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Connected+ on Google Drive

The Connected+ articles, text, images, and media are freely available to teachers and students on Google Drive. 

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What is available online?

Connected+ articles are available on Google Slides

Digital versions of each article are available on Google Drive using Google Slides. Google Slides is a free online presentation application that can be used on a range of devices, desktops, laptops, and digital whiteboards. 

Teacher Support Material (TSM) is available in MS Word and PDF

The TSMs for Connected+ are available digitally as downloadable PDFs and as MS Word documents for download and editing. Using the editable MS Word file, teachers can adapt the learning activities to meet the needs of their students and the context for learning.

Content available for re-use

Most of the images, text, videos, audio, and graphic elements for Connected+ are available for teachers and students to download and reuse for educational purposes. You must attribute the writers, illustrators, and photographers of any material you reuse. Acknowledgements are found at the end of each Google Slides article, and on the inside back cover of each printed issue. Some images are provided under a Creative Commons attribution-only licence. This material can be used by anyone for any purpose, as long as the creators are attributed. Find out more about the Creative Commons licences.

Individual files are accessible on Google Drive, and you can find these from a link on the first page of the digital version of each article.

Additional multimedia content for Connected+ articles

The digital version of the first article in each issue of Connected+ has additional digital content, such as video, additional images, website links, animation, and audio.

Fonts

Connected+ uses freely available Google fonts to make editing easier.

How to use Connected+ on Google Drive

Anyone can view the digital versions of Connected+ and download the resources.

The articles themselves are Google Slides. Google Slides is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint and allows adaptation of all content in the articles by teachers and students.

Google provides a help menu on every digital version to get you started.

Find out more about how to use Connected+ on Google Drive

Do I need a Google Account?

No, you don’t need a Google account to view the Connected+ slides and digital resources.

If you’d like to do more with the available content, such as download the articles to your own Google Drive and edit them, you will need a Google Account. You can set up a Google Account for free.

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Updated on: 12 Dec 2014


Educational Publishing Award Winners

We are delighted to share the news that the Connected Series Connected 2013 - Level 2 I Spy, Level 3 Food For Thought, and Level 4 Are You Sure? have won the best resource in primary publishing in the CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards.

Congratulations to the Ministry of Education, Lift Education and Chrometoaster for their work in producing this series.In awarding the prize to Connected, judges talked about how the resource prompted student inquiry and provided students with strong NZ content as well as opening a window to the wider world.The full list of prize winners is available online. We would love to hear how you and your students are using these fabulous resources in your reading programmes. Continue the discussion online.

Your feedback is important

Research is being carried out for the MoE on the implications of the print + digital model for resources such as Connected, Ready to Read and the School Journal. If you are working with students at curriculum levels 2–4, and using the latest issues of Connected with your students, we’d appreciate hearing your responses:

  • What does the print + digital model let you and your students do that you couldn’t do before?
  • How are your students using the additional digital content?
  • What additional digital assets would you like?

Feedback sent to Alex Collins will be used by the research team. It will also inform development of the next issues of Connected, activities in the TSMs and the range of additional digital content.



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