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Connected Learning Advisory

Connected Learning Advisory: The Connected Learning Advisory allows schools and kura to contact advisors by phone or online for consistent, unbiased advice on integrating technology with learning so they can get the best results for their students and communities.

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Teacher-led Innovation Fund: A place to discuss the Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF).

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VLN Community: A network of school clusters and educational institutions collaborating to provide online access to a broad range of curriculum learning opportunities for students.

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Enabling e-Learning: The Ministry of Education’s online ‘hub’ for ICT-related education resources and programmes in New Zealand. 

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VLN Primary School: The VLN Primary initiative aims to extend learning opportunities for our students by enabling online collaborations between schools.

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VLN Help: Request support or advice

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Getting started: Advice for new members

LCO Handbook: A support handbook for cluster schools.

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Welcome to the Virtual Learning Network


Kia ora!

The Virtual Learning Network (VLN), He kōtuinga ako ā-ipurangi, is an interactive resource provided by the Ministry of Education for all New Zealand educators.

The VLN provides access to:


The Learning Exchange is a brokerage site that enables connections between teachers and learners; joining clusters, schools, groups and individuals who are learning through online and blended programes.

The VLN supports the work of the Māori Medium Kura Network and the VLN Community (VLNC), and promotes the concept of classrooms without walls, where learners and educators have the flexibility to connect with each other 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The learning exchange comprises of five areas of collaboration: Programmes of learning, Projects, Professional learning, Participation, Parents & Whanau.

Find out more ...


VLN Groups is a social network for teachers, school leaders and facilitators to connect, share experiences, and learn together.

The main intent is to foster the  co-construction, co-development, and the sharing of, best practice in blended learning environments.

It includes the Enabling e-Learning community groups

To participate in the conversations:

  • Register/Login
  • Set up your profile
  • Add colleagues to your network
  • Join the groups that appeal to you, or even set one up yourself


The LCO Handbook gives advice and guidance to kura & schools that choose to operate as a collaborative network and utilize electronic and face-to-face mediums, in order to enhance the learning outcomes and opportunities for students, their whānau and educators.

Find out more ...

Latest discussion

  • Group: e-Learning: Professional Learning

    Topic: Appraisal, registered teacher criteria and your e-learning goals

    Started by Tessa Gray 01 Mar 2013 1:41pm () Replies (33) Last reply by Leigh Hynes
    Kia ora tatou,  By now, you and your colleagues may be setting professional learning goals and these will undoubtedly align with the Registered Teacher Criteria. You will also be familar with 'Teaching as Inquiry' model,...
  • Group: Blended e-Learning Literacy

    Topic: Etherpad...

    Started by Olivia Walsh 05 Aug 2015 6:43pm () Replies (2) Last reply by Jill Hammonds
    Hi all. I am wanting to know if anyone is using or has used Etherpad for writing. Came across Jill Hammond's videos relating to this....but wondering since Google Docs, if the same thing could be applied using that rather than Etherpad. I am...
  • Topic: Photo and Camera Storage

    Started by Sasha 05 Aug 2015 6:57pm () Replies (1) Last reply by Sasha
    Wondering if anyone knows why my Ipad says there is 4.8GB of data stored in the photo and camera when there is nothing there? I am aware that the recently deleted photos still hang around but I've been and deleted the deleted photos and videos. I've...

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