What is Ultranet?
Ultranet is software designed specifically for New Zealand schools to provide online communication and learning management solutions. At the entry level it is a comprehensive public website product, with a range of optional add-ons for school administration and learning support, including multiple user accounts and access levels. Ultranet websites have been in New Zealand schools for over 10 years, and in that time the software has undergone significant developments.
Its core functionality now includes:
- Mobile device responsive pages with easy to manage drag and drop page editing
- Customisable "News Centre" for communicating via articles, notices, newsletters and social media
- Navigation menu that incorporates links to other websites
- Administration tools for resource bookings, calendars, notices, news (internal and external)
- Page access controls for setting pages to be non-public for staff, parents and/or students
- Interactive virtual classroom pages
- Student/Staff/Parent portal with single sign-on and integration with third party mobile device apps
- Interoperability with student management systems
- Student ePortfolios
Who are we?
Ultranet is owned and managed by New Zealand education consultancy business, eTime. eTime has supported principals, teachers and students for over thirteen years, helping to improve teaching, learning and communication. The eTime staff understand what is involved in communicating and connecting with a school community, especially through ICT. We also know how busy schools are - so we make it as easy as possible by personally guiding them through the website set up and design process, followed by online support, and phone or face-to-face interactions where necessary.
Chris Le Cren
Director / Accounts / Help desk support
Chris manages the Ultranet services. He is also a director of eTime, the company which owns Ultranet. Chris comes from a senior leadership/consultancy background in schools over many years. He also has a particular interest in the innovative use of ICT to support learning and communication, and has provided guidance and training to schools using Ultranet since 2009.
Amodha manages all new Ultranet feature developments as well as providing support on technical matters. Amodha has worked as a developer for the Ultranet system for over 10 years. Equipped with a Bachelors degree in computer science, he has worked his entire career in developing software for the education sector. Amodha is also an associate member of the Institute of IT Professionals NZ.
Web Designer / Illustrator
Charlotte is Ultranet's front-end web designer who will design the look of your site for you, and help organise your content. She also creates logos and illustrations for web and print. Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as a Diploma in Web Development, and has over 10 years of experience in working with New Zealand schools.
Technical Support Manager
Ben manages the technical and maintenance aspects of hosting our websites on Microsoft’s Azure cloud hosting service. He has 20 years in ICT service delivery and management including over 10 years of developing and delivering Learning Management Systems in NZ. As the former CEO of Dataview Ltd, Ben worked with schools, educational institutions and government agencies to deliver integrated learning and management tools to students and teachers.