Vln primary pn2011


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Vln primary pn2011

  1. 1. PROMOTING SCHOOLS COLLABORATIONS THROUGH ELEARNING Rachel Roberts & Rick Whalley (Matapu School)
  2. 2. VLN Primary 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.
  3. 3. Industrial to Informational “ In the industrial age we went to school… in the information age school comes to us”
  4. 4. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>http://tiny.cc/vlnprimary
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. VLN Primary Schools
  7. 7. VLN Primary 2011 <ul><li>16 participating schools </li></ul><ul><li>75 students enrolled in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Te Reo (3 classes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>French </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>German </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spanish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Japanese </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Astronomy </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. VLN – Primary - Purpose <ul><li>Coordinate& grow existing programmes of learning; </li></ul><ul><li>Promote to & involve new schools; </li></ul><ul><li>Develop the languages programme as the ‘flagship’ of VLN Primary Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Widen focus to other areas eg: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>connecting the more smaller, rural & remote schools, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>engaging schools in elearning events such as digital conversations & virtual fieldtrips, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>cultural exchanges (national & global), </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>extension learning, other specialist curricula eg writing, art, technology… </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 10. VLN – Primary - Purpose <ul><li>Liaise & participate in the wider educational networks eg VLNC, potential NEN, ICTPD network, Advisory support </li></ul><ul><li>Grow a Community of Practice of talented eteachers in the primary sector; </li></ul><ul><li>Provide professional learning support for schools in elearning pedagogies and using the technologies for online learning </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe Connect </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>video conferencing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>desktop video conferencing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Audio Conferencing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle and Web 2.0 tools </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Adobe Connect
  11. 12. Matapu Students in German Class
  12. 13. http://primary.vln.school.nz / Moodle
  13. 14. ‘ Tatau tatau e’ <ul><li>Participation in the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) Community is based on the Principle of Reciprocity. </li></ul><ul><li>In order to access learning opportunities, schools also need to contribute to or support learning opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>The VLN is not a service or a product but a collaboration of schools & clusters of schools. </li></ul><ul><li>The VLN acts to support and broker those collaborations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Through MOE support and website services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Through Virtual Learning Network Community membership. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. UFB/RBI – Bandwidth the Silver Bullet <ul><li>Increase ‘social presence’ through use of webcams instead of phone </li></ul><ul><li>Free up phone lines into a school </li></ul><ul><li>Allow multimedia to run at same speed for all sites </li></ul><ul><li>Enable students from distributed sites to interact on an equal footing – when ‘real time’ means real time </li></ul><ul><li>Ease access and interaction around supporting activities & resources in Moodle. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Where We are At <ul><li>Starting with a small group of schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing more as successful classes are established. </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing new eteachers, developing shared resources. Begin to grow a Community Of Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Starting with a basic set of tools – aim to extend eteachers in their use of these & Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Aligning to the wider VLN community – make use of existing structures & support. </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a model that can be scalable and sustainable. </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul><ul><li>Rick Whalley, Principal, Matapu School </li></ul>
  17. 18. Discuss…. What are the needs of my students? What strengths have we got to share with other schools? How can online collaboration through the VLN benefit my students and teachers?
  18. 19. Would you like your students to participate? Contact: Rachel Roberts [email_address] Rick Whalley [email_address] Eddie Reisch [email_address] Register for a Taster Class!