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Beating the summer effect

17/10/2014

While a certain amount of stagnation in children's learning may be expected following the summer holidays, one school has made positive changes that have negated much of that drop-off, meaning teachers can immediately build on progress made during the previous year.

Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 4–8 March 2015

16/10/2014

Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2015 will be at North Hagley Park, Christchurch 4–8 March 2015. Forty five teams representing kapa haka from New Zealand and Australia will compete in Christchurch to become the new Toa Whakaihuwaka and win the title of national kapa haka champion. Find out more...

Connected Educator Month – the next 7 days

14/10/2014

Check out the latest newsletter and calendar for the next 7 days of Connected Educator Month.

Recent e-asTTle updates explained

14/10/2014

The following updates were made to e-asTTle on October 8.

  • Student Result Summaries and Target Setting now available from left menu.
  • Student Result Summaries now available to External Coordinators.
  • New Writing report interpretation guides.
  • Extra information on headings for Writing Individual Learning Pathways.
  • Element norms no longer display on Writing console reports.
  • Corrections to Pānui and Pāngarau questions.

For a full explanation of these updates, go to the update page on the e-asTTle Help site.

You can access the Help site from the left hand navigation column of the e-asTTle Home page. The e-Help site has all the information you need to help you navigate e-asTTle and make good assessment choices. Use the search function or Popular Topics to find what you're looking for.

Spaceward Bound New Zealand

13/10/2014

Applications are open for a Spaceward Bound expedition in January 2015. A NASA team pairs up with local scientists and local tertiary, secondary school students, and teachers to travel to a location of interest for astrobiology to learn more about its significance. The expedition will consist of 6 days of field trips in the Rotorua – Taupo – Tongariro Plateau combined with talks with the scientists and hands-on lab work.
Find out more...

ULearn live streamed events

9/10/2014

As part of Connected Educator Month a selection of breakouts from ULearn Conference 2014 is being live streamed and can be viewed from this page.   

Ready to Read Update

9/10/2014

Find out about new Ready to Read books, important changes to text levels, and other Ready to Read developments in this flyer (PDF).

Money Week - Get your money fighting fit

9/10/2014

Money Week takes place this year between Monday 13 October and Sunday 19 October. Money Week provides the opportunity to engage parents, whānau, and local businesses with learning experiences and conversations about financial literacy. This resource page from New Zealand Curriculum Online has a collection of resources to support your school's involvement in Money Week, and ideas on how you can make financial capability an ongoing area of curriculum focus.

Webinar: NZQA assessment online and digital exams 14 October 3:45-4:45pm

6/10/2014

NZQA is working towards moving external student assessment to the online environment. This webinar will cover:

  • piloting and test opportunities for schools
  • technical requirements
  • an introduction to what other jurisdictions are doing (for example, British Columbia, the Netherlands),  the issues and challenges they faced and the lessons learned, and how this is shaping NZQA’s thinking.

Steve Bargh (NZQA) will be the lead presenter and Howard Baldwin and Elizabeth Eley from the Ministry of Education will be available to address further questions from schools.

To register for this free webinar »

This Enabling e-Learning event is part of PLD Connected Educator Month during October. Free webinar 14 October 3:45-4:45pm

Ka mārō te aho tapu, ka tau te korowai: Te reo Māori findings from Te Kupenga 2013

6/10/2014

Ka mārō te aho, ka tau te korowai: Te reo Māori findings from Te Kupenga 2013 is a new report that explores the drivers related to Māori language proficiency and usage inside and outside the home in NZ. The report provides an opportunity to relate information on te reo Māori proficiency with use, education, and other aspects of Māori culture.


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