More than 400,000 students and 28,000 teachers from nearly 1300 schools are now using N4L’s internet services, complete with uncapped data, web filtering and network security services.
“We are very proud to be helping bring about transformative change in education by ensuring every child attending school can get access to reliable internet and digital learning opportunities no matter where they live in New Zealand,” said CEO John Hanna. “Our team is out visiting schools from all corners of the country on a daily basis and we are encouraged and impressed with the strong appetite for digital learning.”
To celebrate the occasion, Hanna, MP Andrew Bayly and Associate Minister of Education Nikki Kaye visited Pukekohe Intermediate (pictured).
Principal Gary Sweeney says he is looking forward to beginning the year using N4L’s Managed Network: “There is no question that our teachers and students will be taking their use of digital tools and programmes to a new level this year – and the quality of internet they’ll need to do this will increase as a result.
“I want students to achieve outstanding results with all they do and this year I look forward to online programmes providing more individualised learning and inspiration for their creativity. This is really important in the Intermediate school years, when teachers need to build a classroom culture allowing for more personalised learning to develop as their students become more independent and move closer to their secondary years.”
All schools will be able to connect to the Managed Network by the end of 2016. An interactive map of all participating schools can be viewed at: http://www.n4l.co.nz/managednetwork/rollout/
In addition to building the Managed Network, N4L has developed a digital learning hub called Pond, which 4000-plus teachers from nearly 1,200 schools are now using to find learning resources and share classroom practices with their peers.