Ultranet contract

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It was announced this week that from 1 January 2014, NEC will assume full responsibility for provision of the Ultranet and schools that wish to use the service will do so on an individual user-pays system.

Many people believed that the Ultranet could be a system to bring all schools together to improve student learning, it is disappointing that our vision did not come to fruition. Over the weekend two blogs were published– Mel Cashen pointed out how the ‘walled’ community was a great starting place for her students and how collaborative the #ultranet twitter community has been. Steve Seddon highlighted all that he learnt and can take forward. Both are really great reads.

For us in at central office, the people we have worked with and teachers we have met over the last few years have been amazing. This is really a professional and supportive community who care about using ICT for student learning and development – not just the latest digital gadget to show off. Through this blog we hope to continue to collaborate because our vision to open up learning through technology has not changed.

From the Digital Learning Team

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Author: rcrellin

Senior Program Officer, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

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  3. Mel and Steve’s were reflections very interesting. Thanks for sharing. The Ultranet was certainly an ambitious and visionary project!

    I hope Victorian schools continue to explore new technologies that provide flexible and powerful ways to facilitate online communication and collaboration. Two cloud based technologies in particular, Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office 365 for Education, offer great promise. They don’t do everything the Ultranet can, but they do do many things the Ultranet can’t, and third party add-ons are available that provide some of the missing functions found inside the Ultranet.

    Victorian teachers interested in exploring Google Apps for Education (GAFE) may wish to attend the GAFE Summit to be held on October 3-4 in the Yarra Valley. (See http://melbourne.gafesummit.com)

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