Thought pieces

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The Virtual Learning Network in New Zealand - History and Future Thoughts

The first part of this paper provides a background to the development of the VLN in New Zealand, providing insights to how it came into being and why. The second part of the document explores some ideas about how the use of online learning might become more embedded as a part of our education system, regularly used by students and teachers to provide access to learning content and experiences that aren't available to them in their local setting.  (Download PDF 1.5Mb)

Digital Agency

Part one of a series: Leveraging the potential of digital in a post COVID-19 world.

The focus of this paper is to introduce the concept of digital agency as a way of thinking about the role of digital technologies in our education system. Our policies regarding use of digital and our design of supports for teachers and learners must foster digital agency to ensure a sustainable future for our learners, our teachers, our education system and our nation.

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Digital Pedagogy

Part two of a series: Leveraging the potential of digital in a post COVID-19 world.

The focus of this paper began with thinking about two questions,

  1. what are the characteristics of a digital enabled, future focused education system? and

  2. what will be the impact on our pedagogical practice in such an environment?

The paper introduces three ideas that are presented as being the things that will differentiate our system into the next twenty years and beyond, and explores some of the implications for our pedagogical practice. (Download PDF 1.9Mb)

Digital Trends and Drivers

Part three of a series: Leveraging the potential of digital in a post COVID-19 world.

The focus of this paper is on what is driving the adoption and use of digital technologies at such scale, and why the ground keeps changing in terms of how well we believe teachers and schools are prepared to meet the needs of learners in a digital world. 

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Current Use of Digital in NZ Settings

Part four of a series: Leveraging the potential of digital in a post COVID-19 world.

This document provides an overview of the ways in which digital technologies are being used currently across different settings in New Zealand education. Examples demonstrate how digital technologies are being used to support a wide range of pedagogical activity, from accessing information and resources, to creating and sharing new knowledge, to communicating and collaborating with others.

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