Virtual School Meanderings

August 24, 2015

Updating the Virtual Learning Network in New Zealand

I’ve had this in my inbox for a week or two now, but I haven’t gotten around to posting it yet.  Anyway, there have been a few updates to the Virtual Learning Network in New Zealand that I wanted to pass along.

New file: VLNCMap2015

The Map showing the relative location of the of 2015 Virtual Learning Network Community clusters

New file: VLNC Logo

The graphic created by Robin Ohia to encompass the community of schools within the VLNC

For folks that would like to know more about the VLN and the VLN-C, please visit:

August 17, 2015

Darren Sudlow Invited You To Career Pathways In The IT Industry: Presented by Datacom SI

An early in the day entry for my Kiwi reads…

Join us for a presentation and Q&A on Career Pathways in the IT industry. Hosted by Ian Harding, Software Development Manager at Datacom SI, this is a fantastic opportunity students or teachers who want to get an insight into what the industry offers.


Career Pathways in the IT Industry: Presented by Datacom SI

Mon, August 24, 9:00 PM

Hangouts On Air – Broadcast for free

Darren Sudlow is going to watch

August 13, 2015

Darren Sudlow Invited You To NetNZ Teacher Case Studies: Building Community

One for my Kiwi readers…

Join us for a first in a series of sessions with NetNZ eTeachers. Online learning enables significant opportunity to connect students no matter where they happen to be. The roll out of ultra fast internet is now providing us the opportunity to take the distance out of distance education. This session will focus on three teachers who have worked on developing interaction, connection and collaboration between their students. Each has done something slightly different to ensure students do not work in isolation and benefit from connecting with their peers.

Garry Brittenden will take us through how he has encouraged interaction through the use of provocative discussion.

Marina Krijgsman will demonstrate a knowledge building approach that encourages learning as collaborative, exploratory and relevant.

Darren Sudlow will share his project based Crafting History community that utilizes an online space as hub for a group of learners.


NetNZ Teacher Case Studies: Building Community

Wed, August 19, 11:30 PM

Hangouts On Air – Broadcast for free

July 16, 2015

VLN Primary School – New Learning Opportunities Semester 2

One for my Kiwi readers…

VLN Primary School 
New Online Learning Opportunities Semester 2
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VLN Primary School

New Learning Opportunities for #connectedlearners

We have a few new classes and projects starting up for the second half of this year and welcome students’ participation. We would love for you to give your children access to these opportunities to participate in learning that may be of special interest or importance to them and their whanau, and that will also help them grow as digitally literate, independent self-managing learners.

This newsletter showcases Te Reo Māori Kuki Airani, Kiwi-skool bied nou Afrikaanse and Korean Inquiry.

Mandarin Class

Classes will be scheduled weekly in our Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom (times to be advised). Afrikaans will be running after school at 3.30 (day to be confirmed). The Korean Inquiry will not have scheduled weekly times but will be facilitated mainly through our online environment, with occasional real time skype connections.
Students will be expected to spend some time in self-study & practice, schools & whanau will need to help them out with developing these self management skills. Here is more information about Connecting to your Virtual Class. Check out our Protocols for Participation that outline costs of participation.

Te Reo Māori Kuki Airani
Cook Islands Te Reo.

Big thanks to Junior Pauka from Mangere Central School who will be teaching our children this term. This class is suitable for students with little or no te reo, and for students who are NZ or Cook Island students. Our main student group is between Years 6 – 8, but older students are welcome, as are younger, although younger students will need more learning support in their home schools.

Korean Inquiry – 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 Years 4-8. We will be inquiring into Asia, using a Korean Context. Students can join as a whole class with the support of their classroom teacher or individually and in small groups. This programme is developed and facilitated by Nicki Fielder from Apiti School. Nicki visited Korea last year with an Asia New Zealand study trip.
More information here.

Afrikaans After School

This class is being provided by Mevrou Annatjie Fourie, Principal of Ohura Valley Primary School as her contribution to the VLN Primary School. Not only does this provide our students with new learning opportunities but enables Annatjie to teach in an area she is passionate about. Classes will be aimed at the beginning language learner and can then be tailored to suit the varying needs of the children. This class is suitable for NZ students with an interest in Afrikaans, and who want to be able to speak with their friends and neighbours. As well as language learning support for SANs children in NZ.

Other Learning Opportunities

We still have some room to include children in these classes:

  • Te Reo Māori
  • Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Extension Maths
  • Programming & Computer Science.
Most classes are available for small groups of children or individuals, some are suitable also for whole class participation with the support of the classroom teacher. We aim to be as flexible as we can to the needs of our schools and students so please discuss with us what will work best for you.
Think about the students in your schools that would benefit from joining in with this class and help them participate!
Home schooled children welcome also.Make enrolments here,
or further queries to Ginette. 

Thanks to our supporters:

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Our mailing address is:

VLN Primary School

10 Clem Elliott Drive
R D 4

Matata,Bay of Plenty3194

New Zealand

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

July 15, 2015

Re-Post: We Are Recruiting eTeachers Now – Check It Out!

One for my Kiwi readers – although I do believe that if you wanted to play time zone hopscotch, others could be considered…

Shout out to prospective eTeachers – put up your hand!

We are seeking new eteachers to train to work with our students. Preference will be given to NZ registered teachers, and those with elearning skills and experience. However if you have a strong interest, knowledge and skills of the types of programmes we want to offer our students please register your interest.eTeaching is highly flexible, challenging, and rewarding. Teachers can be contributed by their employing school in return for their students participation; or be contracted by the VLN Primary for their time. We have some part time positions for Asian Language teachers. This would be suitable for teachers who are teaching part time or are out of school with a young family, or semi-retired.We are specifically seeking teachers for: Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesian, French, Spanish, Maths, Literacy and Science.

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

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