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  • Student Voice - VLN Primary

    What do our students have to say about their experiences learning online? Here are some excerpts from our survey—you can view the full survey analysis here. (Cross-post VLN Primary) “I enjoyed Maori because I can talk to my family members in Maori and when they are...

    Tags: vln primary, survey, feedback, student voice

  • Rural Schools connect to discuss UFB

    Rural schools from Taranaki and around the country met with Howard Baldwin from the MoE last week to discuss progress towards access to Ultra Fast Broadband in our schools. It was great to be joined online by Kath at Half Moon Bay & Susan from Kaingaroa alongside our group of Taranaki Sole ...

    Tags: broadband, rbi, rural schools, ministry of education, moe, ufbis, vln primary

  • Students & Schools Feedback 2013

    Every year we gather feedback from our students and schools on how the learning experience with the VLN Primary School has been for them. This year we adapted our surveys so we were asking comparable questions with the wider VLN Community (Regional Secondary Clusters) so that our voice could be p...

    Tags: online learning, student feedback, student voice, vln primary, virtual learning, languages, school culture

  • Online classes start this week!

    Our first online classes for the year are scheduled to start this week! We still have a few spaces in each of these classes - French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Te Reo and Astronomy. If you have just one or two students (maybe 3) interested in joining any of these classes please contact me asap ...

    Tags: online classes, elearning, languages, astronomy, vln primary

  • Confucius Institute

    Recently when visiting Auckland I went to the Confucius Institute. I spent the day getting to know Amy our new Mandarin Language Assistant, Janine who coordinates educational programmes for the institute and Raewyn who develops and manages resources. We prepared for Amy's classes which are d...

    Tags: mandarin, confucius institute, teachers, online learning, vln primary

  • Rosmini College Collaborations

    Another opportunity to meet face to face with students working on the VLN Primary while in Auckland. Rosmini College students in Geoff's Y12 & 13 Health classes collaborate with students around NZ and internationally every week (see the collaborations maps in the background). Here some stud...

    Tags: health, rosmini college, vln primary, collaboration

  • GCSN Visit

    Last week we visited the South Learning Centre to run a couple of workshops for the Greater Christchurch Schools Network on the VLN Primary. We had one session aimed at Principals, to discuss how schools can collaborate in a networked schools environment and the benefits to their stude...

    Tags: professional learning, eteachers, vln primary, gcsn, readings, resources

  • VLN Primary eTeachers Meet

    Yesterday all the VLN Primary eteachers got together for a staff meeting in Adobe Connect. It was a time to get to know each other a little better and share our thoughts and ideas about teaching and learning online. Some eteachers are just beginning and others now have 3 years experience under ...

    Tags: vln primary, eteacher, online learning, professional development, pld

  • Taking flight with Mangere Central students!

    I took the opportunity while in Auckland last week to visit Mangere Central School and the students who are participating in Natasha's VLN Japanese class. What a wonderful group of young people your hospitality was superb! I was treated to the grand guided tour, checking out all the classrooms an...

    Tags: mangere central school, vln primary, japan, school visit, learning online

  • Launching VLN Primary 2013 year with John Key

    Our first online session for 2013 was on Friday with kids from Kaitoke School in Great Barrier, Half Moon Bay in Stewart Island, also Revelin at Toko School in Taranaki. PJ from Kaingaroa Chathams had some tech problems unfortunately and couldn't make it in. Some of these students are still on ...

    Tags: vln primary, 2013 launch, Kaitoke School, Half Moon Bay School, Kaingaroa School, John Key, Amy Adams, Nikki Kaye