At last – after months of bringing together the information from a variety of sources, the Superloop Forum website has been made live 😉
The Superloop Forum was formed in 2007, following the allocation of funding to five regions in New Zealand from the Broadband Initiative Fund (BIF). The forum exists as an informal affiliation of those associated with and representing the emerging networks of schools being connected by UFB infrastructure. Their mission is to facilitate cooperation and collaboration between clusters of schools in deploying and using UFB networks to enhance learning.
The link titled 'building regional capacity' contains the text of the submission that the Superloop forum made to the parliamentary select committee on 21st century learning environments and digital literacy.
This website presents an overview of the activity that is occurring in various regional areas of New Zealand, both urban and rural, in terms of schools and clusters making use of the connections they have to ultra-fast broadband. It is really pleasing to note that the VLN is a part of this network – representing over 200 schools alone! By clicking on any of the circles surrounding the NZ map on the front page you can view more details about each cluster, including the numbers of schools involved and links to the cluster website (where it exists).
In addition to the website, there is now a group on the VLN for the Superloop Forum, which anyone who has subscribed to the VLN can join. this is where those involved in the Superloop forum can share ideas and resources as the community grows and develops.