Ever wondered how NCEA Externals are set?

Here the timeline are process for setting the External Examinations for NCEA

http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/assets/qualifications-and-standards/qualifications/ncea/NZQA-Examination-Setting-Process.pdf

2015 Exam Start and Finish dates

http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/news/2015-examination-timetable/

NZHTA Survey

NZHTA wants to know what your views are on the changes being put in place by National Library in order to respond to them.

The key change seems to be that access to ‘hard copy’ non-fiction books will be either curtailed entirely or at least severely restricted. This seems a very retrograde step for History, but we need your input to make our case.
Please complete the very short survey to provide us with that data. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S7VFR2M

Fulbright Seminar: Jock Phillips – Developing Te Ara, the world’s first born-digital national encyclopedia

Fulbright New Zealand invites you to a free public seminar by Fulbright alumnus Jock Phillips, one of New Zealand’s leading historians, who recently retired as General Editor of Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Jock received a 1978 Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Award to research American history at Harvard University. He served on the Fulbright New Zealand Board from 1996 to 2009, including three years as Chairperson.

In this seminar, Jock will discuss how he conceived and led a team of hundreds on a project to develop the world’s first digital-born national encyclopedia, Te Ara. The 12 year “first build” of the world-leading online encyclopedia was completed in November with the launch of its twelfth and final section.

Fulbright Seminar: Jock Phillips – Developing Te Ara, the world’s first born-digital national encyclopedia
12:30-1:30pm, Friday 27 February

Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Level 4, ASB House, 101-103 The Terrace, Wellington

Places are limited so please RSVP to info@fulbright.org.nz or 472 2065 by Wednesday 25 February. Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” lunch.

Call for Judges for the Magna Carta

Call for names for expert list for Magna Carta/rule of law/right in New Zealand

The Magna Carta 800 Committee for New Zealand is creating a list of experts in New Zealand who can speak about Magna Carta, the rule of law and rights, and associated topics including more current applications such as a Magna Carta for the Earth or a Digital Magna Carta. If the media or an organization contacts us to identify someone to speak they will be referred to this list and it will go on our website.

If you would like to go on this list please email the following:

Name:

Institution/organization:

Expertise: (e.g. whether Magna Carta history, rule of law, bill of rights, rights generally, or rights/law in relation to topics such as gender, children, environment, employment, property, education, digital privacy, security)

Contacts: (e.g. email/phone/website – note the list will go online/be public).

Please email this to the Magna Carta NZ administrative assistant Tom James, email 
magnacartanz@gmail.com

 

Changes to National Library

What’s changing?

From Term 3, 2015 the Services to Schools lending service will be changing.

A new print based reading engagement service will be introduced, replacing the current print curriculum topic service. Enhanced online curriculum support will be available. Both services will be available to all New Zealand schools.

Reading Engagement Lending Service

The emphasis of the new service will be on supporting students to read for pleasure, as a foundation for learning achievement. The content of loans will be quality fiction and high interest non-fiction resources to support reading for pleasure.

We’ll be supporting the whole school with a substantial loan that everyone can access, and you can keep the resources for a year. Loans will also no longer go to individual teachers and librarians.

Curriculum Online Service

Enhanced curriculum topic support will be available online via the Services to Schools website, with tools and curated content to support the delivery of the curriculum. We are also working to identify and raise awareness of curriculum topic resources available to schools from other sources.

What do I need to do?

Individual teachers and librarians will be able to get a curriculum topic loan for Terms 1 and 2 in 2015.

You will need to put in your request for this at any time before 13 March, 2015. You need to put in one request to cover both terms, and you will receive the usual 30 books maximum.

pdf link: http://schools.natlib.govt.nz/sites/schools.natlib.govt.nz/files/National-Library-service-changes_0.pdf

National Library Course WW100

With the Gallipoli commemorations coming up, here’s a brief reminder about our Term 1 one-day face-to-face course: Commemorating the First World War: supporting your students’ research.

If your school is embarking on researching an aspect of the First World War as an inquiry topic or senior research topic,  this course will give you some great starting points for finding authentic NZ primary sources of information.  As well as saving librarians and teachers time hunting, these sites will give your students access to a huge range of digitised resources that are free to use.

Steve Watters, educator and historian at the Ministry of Culture & Heritage, is joining our advisers to co-deliver part of the course in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.  Steve has lived and breathed the First World War in his role on various major WWI projects, and will lead the ‘Walking with an Anzac’ session with great verve.

You can find out more details here, including the course description and online registration details.

Don’t delay  – the 20% early bird discount closes on February 24.

Any questions, please contact Janet McFadden, or Dylan Owen (who wrote the course content)

Fulbright Seminar: Jock Phillips – Developing Te Ara, the world’s first born-digital national encyclopedia

Fulbright New Zealand invites you to a free public seminar by Fulbright alumnus Jock Phillips, one of New Zealand’s leading historians, who recently retired as General Editor of Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Jock received a 1978 Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Award to research American history at Harvard University. He served on the Fulbright New Zealand Board from 1996 to 2009, including three years as Chairperson.

In this seminar, Jock will discuss how he conceived and led a team of hundreds on a project to develop the world’s first digital-born national encyclopedia, Te Ara. The 12 year “first build” of the world-leading online encyclopedia was completed in November with the launch of its twelfth and final section.

 

Fulbright Seminar: Jock Phillips – Developing Te Ara, the world’s first born-digital national encyclopedia
12:30-1:30pm, Friday 27 February

Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Level 4, ASB House, 101-103 The Terrace, Wellington

 

Places are limited so please RSVP to info@fulbright.org.nz or 472 2065 by Wednesday 25 February. Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” lunch.