Monthly Archives: April 2012

UFB in schools

Getting connected: Ultra-fast Broadband in Schools

The Ministry of Education advises that it has developed a searchable database that will allow schools to check when they are likely to be connected to fibre. With the majority of schools set to get fibre over the next few years, this will prove to be a valuable tool. The database is available on the enabling Learning website http://elearning.tki.org.nz/ and will be promoted via the Education Gazette.

The Ministry is also finalising the Request for Proposal (RFP) for a network services provider for the Network for Learning. The RFP is scheduled for release to the market on 27 April. A feature article promoting the Network for Learning was published in the latest edition of Education Gazette and can be downloaded here http://www.edgazette.govt.nz.

Source: Ministry of Education

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Texting and Twitter ‘help students perfect poetry’

Parents no longer need to fret over how much time their teenagers (and younger) spend texting or twittering.  In an item reported in The Telegraph in the UK in September 2011, Britain’s Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy was reported as saying that “Children who use social networking sites and text messaging to communicate are “perfecting” their poetry skills”.

The Poet Laureate said that communicating via mobile phones and through social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, helped teenagers condense their thoughts.

Source: The Telegraph