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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Re: [MLE] GAFE vs Office 365 for Schools
Hi Joel, Great to see you finding Lucidpress so good such a good publishing tool also. I had a Year 10 class do their research and presentations in Lucidpress and they found it such an easy publish...
Mark Callagher 2014-10-30 20:21:33
Re: GAFE vs Office 365 for Schools
Thank you everyone for your contributions. They have been most valuable and I am know able to confidently move forward with the pedagogy of where our school is at and what it requires to move forwa...
Sharon 2014-10-30 19:23:11
Re: [MLE] Re: GAFE vs Office 365 for Schools
Dear all,   I have been reading the discussion on GAFE/365/cloud computing with interest. Of most interest is the recognition that cloud computing must work in the learning environment.   The Nel...
Geoff Scrimgeour 2014-10-30 19:11:47
Re: [MLE] Full KAMAR offsite
Actually that's true of 99% of SMSs but that is not what actually I meant. The format is proprietary inasmuch as the way the database works is locked into the vendor's systems. If a school...
Patrick Dunford 2014-10-30 01:46:07
Re: [MLE] Re: GAFE vs Office 365 for Schools
On 30 October 2014 13:03, Simon Wright <> wrote: Dont be confusing the old 802.11a 5GHz (54Mbps) with 802.11n 5GHz. I was trying to keep it simple. If 802.11a is supported...
Andrew Godfrey 2014-10-30 01:45:26
Re: GAFE vs Office 365 for Schools
One of our schools has just switched to Google Apps from 365, they are saying Apps is much easier to configure. it looks like MS is mainly focused on the business market and has grafted on some tok...
Patrick Dunford 2014-10-30 01:41:29
Re: [MLE] GAFE vs Office 365 for Schools
OK Sam To go "unsemantic" - Own the device, own the learning; school specifies/supplies the device, school owns the learning. I probably would get into an argument about it, but then... m...
richardnz 2014-10-30 00:33:17
Re: [MLE] GAFE vs Office 365 for Schools
Just on a side note in favour of Google apps is the minimisation of distractions when writing documents. Ie choosing the right font won't take 2 hrs because there is a much smaller set. It also...
Joel Chandler 2014-10-30 00:31:04
Re: [MLE] GAFE vs Office 365 for Schools
That's an interesting distinction Richard and one I'd probably agree with (although wouldn't bother with getting into a semantic argument over it!) We actually called our programme of r...
Sam McNeill 2014-10-30 00:25:04
Re: [MLE] Re: GAFE vs Office 365 for Schools
I think maybe what is meant here is 802.11ac? On 30/10/2014, at 1:03 PM, Simon Wright <> wrote: Dont be confusing the old 802.11a 5GHz (54Mbps) with 802.11n 5GHz. 802.11n s...
Mike Etheridge 2014-10-30 00:13:32
Re: [MLE] Re: GAFE vs Office 365 for Schools
Dont be confusing the old 802.11a 5GHz (54Mbps) with 802.11n 5GHz. 802.11n standard supports both 2.4GHz & 5.8GHz On Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:48:38 AM UTC+13, Andrew Godfrey wrote:Both sys...
Simon Wright 2014-10-30 00:03:47
Re: [MLE] GAFE vs Office 365 for Schools
Purely in reference to some of the mentions of BYOD in this thread.  You can't really call yourself a BYOD school if you are specifying the device to bring or even a preferred device.  This r...
richardnz 2014-10-29 23:53:23
Re: [MLE] Re: GAFE vs Office 365 for Schools
Both systems will struggle "out of the cloud" with collaboration across users as they won't be able to see what changes others are performing directly and someone may need to do some...
Andrew Godfrey 2014-10-29 21:48:38
Re: GAFE vs Office 365 for Schools
I don't think you're going to go too wrong with either option, having worked in schools with both GAFE and Office365. i think if you're going to be trying to bring in BYOD and price poi...
Sam McNeill 2014-10-29 19:56:14
Re: [MLE] Re: GAFE vs Office 365 for Schools
Hi Sharon, My school uses Google.  It is great for us. I am in agreement with Mark.  Yes Office365 offers a more feature rich set of tools - and thus more complexity.  For sheer simplicity, func...
Tim Harper 2014-10-29 19:46:00

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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 - informative stu...
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 Every...
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 communit...
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 gr...
SMITH Lesley 2010-12-03 20:44:20
Re: [OERNZ] Wiki tech Questions
That sounds like the kind of thing that would be straightforward to do in a Google Chrome Extension "content script" or a Firefox Greasemonkey script.  That would give you the control to...
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 cl...
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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