My colleagues and I at CORE have been putting a lot of thought into the prospect of the Network for Learning that is currently under consideration by the Ministry of Education. According to the plan, by 2016, 97.7 per cent of schools will receive ultra-fast broadband connections enabling speeds of 100 Mbps. The remaining schools, which are in the most remote locations, will receive a high speed wireless or satellite connection.
I believe this represents a huge opportunity for NZ schools, and a chance to do some catching up with our counterparts in other parts of the world in terms of providing a high quality, realiable and robust connection to the online world – and with that, a suite of services that will truly benefit learners and their learning, not to mention teachers!
As part of the work we've beend doing to support this thinking, we've developed a series of videos to help try and explain what we see as the potential of this network, and why it needs to be developed in a manner that can best be described as an 'ecosystem' – building on the combined efforts of a variety of contributors across three key areas that make up this network.
The first of the videos to be completed is embedded above – and references a diagram I blogged about over a year ago that was developed to help explain to schools how things fit together. I'd be interested in feedback on how useful you find this…