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The Key To Security

The Key To Security

My first job out of school was an administrator role at a local hospital (bear with me, I do have a point). I was excited about my new job because the money it promised would pay for my ‘new’ (read ‘old’) car – and the new mag wheels I had just acquired for it.... read more

How I learned to stop worrying and love eLearning

Earlier this month I wrote a blog post for Safer Internet Day (SID), it was a good article the best blog. Honestly, it was very good (#trumpetblowing). You can read it here. But in my haste to advocate the importance of making the internet safer, I failed to introduce... read more

Safer Internet Day 2017

SID Theme: Be the change: unite for a better internet. ‘Safer Internet Day’ (SID ‘17) is an opportunity for schools, and the organisations that support them, to reflect on how we can make the internet a safer place for students. But don’t be fooled, it’s not all... read more

Helping Schools with Cyber Security

Last week the Ministry of Education (MOE) sent a message to schools suggesting they take action to mitigate the risks of their servers being affected by cyber security threats. Cyber security is an ongoing challenge which requires continuous vigilance, education and... read more

Understanding & Managing DDoS Attacks

Here at N4L we aim to ensure connections are working well for all schools using the Managed Network. However, events can happen that disrupt the network. These events range from hardware failures (e.g. power cuts in specific geographic areas) or fibre cuts, to... read more

Creating Tags in Pond

Pond has always supported a range of ways for users to find, organise, and share resources. Though tags have been a part of Pond since it was first launched, users are starting to find new and exciting ways to use them to make Pond more personal, and more powerful.... read more

My time at #EducampWelly

Last Saturday a few of us from N4L’s Wellington-based team had the pleasure to attend EducampWelly at Karori Normal School (with huge thanks to Rebekah Nathan and the teachers of the Kereru block for letting us invade your space) along with nearly 100 other... read more

New Features in Pond

Pond is a constantly evolving environment responding to the changing needs of teachers. Our agile approach to ongoing development means Pond users are now familiar with the regular feature releases and updates. We’ve had several new feature releases and updates in the... read more

Our Webstock Top 5!

This year three of our team were lucky enough to be part of Webstock – an annual conference celebrating the web and its makers… the creativity, the magic, the craft and everything in between. Kerry (Web Developer) and Pete (Educator Engagement Lead) and I were... read more

Coding fun at Summer Code Camp

Last week a group of students from the Manaiakalani Education Trust cluster of schools marked the end of their school holidays with a week-long Summer Code Camp, sponsored by the Innovation Partnership and N4L. 30 students spent the week learning to code, by writing... read more

Update: Apple OS X Recovery

If your school uses Apple products to support learning then you’ll likely be familiar with OS X Recovery, which allow you to reinstall OS X, repair your disk, and even restore from a Time Machine backup. OS X Recovery is designed to allow Mac machines to restore over... read more

New Year, New School?

The start of a new school year is always an exciting time, especially if you’re starting a new school. New colleagues, new students, and a new environment to learn the ins and outs of! If you are starting a new school in 2016 chances are you might already know one or... read more

Introducing Pond Notifications!

With the huge number of educators now in Pond, it’s time to personalise things a bit more. Notifications are the new way for Pond users to keep track of the people and groups they connect with. Next time you’re in Pond , take a look at the new bell in the top right... read more

New Pond Sign In Options

New Pond Sign In Options Signing in to Pond is now even easier! Now you can use your Google or Office 365 logins to sign into Pond. Set up the account you use most often, and you have one less set of login details to remember! Have a quick watch of this short clip Ian... read more

Preparing for the Summer Holidays…

As school prepares to close down for the year, the N4L Helpdesk elves are kindly giving the gift of some key information, to consider as you prepare for summer holiday closures. Before you leave school for the summer… We understand that some schools like to turn... read more

N4L Presents… Steve Mouldey

Following on from Chris Clay, Kimberly Baars, and the #scichatnz and #wellyed folks, our final guest during our N4L Presents webinar series was Steve Mouldey. Steve is a teacher at Hobsonville Point Secondary School. He’s one of the most honest and thoughtful thinkers... read more

N4L presents Kimberly Baars

Kimberly Baars was my guest as part of the N4L Presents webinar series –  a collection of conversations with educators from around the country that tied in with October’s Connected Educator Month. Longer sessions like these are such a great opportunity to hear... read more

Tech in Schools Survey – Summary of Findings

A few months ago we invited principals of NZ schools to part in a survey relating to technology use in their school. More than 700 people responded, providing us with some incredibly useful information we are now using to help us explore new ways N4L may be able to... read more

Introducing Tahi!

After many months of work behind the scenes we are excited to announce the introduction of Tahi, N4L’s identity and access management system! Tahi brings together schools, Student Management System (SMS) providers and online application providers together in an... read more

N4L Presents… Chris Clay

Last month we ran the N4L Presents webinar series, where we hosted open conversations with educators from around the country. The aim was to allow them a space to share what they were thinking about and working on, but was also an opportunity for them to unpack some... read more

New to Pond – Personal Homepages!

Pond is always improving and the new Personal Homepage is a great way to keep track of all your Pond activity. We’ve been listening to your feedback and some of the most common requests include more personal space that pulls Pond things together, easier access to... read more

Changes on the Internet & Ensuring Student Safety

Did you know that around 60% of all web traffic across the N4L Managed Network is via secure websites – and growing?! This changing trend is important for schools to be aware of and we recently contacted all schools to recommend that they review their existing... read more

N4L has a new and improved Remote Access service!

Remote Access allows staff to remotely connect into school servers and work as if they are at school – from any location, as long as they have an internet connection. The service is available to all schools using the N4L Managed Network, although it’s schools... read more

Another great ULearn in 2015!

Coming back into the office this week there was quite a buzz from the team lucky enough to be part of ULearn. Whether it was people we met at the stand, or those we who attended one of our breakout sessions, we met some amazingly passionate educators and there were... read more