schools and ongoing learning opportunities for our students.

News from AFS about upcoming Chinese Teachers Exchange.See how our schools have been involved,  find out more about AFS and how to participate. This is a great opportunity to bring the world to your school and classroom and to help our students develop an awareness of diversity and other cultures.

Some PLD opportunities for teachers. DEANZ conference at Waikato University in the first week of the holidays, have held their Early Bird conference rate open for all Primary teachers to encourage their participation. The VLN Primary school is an affiliate of DEANZ and will be presenting at this conference.

Heads up on a great open PLD resource and activity 23 Things from CReATE at Auckland University.

Finally and most importantly – we extend our call again for community members to put themselves forward to join the Governance Group. Please get shoulder tapping amongst your school communities and networks, past or present BoT members, movers and shakers in your communities – we need them to work with us for ALL of our children.  A couple more good people is what we need – your Mission go out and find them for us!

Ngā mihi o te Aranga 

The Centre for Creative Application of Technology in Education (CreATE) is dedicated to enhancing learning, teaching and scholarship through digital innovation.   http://goo.gl/vtGSBR 

Free Online Learning Series – 23 Teaching Things

Would you like to upskill yourself in Digital tools and how to use them to support teaching and learning? Read more

DEANZ Conference - 

17-20th April - University of Waikato

There & Back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education. 

An invitation is extended to Primary & Secondary schools to participate in this exciting and relevant conference in the next school holidays at Waikato University. Early bird rates will apply for all schools.  Read more

China - Kiwi Working Together

AFS Chinese Teacher Exchange

How can you host a teacher in a virtual school? Share her among your schools across New Zealand and give her a road (plane, boat) trip to remember! 2016 opportunity coming up soon! Read more

VLN Primary Kids #connectedlearners

Expressions of interest are sought for appointments to VLN Primary Governance Group

Our AGM is coming up in April, and we are looking for new trustees who will help take our work to the next level. If you are passionate about empowering our young people with equity & access to education, you have networks and experience in business and community, and are serious about making a difference then we need you! 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.

March 1, 2016

Drive for New Trustees

Another one that is for primarily Kiwi readers…

Kia ora koutou

You will see in the newsletter just distributed an article calling for new trustees.

Here is the direct link to the article.

We are looking for new trustees for our charitable trust that runs our Virtual School.

As you are well connected in community & business please can you help distribute our call to action among people you think may be interested in your networks. We are looking for someone who wants to help drive educational change and work with us to lead this collaborative initiative forward. Our schools demographic is very strongly rural, although we also work with city schools for example Mangere Central. We need someone with strong community & business links, as our current board is mainly academics, & school leaders – so our skill set and connections really need extending.

Here’s a snapshot of our key goals 16/17:

  • enabling collaboration between small and rural schools and extending the Rural & Remote Schools Project; 
  • growing te reo Māori learning opportunities for students and PLD for teachers through the Virtual Rumaki programme;
  • extending opportunities for student learning and PLD through growth of the STEM programme which already includes computer coding, extension maths & science;
  • further developing literacy programmes and extending the focus of language programmes with a greater focus on cultural and global connections that reflect the growing diversity in NZ communities.
  • Provide targeted professional learning and development that will build digital fluency for students and teachers and capability for collaboration between and across schools.

Ngā mihi nui

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

VLN Primary School – February Update

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VLN Primary School – February Update

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

Rural & Remote Schools Project by Rachel Whalley

This collaborative project aims to reduce the social isolation of our students (& teachers) by providing opportunities for them to connect & learn together online. Would your school like to join in too? 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 update you on: 

The growth of our Rural & Remote Schools Project and invite other small schools to join in. Schools are meeting on Tuesday 1st March this week, so don’t miss out & get along;

What our ALLiS (Asian Languages) Team have been doing and share our project planning and resources from AFS.

We profile another great online collaborative programme for students @kidsedchatnz. This is all set up & really easy to participate in with your children – give it a go.

Finally we are looking for a champion/s who will join our Governance Group and help lead us through to the next level. If you know or are someone who has strong business & community networks and knowledge, and who is willing to work hard to make a difference for our children then we need you!

VLN Primary Kids #connectedlearners

Expressions of interest are sought for appointments to VLN Primary Governance Group

Our AGM is coming up in April, and we are looking for new trustees who will help take our work to the next level. If you are passionate about empowering our young people with equity & access to education, you have networks and experience in business and community, and are serious about making a difference then we need you! Read more

The aim of Kidsedchatnz is to motivate kids to be active, engaged and connected learners.

Kidsedchatnz 

Twitter chat for NZ kids – #participate #connect #collaborate Read more

ALLiS Teachers PLD Day

Unpacking the Curriculum, Inquiring into Practice.

Our ALLiS teachers team met for a day of PLD with the wonderful Jeanne Gilbert. Read more

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

February 12, 2016

Get Your Virtual Registrations In Now!

One for my Kiwi readers…

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Get your virtual registrations in now! by Ginette Van Praag

Prince Harry takes an Online Class
Prince Harry takes an Online Class— Rachel Whalley

Virtual is pretty real for us at the Virtual Learning Network Primary School, so we need you to get your skates on, talk to your students and get their registrations into Ginette  right now. A reminder that as we are part of the ALLiS Project – there is no cost attached to some of our programmes this year.  Read more
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February 2, 2016

Welcome back to ‘Virtual’ School!

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Welcome back to ‘Virtual’ School!

Minister Nikki Kaye joins in a Japanese class with students from Mangere Central School at the launch of N4L.
Minister Nikki Kaye joins in a Japanese class with students from Mangere Central School at the launch of N4L., by Rachel Whalley

Having a Say – Consultation on the NZ Education Act by Rachel Whalley

Here is the VLN Primary School’s submission on the review of the NZ Education Act.  We are looking forward to contributing to positive change in NZ schooling. An interesting road ahead … Read more

Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi – Akonga Aka Mariko. Welcome to the VLN Primary School for 2016! 

It is going to be a full on year for us all – in our own schools and in our collaborative, virtual school, the VLN Primary.

Our goal is to:

Connect Schools for Enhanced Learning Outcomes.

In this newsletter: 

We share our submission to the Education Act that advocates for changes to the Act that enables learning that is flexible, open and accessible for all our learners across a networked schools system. We welcome any feedback from our schools on this submission.

We start the year off with something that is an integral part of how we learn together online – internet safety. We are proud to support Safer Internet Day on February 9th. Find out more on how to participate and keep following us to share our digital citizenship resources #sid2016

Don’t forget to get in early with your registrations to participate. This enables Ginette to work out the incredibly complex job of developing a timetable that works the best it can for all of us; and gives us time to prepare you and your students to be successful online learners.    Geoff from Rosmini College, is still welcoming participation in Over the Back Fence, Environment Health Project – this closes soon so get in quick.

Our Asian Language (ALLiS) Project is well underway. We are looking forward to the arrival of our new Mandarin Language Assistant & have a range of programmes ready to run – Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Asia Inquiry; short tasters, small groups, whole classes. There is no cost to schools to join these programmes, but these are limited to our Project schools in the first instance, then first come after that (note there is still a modest VLN Primary administration fee). We are very interested to hear from anyone who can teach our Bahasan Indonesian class; and we would love to hear from children who want to learn Tagalog. Please offer this to your Filipino community.

The VLN Primary School doesn’t have a monopoly on learning online,  there are some very exciting & effective projects being developed by teachers around NZ. We plan to profile these over the coming weeks with our first two articles in this newsletter. Check out NZ Read Aloud led by Kerri Thompson from Tamatea Intermediate, and Re-imaging Sports Education by Tim Morgan from Bishopdale Primary. Get in touch with them to participate in their projects. If you have a project you want profiled here contact Rachel. If you have ideas from projects or programmes you want to run, contact us for support.

Finally a heads up for 14th Annual Sole Charge and Rural Teaching Principals′ Conference. A favourite conference for the VLN Primary – some great speakers & workshops; and a time to connect and have fun!

Coming up:

  • Safer Internet Day – 9th February
  • Governance Group Meet – 16th February
  • ALLiS Teachers PLD – 18th February
  • Online classes scheduled to start – 7th March
  • AGM – April – date TBC
Safer Internet Day 'Play your part for a better internet!' https://goo.gl/aXlyI1

#SIDKIDS16 Play your part for a better internet!

Join us on Tuesday 9th February for a Special Internet Safety Event  Read more

Get your registrations in for 2016!

Check out what’s on offer for our students & teachers for 2016. Keep an eye out for updates as new programmes are starting up all the time. Get your registrations in now to ensure your students a place. Read more

Students from Indian talking with Rosmini College students.

Over the Back Fence Project 2016

Check out the Over the Back Fence Project – Global Connections, Collaborative Inquiry, Reciprocal Teaching. Plan to participate for 2016!Read more

#NZreadalound

##NZreadaloud One Book to Connect Kiwi Kids

Participating in #NZreadaloud is bringing the future of literacy into our classrooms. Find out more and how you can participate Read more

Rural & Remote Schools Principals Conference 2015

Lead, Innovate, Educate: Creating Communities

Register Early for: 14th Annual Sole Charge and Rural Teaching Principals′ Conference: Lead, Innovate, Educate: Creating Communities Havelock North, 18-20 May 2015  Read more

A re-imagined approach to Sports Education

As school programmes shape themselves to be future focussed and reflect modern learning practises, physical education programmes continue to deliver game based learning aligned to an often narrow sporting endpoint. What if physical education programmes reflected a broader future focus? Read more

Minister Nikki Kaye joins in a Japanese class with students from Mangere Central School at the launch of N4L.

Having a Say – Consultation on the NZ Education Act

Here is the VLN Primary School’s submission on the review of the NZ Education Act.  We are looking forward to contributing to positive change in NZ schooling. An interesting road ahead … Read more

Japanese Lanterns

Asian Language Learning in Schools

Our students will soon be benefiting from the government’s investment in Asian Language Learning in Schools (ALLiS) funding initiative. Read more

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

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