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“Once in a while there is a convergence of independent but relatable forces that come together and create synergetic breakthroughs in societal learning. We are at the early stages of a potentially powerful confluence of factors that could transform education.

Change that works that has an elegant quality to it—something that is ingeniously simple and profound.

The three forces that currently offer us this possibility are: recent knowledge about ‘whole system reform’, insights on powerful pedagogical practices, and digital innovations with enormous potential.”

(From: Whole System Reform for Innovative Teaching and Learning,

Michael Fullan, ITL Research 2011: Findings and Implications, page 31)


Ministry of Education priorities

  • Two key strategic priorities
  • Improve education outcomes for Māori and Pasifika learners, learners with special education needs and from low socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Maximise the contribution of education to the New Zealand economy.

Ultra-fast Broadband and the Network for Learning will contribute to these priorities by:

  • Enabling improved learning opportunities for students - greater collaboration with communities, peer learning, authentic learning, potentially increasing engagement, and motivation to learn.
  • Improving effectiveness of teaching and learning – resources can be more easily accessed and adapted to student’s needs. Learning can be differentiated, self-paced, and personalised.
  • Enabling leaders and teachers – to engage more effectively in collaborative enquiry practices.
  • Improving efficiencies - in administration processes.

The Government’s commitment to Ultra-fast Broadband

  • Significant investment of $1.5 billion to deploy ultra-fast broadband across NZ, managed by collaboration of government agencies.
  • Ultra-fast broadband access to 97.7% of schools by 2016.
  • Schools in area too remote for fibre will receive an improved service through satellite (3) or wireless technology (57).
  • To optimise the investment, Government:
      • is continuing the School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP).
      • will establish an online network for schools – the Network for Learning.
Why Ultra-fast Broadband and the Network for Learning in Schools?
  • Vision: Learning without limits

“Learning anywhere, anytime, with anyone, in ways that suit individuals’ skills, strengths interests, and needs, and that recognise their identity, language and culture”.

  • Online digital world now integral to students’ lives.
  • Particularly effective for students who are underserved by traditional teaching methods.
  • Summary sheet of key research findings and an updated reading list is available on Enabling e-learning:

Ultra-fast Broadband in Schools programme

  • School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP).
  • Schools Infrastructure Survey.
  • Schools Connection Project.
  • Retail Services for Schools (Information only).
  • NEN Trial (Benefits Realisation).
  • The Network for Learning.
  • Change Management
  • - Aligning the wider work of the Ministry of Education
  • - Building capability; Leadership, Teachers, Students.

School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP)

  • Subsidises and manages upgrade of internal data and electrical cabling to improve network performance within schools.
  • Provides minimum network standards for new schools and buildings (wireless is currently under consideration).
  • 808 schools completed, 1394 schools remaining.
  • Criteria, reviewed by the Minister to meet Government priorities, are published on the Ministry website:

Schools Infrastructure Survey

  • Assesses standard and performance of current hardware and capacity of network.
  • Measures the readiness of schools to use the Network for Learning.
  • Informs future scope of the SNUP project.
  • Good response to the survey to date.
  • Requires up to eight hours to complete - depending on school size and complexity) but is a worthwhile exercise for schools to carry out if they can.
  • Gives principal and board a comprehensive picture of their schools IT infrastructure.
  • Email if you would like to participate.

Schools Connection Project

    • Fibre roll out
  • Urban (UFB) - 33 towns with populations greater than 20,000 (by 2021). Contracted fibre providers overseen by Crown Fibre Holdings.
  • Rural (RBI) - schools in areas under the rural broadband initiative. Contracted fibre providers overseen by MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - formerly Ministry of Economic Development - MED).

Contracted Fibre Providers

Urban Areas (UFB): Enable Networks – Christchurch, Rolleston, Rangiora.

Northpower – Whangarei.

Ultra-fast Fibre Ltd –Palmerston North.

Waikato Networks Ltd (WEL) - Hamilton and region, Tauranga, Tokoroa, New Plymouth, Hawera, Wanganui.

Chorus – Auckland, Waiheke Island, Pukekohe, Waiuku, Rotorua, Taupo, Whakatane, Gisborne, Napier-Hastings, Palmerston North, Feilding, Masterton, Kapiti, Levin, Wellington, Nelson, Blenheim, Greymouth, Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin, Queenstown and Invercargill.

Rural providers (RBI): Chorus, Network Tasman – Nelson / Marlborough.

Remote school

wireless providers (RSBI):,, Araneo.

Remote school

satellite providers (RSBI): TBA (Three schools in the Chatham Islands).


Connecting Your School to Fibre

    • (--- this process can take some considerable time to complete ---)
  • The physical fibre infrastructure passes by the school gate.
  • A service line (or 'drop') is laid into the school server room from the infrastructure.
  • The electronics are connected to the fibre at both the school and the fibre provider ends and are enabled (or 'lit').
  • The fibre line is now ready for a service.
  • A retail service provider (or 'RSP') is contracted by the school.
  • The school uses the service.
  • List of RSPs here:

Retail services for schools

  • Some schools have a live fibre connection but no Retail Service Provider (RSP) available.
  • Services targeted at small to medium-sized business are emerging in the new market place. These are suitable for schools e.g. Orcon, Inspire.Net, NOW, Snap Internet Ltd, Call Plus, Uber Group and XFnet.
  • Information is posted on Enabling e-learning website as we are aware of it –
  • To ensure your school is able to take up the Network for Learning offer, negotiate retail service contracts of no longer than two years. Watch for expensive buy-out clauses.
  • The Network for Learning is the longer-term solution for schools.

Schools Connection Project

  • Database tool developed for schools to find out when they will be connected
national ufb retail pricing for schools august 2012
National UFB retail pricing for schools: August 2012
  • 30/30 + 30GB data = $129+GST
  • 30/30 + 100GB data = $159+GST
  • 30/30 + 1000GB data = $379+GST
  • Incl 10Mbps CIR + Watchdog filtering
  • From $130/month + GST, or $150 , or $280
  • 30/30 , or 50/50 or 100/100 + no data cap.
  • Online backup (50 Gb)
  • Web domain and web hosting
  • Email 2 SMS + 2 voice lines
  • Managed business grade router
  • Watchdog filtering
  • 50/50 = $99+GST for 100 students then 0.50c/student/month + no data cap
  • 100/100 = $199+GST 1st 100 students then 0.50c/student/month + no data cap
  • Membership + access to REANNZ
national rbi retail pricing for schools august 2012
National RBI retail pricing for schools: August 2012
  • From $280/month + GST.
  • 100/100 + no data cap.
  • Online backup (50 Gb)
  • Web domain and web hosting
  • Email 2 SMS, + 2 voice lines
  • Managed business grade router
  • Watchdog
  • 100/100 = $199 + GST 1st 100 students then 0.50c/student/month + no data cap
  • Membership + access to REANNZ
  • $99 installation fee
  • 100/100.
  • Contact

NEN Trial

  • 102 schools supported by joining the KAREN fibre network.
  • Lessons learnt in connecting schools, aggregated groups of schools (loops) and content and service providers (CASPs).
  • Research on how schools are using the fibre is helping us understand what change management is necessary to realise the benefits of fibre.
  • All research reports available on the virtual learning network:
  • These schools will be supported until they can be migrated onto the Network for Learning.
  • Lessons learned from the NEN Trial – NZ Education Gazette, The Network for Learning:

The Network for Learning

… a network that will give New Zealand schools affordable, safe, reliable and ultra-fast access to online environments, enabling 21st century education delivery.


Learning Benefits

  • Improved achievement through greater engagement, driven by innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Learner centric
  • Self-directed
  • Flexible and mobile
  • Authentic experiences
  • Collaboration
  • Multi modal environment
Network for Learning Company

Ministerial decision to create a new Crown-owned company.

“The Network for Learning Limited” established on 2 July 2012 to operate and manage the Network for Learning.

Independent board responsbile to the Ministers of Finance and Education (shareholding Ministers).

Chief Executive manages the company set up to deliver network services to schools.

Constitution - defines the purpose and nature of the company.

Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education.


Purpose of the Company

To operate - in a way that it provides services that enable best practice teaching and learning, supporting learner achievement.

Be responsive - to the needs of schools, kura, teachers, learners and their whānau.

To support the delivery - of the New Zealand curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

To contribute - to the efficient administration of schools and kura.


Board Appointments

Helen Robinson (Chair) -  25 years experience in technology companies, including Chief Executive of Microsoft New Zealand, Director at NIWA and New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation. School Board of Trustees experience.

Mark Yeoman (Deputy Chair) - Currently Chief Financial Officer at New Zealand Post. Previous Chief Executive roles in Airways New Zealand, and at SamoaTel.

Martin Wylie – Currently Managing Director of a Private Venture Equity with previous Chief Executive roles for two internet service providers.

Rick Shera – Currently chairing internet safety NGO NetSafe. Has a long involvement with InternetNZ.  Partner at Lowndes Jordan.

Linda Tame – Lincoln High School Principal, Minister’s Broadband Principals’ Reference Group, Executive of Secondary Principals’ Association of New Zealand, NZ Curriculum Advisory Group, Lincoln University Council Member.

Humphrey Wikeepa – Currently Chief Information Officer (Acting) at Te Whare Wānanga O Awanuiarangi. Was a member of the UFBiS Governance Board.


A message from the Board Chair

“The board is committed to the purpose of the Network for Learning and excited about its opportunities. We want to ensure strong communication with the sector over the next few months and we will welcome feedback through channels set up for this purpose.”

(Helen Robinson)


Network for Learning

Initial Network Services (RFP Scope)

What the Network for Learning RFP asked for was:

Internet connectivity without data caps.

Ultra-fast broadband connection to other schools, to support collaboration.

Content filtering and firewalling.

Choice – a range of access bandwidth packages suitable for schools of different sizes.


Potential Content and Services over time

Teaching and Learning

Parent Portal

e- Portfolio, LMS


TKI website



VLN Course Brokering

Student Management Systems

Financial Management Systems

Library Management Systems

Infrastructure Services

  • Voice over IP Telephony
  • Offsite storage and backup
  • Virtual servers
  • File sharing
  • Remote LAN Management
  • High definition video conferencing
  • Web Conferencing Services



Breakout session: Discussion and Questions in groups

Q1. What opportunities will the Network for Learning offer your school to support teaching and learning?

Q2. What content and services would you like to see the Network for Learning company provide for your learners in its first twelve months of operation?

Q3. What is the essential change management you require in this area in the next six to twelve months?

Potential Content and Services over time

Teaching and Learning

Parent Portal

E-Portfolio, LMS


TKI website



VLN Course Brokering

Student Management Systems

Financial Management Systems

Library Management Systems

Infrastructure Services

  • Voice over IP Telephony
  • Offsite storage and backup
  • Virtual servers
  • File sharing
  • Remote LAN Management
  • High definition video conferencing
  • Web Conferencing Services



Aligning the wider work of the Ministry of Education

  • TELA (Laptops for Teachers), All of Government (AoG eMarketplace).
  • School Software agreements.
  • Cybersafety (MoE contract with Netsafe).
  • SMS, LMS, VLN.
  • Assessment Tools.
  • Professional Learning and Development.

TELA Laptop Scheme

  • 99% of principals and 88% of teachers have a TELA laptop.
  • 44,000 leased laptops in state and state-integrated schools.
  • Three suppliers  – Apple, Toshiba and HP - part of All of Government contracts.
  • In March 2012 Telecom Rentals Limited became the Ministry’s service provider following a retender process.
  • Telecom Rentals are responsible for:

- distribution, leasing finance and indemnity repairs

- for more information go to


School software agreements

  • Ministry of Education has agreements on behalf of schools with Apple, Novell, Web Sense, Symantec and Microsoft.
  • Recently there have been changes to the Microsoft agreement.
  • For more information about these changes and the Ministry agreements with the other software providers go to –


  • Ministry of Education is the lead government agency that funds Netsafe
  • Netsafe provide independent advice and guidance for schools
  • Cyber threats are an increasing issue and Netsafe also provides support for these problems for schools
  • For more information -
  • School resources at -

Professional Learning and Development (PLD)

  • Building learning capability based on specific areas of student learning needs, sustainable school-wide inquiry practices engaging with parents, whānau, iwi and communities.
  • PLD resource is allocated to regions on a student per capita basis.
  • Regional offices prioritise schools based on transparent criteria and using self review outcomes from Annual Reports and Charters.
  • For 2013 prioritisation and allocations are to be completed by November 2012.
  • Schools should make their needs and requests known to their regional office.

e-Learning Professional Learning and Development

e-Learning specific PLD is called Blended e-Learning (BeL):

  • evidenced and inquiry based.
  • select a focus area based on data and evidence.
  • responsive to needs, regional, local and school.
  • underpinned by an e-Maturity planning framework (ELPF).
  • inclusive of learning communities, creating and fostering opportunities for collaboration within and between schools.
  • based on a blended model, including face-to-face and online support, both synchronous and asynchronous.
  • coherent and integrated with learning change networks and PLD provision.

What could you be doing?

  • Complete the Schools infrastructure survey – a technical audit providing information on schools technical capabilities and requirements.
  • Update your ICT plan. Plan for a technically sound network and hardware to optimise ultra-fast broadband.
  • Determine the professional learning and development required for your teachers - resources available e.g. e-learning planning framework, e-learning PLD.
  • In your region work with others - share knowledge - easier than going alone.
  • How else can the Ministry help at a systems level? Feedback welcome.

Next steps

  • Ongoing consultation and engagement with schools.
  • Workshops for Principals in the first half of 2013.
  • Aligning the work of the MoE and of other government agencies to ensure we make the most of a Network for Learning and ultra-fast broadband.
  • UFBiS programme will be scaled back by the end of 2012 as the Network for Learning company assumes responsibility.
  • SNUP and SCP will continue to operate out of the Schools Infrastructure Group.
  • Change Management team will continue to coordinate activities for up to 12 months.
  • Handover to MoE Curriculum Teaching & Learning, at an appropriate time.