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Presentation of the Virtual Learning Network Primary/Intermediate Initiative to NZPF Conference - Queenstown 2010

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    • Promoting Schools Collaborations through eLearning
      Rachel Roberts (Matapu School)
    • Virtual Learning Network (VLN) – Primary/Intermediate Initiative
    • “Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in a different time”
    • Industrial to Informational
      “In the industrial age we went to school… in the information age school comes to us”
    • Virtual Learning – Derek Wenmoth, Revised LCO Handbook 2010
    • The Virtual Learning Network (VLN) supports the concept of classrooms without walls, where students and educators have the flexibility to connect with their classes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Where a rich and diverse range of courses, programmes and activities, from early childhood through to tertiary, are offered by New Zealand-based educators.
      www.virtuallearning.school.nz
    • ‘Tatautatau e’
      Participation in the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) Community is based on the Principle of Reciprocity.
      In order to access learning opportunities, schools also need to contribute to or support learning opportunities.
      The VLN is not a service or a product but a collaboration of schools & clusters of schools.
      The VLN acts to support and broker those collaborations:
      Through MOE support and website services
      Through Virtual Learning Network Community membership.
    • A developing trend in NZ
      Expansion of curriculum
      Shortage of specialist teachers
      Small rolls
      Introduction of new assessment regimes
      Teacher workload issues
    • Connecting Learners through Video Conferencing
      Student-Teacher face-to-face contact enables the distance to dissolve
    • Online Learning Environments
      Spaces catering for different interests
      Tools for managingparticipation
      http://moodle.minedu.govt.nz/taranet/
    • Sample Timetable
    • VLN Secondary Schools 2002 – 12 schools sharing classes
      VLN Statistics February 2010        Current Total Schools:268 Current Total Teachers:170 Current Total Courses:234 Current Total Classes:258 Current Total Enrolments:1526
    • Common Goals & Outcomes
      More choice & opportunity for students in subject selection
      Student retention
      Teachers – able to teach in their areas of speciality
      Increased confidence & capability in elearning
      Increased collaboration between schools
    • Common Issues
      Logistics of a shared timetable
      Technical barriers (particularly in the earlier years)
      Staffing
      Need for onsite student support
      Sustainability
    • Success Factors
      Leadership
      Vision
      Cluster culture
      Staffing
      SupportVEN Report on ELearning Communities
    • VLN – Primary/Intermediate
      The potential is there to be able to provide all of our students in the Primary Sector with learning opportunities that we are not able to provide in our individual schools.
    • VLN – Primary - Purpose
      • Coordinate& grow existing programmes of learning;
      • Promote to & involve new schools;
      • Develop the languages programme as the ‘flagship’ of VLN Primary Schools
      • Widen focus to other areas eg:
      • connecting the more smaller, rural & remote schools,
      • engaging schools in elearning events such as digital conversations & virtual fieldtrips,
      • cultural exchanges (national & global),
      • extension learning, other specialist curricula eg writing, art, technology…
      • Liaise & participate in the wider educational networks eg VLNC, potential NEN, ICTPD network, Advisory support
      • Grow a Community of Practice of talented eteachers in the primary sector;
      • Provide professional learning support for schools in elearning pedagogies and using the technologies for online learning
      • Adobe Connect
      • video conferencing
      • desktop video conferencing
      • Audio Conferencing
      • Moodle and Web 2.0 tools
      VLN – Primary - Purpose
    • www.virtuallearning.school.nz
    • http://www.v7.breezeserver.co.nz/
      Synchronous learning
      (Speaking & Listening)
    • Matapu Students in German Class
    • http://primary.vln.school.nz/
      Asynchronous learning
      (mainly Reading & Writing)
    • http://primary.vln.school.nz/
      Online learners and F2F learners = Blended Learning Environment
    • UFB/RBI – Bandwidth the Silver Bullet
      Increase ‘social presence’ through use of webcams instead of phone
      Free up phone lines into a school
      Allow multimedia to run at same speed for all sites
      Enable students from distributed sites to interact on an equal footing – when ‘real time’ means real time
      Ease access and interaction around supporting activities & resources in Moodle.
      Possibilities for Primary Schools to join the NZEdNet VC network through desktop VC – actively interact with the wider online community eg participation in Digital Conversations, teacher Professional Learning.
    • Where We are At
      Starting with a small group of schools.
      Introducing more as successful classes are established.
      Introducing new eteachers, developing shared resources. Begin to grow a Community Of Practice
      Starting with a basic set of tools – aim to extend eteachers in their use of these & Web 2.0
      Aligning to the wider VLN community – make use of existing structures & support.
      Developing a model that can be scalable and sustainable.
    • “One of the greatest problems a rural school faces is access to teachers of specialist subjects. By being on the VLN, our students can be involved in virtual lessons delivered by any number of specialist teachers around the country…. As ‘virtual presence’ technology improves, all the best teachers will be able to teach those students who wish to learn through their own inquiries.”
      Rick Whalley, Principal, Matapu School
    • Discuss….
      How can online collaboration through the VLN benefit my students and teachers?
      What are the needs of my students?
      What strengths have we got to share with other schools?
    • Would you like to participate in this initiative?
      Contact:
      Rachel Roberts
      rachel@matapu.schoolzone.net.nz
      Rick Whalley
      rick@matapu.schoolzone.net.nz
      Eddie Reisch
      Eddie.reisch@minedu.govt.nz