The Government is establishing an online network for schools that is expected to offer affordable, safe, reliable, and ultra-fast internet access as well as a range of education content and services. As the Network for Learning develops, content and services such as high definition video conferencing, learning management systems, and e-portfolios, as well as administrative and learning resources, are expected to be added.
CORE has been a partner in producing a series of videos that outlines how the Network for Learning might be designed and implemented, and these videos are now online at EDtalks. As well as an explanation of the proposed Network for Learning, the videos feature a number of New Zealand educators explaining how ultra fast broadband (UFB) has impacted on their schools. The four videos are a good source of information about how the planned high-speed Network for Learning will support teaching and learning in the future, and cover infrastructure, services, and teaching and learning.
The Network for Learning will also provide significant benefits to teachers as a source of their own professional development. This may be through the development of their own Personal Learning Networks, or through participation in online courses and events designed to promote professional learning in certain areas. At the teaching and learning level we will need to think about how learners can access their learning from places other than the school they happen to be attending.
The Network for Learning videos are available on EDtalks:
- Network4Learning 1: Ecosystem
- Network4Learning 2: Infrastructure
- Network4Learning 3: Services
- Network4Learning 4: Teaching and Learning
How informed are you and your school management team about the Network for Learning?
What further information would assit you in your planning?
What online educational content would you consider to be essential for the students and staff at your school?