New Zealand Schools OER Portal

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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] changing to windows 8.1
It helps with the interface but not totally. I have four 8.1 desktops and a 8.1 tablet. Modern apps run fullscreen denying you the taskbar. If you have a mouse you can get the taskbar to appear whe...
Patrick Dunford 2014-08-30 01:46:26
RE: [MLE] Re: changing to windows 8.1
For those schools who have already made the change,  and got an outside company to do it for you (the likes of New Era, Cyclone or TTS), what did it cost?   Thx T   From: mle-refer...@googlegrou...
Theresa Bosch 2014-08-29 03:41:52
Re: changing to windows 8.1
My advice is to wait until Windows 9 is released next year. Windows 8/8.1 is the Vista of our time. It is very clunky to use and a lot of people will not like the new interface. On Thursday, August...
Patrick Dunford 2014-08-29 02:17:14
RE: [MLE] changing to windows 8.1
There is a wee bit of software called Shell Classic If you install this on to the laptops your screens exactly like Windows 7. But has windows 8 running in backgrou...
Clare Ladd 2014-08-28 03:15:47
RE: [MLE] changing to windows 8.1
Hi Rebecca We moved all staff at the beginning of the year to win 8.1 and then updated to win 8.1 update. It is faster, better behaved and overall a better experience than win 7 . We setup all user...
Chaz Price 2014-08-28 02:24:24
RE: [MLE] changing to windows 8.1
Hi Rebecca We have been on Windows 8 for 19 months now.  It is a significant change - staff needed a bit of training but since the initial training they have managed really well. We switched over...
Theresa Bosch 2014-08-28 02:07:48
changing to windows 8.1
Hi all, Has anyone recently changed from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 in their school? How did it go? Is it better or worse? Pros and cons? Ta, Rebecca
Rebecca Ronald 2014-08-28 02:02:33
Re: [MLE] Classroom computer management software
Thanks for all that however this school has seen the light and are ditching Ipads for Chromebooks On Tuesday, August 26, 2014 6:42:33 PM UTC+12, Bevan McNaughton wrote:In Meraki Web, go to Configur...
Patrick Dunford 2014-08-26 22:21:08
Re: [MLE] Classroom computer management software
In Meraki Web, go to Configure: General and in Network Locations you can define static Public I.P's to physical addresses.Of course if you have areas which use dynamic public I.P's then it&...
Bevan McNaughton 2014-08-26 06:42:33
Re: [MLE] Classroom computer management software
Meraki geo-locates via IP address to the best that it knows about for devices with no GPS ability.  The actual location can be reset inside Meraki to show a true physical location if that is neede...
Tim Harper 2014-08-26 06:03:34
Re: [MLE] Classroom computer management software
Your devices might be using IP geolocation. Have a read of the docs: ____________________...
Andrew Godfrey 2014-08-26 05:58:01
Re: [MLE] Classroom computer management software
The main issue I found with Meraki is it couldn't nail down the location of the device accurately. It told me it was in a different island in fact. On Wednesday, 13 August 2014 11:58:25 UTC+12,...
Patrick Dunford 2014-08-26 04:55:26
Re: [MLE] Re: Google booking calendars
Hi Rebecca, You should be using Education Edition first. Start here for general Calendar Help: See here to learn how to create a resou...
Tim Harper 2014-08-20 11:53:34
Re: [MLE] adobe creative student for high school?
There was information about Autodesk products in the latest Interface magazine p13.   Link is Bruce Dowdle On 20 August 2014 14:16, Alistair Baird <bai...@s...
Bruce Dowdle 2014-08-20 02:38:06
Re: Google booking calendars
Hi Martin, Andy, Peter, Tim, others...We plan to have a go at setting up our room booking system using Google Calendars. Do those of you who are using it know whether this should be possible under...
Rebecca Ronald 2014-08-20 02:36:51

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FW: Mix and Mash is Launching August 4th
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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


New Zealand School OER portals