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Repealing CoOLs – Back to the Drawing Board for Online Learning in Schools

On 13th September the government tabled the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) 2018 which seeks to repeal CoOL (Communities of Online Learning) legislation. What does this mean for the future of online learning in NZ schools? It was not entirely unexpected that the new government would make this decision to repeal CoOLs. There were major… Read More

Repealing CoOLs – Back to the Drawing Board for Online Learning in Schools

What does this mean for the VLN Primary school? Make sure your voice is heard in the consultation process about online learning in schools. It was not entirely unexpected that the new government would make this decision to repeal CoOLs. There were major reservations voiced about this legislation and we shared some of these concerns… Read More

Halfmoon Bay School Showcases Air New Zealand Airpoints for Schools

Great to see the wonderful Nate from Stewart Island share his story on the Air New Zealand website on how the Airpoints for Schools programme helped our Rural & Remote Schools get to Wellington in 2017. The Air New Zealand Airpoints for Schools programme is a great initiative and one that helped our children fly!… Read More

Meri Kirihimete – 2017 A Year in Review

Another successful year for the VLN Primary and online learning in NZ schools. We wish all our school communities, whānau, students, teachers, partners and supporters a very Meri Kirihimete and a safe and enjoyable summer break. Read more to browse the highlights of the year that has been… View our 2017 Yearbook made with Hail Browse… Read More

VLN Primary Korean Day enriches students’ cultural diversity

Students learning Korean with the VLN Primary and students from Kiwitea School recently enjoyed a Korean Cultural Day to expand their knowledge of the culture. Students experienced a variety of traditional events, such as games, fan making, calligraphy, playing instruments and savouring Korean foods. VLN Primary eTeacher Sunny Yang worked closely with Kiwitea School to… Read More

2018 Semester Two Enrolments Now Open

Do you want your students to be #connectedlearners, lead their own learning and build key competencies? Do you want to share in the expertise of a growing collaborative network of schools? We offer the following language classes at the beginner level: Te Reo Māori, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, German, French, Spanish, Afrikaans and Tagalog. Extension classes in Te Reo… Read More

Connecting to expert teachers virtually

Kudos to Melanie & Olivia who presented at ULearn this year. They shared findings from their study of how the VLN Primary is working in their school. Melanie & Olivia presented in the research stream on the Grass roots project they conducted in their school, Wairakei Taupo. They also took part in the Connected Conversations… Read More

Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds Virtually

Te Tiriti (The Treaty of Waitangi) was taken around Aotearoa back in 1840. Let us take you back to where it all began through a personalised virtual visit with our Education Team at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The Education Team at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds provide personalised and highly engaging programmes for visiting schools.  We… Read More

Teach Computer Science and Programming online!

The new NZC Digital Technologies Curriculum is coming into schools from 2018 and Computer Science and Programming are some of the Big Ideas covered in the new curriculum. 2017 is the third year that I have been teaching a Computer Science and Programming class with VLN Primary School and I have focused on these topic… Read More

Global Connections – Making it Work

Having been asked often, “How do you establish and maintain your global connections?” Geoff Wood details the nuts, bolts and issues relating to this. We have been on an exciting journey since we initiated an on-line, collaborative, web-presence 13 years ago. We have also hosted 4 live video-conferences. It is not easy developing and sustaining… Read More

Using Google Classrooms to support student learning

This year some of our eTeachers have been using Google Classrooms to share activities and resources with students and as a tool to collate and evaluate student work. eTeacher, Sofie Jacobs, shares her experiences so far. Google Classroom is a versatile, flexible platform to work with. From a teacher’s perspective it is really handy to… Read More

VLN Primary approved to renew eteachers registrations

The VLN Primary is really pleased to announce that we have recently become an approved institution through the Education Council to attest for our eteachers renewal of registration. This is an important milestone for us as it recognises and values the professionalism of our eteachers. Being an online teacher requires the same level of professional… Read More

Expressions of Interest for Learning Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Arabic

Did you know that Hindi is the 4th most spoken language in New Zealand? We want to hear from schools, communities and families who are interested in joining online classes for any of these languages. We can provide short cultural taster programmes for schools, language classes for beginners or extension classes for native speakers wishing… Read More