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e-asTTle outage over Easter

e-asTTle outage over Easter

11/4/2014

e-asTTle will be unavailable from 5pm Thursday 17th April until 8am Tuesday 22nd April.  
This scheduled outage is required to implement planned upgrades to IT infrastructure over the Easter weekend.
Please pass on this information to all staff that use e-asTTle.
We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact the MoE Contact Centre if you have any queries.

For more information about e-asTTle:
Online:  http://e-asttle.tki.org.nz
Phone:  MoE Contact Centre on 0800 225 548 (Option 2)
Email:   MOE.ContactCentre@minedu.govt.nz

NetSafe invites students to create a campaign for Web Rangers

9/4/2014

NetSafe and Google NZ have teamed up to launch New Zealand’s first Web Rangers programme, an initiative that offers a practical way to help address cyber-bullying and promote good digital citizenship.

The Web Rangers programme invites teenagers from 14-17 years old to create a campaign that will help their peers think about their online behaviour and keep each other safe online. Around 200 young people will be invited to take part in the project, attending workshops in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, where they will receive training from experts in online safety, marketing, and social media.  

Students will then be given six weeks to produce their campaigns, which can take any form including YouTube videos and other social media content, billboards, and in-school events. The creators of the top internet safety campaigns from each city win a trip to Google’s HQ in Sydney (with a guardian) to present their campaign to Google executives.  

We would love it if you could encourage students in your school to sign up and take part. They would need to be able to make their way to and attend a holiday workshop at one of these dates:

  • Wellington Tuesday, April 29
  • Christchurch on Wednesday, April 30
  • Auckland on Thursday, May 1.

To sign up, students can visit www.netsafe.org.nz/webrangers. Registrations close April 14.

New Zealand’s most popular YouTube star, Jamie Curry of Jamie’s World, is also backing the programme and she has made this video in support.

If you have any questions about the workshops, or the programme in general, please feel free to contact NetSafe on 0508 NETSAFE or at  help@netsafe.org.nz.

Science Learning Hub: Tōku Awa Koiora

8/4/2014

Explore this context and meet researchers, scientists, and iwi who are working to restore and protect the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River. 
Investigate science projects along the river, learn about river ecosystems, and the ecology and biodiversity of the Waikato River.
Explore the river map interactive and meet iwi who live along the river. Hear what the river means to them and listen to their stories about the river.

Kids Voting for the 2014 General Election

4/4/2014

Kids Voting is a chance for your students to take part in the 2014 General Election. 

Students vote for real candidates, on a real ballot paper, and compare the results of their classrooms' election with the results of the real election. 

Register your school and receive everything you need to deliver your Kids Voting election. You’ll receive a Teacher’s Guide, ballot box and other resources to support you to deliver Kids Voting at your school.

Workshops for middle leaders

2/4/2014

National and regional workshops provide opportunities for middle leaders to come together to develop learning-focused communities. 
The over-arching focus for this work is to raise achievement for all students and particularly for Māori and Pasifika students and those with special learning needs.
Find out more...

Top Outdoor Spot Competition

1/4/2014

A classic Kiwi beach scene and a poetic description of the East Cape township of Te Araroa have taken top honours in the 2014 national Top Outdoor Spot competition. 
Students were invited to send in photos and descriptions of their favourite outdoor places for display on the NZ Walking Access Commission’s Both Sides of the Fence education website. 
The competition is now over, but teachers and students are encouraged to keep filling the ‘In My Region’ gallery with photos and descriptions of their favourite outdoor spots. 
Find out more... 

LAWA: Land Air Water Aotearoa

26/3/2014

A new website, Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA), offers students and educators the chance to connect with what’s going on in their region’s waterways. LAWA houses New Zealand’s water quality data and includes a learning section with glossary and factsheets to help visitors to the site better understand the science behind river monitoring.

e-ako maths

24/3/2014

e-ako maths is a resource created to support students who are having difficulty developing a sound knowledge and understanding of place value, fractions, algebra and basic facts. It is designed to complement and support existing teaching programmes, with each student logging into their own account so that they can explore the material at their own pace. 
Read more on the e-ako maths information page on nz maths or register by going to e-ako.nzmaths.co.nz.

A second look at Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017

21/3/2014

This second blog post in the Ka Hikitia series explores the guiding principle of Māori potential approach. It considers what is meant by this principle, provides questions for leaders and kaiako to consider, includes inspirational school stories, and offers links to resources that promote high expectations and strong educational pathways for Māori students.

OTJ workshops

20/3/2014

The Consortium for Professional Learning (CPL), on behalf of the Ministry of Education, is providing three-hour workshops focussing on Overall Teacher Judgments. The workshops are free of charge to schools and are being held across all regions. Locations, dates, and registration links can be found on the CPL website.
Registrations for the first series in terms one and two are now open to all schools.


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