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VLN Primary School - July Update

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 are thrilled to announce the VLN Primary is a finalist in the Australia/NZ Internet award, this is awesome recognition of the work we do across NZ schools. 

We encourage schools to register and participate in online classes running in Term 3 & 4. There is no cost to participate in our Asian Languages as our schools are lucky to have a MoE contract that supports this. Now is a really good time to try out learning Mandarin and Japanese. Great PLD for teachers too in learning languages and digital capabilities. Give it a go! 

Geoff shares the benefits to his students and ours, of tuakana/teina learning relationships online through the Over the Back Fence Project. Find out more about the possibilities and how to participate. We hear about a new game app, Shark in the Park, designed to get kids out and active. Melanie would love to hear from teachers who are wanting to trial this with their children. 

We highlight some free PLD designed to bring you up to speed with the basics of using Google Apps for Education and we say Hooray! for our new system ZOOM! A great cloud based web-conferencing solution that is helping our eteachers and students make their learning connections.

Ngā mihi nui

Rachel

Contents

Australia & New Zealand Internet Awards

Recognition for Leading Online Learning

by Ginette Van Praag

We are thrilled by the news and wanted to share with you that we are finalists in the 2016 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards, Diversity and Digital Skills Category!

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Rural kids wellington school trip jun 2017

2018 Semester One Enrolments Now Open

by VLN Primary School

Do you want your students to be #connectedlearners, lead their own learning and build key competencies?  Do you want to share in the expertise of a growing collaborative network of schools?  

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Rosmini College - Over the Back Fence

Tuakana /Teina - Student led learning

by Rachel Whalley

Older students teaching younger students. Geoff Wood talks about the benefits for our students - young & old alike.

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Sharks in the Park 

Mobile Outdoor Gaming - Getting Kids Off the Couch

by Rachel Whalley

There is a certain Internet craze going off at the moment that shows how gamification, augmented reality and geospatial technology are a winning formula for motivating kids to get up and move. If you just said WHAT?? to that last sentence read on...

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Zoom 

Zoom

by Rachel Whalley

We have just made the switch to using Zoom for all our online classes.......and we are loving it!

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Google for Education - PLD

Google Educator Certification & Training

by Ginette Van Praag

With more schools becoming Google Apps for Education (GAFE) schools, how are you preparing your teachers to be confident and make the most of these tools? A great way to evaluate your current skills and confidence with Google Apps for Education is to train for accreditation. 

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