The BLENNZ Learning Library
Te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere. Te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao.
The bird who feasts upon the miro, resides only in the forest. The bird who feasts upon education, resides in the world.
Nau mai, haere mai – welcome to our BLENNZ Learning Library.
Here is a collection of stories about children and young people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision written by BLENNZ educators for parents, whānau (family) and colleagues.
The BLENNZ Learning Library is a new venture for BLENNZ and marks a commitment to increasing access to public information and resources beyond face-to-face visits and workshops. It is a move towards embracing a more blended model of teaching and learning, acknowledging that for many parents and educators, accessing information online is already an established part of meeting “just-in-time” needs.
BLENNZ – the Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ, is the national school that is made up of a national network of educational services for children and young people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision in Aotearoa New Zealand. If this is your first time connecting with BLENNZ, we extend a very warm welcome.
BLENNZ Online is a network of online spaces, each with its’ own focus. BLENNZ Online is currently made up of 4 different spaces:
The community we serve
Our own learning
- the ongoing practice of colleagues,
- the ongoing learning of children and young people within our BLENNZ community.
As the BLENNZ Library goes “live”, 28 stories with a focus on the key competency, “Using language, symbols and text” constitute the first chapter. In the wings, another 100 are in process, so we look forward to the steady evolution of a useful resource documenting teaching and learning in this area of education.
The team behind the scenes
Finally we would like to acknowledge the steadfast work of a group of BLENNZ colleagues, led by Karen Stobbs, Chrissie Butler and Steve Bellamy. Alongside the design of the framework for BLENNZ Online and the BLENNZ Learning Library, as a Curriculum Leadership Team, Karen, Steve and Chrissie have facilitated the development of the stories within this BLENNZ Learning Library and evolved an annual cycle of capturing and sharing stories.
We also extend our gratitude to the Royal Society of New Zealand for their support of Chrissie during her Ministry of Maths, Science and Technology Awarded Teacher Fellowship in 2010. During that year, Chrissie was able to design the first iteration of BLENNZ Online under the mentorship of CORE Education.
We also would like to thank our “reading aunties” – Lorraine Woodfield, Anne Gregory and Lynlee Pendrigh for their close reading of each story with the eyes of both grandparents and experienced educators. Your insights and feedback have been highly valued. We are also grateful to Tom Smith and Kevin Prince from the Innovation team at Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, for your partnership with Chrissie as she wrestled with making the BLENNZ Learning Library as accessible and usable as possible.
And as we step into the future, we welcome BLENNZ e-Learning Facilitator Karen Gilligan who joined the Curriculum team in 2012, committing many, many hours to supporting teachers and editing content. We know BLENNZ Online is in good hands.
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