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] Dark Rooms in Schools
We have a foot in both camps here. They have being doing the digital photography for years with two rooms of computers in the art department which can simulate everything you can do in a darkroom b...
JoJONES 2014-09-25 19:14:52
FW: [MLE] Dark Rooms in Schools
Reply from our HoD Art visarts net would be the place to post this,  film chemicals etc still all available from specialist photography shops. We have one and we use it. From: Simon Wright <i.....
Keith Craig 2014-09-25 09:04:46
Re: [MLE] Dark Rooms in Schools
We also have a darkroom but it has not been used for several years now. Been all digital since, the photography teacher is much happier! Allan Sent from my iPad On 25/09/2014, at 4:49 pm, Alistair...
Allan Wayper 2014-09-25 05:59:53
Re: [MLE] Dark Rooms in Schools
We have a dark room, don't think I've seen it used as such, it's used as a store. Digital photography is the way we are heading, and that's bad enough to keep pace with the increasi...
Alistair Baird 2014-09-25 04:49:35
Re: [MLE] Dark Rooms in Schools
Against my advice the school put in a very flash wet photography darkroom facility not so long ago. Other schools had already moved to 100% digital at the time. Now, having spent a gigabuck or two...
Mike Etheridge 2014-09-25 03:28:25
Dark Rooms in Schools
This probably isn't the best forum to ask, but its about the only easy link ive got with other schools. As a show of hands, how many schools have dark rooms (for photography)? how many used to?...
Simon Wright 2014-09-25 03:18:47
Re: [MLE] Digest for - 2 updates in 1 topic
Hi Sam There is an extension that allows export of stl files  that can be downloaded, then installed into sketchup pro. Check out http&...
Simon Condon 2014-09-24 20:56:14
Re: [MLE] Re: 3d printers
We use UP here with our 3D printer (supplied by in 2011), however any SketchUp files have to be converted to be used in UP prior to use to a STL file.The converters are...
Bevan McNaughton 2014-09-23 22:23:54
Re: 3d printers
We have 1 cheap-ish 3D printer but looking at expanding this. We have some really interesting work going on in our Preparatory school with Sketchup, but I was advised by one of our Tech teachers th...
Sam McNeill 2014-09-23 21:24:54
Re: [MLE] 3d printers
Hi John, this site has a good summary of what to look for in a printer: In NZ these sites are worth a look: http://3dprint...
Tim Harper 2014-09-23 09:04:51
3d printers
Hi there  We are looking to get a 3d printer for our school and with all the offerings available am looking for any / all advice. Any experiences good or bad? Cheers John
jtopp 2014-09-23 08:41:09
Re: Auck Business leaders ICT survey - questionnaire DRAFT
My only comment/suggestion is that Q4 probably isn't answerable by anyone other than the Principal, most teachers wouldn't consider their courses funded by anyone....doesn't cross their...
Claire Amos 2014-09-17 23:45:18
Re: [MLE] Abridged summary of - 1 update in 1 topic
so are we. On 28 August 2014 06:14, <> wrote: Google Groups Today's topic summary View all topics - Classroom comp...
Brian Hutching 2014-09-17 09:44:28
Re: [MLE] Novopay Calendar
Yes, it will work in Outlook absolutely fine. Regards Dom On 17/09/2014 3:23 pm, "Andrew de Wit" <> wrote: Tim, will this work in Outlook? Andrew de WitMangaroa O...
Dom 2014-09-17 05:28:54
Re: [MLE] Novopay Calendar
Hi Andrew, Apparently it does according to this: regards, Tim Harper Phone 0800 755 966 option 2 then 3 (SchoolZone) Pho...
Tim Harper 2014-09-17 03:40:55

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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 - 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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