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YouTube for Schools | Education channel

YouTube for Schools lets schools access free educational YouTube videos while limiting access to other YouTube content. Students can learn from more than 400,000 educational videos. Schools can also customize their YouTube for Schools experience, adding videos that are only viewable within their school network.
For more information check out the Mashable site

A Yahoo for Kuranui School
The eLearning Planning Framework team are going to use Kuranui's School Story as a resource for schools which is really exciting for them! Their reflective summary has been identified as a practical and constructive resource that can help others as they work towards e-learning capability. The VLN story will become part of a supplementary resource to help exemplify the dimensions within the New Zealand eLearning Planning Framework.

Geoff Mulgan: A short intro to the Studio School

Some kids learn by listening; others learn by doing. Geoff Mulgan gives a short introduction to the Studio School, a new kind of school in the UK where small teams of kids learn by working on projects that are, as Mulgan puts it, "for real."

Debbie's Room 7 Matamata Int in print!
Check out the article here on page 42

Need an Avatar for your students next year? Planning on using voicethread? Great for personalising work around the room without using names. Create a claymation version Clay Yourself (http://www.clayyourself.com. This tool is easy to use. Just click start and follow the on-screen directions to change the features. Your students would need to be warned about adding names, you could use a first name and then perhaps your room number as the surname! When finished, just download or right mouse and save as a picture.

School Of One
: This is reality for some.


Time For Celebration for Bex and her class at Hinuera

The class blog is featured in an article by Simon Evans in the Teachers Matter Magazine Issue 14 " Use Blogs To Support Students and Engage the Community".
Development of class blogs has been a focus for Hinuera and these are linked to the school website so parents can access them easily. The class blogs are an extension of the classroom where students' comments, posts and reflections have value and purpose.
Check out Hinuera Room 7 Blog

Innovative learning network to lift student achievement

The Minister of Education has just announced Cabinet’s decision to proceed with establishing a ‘Network for Learning’, a dedicated online network for schools, which will run over the ultra-fast broadband infrastructure currently being rolled out across New Zealand. The Network for Learning will provide schools with affordable, safe, ultra-fast internet access as well as a range of online content and centrally-procured services.
The new Enabling e-Learning newsletter is aimed at the wider educational audience. It will give you information, links to resources, and school stories about e-learning from the new Enabling e-Learning web presence Click for link

Well Done to Linda Woolhouse and Te Poi School. They are listed as one of the top five entries in the 'Best Use of a Free Web 2.0 Tool'. Linda has been successfully using Storybird, a collaborative storytelling tool to motivate and inspire students. The finalists are all listed in the link below where you can vote for your favourite. Voting closes at 5pm on Friday 11 November.
State of the Internet 2011
Created by: Online Schools

Educating for global citizenship

Extract from Derek Wenmoth's Blog
An excellent resource for teachers produced by Oxfam, a downloadable PDF titled Education for Global Citizenship: A Guide for Schools. The resource provides an excellent rationale for incorporating Global Citizenship as a focus into the school curriculum together with frameworks, case studies, activities and practical classroom ideas that can be used to help teachers develop their ideas. As Derek notes "We owe it to our young people to ensure they are adequately prepared to take a responsible role in the increasingly globalised world that they will participate in as they move through school and on into the workforce."


Expedition Challenge

A brand new LEARNZ field trip!
This field trip is an opportunity for students to join an expedition to climb Mt Ollivier in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. While students participate virtually, the expedition itself is very real and will involve students exploring their own possible outdoor adventures, and seeing how a real expedition is planned and executed. The intended outcomes are young people inspired to plan their own adventures with the knowledge and skills to recreate safely in the outdoors. This LEARNZ trip supports Health and Physical Education: Personal Health and Physical Development Levels 2-5; Social Sciences: Place and Environment Levels 2-5. Enrol now.
The expedition to climb Mt Ollivier will occur in the week 21-25 November 2011.

Flags Of Every Country

via chartsbin.com

Interface_Logo.gifSnippITS From Interface
Newspaper Map (http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx#) shows the locations of newspapers around the world on a Google Map (colour coded by language). Click the small arrow on the top left beside USA and a drop down list of countries appears, including that of New Zealand. Select one and it'll show the front page and a live link to the publication.
Up the Creek (www.biodiversity.govt.nz/kids/) is a fun but informative look at biodiversity in New Zealand. It's in English and Maori, and comes with teacher's notes that support the activities.
How about creating your own books with Story Jumper (www.storyjumper.com)? It's an easy seven-step process. You can create from scratch or use one of several templates, and use your own artwork/photos or select from the site's gallery. Online versions are free. There's also a 'Classroom Edition' for teachers.
Math Continuum (www.learnalberta.ca/content/mec/html/index.html) has many visual explanations of topics, fractions, patterns, equations, angles, percentages, and so on. Each begins with a definition, then moves on to practising the skill with the interactive pieces.
AngleShapes (www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/angleshapes.html) is a fun site offering20 different interactive activities to help your students explore angles and use a protractor. They include things like exploring opposite angles, finding angle pairs, and adding the total angles.

Blooms Apps

Apps.pngWe know that using Blooms Taxonomy in education is a highly effective way to scaffold learning for students. With the recent popularity of IOS devices you may want to bookmark this site that gives direction for educators on how to use Blooms in the Classroom using the apps that are available.
This list is by no means fully comprehensive but the site will grow with any new and exciting apps.
Owner Tracks Down Stolen IPad

History Pin- linked pasts with the present. A place where people come together to share their historical pictures and stories.
Could we put Matamata on the map?


Discussion about ePortfolios is important as each school develops a need and looks ahead to make a decision about what will work best for their students. There is an informative wiki that has been setup by Helen Barrett,a Researcher and Consultant: Electronic Portfolios and Digital Storytelling for Lifelong and Life Wide Learning

Copyright (infringing file sharing) Amendment Act

I'm sure many of you are aware that on 1st September 2011 an ammendment to the Copyright Act came into effect.
So what does that mean for us and the schools that we work in?
Netsafe give a good breakdown of this and are providing information for schools online at:- http://www.netsafe.org.nz/content/copyright-and-schools/

Learning in NZ Schools via blog: e-Learning Round-up | 29 August 2011

The blogpost above is the new ICTPD newsletter format

Two further contracts tendered for Rural Broadband Initiative

By now schools should have received an email from Marg McLeod,Acting Manager, Schooling Implementation stating that the Ministry of Economic Development (MED) has invited registrations of interest for two further contracts under the Rural Broadband Initiative.
These will provide:
  • fibre to all schools that are not currently covered under previous contracts for the Government’s urban and rural fibre roll outs
  • improved broadband access to schools in regions too remote for fibre to be a practical option.
For more information visit MED’s website. All affected schools have been sent an email update from our School Connection Project Manager Ann Bentley.
Summary of schools and coverage areas now available online
Now that the coverage areas making up the nationwide Government roll out have been confirmed, we have published a spreadsheet on the Ministry of Education website summarising which initiative will provide each school with improved broadband access.


Kids caught in iPad download rip-off

An interesting read in the New Zealand Herald......
Parents are facing hefty credit-card bills after their children unknowingly spend real money while playing free online games on mobile devices such as iPhone and iPad. It looks like a free game!
NetSafe executive director Martin Cocker's tips:
* Smartphones and iPads are essentially computers. Treat them like computers.
* Test children's applications yourself.
* Don't save your credit-card details to your iTunes account.
* Disable the "in-app purchase" option under the Settings, General, then Restrictions option on your iPad or iPhone.
* Read the terms and conditions.

National Library

Gail Cochrane from the National Library has emailed some new sites to support Literacy and Learning-
As part of their services to schools, the National Library has a page on their website for High Interest Topics - http://schools.natlib.govt.nz/high-interest-topics - these are curriculum-related sites on popular topics that complement the resources teachers can borrow.
Find Free Images Online
Including images with postings enriches the experience for the reader and can also help to illustrate or support the writer’s viewpoint.
Toolkit A to Z
Looking for a Web 2 Tool for a particular reason? Try the A to Z of Tools
Māori language
Māori language packs for Windows and Office.
Panda Powersearch is an all-in-one list of search engines and directories. There is an extensive list of the best Internet search tools to help with searching the web.
The links below are just 3 of the search engines listed
Online Talking Dictionary. Dictionarist provides audio translations in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Dutch, Greek, Albanian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean dictionaries.
How Do You Pronounce
This is a pronunciation dictionary with examples to help teach and/or learn how to pronounce English words. The examples are videos of real people and situations.
TV Bookmark
TVBookmark is a directory and search engine for videos from publishers and TV channels.


Uploaded to Youtube by EDUContact on Jul 19, 2011

A test the whole world can take to find out how well-prepared today's students are to participate in society. If you're not quite sure what PISA is or does, and you've got about 12 minutes to spare, grab a comfortable chair.
This video will help you to understand why the OECD's number-crunchers trigger such intense debate about the state of education around the world every time they release the results of the latest PISA survey.
Their findings are saying that every country has the potential to raise its education and that PISA gives a lot more than test scores. Among other interesting things, findings state that it is worth reminding ourselves that successful education systems make education a priority and that results indicate that the more successful countries also show value of the teaching profession by investing in it.

The ICT PD Online newsletter for 11 July 2011 is now online Click here to view

Creative Commons Kiwi from CreativeCommons AotearoaNZ on Vimeo.

Have you ever wondered where you stand legally with downloading and sharing digital content?
Creative Commons New Zealand have recently released a video summarising licences- Creative Commons Kiwi.To find out more about Creative Commons in New Zealand visit creativecommons.org.nz
This video by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand, with support from InternetNZ, is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence. A project of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Produced by Mohawk Media

Collaborate, Innovate, Educate
Thanks to those who supported and helped organise our Cluster TOD.
There were many new ideas and thought provoking messages from both our Keynote Dr Jeni Wilson and the facilitators of the other workshops. Hopefully there were some 'takeaways' to implement back in the classroom or to explore later with students. It is important that as teachers we continue to be learners and "explore not only how ICT can support traditional ways of teaching but also how it can open up new and different ways of learning." NZC: Elearning and Pedagogy p36
Links to most of the workshops are on the cluster conference page and the page will be updated once others are received.

Room 7 at Hinuera Hit the Big Time

TKI's 'Snapshot of Learning' features an article about how Bex and her
class have incorporated Blogger and Scribd to create a learning portal for
students to use within their class inquiry- Check out the link

The ICT PD Online newsletter for 27 June 2011 is now online Click here to view Kura.png Virtual Learning Network GroupsCongratulations to Kuranui School who feature in the highlights of the reflective summaries on the ICT PD Online BlogICT PD Reflective summaries can be found at http://fizurl.com/RefSum Make sure you bookmark or RSS feed these resources for easy access.
Should your school have a Facebook page? Click for link
The latest Interface has an article where the questions are asked: Should schools should join Facebook? How they should behave if they do?

The ICT PD Online newsletter for 13 June 2011 is now online
click here

Fun and Games

Have you wondered what a game-based classroom looks like in a traditional school, take a look at Ananth Pai’s
third-grade class.Students compete in games with other kids across the world,
learn about fractions and decimals by riding a virtual ghost train, work on their reading skills on sites like Razkids,
figure out whether they can make a living by growing flowers, learn about their constitutional rights with the
Go to Court Game, and so on.
Posted on Ian Jukes site http://www.fluency21.com//blogpost.cfm?blogID=1955

Test your geography smarts with the Traveller IQ Challenge

Rugby World Cup Resources
The education programmes present Rugby World Cup 2011 as a context for engaging students in learning activities relevant to their everyday lives and allows students to understand and get involved in this big sporting event .Get Involved
Kidzone Rugby World Cup 2011
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Meet Rugger and his friends.
As part of the Ruggerland education programme, the New Zealand Rugby Union has developed resources for teachers and students. These are aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum and enable students to explore numeracy, language, and the social sciences using RWC 2011 as a context for teaching and learning.

Jeff Wilson talks about the heritage and tradition of Rugby World Cup