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The Future Of Learning Here Today - New Website Helps Kiwi Students Surf The Knowledge Wave

A lack of New Zealand based on-line education resources prompted Wellington tutor Emily Tuffin to set up Go Learn Online (GLO), a new, exciting and interactive website for Kiwi students.

During her five years of tutoring secondary school students, Ms Tuffin said she had seen increasing numbers of students enjoying Internet access, although she noticed an obvious lack of e-education based on the New Zealand curriculum.

"The students I deal with are definitely enjoying working on a computer rather than sitting in front of a text book, however, most of the available Internet homework sites are based in the United States.

"I saw an opportunity that hadn't been tapped into in the New Zealand education sector as there wasn't a comprehensive on-line resource specifically for New Zealand students," she said.

Ms Tuffin said the New Zealand emphasis was a big plus for GLO, which now proudly offers on-line interactive lessons based on the New Zealand school curriculum to supplement students' classroom learning.

The GLO website aims to enhance the performance and understanding of young New Zealanders through carefully designed lessons, which the students can work through at their own pace and in their own time.

Following the lessons, GLO students can take a 20 question multi-choice quiz, which the computer will mark to allow the participants to see which questions they got right, which questions they got wrong and view model answers.

Ms Tuffin also sees the Internet as a vital tool for helping rural students get more from their schooling.

The GLO team is also looking to lend its expertise to secondary schools to help with their on-line learning programmes.

As the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission released its third report with the key message that a "vital tertiary education system will strongly contribute to the development of the knowledge society New Zealand aspires to", Ms Tuffin said school administrators also had to recognise the trends and acknowledge they were going to have to use new technology to reach their students.

She said GLO can offer e-learning solutions to schools, providing technological expertise to help develop tailor-made programmes so schools can integrate their own lessons on-line.

Initially, the GLO website will offer Year 13 Economics, Year 11 Economics, Year 11 Maths and Year 11 Science, although the range will soon be expanded to included other subjects.

The site can be found at www.glo.co.nz.

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