An OER commons for New Zealand Schools

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We aim to foster the collaborative development of a sustainable Open Education Resource (OER) ecosystem for New Zealand teachers to create, share, repurpose and reuse digital content in support of the national curriculum. This is a project developed by teachers for teachers.

The reusable and portable content project is sponsored by the Ministry of Education under the Managed Learning Environment initiative and will focus on three streams:

  1. Capability and community development
  2. Software and tools development to improve the usability of the technology for newcomers to collaborative online authoring and content integration with the technology platforms of the Ministry and approved LMS vendors.
  3. Seeding OER content development for use in New Zealand schools.

Featured school

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Warrington School in Otago achieves a historic accolade! Warrington primary school is the first school in New Zealand to implement a portal page on WikiEducator under Aotearoa's Open Education Resource (OER) commons. The school's Open Education Initiative aims to empower their community of parents, teachers and pupils through open education. The OER Foundation, an independent non-profit based at Otago Polytechnic, has announced a free hosting service for all New Zealand schools to profile their work in OER on WikiEducator and will provide free training for every teacher in New Zealand in learning how to use a wiki under the Learning4Content project - the world's largest attempt to develop wiki skills for education.

Featured project

New Zealand's Search for Security 1945-1985

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  • This is a collaborative textbook for this Level 1 NCEA history course. We're writing the textbook for this topic as we learn it, and we'd like other schools to become involved too. If you're studying Level 1 history, create an account and add your knowledge to our textbook. This topic takes us from the end of World War II through to the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.

Featured teacher

Under construction icon-yellow.svg This area is under construction and will be used to feature New Zealand teachers demonstrating OER leadership. More content soon.


Sustainable education



  • Materials that meet the requirements of the free cultural works definition namely Creative Commons Attribution, Copyleft license equivalents and the GPL
  • Ideas that can make our world a better place
  • Resources that can be:
  1. Used for any purpose that benefits the planet
  2. Self sustaining and adapted to meet varied needs
  3. Shared
  4. Improved and re-released


He mihi nui, he mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa.

  • Now is the time to use the Enviroschools action learning cycle to work towards a more sustainable education system by
  1. Identifying the current situation
  2. Explore alternatives
  3. Taking action
  4. Reflecting on change

Envirethical Education

  • People and the planet
  • Environmental and ethical

Activities and events

A copy of the final Report on 21st Century Learning Environments and Digital Literacy and surrounding discussion.

Second issue of OERNZ News published. Print and share! (Download 1st issue here).

Inviting all New Zealand teachers to assist with the planning and activities in preparation for the launch of the Kiwi instance of WikiEducator and our reusable and portable content project. Sign up to join our planning team. We need your help!

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The New Zealand school sector joins the Heywire8 Wellington Think Tank held on 4 August 2009. Representatives from the OER Foundation, Ministry of Education, National Library, Aorakinet, Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand, The Correspondence School, the PPTA, Massey University and Auckland University of Technology came together to continue Aotearoa's national OER conversation.

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TeachMeet Christchurch - May 17th
Kia ora koutou katoa, For those of you in Christchurch, I'd like to extend an invite to attend the free, non-commercial TeachMeet on May 17th All information is o...
— Sam McNeill 2016-04-05 00:10:12
Re: [MLE] Managing Computer Users Use
We use Abtutor, works for us as a small school we can get by on 1 license. It works well and I like the way you can use the policies to for example allow agario only during break times and block du...
— paul jones 2016-04-02 20:51:04
Re: [MLE] Managing Computer Users Use
Hi Allan, Thanks for taking the time to reply, that's great. Dom On 1 April 2016 at 11:53, Allan Wayper <> wrote: > Hi Dom > > > > No, it only seems to do rem...
— Dom 2016-03-31 22:59:06
RE: [MLE] Managing Computer Users Use
Hi Dom No, it only seems to do remote control/screen sharing/locking/sending messages/restarting etc. Use it mostly for keeping an eye on the class with all screens shown as thumbnails. But brillia...
— Allan Wayper 2016-03-31 22:53:54
Re: [MLE] Re: Managing Computer Users Use
Thanks Terence We run three different Browsers and students choose which one they prefer. Google Classroom works best in Chrome but they don't always have to be in the classroom so I don't...
— Sharon 2016-03-31 22:09:23
Re: Managing Computer Users Use
Aerohive have a free application (Chrome Extension) called "HiveSchool" that delivers some of the functionality that you are looking for.
— Terence Fleming 2016-03-31 21:38:10
Re: [MLE] Managing Computer Users Use
I would like to know about whitelist/blacklist capability as well Allan. On Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 1:37:23 PM UTC+13, Dom wrote: > > That looks quite interesting Allan, do you know if it...
— Sharon 2016-03-31 18:16:32
Re: [MLE] Managing Computer Users Use
That looks quite interesting Allan, do you know if it supports url whitelist/blacklist that a teacher could set for a specific lesson? Dom On 31 March 2016 at 12:57, Allan Wayper <
— Dom 2016-03-31 00:37:23
Re: [MLE] Managing Computer Users Use
Do you think that it is substantially better than the free iTalc? We find iTalc works well for classroom control/screen sharing etc. Allan Sent from my iPad On 31/0...
— Allan Wayper 2016-03-30 23:57:50
Re: [MLE] Managing Computer Users Use
Thanks Dom I had already Googled it, all the same. We are going to have a look at it as it is substantially cheaper!! Sharon On Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 10:17 AM, D R Tester <> wr...
— Sharon 2016-03-30 21:48:15
Re: [MLE] Managing Computer Users Use
Hi Sharon, Feature list of AB Tutor can be found here. Dom On 31 March 2016 at 10:08, Sharon Nolan <> wrote: > Yes Mike, there is currently a push in NZ for Impero. &gt...
— Dom 2016-03-30 21:17:55
Re: [MLE] Managing Computer Users Use
Yes Mike, there is currently a push in NZ for Impero. What we have found with Impero is that there is only one logon for all Teachers. The Classroom Management side is great but we would prefer to...
— Sharon 2016-03-30 21:08:40
Re: [MLE] Managing Computer Users Use
Hi Sharon, I have used Impero for a number of years, it is a fantastic product which is both robust and versatile - there is also a client for deployment onto iOS devices. If you are wanting to vie...
— Dom 2016-03-30 20:58:13
Re: [MLE] Managing Computer Users Use
I am experiencing a bit of cold sell from these people at the moment. Is there a sales push in NZ at the moment? Indeed, is the previous post part of it? Mike M R Etheridge Network Administrator Pa...
— Mike Etheridge 2016-03-30 20:56:40
Managing Computer Users Use
I am investigating a software called Impero which originally comes from the UK and allows you to view students screens, and manage their computer if necessary etc. Is anyone using anything similar...
— Sharon 2016-03-30 20:54:56

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FW: Mix and Mash is Launching August 4th
Paul Seiler has forwarded you this email with the following message: I just received this email and thought you might find it interesting. Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your browser...
— Paul Seiler 2011-07-16 07:33:33
An informative discussion on OER in tertiary
— Paul Seiler 2011-07-10 02:59:15
Re: [OERNZ] Great video explain the Creative Commons licenses
And thanks to Creative Commons Aotearoa -- you are FREE to share with all NZ schools :-) W On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 1:45 PM, nathaN P <> wrote: > Thanks Wayne - informativ...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2011-07-06 01:51:29
Re: [OERNZ] Great video explain the Creative Commons licenses
Thanks Wayne - informative stuff. The Creative Commons AotearoaNZ video is a must share for NZ schools. Cheers N On 6 July 2011 12:30, Wayne Mackintosh <> wrote: > Hi...
— nate 2011-07-06 01:45:31
Great video explain the Creative Commons licenses
Hi Everyone, Apology for any double postings. Creative Commons New Zealand have recently released a great video summarising the suite of licenses. I particularly like the distinction between free c...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2011-07-06 00:30:55
RE: [MLE] Moodle course creation in / for Christchurch
Thanks to Jacqui for her tireless efforts to help not only her own schools but anyone in Chch that wants to make use of online content and LMS. Thanks Kristina for posting this wider. I was going t...
— Paul Seiler 2011-03-07 08:42:39
Calling all Kiwi teachers and BOT members -- Free workshop on open content licensing for educators (21 - 25 March)
Hi everyone, The New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (NZGOAL) approved by Cabinet in July 2010 invites school boards of trustees to familiarise themselves with NZGOAL and to...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2011-02-17 01:49:17
Calling Auckland teachers - Opportunity to learn more about Creative Commons and NZGOAL
Creative Commons workshop for Auckland school leaders The second weCreate workshop will be held on Tuesday 1 March in Auckland - it is a chance for Auckland region school leaders and Boards of Trus...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2011-02-09 03:24:20
US Dept of Ed encourages CC BY for new materials in community colleges
It is great to see that the US government is also getting behind sharing education and training materials. A condition of receiving a grant under a new US$2 billion dollar initiative for community...
— James Tittsler 2011-01-21 05:11:58
WikiEducator saves you time and money. Thanks Jim!
Hi Everyone, WikiEducator has been experimenting with remix options for reusable and portable content. All you need to do is click, copy and paste! This means that it is now easier for schools and...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2011-01-07 23:23:32
RE: [OERNZ] Wiki tech Questions
Hello. Please be aware of the email that I recieved through this network - copied below Hi dear, How are you today I hope all is well with you,I am VERA, by name,a young looking girl,it is my great...
— SMITH Lesley 2010-12-03 20:44:20
Re: [OERNZ] Wiki tech Questions
Wiki > rather than using right click to open in new tab? That sounds like the kind of thing that would be straightforward to do in a Google Chrome Extension "content script" or a Firef...
— Jim Tittsler 2010-11-29 03:41:54
Re: [OERNZ] Wiki tech Questions
Hi Nathan Could you send the link again --- doesn't appear to be linking to your intended target in my email client. Thanks :-) W On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 4:21 PM, nathan parker <rekrap...@gm...
— Wayne Mackintosh 2010-11-29 03:24:57
Wiki tech Questions
Kia ora - I was shown this great way of keeping up with discussion threads on WikiEducator. I am now wondering is it possible to create links in new tabs from the Wiki rather than using right click...
— nate 2010-11-29 03:21:00
Re: [OERNZ] Update on request to NZQA on release of NCEA exam questions under a CC-BY license
That is great Wayne, hat tip to you! Fabiana Sent from my iPhone On 23 Nov 2010, at 20:55, Wayne Mackintosh <> wrote: Hi everyone, I've received initial feedback from...
— Kubke 2010-11-23 09:21:54


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