Network for Learning (N4L) has announced the names of more than 20 schools in New Zealand that will be transitioned to its managed network in 2013. The schools include the likes of Mangere Central School, Rotorua Intermediate, Selwyn School, Massey Primary School, St Peter’s College and Waimate High School.
The 20 schools signify the first stage in the movement of 700 schools to the managed network by the end of 2014.
“Having the first schools coming on board is really exciting,” said N4L CEO John Hanna. “The response from principals has been overwhelmingly positive. They tell us they are looking forward to increasing their school’s use of digital technologies in the classroom knowing they will no longer be constrained by data caps and greatly fluctuating internet speeds.”
The names of the schools connecting this year were announced by Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye at the Ulearn conference in Hamilton, where more than 1,500 teachers and education leaders gather annually to discuss the latest developments in teaching and learning.
N4L also conducted a demonstration of its portal, which will provide schools with a collaborative digital learning hub and will be introduced in February 2014, at the conference.
“Every school is different,” says Hanna. “There is no one size fits all approach. We are building a managed network that is capable of connecting more than 800,000 students, teachers and school administrators across the country. It’s important to get it right.”
According to the company, schools transitioning to the managed network this year will benefit from internet speeds of up to 100Mbs, which is approximately 10x faster than what most of them are getting now. .
N4L is asking the more than 1700 schools registered through its website to complete an online questionnaire to better understand each school’s IT support needs. Schools wanting to be considered for a 2014 N4L connection are encouraged to to complete the questionnaire by October 25.