Bard Wired

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

"Future-oriented learning and teaching" report now online

I am sure there will be much to process, think about & discuss in this report. Will download onto my reader so i can take my time to have a good look through.

Future Learning
Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching - a New Zealand perspective
"This research project draws together findings from new data and more than 10 years of research on current practice and futures-thinking in education. The report discusses some emerging principles for future learning, how these are currently expressed in New Zealand educational thinking and practice and what they could look like in future practice.
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad and Jane Gilbert, with Sue McDowall, Ally Bull, Sally Boyd and Rosemary Hipkins [New Zealand Council for Educational Research]"

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Wow–3D Printers & Thingiverse

I guess i had heard of this before but in the realm of the technical people and not something that any of us or our kids could pick up and use. Awesome potential for creativity and ‘hands on’ learning – something to watch out for!

Maker Bots and the future of identity

A Universe of Things -

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Charter Schools vs the Public Good

Although this video relates to cyber schools in the US, it hits some key points about potentially how destructive charter schools can be to public education.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Network for Learning

Last week the VLN Community met with Marg McLeod, Acting Group Manager, Curriculum Teaching and Learning, and Eddie Reisch from the MOE to discuss the proposed Network for Learning.
‘The Network for Learning, available progressively from 2013, will provide schools with affordable, safe, ultra-fast internet access as well as a range of online content and centrally-procured services.’
It was great to see such a good turn out from the VLN Community, including many Principals from various clusters, to listen to Marg and be involved in discussion and consultation prior to the development of this initiative. As Marg discussed with us, here in NZ we have a more devolved approach to elearning developments compared to many other countries that push things through from the top down and the VLNC has an important role to play as early adopters. So now is the time to make sure you are involved in the consultation process, beginning at Learning@School and following up with regional seminars in 2012.
The following are some notes from Marg’s presentation":
UFB in Schools – Strategic Issues:
  • Use of ICT in classroom teaching and learning
  • Changing patterns of educational provision
  • Formal and informal learning
  • Supporting learning networks for professional practice
  • Public engagement on education issues
  • More informed parents, communities, and then general public
Expected Benefits:
  • more equitable access to online learning opportunities
  • more effective sharing of resources and knowledge
  • reduced ICT complexity and cost
  • increased operational efficiencies
  • improved connection and collaboration between learners, teachers, school leaders and school communities.
  • opportunity to move to more modern learning environments that support 21st Century education delivery
  • lift in student achievement through greater engagement driven by innovative approaches to teaching and learning
Why UFB in Schools?:
  • Online world now integral to students’ lives
  • Increasing evidence that learning in online environments can significantly enhance engagement and lift achievement.
  • Particularly effective for students who are underserved by traditional teaching methods
  • Potential for increasing collaborative learning opportunities can particularly suit preferred learning styles of many Māori and Pasifika learners
What the MoE is Currently Doing:
  • Providing information and support for schools pre, during and post UFB connection
  • Supporting schools in upgrading internal network infrastructure to be ‘UFB-ready’ via SNUP
  • Providing hardware and software
  • Supporting schools in building e-Learning capability
  • Establishing a Network for Learning to optimise the Government’s investment in UFB to improve outcomes for learners
KAREN & the NEN trial?:
  • Ministry currently undertaking trial with 102 schools, using REANNZ’s KAREN network as backbone
  • Trial investigating issues and opportunities for schools in accessing online content and services over a dedicated network
  • Findings are informing planning for development and implementation of the Network for Learning
  • KAREN’s role in the Network for Learning will be determined as part of procurement process
A N4L for NZ Schools:
  • Progressively available to schools from 2013
  • Intention is all schools will be able to join
  • Not mandatory – therefore benefits need to be clear and compelling
  • Network will be the channel for education content and service delivery
  • Major implications for the way the Ministry and other agencies deliver content and services to schools

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Taking a Collective Responsibility for Educating our Children

'If we could put all our teachers and all our children in one room how would we organise learning?' Trevor discusses the potential of UFB to enable us to approach learning in innovative ways but it is down to us to work collectively to realise those opportunities for our students.
It won't happen automagically for us when we switch on the fast internet switch, we have to make it happen ourselves! So get up and start learning with others beyond the walls of the classroom. VLN Primary schools are already starting down that journey, some on Number 8 wire & satellite connections - roll on UFB!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Enabling e-Learning web presence - NOW LIVE

Thanks to Hazel from VPLD to alerting us that the new Enabling eLearning website is now live.
This web presence is the Ministry’s online ‘hub’ for ICT related education resources and programmes in New Zealand. It brings together everything that school leaders and teachers need to develop their the skills, knowledge and confidence in using e-learning.

This web presence consists information, research and resources in the Enabling e-Learning website supported by an online community in the Virtual Learning Network.

From the Enabling ELearning Team:
"Enabling e-Learning, the Ministry of Education’s new online ‘hub’ for ICT-related education resources and programmes in New Zealand, is now live on TKI.
About Enabling e-learning
Enabling e-Learning, is the Ministry of Education’s online ‘hub’ for ICT-related education resources and programmes in New Zealand, bringing together everything that school leaders and teachers need to improve their e-learning practice. Enabling e-Learning will continually evolve and change in response to feedback from New Zealand schools and communities. We want to hear from you about what you’re doing in the e-learning space, so please visit us regularly and share what works and what doesn’t, and all your news and views.
You can connect with Enabling e-Learning in the following ways:
● Explore our dedicated area on TKI
● Participate in communities of interest on the Virtual Learning Network
● Follow us on Twitter
● Post your comments on our Facebook page