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Kōtui Ako | Virtual Learning Network Aotearoa

Kōtui Ako | Virtual Learning Network Aotearoa Pānui March 2024

Nau mai, haere mai ki te Kōtui Ako | Virtual Learning Network Aotearoa

Kia ora koutou katoa, Kia orāna, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Nĭ hăo 你好, Annyoung haseyo 안녕하세요, Namaste, Assalām alaikum, Hola, Bonjour, Hallo!

It's great to see our students' learning come to life as it did for Valerie from South Westland Area School. Her artistic talents were recognised in postage stamps that she (and we) received earlier this year. Too good to use, they will be framed for our wall of fame!

We are promoting several learning opportunities this month (suitable for both Primary and Secondary learners):

We have spaces available in our Gifted programmes due to start next term. These are suitable for learners up to Year 10. 

Our partnership with the Korean Education Centre enables us to bring you Korean classes at no cost. This is a great opportunity to get involved in online learning at your school AND learn about the popular Korean language and culture.

We have a great NZSL resource in our talented eTeacher Janine. We would like to hear from you about how Janine can work with you across our schools network with NZSL language support and support for learners. Find out more about NZSL opportunities and give us your feedback.

Canadian researcher Dr Michael Barbour begins his study tour in Aotearoa. Michael has a long relationship with educational practitioners and research experience with virtual and distance learning in New Zealand and internationally. Kōtui Ako VLN has  operated for nearly 30 years in a policy and resourcing vacuum. Michael's work will be important to inform the sector and advocate for sustainable support for online learning opportunities.

I was privileged to join Taranaki Kāhui Ako PLD day recently. If you would like us to share the Kōtui Ako VLN kaupapa with your Kāhui Ako, LSC / RTLB, school or principals' network, please invite us to participate in your upcoming hui.

Finally we share the first notice of our upcoming AGM. We expect all member schools to attend, so please Save the Date!

Its been a busy term in schools as it has for us here too. I know you are all looking forward to a well deserved break over Easter. 

Ngā mihinui o te Aranga

Rachel, Amanda and the Kōtui Ako VLN team


From pencil sketch to postage!

by Jenni Hammonds

Learning online is just as real as pen and paper in a classroom - we can post you the proof!

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Going deeper for gifted learners - registrations open for Term 2

by Jenni Hammonds

Kōtui Ako VLN has recognised the need for affordable and specific opportunities for students with gifts and talents. We are seeking interest from ākonga, whānau and kura to join our programmes starting next term.

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Kiwitea Students Korean Cultural Day Nov 2017, Sunny Yang VLNP teacher

Free Korean classes

by Kōtui Ako VLN

Annyeonghaseyo! Thanks to the support of the Korean Education Centre we are able to provide these classes at no cost to schools. Learn about the culture of Korea and the basics of speaking Korean, an East Asian language spoken by more than 77 million people.

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NZSL - communicate across Aotearoa

by Rachel Whalley

Find out about the benefits of learning New Zealand Sign Language, NZSL, and how we can support schools with language classes for students, teachers and support for deaf students. Let us know how we can help you!

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Welcome back to Aotearoa Dr Michael Barbour

by Rachel Whalley

It was a pleasure to host Michael on the first step of his study tour. We discussed our vision for virtual and distance learning in a future schooling system.

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Kāhui Ako Connect: Te Whare Tapa Whā

by Rachel Whalley

A big day of PLD with nga Kāhui Ako o Taranaki Mohoao me o Kōhanga Moa (Stratford & Inglewood) was held at Stratford Primary School ahead of Taranaki Anniversary weekend and we were privileged to be invited to participate.

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Notice of AGM 23 May

by Rachel Whalley

Nau mai Haere Mai! All are welcome to join our Kōtui Ako | Virtual Learning Network Aotearoa AGM to be held online Thursday 23rd May 4.00 pm.

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