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Tessa Gray

Caryst needs some help on ways to support juniors develop student agency. Can you help? http://www.vln.school.nz/discussion/view/971000

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Brief description: Enabling e-Learning online facilitator. I'm excited about the prospects of the VLN and how it can bring like-minded people together online. I am here to help promote discussions and share effective practice.
Contact email: tessa.gray@core-ed.net
Telephone: skype: tessagray
Mobile phone: 021 337 529
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Twitter username: https://twitter.com/tessagray

About me

Enabling e-Learning online facilitator. I currently work for CORE Education in the Te Toi Tupu consortium as the online facilitator for the Ministry of Education's Enabling e-Learning.

A big part of my role, is to help build a sense of community identity in the VLN community groups space. I'm here to help support partnerships within our professional network - which includes brokering relationships within and beyond the VLN.

I'm also here to support community members mentor others online, as we share opinions, ideas, resource and teacher reflections - that will enhance learning opportunities for all our learners. A priority focus will concentrate on conversations and live events that focus on the effective role of e-learning in education. This will happen largely within the Enabling e-Learning community groups. Come join me there!

My educational background spans 26 years - both here and in London. It includes generalist classroom teaching, art specialist, art adviser, ICT adviser, ICT PD national facilitator and now online facilitator for the Te Toi Tupu Leading Learning consortium and the Ministry of Education.

At home, I am the third child of four. I have a fabulous partner, cheeky son and two gorgeous step-children. Life is pretty good in the sunny BOP. I'm proud to be a published author of five books on art and ICT.

Please feel free to drop me a line or leave me a message at any time. I'd love to hear from you Smile

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  • Positive effect of fibre broadband on primary school student learning

    About two students at an average-sized primary school will reach the National Standards in reading, writing, and mathematics because of the school’s access to fibre broadband. A new research report: The effect of fibre broadband on students' academic performance has been published. The study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust uses the fact that schools gained access to UFB at different times to evaluate the effect on academic performance. It is the first research anywhere in the world to specifically evaluate the effect of fibre broadband on educational achievement.

    “Having fibre broadband in a school increases National Standards passing rates in each of the three subjects by about 2 students at the average-sized primary school and by about 4600 students across all the schools within our sample,” said Arthur Grimes, Senior Fellow at Motu and co-author of the study.

    “We found some evidence suggesting that students at low decile schools benefit more than students at higher decile schools. If our estimate for the effect on the writing National Standard at Decile 1 schools, is correct it would mean that on average providing fibre broadband allowed an additional seven people at each Decile 1 school to pass,” said Dr Grimes.

    Read the research »

    Posted: 21 days ago

  • Digital technologies – update for schools

    Nikki Kaye addressed the Secondary Principals' Association Annual Conference today. She talked about the role of digital technology and school infrastructure in the modernisation of the education system. She explained the importance of teacher supply, and how greater collaboration through Communities of Learning will help schools navigate a more successful path into the future. Key points from her speech relating to e-learning and digital technologies are outlined below.

    Developing digital fluency

    "Digital fluency is one of the five priority areas in teachers’ professional learning and development."

    "The Ministry has set up a $1 million contestable fund, to support innovative learning projects that capture students’ imagination, and help them become skilled in using and developing digital technologies."

    More information »

    Communities of Online Learning

    "Communities of Online Learning are about supplementing and complementing learning in the classroom, not replacing it. The Virtual Learning Network is seeing schools across New Zealand come together as one online community, or a 'classroom without walls'. Communities of Online Learning will give students access to a wider range of subjects and teaching expertise."

    Strengthening digital technologies within the curriculum

    Equipping students with the right skills to participate in a 21st Century economy means equipping them to be creators, and not just users, of digital technology.

    To support the new curriculum content, the Ministry is developing learning progressions for the design of digital technologies. This will help teachers deliver the rich, meaningful learning opportunities that will make a difference for all learners.

    "The new curriculum content and the progressions will underpin the development of the NCEA Achievement Standards, meaning clearer learning pathways for digital technologies across the whole of the students’ schooling."

    More information »

    Read Nikki Kaye's full speech to Secondary Principals’ Association of New Zealand Annual Conference »

    Posted: 21 days ago

  • New toolkit for Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako

    The toolkit, developed by The Ministry of Education, contains information about the tools, resources, and services available to support Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako to meet their achievement challenges and deliver personalised learning pathways for all ākonga.

    The tools are arranged into six domains. Each Kāhui Ako will be at different stages of development in key areas within these six domains. The Development Map is designed to help each Kāhui Ako identify potential future development areas under each domain.

    Communities of Learning Toolkit

    Go to the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako toolkit »

    Posted: 36 days ago

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