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] BYOD Advice to Parents
Invented the IBM PC platform that led to the development of the Wintel architecture that is even found inside Apple's computers today. On 30/11/2015 12:57 PM, Mike Etheridge wrote: I think you...
— Patrick Dunford 2015-11-30 00:05:06
Re: [MLE] BYOD Advice to Parents
I think you mean “inventor of the brand: Personal Computer”. Bit of a push to say they invented the personal computer. Mike M R Etheridge Network Administrator Palmerston North Girls' High...
— Mike Etheridge 2015-11-29 23:57:07
Re: [MLE] BYOD Advice to Parents
Oh! The irony of *IBM*, inventor of the Personal Computer back in 1981, moving their workspace to *Apple*. Kind Regards Paul Stuart "If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our childr...
— Paul Stuart 2015-11-29 23:51:39
Re: [MLE] BYOD Advice to Parents
The macbooks we see in for repair from teachers (TELA lease) aren't any more durable than PC laptops. The desktops are about the same durability on balance, but the later model Imacs are very m...
— Patrick Dunford 2015-11-29 23:44:15
Re: [MLE] BYOD Advice to Parents
We are in the process of recommending two different 'spces'. The yr7-9/10 need something with a ten inch minimum screen, preferably built in keyboard, that can run GAFE in full desktop mode...
— Alistair Baird 2015-11-29 23:36:32
Re: [MLE] BYOD Advice to Parents
What stuff? Are schools just vehicles for indoctrinating students in the cult of Mac? On 30/11/2015 11:58 AM, Mike Etheridge wrote: I see you haven’t applied the same criteria to the two differen...
— Patrick Dunford 2015-11-29 23:32:27
Re: [MLE] BYOD Advice to Parents
Hi Mike. Apple side: The range of laptops compared to Windows is a dozen models Vs thousands. The cheapest MacBook (Air) is about $1,800 Vs say an entry level Toshiba for $400 on sale. The specs be...
— Bevan McNaughton 2015-11-29 23:16:34
Re: [MLE] BYOD Advice to Parents
Hear Hear!!!! I f I want a machine that I could still use in 5 years time I would use the so called expensive option I am in charge of a network of over 500 iMacs and over 250 iPads along with BYOD...
— Vern Dempster 2015-11-29 23:13:34
Re: [MLE] BYOD Advice to Parents
I see you haven’t applied the same criteria to the two different platforms. I thought we we were over this stuff… Mike On 30/11/2015, at 11:56 am, Bevan McNaughton <
— Mike Etheridge 2015-11-29 22:58:18
Re: [MLE] BYOD Advice to Parents
Depending on schools policies/approaches to BYOD, here's a few things to consider: Chromebooks: - Does the school use Google Apps/GMail? - Buy one with a suitable screen size and storage that y...
— Bevan McNaughton 2015-11-29 22:56:34
Re: [MLE] BYOD Advice to Parents
Contact me offlist if you want advice on running an open source platform such as Linux on your own device - there're excellent options which offer substantial pedagogical advantages (like legal...
— Dave Lane 2015-11-29 22:55:44
Re: [MLE] BYOD Advice to Parents
Firstly check what the primary platform used/recommended by school is. Windows/Mac are sort of comparable as they are both "thick client" Chromebook everything is stored online. If the sc...
— Keith Craig 2015-11-29 22:50:12
Re: [MLE] BYOD Advice to Parents
I'm not sure how you can compare different platforms so I assume you mean comparisons in the same platform. On 30/11/2015 11:20 AM, Steve Cosgrove wrote: While not being in a school, I still ge...
— Patrick Dunford 2015-11-29 22:45:56
BYOD Advice to Parents
While not being in a school, I still get asked about this topic. This year it gets personal - my daughter starts secondary next year! Guidance I've found on school web sites so far has tended t...
— Steve Cosgrove 2015-11-29 22:20:47
N4L - Introducing Tahi
I will watch this space then to see what develops with interest. Sharon Nolan Okaihau College
— Sharon 2015-11-27 19:17:11

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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 Tr...
— 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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