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Game-based learning


Find out how game-based learning and gamification are both trying to solve a problem, motivate, and promote learning using game-based thinking and techniques.

"It's who we are" Stories of practice and change from PB4L School-Wide Schools


A new report by NZCER illustrates the practices of seven schools who have effectively implemented PB4L: School-Wide (PB4L-SW). Schools were selected for their effective practice, and key themes are illustrated by short narratives from the schools.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori /Māori Language Week 27 July–2 August


The kaupapa for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2015 is ‘Whāngaihia te reo Māori ki ngā mātua.’

We aim to encourage and support the language development of parents who can then whāngai the language to their children.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori /Māori Language Week takes place this year between Monday 27 July and Sunday 2 August. 

This NZ Curriculum Online resource page offers ideas, links, and stories to help schools engage with their parents, families, and whānau to support the learning of te reo Māori in both the school and home environment.

Virtual field trip: Opera – put on a show!


This is an opportunity for students to experience the build up to a performance of the world-famous opera, Madame Butterfly.

Opera is a complex arts production which demands a professional level of event management. Many people are involved in planning, designing, and rehearsing to achieve a quality result.

 This opera virtual field trip, starting 21 July 2015,  is an opportunity to showcase how a production can be brought to fruition to excite its audience, with sumptuous costuming, international performers and stunning sets.

Consultation on Level 1 and 2 Refined Vocational Pathways and Level 3 Development


Consultation material and information related to both Level 1 and 2 refined Vocational Pathways and Level 3 development is now open, and can be found online. Feedback can be provided using forms on the webpage.

Consultation for the refined Levels 1 and 2 Vocational Pathways will close on the 22nd July 2015.

Consultation on Level 3 development will close on the 31st July 2015.

Registrations open for Term 3 OTJ workshops


Registrations are now open for the new series of OTJ workshops to be held around the country in Term 3.

The workshops are free of charge, funded by the Ministry of Education, and are being held across all regions.

The full-day workshops on reading and writing will support teachers using National Standards to use quality moderation practices and make valid and reliable OTJs of student progress and achievement.

Find details and registration links here.

NZ Maths: Rich learning activities


NZ Maths now has rich learning activities at levels 3, 4, and 5. The activities are designed to provide engaging contexts and an opportunity to apply the maths learned in previous lessons. They can be accessed through the Teaching Material section of nzmaths.

High Expectations - NEW exploration of the high expectations principle


This new section of NZC Online draws together research, digital resources, tools, and examples to support leaders and teachers as they consider the high expectations principle.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Study Award


Applications are now being accepted for the Ministry of Education's Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Study Award.

The purpose of this award is to support you to study Massey University's Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching: Autism Spectrum Disorder.

You must enrol in that diploma to be eligible for this award.

Applications for the 2016 study award will be open from 1 June to 16 September 2015.

Find out more from this page

Applications for the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards close on June 19, 2015


The awards are open to secondary school students and undergraduates who are passionate and persuasive in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

With a top prize of $10,000, three runner-up prizes of $5,000 and a range of other scholarships at stake as well, there are a lot of reasons to enter.
To enter the awards, candidates submit a two page synopsis of a STEM-based idea which will deliver value economically or socially to New Zealand. The idea doesn’t need to be original but they must have a sound scientific understanding of the topic at hand. 

Entry forms available here

Entry criteria and judging criteria are also on the Eureka! website