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  • The Rainforest Connection

      Check out Rainforest Connection. An opportunity for your students to connect to experts in the rainforest of Belize. This is only available until the 25th February (sorry about the short time frame in organising this). Contact Rachel if you want assistance with making this connection.&n...

    Tags: vln_primary, virtual fieldtrip, global, vln_primary, online learning, expert

  • Enrolment Time!

    Get your expressions of interest or enrolments in for classes due to start in Week 6 - next week! We have ready to roll - Te Reo, Japanese, French & Astronomy.  Waiting for confirmation on German & Electronics. Spanish starts Term 2. Very keen to accept new teachers & new cla...

    Tags: vln_primary, online learning, elearning

  • Ready to Roll with Online Classes

    This is crossposted from Bardwired Blogspot Taster class   Things are ready to roll with the VLN Primary online classes for 2011. We are starting with confirmed classes this school term of Te Reo, Japanese, French, German & Astronomy. In the wings, to be confirmed an...

    Tags: vln_primary, elearning, adobe connect, online learning, languages

  • Bright Sparks Electronics

    Today students from Matapu School got to explore some electronics with Andrew Hornblow from Bright Sparks. It was a very quick introduction for them, as the main purpose of Andrew's visit was to show me how he works with kids and what Bright Sparks is all about. Never the less, though the ses...

    Tags: vln primary, electronics, online learning, bright sparks

  • e-Portfolios: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

    [Message courtesy of the Australian Flexible Learning Network] For those of you who are interested in  ePortfolios there is a verygood opportunity to join in a professional learning community. More information, registration etc found here: https://sites.google.com/site/epcoplearnspace ...

    Tags: e-portfolios, professional learning, online learning

  • Engaging online with our Younger Students

     I had a lovely time on Friday talking to students from Uruti School in a Taster Class. It made me think, again, that we need to provide more online learning opportunities for our younger students.  Our current programmes of learning, weekly classes in languages & other curricula...

    Tags: vln_primary, projects, online learning, juniors

  • Thorndon Astronomers

    On a recent visit to Wellington we were lucky enought to catch up with some of our VLN Astronomy students at Thorndon School. Pictured here is Rachel, our young astronomers, and Natasha (who will be taking our Japanese class next term). Here is some feedback from the students (you can hear more ...

    Tags: vln_primary, online learning, walkthrough, virtual learning, astronomy

  • The reality of fast internet gets a little closer!

    This release from Minister Joyce's office today gives us hope that we are soon approaching the light at the end of the tunnel for a level internet playing field for all of our schools. "the remaining 60 schools that are located in very remote places will have access to improved terrestrial or sa...

    Tags: broadband, rbi, online learning

  • Enrolments in online classes welcome!

    Our online classes are starting up for the second half of the year. We still have a few spaces for students in our Astronomy, Te Reo & Japanese classes. Japanese will start in Week 6, other classes are starting now. Astronomy 1.30 pm Fridays, Te Reo 12.30 pm Fridays. We have room for groups...

    Tags: online learning, vln_primary

  • Chinese Classes with Amy

    Here is a snapshot of one of our online classes. Amy our Language Assistant from the Confucius Institute works with students from Tongariro, Uruti & Matapu Schools. Amy also runs another class with students from Marco, Excellere and Auroa Schools. Students have a lot of fun with Amy and ...

    Tags: Chinese, Confucius Institute, Mandarin, Adobe Connect, online learning, vln primary