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March webinars to teach schools about N4L
The Ministry of Education in collaboration with Network for Learning (N4L) is hosting two free webinars on the 18th and 25 of March. The webinars have been arranged to provide advice and support to schools using digital technologies in teaching and learning.
Remedial work in store for Novopay
Novopay payroll and HR issues will be simpler to address due to changes to the Service Centre operating model, says Steven Joyce, Minister Responsible for Novopay. However, the NZEI says that immediate issues need to be resolved first.
Schools to become digital hubs
Schools with ultra-fast broadband will soon be able to share their fibre connections with their local communities
Christchurch schools get wireless upgrade
More than 50 schools in Christchurch will have their wireless network upgraded as part of the national Schools Network Upgrade Project (SNUP).
Transforming school property
Better support for 21st Century learning environments and improved outcomes for students are behind Ministry of Education plans to transform the way school property is delivered.
More tech support for Novopay
An extra $6 million is being pumped into technical support and training for Novopay.
Snapshot of key educational statistics now online
Statistics that provide a clear picture of how all parts of the pre-school and school system are performing and supporting each other at a local level were released this week by the Ministry of Education.
Happy (?) 1st birthday Novopay
This time last year school payroll system Novopay went live. Yet, while significant progress has been made, challenges still remain in completing the remediation and stabilisation of the system.
More than 1,000 schools register with N4L
Less than two weeks after the announcement that Network for Learning’s managed network was going ahead, more than 1000 schools have registered their interest in connecting to the network.
Ministry extends Microsoft Schools Agreement to 2015
Teachers and students across the country have greater access to modern e-learning tools thanks to the renewed Microsoft Schools Agreement.
Novopay still bugging teachers
Positive progress has been made in resolving outstanding issues with Novopay under the Remediation Plan – but the system is not out of the woods yet.
PaCT no longer mandatory
The Ministry of Education has backtracked on its decision to make the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) mandatory for every primary school student in 2015.
PaCT under fire again
School principals rejected any further association with the development of a computerised assessment system, the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT), at their national conference in Hamilton this week.
Learning in the virtual world
A classroom without walls is connecting rural New Zealand students.
Funding for Computers in Homes to benefit students
A boost in funding for the Computers in Homes digital literacy programme has been announced by the government.
PaCT sent packing by teachers
A computerised national standards assessment tool, which is expected to be compulsory for every primary school student in 2015, has been given a red light by leading teaching associations.
Hindin Solutions extends Ministry of Education deal
Enterprise workflow platform and application tool set extended from internal users to entire education sector.
Licensing change means greater access for schools
An amendment to the school agreement between MED and Microsoft gives schools greater access to server software hosted by third parties.
Lack of digital literacy in teens to be addressed
Microsoft and the Ministry of Education will work together to address the lack of digital literacy amongst school leavers in New Zealand.
Networking in Schools - Accessing technology in the classroom
For the digital native, access to ICT is about keeping skill levels current.