Our e-Vision: to develop akonga who are prepared for their future by providing opportunities to connect with a diverse range of people and knowledge sources in order to learn and engage in creative ways, and experience academic and personal growth by being responsible digital citizens.
Using technology to enhance and enable learning
At OGHS, we recognise the potential for e-learning to extend and support learners and to open up new and different ways of learning. ‘e-learning’ is learning and teaching that is facilitated by or supported through the appropriate use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
E-learning is integrated as just one of a number of ways students experience learning at Otago Girls’ High School. It can cover a spectrum of activities from supporting learning, to blended learning (the combination of traditional and e-learning practices), to learning that is delivered entirely online.
Whatever the technology, learning is the vital element. E-Learning is not simply associated with modes of delivery, but forms part of a conscious choice of the best and most appropriate ways of promoting effective learning.
We also offer distance learning through NetNZ (an online and video conferencing secondary learning network). This ensures students can have access to specific learning needs (e.g. foreign languages not already taught at OGHS).
The New Zealand Curriculum states that e-learning has the potential to:
assist the making of connections by enabling students to enter and explore new learning environments, overcoming barriers of distance and time
facilitate shared learning by enabling students to join or create communities of learners that extend well beyond the classroom
assist in the creation of supportive learning environments by offering resources that take account of individual, cultural, or developmental differences
enhance opportunities to learn by offering students virtual experiences and tools that save them time, allowing them to take their learning further
We require all students to ‘Bring Your Own Device’ to school to integrate their learning both inside and outside of school. The device might be a Chrome book, netbook or a laptop – any Internet capable device that can assist learning.
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