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Education Gazette N4L | Pioneer School Programme Pond Pioneer School Programme The rollout of Pond continues with the launch of the Pioneer School programme, an exclusive programme that allows schools to get their entire staff into Pond. The Pioneer School programme allows N4L to get a whole school perspective and understand what happens when an entire school’s teaching community uses Pond. This feedback will be considered alongside the individual user feedback received from Pioneer Educators to further shape Pond in preparation for providing access to the wider education community. Schools taking part in the Pioneer Schools programme will benefit from: N4L is currently working with three schools in an advisory capacity to help develop the programme for Pioneer Schools; Taupaki School, Te Puke High School and Newmarket School. An additional 16 schools have been selected to take part in the Pioneer School programme. What’s involved in being a Pioneer School The six-week Pioneer School programme will take place during Term 3.

IBSC Student Forum 2017- International Boys' Schools Coalition Join boys from around the globe to attend the IBSC Student Forum to explore the theme of Beyond Discovery: Investigation and Progress, which complements the theme of the concurrent IBSC Annual Conference for school leaders. Along with fellow students, delve into major issues facing society today and brainstorm ways to solve them. Rather than focus narrowly on solutions, investigate these topics from multiple angles and gather perspectives from different groups with varying viewpoints. Apply for the IBSC Student Forum The 2017 IBSC Student Forum application process is now closed. 4. Teaching as Inquiry - 2015 Master Appraisal Site Effective pedagogy requires that teachers inquire into the impact of their teaching on their students. At Pakuranga Heights School we are working towards embedding teaching as inquiry into our system wide practices in order to move towards teachers having many opportunities to inquire in order to view inquiry as a way of professional being. Teaching as inquiry has occurred the last two years when we come together as a team each term to evaluate student progress towards meeting our annual achievement targets, our performance goals for reading, writing and mathematics and in 2015 our teaching as inquiry professional learning circles that will occur twice per term. The model below shows the two ways how teaching as inquiry can be understood; as a cycle of learning and as a way of professional being. The model below is the framework from the BES and NZC that our inquiry goals are based on: Using a Teaching as Inquiry Framework New for 2015: Teaching as Inquiry Professional Learning Circles

EPIC access for New Zealand schools - databases A-Z This page provides staff and students of New Zealand schools with access to the resources available through the Ministry of Education funded EPIC subscription listed by category. A-Z EPIC access for New Zealand schools is available by going to epic.org.nz/schools/a-z The EPIC resources are grouped in the following categories: Click on the product buttons to access the EPIC resource you are interested in searching. Schools that are networked through the Network for Learning (N4L) Managed network can access the EPIC resources directly (with no login required) from within the school network by clicking on the product buttons, otherwise, you will be prompted for your school EPIC login for access For school EPIC login queries email: epic@epic.org.nz Encyclopaedias & Dictionaries Britannica School (Encyclopaedia Britannica) The online version of Encyclopædia Britannica for students of all ages. Britannica School Primary Recommended year levels 1-8 Britannica School Middle Recommended year levels 5-10

The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Google Drive For Teachers The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Google Drive For Teachers First came cloud-based word processing in the form of Google Docs. With cloud-based word processing in education, teachers could remotely access student work, students (provided they had internet access and had a Google account) could retrieve their work from anywhere, and writers could collaborate in real-time with their peers to double-team the pain-staking work that is the writing process. Then Google finally delivered on the long-rumored Google Drive, giving teachers and students the ability to store both documents and images, pdfs and presentations, video files, and more, turning Google into a cloud hard-drive of sorts. Which brings us to the latest–and perhaps best–evolution of Google Drive for teachers. Kaizena voice feedback. To be clear, this isn’t a Google project, but rather an app that integrate with Google Drive to work its magic. The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Google Drive For Teachers

eTV etv.org.nz The 2 Sisters Joan and Gail modeling The Daily 5™ Do you love teaching but feel exhausted from the energy you expend cajoling, disciplining and directing students on a daily basis? Are you questioning the value of busy work but afraid that ceasing from such activities will lead to chaos in the classroom? Have you heard the phrase, “work smarter, not harder” but don’t have a clue how to start? If so, you’ll want to read this book! Based on literacy learning and motivation research, The Daily 5™ has been practiced and refined in our own classrooms for 10 years and shared with thousands of teachers throughout the United States. This book not only explains the philosophy behind the structure, but shows you how to carefully and systematically train your students to participate in each of the five components. Learn more about The Daily 5 on TheDailyCAFE.com Get your own copy of this great book! "Gail and Joan are fabulous educators! —Deanna Kitchen Kindergarten Teacher School of Discovery

Index New Zealand (INNZ) | NZ journal articles | National Library of New Zealand Index New Zealand is a searchable database that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from about 1000 New Zealand periodicals and newspapers published from the 1950s to the present day. The periodicals range from academic research journals to magazines. Around 3000 new records are added monthly from 460 current titles. Why use Index New Zealand? The approximately 900,000 records allow people to find abstracts and descriptions of articles that reflect the social, historical, political, scientific and economic issues in New Zealand and South Pacific at the present time and over the last 25 years. Subjects covered include general and special interest material, social research, the environment, science, agriculture, current affairs, the arts and the humanities. Abstracts in both te reo Māori and English are provided for articles written in Māori. The articles can be searched for by a wide range of methods including title, author, subject, and key word. Get in touch

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