Over 1000 schools have now been connected to Network4Learning’s Managed Network, which means more than 40 per cent of New Zealand schools are now using N4L’s services, which include fast and reliable internet connectivity, uncapped data, web filtering and network security.
Stanley Avenue Primary, located in the Waikato town of Te Aroha had the honour of being the 1000th school. Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye was at the school to mark the milestone.
Principal Stuart Armistead is excited about the potential the new N4L Managed Network connection will bring to his 285-pupil school.
“Our new connection will allow us to grow the range of learning pathways we currently offer students. For example, we will be able to extend the use of mobile devices, grow our school radio and television stations and use technology to enhance communication between home and school.”
Massey Primary in West Auckland was the first school to connect to N4L’s Managed Network at the end of November 2013, and principal Bruce Barnes says it has made a notable difference to both his teachers and students and is instrumental to helping achieve the school’s vision.
He says N4L’s Managed Network, alongside the Ministry of Education’s SNUP programme, has enabled Massey to fast-track its digital learning plans.
“Students who were previously labeled as ‘reluctant learners’ have embraced the new devices, as a way to connect with their learning. This translates to increased engagement with their learning and achievement, which is leading to improved student results.”
All schools will be able to connect to the Government’s $211 million Managed Network by the end of 2016. An interactive map of all participating N4L schools can be viewed at: http://www.n4l.co.nz/rollout/