As the number of schools using Ultranet as their LMS increases, it is becoming more apparent the importance of sharing stories across schools and connecting the community. One of the ways we have started to do this is by launching a series of regional user group meetings in the main centres as a way for Ultranet users to come together to learn from one another.
Following our inaugural meeting in Christchurch last year, our first event this year was in Palmerston North for the 26 schools in Manawatu-Wanganui using Ultranet. It was fantastic to have 40 people from 20 of those schools join us for an afternoon at Newbury School.
Attendees found it very valuable to hear other schools talk about how they use Ultranet. Kerry & Nina from Newbury School explained how Ultranet is a central platform for their school and a key part of their communication strategy. Amanda and her colleagues from College Street Normal School gave the group an insight into the school vision and plan for ePortfolios and showed how they are translating this into action at each level. Claire showed the group how she and her team at Hataitai School used Ultranet as a powerful home-school communication tool at junior level. A combination of these snapshots and the opportunity to mingle with others teaching at the same level enabled everyone to gain new ideas and insights, which made for a very successful afternoon.
We were also excited to be able to preview the next version of Ultranet which we have been working on for quite some time. It was a great opportunity to gain some valuable feedback to feed into the development process. Next term will see the release of our first mobile app which will deliver notifications, messaging and the ability to upload media to uSpace. If your school would be keen to use this as soon as it’s available, register your interest and we’ll let you know once it’s ready.
Next on the community agenda… Auckland and Tauranga!