In the networked age, our education institutions need to shift from the existing paradigm of operating in relative isolation (even competition) to being more collaborative and working as a node on the education network. The model that is emerging is referred to as the Networked School.
Ref: Derek's blog: Towards the networked school
- Learning Communities Online – The term Learning Community Online refers to a group of schools that are bound together by formal agreement to provide enhanced learning opportunities for students across electronic networks. A new handbook will be released from the MoE in support of these schools in 2011.
- Virtual learning network– This is a social learning community where teachers, learners, school leaders and facilitators connect, join virtual programmes/projects, share experiences, and develop new ways to support learning using ICTs.
- UFB schools – The NZ Government is providing 97 per cent of schools with access to fibre over the next six years as part of its ultra-fast broadband and rural broadband initiatives. This will bring about enormous opportunities for schools to operate in quite different ways.