Virtual Learning Network CommunityThe 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.
VLN Primary - PurposeDevelop & support elearning collaborations in the Primary School Sector by:Participation in Programmes of Learning Projects Professional Learning LCO Handbook
Participation - Protocols Participation in the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) Primary is based on the Principle of Reciprocity. In order to access learning opportunities, schools also need to contribute to or support learning opportunities. The VLNP is not a service or a product but a collaboration of schools & clusters of schools. The VLNP acts to support and broker those collaborations: Through MOE support and website services Through participation in the VLNP Community.
Professional Learning Liaise & participate in the wider educational networks eg VLNC, potential NEN, ICTPD network, EEL, VPLD, 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
UFB/RBI – Bandwidth the Silver Bullet Increase ‘social presence’ through use of webcams instead of phone – explore the use of document cameras across the desktop. 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.
Challenges Developing elearning ‘culture’ within schools – robust student support, teacher capability & confidence; Digital divide – schools bandwidth - connectivity & reliability of technology in rural areas; Digital resourcing particularly for languages classes – takes time to collate, create, adapt for digital environment (Moodle); Growth & sustainability – growth has been doubling every year – continued funding to co- ordinate will require schools contributions in
“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 http://tiny.cc/vlnprimary
Discuss…. How can online collaboration through the VLN benefit my students and teachers? of my ne e ds the What strengths are hat ts? have we got to W en share with other tud schools? s
Would you like to participatein the VLN Primary? Contact: Rachel Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org Rick Whalley email@example.com Eddie Reisch Eddie.firstname.lastname@example.org