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] Apps for iPad, Y10 ish Science & Fun
On 21 November 2014 at 08:40, Rob Eyre <> wrote: Education Perfect Education Perfect. Fascinating.  I quot...
Derek 2014-11-25 23:13:24
RE: [MLE] Full KAMAR offsite
Hi Dave Never argued against an open standards based SMS just an Open Source one (OSS) Told you not to play semantics . One definition of 'proprietary' is" used, made, or sold only by...
andy gorton 2014-11-25 21:06:34
Re: [MLE] Full KAMAR offsite
Hi Andy, On 24/11/14 23:27, Andy Gorton wrote: > Don’t see any point in developing another SMS whether OSS or not. Agree > with Nevyn that specs is way forwards but after that defined stand...
Dave Lane 2014-11-25 02:43:00
Student Direct Flexible Timetables
Hi all, Does anyone have/know of any flexible timetable models that are build around student directed curriculum? My observation is that there are a lot of MLE's moving towards flexible timetab...
Liam Rutherford 2014-11-24 19:15:09
Re: Anyone tried an unconference as part of secondary school PL?
These are links I am thinking of covering with our Teachers either end of this year or beginning of next year. They may be of use.
Sharon 2014-11-24 19:08:00
RE: [MLE] Full KAMAR offsite
Don’t see any point in developing another SMS whether OSS or not. Agree with Nevyn that specs is way forwards but after that defined standards of how stuff is passed around a system is the way fo...
andy gorton 2014-11-24 10:27:45
Re: [MLE] Full KAMAR offsite
Realistically - I don't think it would take all that much. I don't think the money would be in code but rather in requirements capturing. I think the number one reason for IT projects going...
Nevyn 2014-11-24 07:31:17
Re: [MLE] Anyone tried an unconference as part of secondary school PL?
I have been part of quite a few unconference-type sessions and found them to be very beneficial. You may want to look at the Educamp format. These run in unconference style starting with a Smack...
Jan-Marie Kellow 2014-11-25 18:33:41
Re: [MLE] Anyone tried an unconference as part of secondary school PL?
Hi Ros, this is an exciting, responsive PLD model you're proposing. Back in the day, unconferences were also called, Open Space Meetings. For something so 'unplanned', it's interes...
Tessa Gray 2014-11-24 01:55:15
Anyone tried an unconference as part of secondary school PL?
Hi all I have been given a whole teacher only day at the start of Term 1 2015 to run some staff training sessions with a technology component.  This is the first time the school has done this.  ...
Ros Lee 2014-11-24 00:37:03
Re: [MLE] Apps for iPad, Y10 ish Science & Fun
We haven't found much in the way of student led learning ACTIVITIES for science (just reading like you say). We've been mostly making out own in Kahoot, Hot Potatoes, Moodle, Quizlet etcSea...
Rob Eyre 2014-11-20 19:40:55
Re: [MLE] Apps for iPad, Y10 ish Science & Fun
Great.  These are mainly reading stuff. I'm looking for some sort of adaptive flash card type activity for science at Y10 level.Gamified is an added bonus Maybe I need to create one.  :-) -De...
Derek 2014-11-19 22:36:53
Re: [MLE] Apps for iPad, Y10 ish Science & Fun
Not an app for an iPad but have a look:  Everything is a PDF so it is at least device agnostic and is hopefully relevant...
Tim Harper 2014-11-18 11:05:15
Apps for iPad, Y10 ish Science & Fun
I have a student just finishing Y10 having real difficulty remembering things in science.  Wondering if there is an app we could buy with some fun ways to go over basics. Mathletics like??  Or so...
Derek 2014-11-18 08:26:11
RE: [MLE] Re: Student responses to Video content
Thanks everyone! Very helpful. What a diverse range of responses and perspectives. Cheers,Andrew Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:20:59 -0800 From: To: Su...
Andrew Cowie 2014-11-18 02:14:17

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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


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