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The KiwiSchools blog, bringing you the latest news, plus original and curated content on community engagement.
Do extended isolation periods have you wondering how you can seamlessly connect your school and home learning without adding to your workload? KiwiSchools and ActiveVision NZ are working together to ensure you get the most out of your technology while supporting tamariki, kaiako, and whānau to get the best learning experiences possible, in one place, from anywhere. As we work towards providing a true hybrid learning model, a simple to use solution that supports end-to-end communication for schools is essential. Imagine teaching in the classroom straight from a page on your Promethean panel, with a dedicated Google Meet and links to all of
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have become very used to schools being closed and the replacement of in-class learning with online learning. However, not everyone is fully prepared to successfully access this type of learning. It is, therefore, important to understand some basic skills to support online learning activities – one of these is file sharing. With growing platforms such as Google Drive, file sharing is simpler than it has ever been, however new users are still struggling to use it and have to learn the basics on how to share with google drive. Sharing a file with google
My website is functional – surely that’s all that matters? Ever wondered why notices go unread, why parents still call the office to report an absence and why Facebook gets more engagement from parents than your school website? A school website that is purely functional does not encourage parents to visit. For authentic engagement with your school site it needs to reflect the culture and values of the school and community. If whanau can see themselves and their tamariki reflected in the website they are far more likely to use this valuable resource. “The community engagement principle calls for schools
When you provide website, newsletter & smartphone app for thousands of users around the country, it’s important that everything is super-secure and super-reliable! KiwiSchools has embarked on what we’re calling the “Sustainability Project” to ensure all our systems and infrastructure are as secure and reliable as possible. To this end, we now have new, high-spec servers, and a sophisticated monitoring and backup system provided by a third party. We have backups of backups of backups(!) just in case of unforeseen disaster.
Two months ago things changed dramatically and they changed fast. There was a lot of uncertainty and anxiety for school communities. The country went into lockdown. The dust settled. Families adapted to new norms – distance learning, daily walks and bike rides, the constant bubble and a lot of hand washing. There has been a lot of change, a lot of talk about viruses and germs, and essentially, a ‘new life’ that young children have had to quickly learn and adapt to. And now, more change. As we prepare to re-open schools on Monday, it is just as important to support children and families in transitioning back into a ‘modified’ normal. Undoubtedly, a mix of emotions will flood in. Excitement and relief may battle anxiety and caution. After an extended period of feeling safe in their bubbles, coming back to their pre-lockdown environments may leave some children feeling vulnerable …