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Auckland Normal Intermediate is one of eight schools pooling together to share teachers, resources and information through an extranet.

Auckland Normal Intermediate is one of eight schools pooling together to share teachers, resources and information through an extranet. The schools, which range in area from decile one (the poorest) to decile 10 (the richest), are Auckland Normal Intermediate, Pasadena Intermediate, Viscount Primary, Manurewa South, Tamaki Intermediate, Kohimarama School, Grey Lynn Primary and Ponsonby Primary. All have high-speed access to the internet through Telecom's JetStream and Compaq is providing a server which will be housed at Auckland Normal Intermediate.

The extranet will enable the schools to share the expertise and experience of various teachers. For example, one of the eight schools has a Japanese teacher, and another a Spanish teacher. "Or we can identify kids with special needs or who are gifted and share resources to help them," says teacher Paul Madsen of Auckland Normal Intermediate. "You could have kids who need remedial maths or English logging on to remedial maths classes.

"Schools collect all kinds of info about their children, what spelling level they're at, how well they read, their maths ability and so on. Most of this sits on paper and individual teachers have access but very little use is made of it."

The schools hope to build a database of such information which can be accessed through the extranet. The information could also be used to personalise lessons on the extranet to each student's ability.

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