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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei everyone and welcome to the latest pānui highlighting all the news, events, discussions and developments related to e-learning across the VLN.

    It's another brief update this term, as teachers are busy in their mahi working towards the end of 2017 and making exciting new plans for 2018. Don't miss out on the following events to help you with those developments:

    smiley The Great 4min Smackdown: What about the fringes? 16 November, 3.45pm - 4.45pm

    Time limit: 4 minutes! Bring along one good piece of software, app or idea to share for an audience that may not always have their learning needs met. For example, any Te Reo Apps, assistive technologies? This will be a fast and furious smackdown sharing session. We'd love for you to share your resources/ideas/experiences during this webinar as well as in a shared Google presentation. REGISTER NOW!

    This webinar will be hosted in ZOOM and supported by a thread (and shared presentation) in the Technologies group.


     

    smiley RESCHEDULED WEBINAR: Online learning and the benefits for students, 30 November, 3.45pm - 4.45pm

    Online learningDo you have students, that for whatever reason, it's a challenge to meet or extend their learning needs in the traditional sense? Then join us in this webinar as we hear from Anne Williams and Nicky from Ashburton College, Darren Sudlow, one of the eDirectors from NetNZ and e-Principal Rachel Whalley as we find out more about how online learning services and programmes are providing successful, personalised learning pathways for students. REGISTER NOW!

    This webinar will also be supported by a thread in the Teaching group and hosted in ZOOM.

    Also check out the latest newsletter from Enabling e-Learning (TKI) for more e-learning news and resources.

    Hei konā mai,

    Tess smiley 


     

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    LEARNZ "Life at the Boundary - investigating natural hazards" virtual field trip. Watch the intro video. Barrie Matthews shares a virtual field trip where students learn about natural hazards, where they'll see dinosaur fossils, fault lines, plus evidence of past and recent earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides that all helped to create the landscapes we see today. You'll explore the difference between a natural hazard and a disaster. You're invited to come along. Find out more>>> 

    Introduction to Life at the Boundary - investigating natural hazards from LEARNZ on Vimeo.

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    smiley FORUM: Online Learning – Benefits for students, 24 October - 24 November

    More and more schools are integrating online learning programmes (including NetNZ and Te Kura) that utilise multiple modes of communication, are self-paced and personalised to better meet the individualised needs of their learners. 

    Are your schools making the most of online learning opportunities, we’d love to hear more?

    A little can be huge when colouring in white spaces: Here's a recent blog post from Dr Ann Milne with some interesting statistics and provocations from about white privilege – also something urgent for Pākehā teachers (and parents) to be challenged by. What’s the one little thing that could be huge when colouring in the white spaces?

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    smiley FORUM: New Codes and Standards for Teaching, 14 November - 14 December

    Codes and standardsThis forum looks at the new codes and standards for NZ teachers and looks at how this can align with the models of professional practice in your school. In this forum, you'll be invited to interact with a collaborative resource. Your ideas and experience are welcome here. This conversation will be hosted in the Professional Learning group. 

     

    Research around Learning Tools - improving literacy in reading and writing: Sam McNeil invites us to review his review of a recent research paper around whether or not Learning Tools (free via Microsoft) can support the literacy of students. What are your thoughts on these findings?

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    FORUM: Collaboration in Kāhui Ako and Event: Collaboration in Kāhui Ako

    Some new school stories are shared from ere’s a great update from Rotorua Central Kāhui Ako leader, Nancy Macfarlane about the developments in their CoL in regards to a 'theory of  improvement. What's your strategy for improvement in your community of learning?

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    smiley COLLABORATIVE CHALLENGE: Recruiting new staff 2018? Add your top tips here, 20 October - 20 November

    We need your help: In 2018, what kinds of skills, knowledge and attributes do you think a future-focused teacher needs to bring to a new teaching role, and how might this be best presented in an interview/application process? Please feel free to add your top tips here:

     

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    smiley SPECIAL LIVE WEBINAR: Exciting updates in Seesaw, 6 Dec, 3.45pm NEW

    Seesaw

    Technology moves rapidly, Seesaw has released some new updates that are exciting new updates in the platform now. Why not get ready for 2018 and see the new features in a class set up?

    Katrina Laurie will initially share some quick updates and then there's a chance for you to stay on and explore the function and features of Seesaw more if you choose to. REGISTER NOW! This webinar will be hosted in ZOOM.

    TKI logoCheck out e-Learning and Technologies >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.


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    EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

    • Check out the Term 4 calendar of events.
    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: On this page, you'll find the recorded webinars from 2011 to current. These include; teacher portfolios, innovative learning environments, BYOD, digital teacher portfolios, computational thinking, ILEs, robotics, gaming and more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei everyone and welcome back to Term 4 and a short pānui highlighting all the news, events, discussions and developments related to e-learning across the VLN.

    Term 4 calendar of events offering FREE PLD events has now been published. You may wish to book the following events from the Enabling e-Learning calendar into your own calendar, or print off the flyer for your staffroom. Feel free to tell your friends and colleagues! 

    Don't miss out, these events are starting early in the term:

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Online learning and the benefits for students, 1 November, 3.45pm - 4.45pm

    Online learningDo you have students, that for whatever reason, it's a challenge to meet or extend their learning needs in the traditional sense? Then join us in this webinar as we hear from Anne Williams and Nicky from Ashburton College, Darren Sudlow, one of the eDirectors from NetNZ and e-Principal Rachel Whalley as we find out more about how online learning services and programmes are providing successful, personalised learning pathways for students. REGISTER NOW!

    This webinar will also be supported by a thread in the Teaching group and hosted in Adobe Connect.

    See you there!

    Hei konā mai,

    Tess smiley 


     

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    LEARNZ What's the Plan, Stan - getting ready for an emergency field trip. Watch the intro video. Barrie Matthews shares a virtual field trip where students learn about New Zealand's history of emergencies caused by natural hazards and explore the latest and best practice recommended for you and your school during an emergency. Find out more>>>

     

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    smiley FORUM: Online Learning – Benefits for students, 24 October - 24 November

    In this forum we take a look at some initiatives to help make learning more accessible for students using online networks and programmes for learning. We talk to teachers and students and find out how utilising online courses offered through NetNZ and the VLN Primary School initiative can support timetable flexibility, personalisation of learning and extend learning opportunities for students. We'd also encourage you to share your own online learning initiatives in a discussion that will be hosted in the Teaching group.

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    Collaboration

    FORUM: Collaboration in Kāhui Ako and Event: Collaboration in Kāhui Ako

    Sonya Van Schaijik shared some updates from a recent #TeachMeetNZ event where 8 educators share their stories from within Kāhui Ako. Sonya also shared presenter videos and material, as well as her reflections on this event. Well worth a view/listen/read. 

    What's your role and goal/s in your community of learning?

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    smiley COLLABORATIVE CHALLENGE: Recruiting new staff 2018? Add your top tips here, 20 October - 20 November

    We need your help: In 2018, what kinds of skills, knowledge and attributes do you think a future-focused teacher needs to bring to a new teaching role, and how might this be best presented in an interview/application process? Please feel free to add your top tips here:

     

    TKI logoCheck out Leadership and e-Learning >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.

    CalendarFor your calendar...

    EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

    • Check out the Term 4 calendar of events.
    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: On this page, you'll find the recorded webinars from 2011 to current. These include; teacher portfolios, innovative learning environments, BYOD, digital teacher portfolios, computational thinking, ILEs, robotics, gaming and more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

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  • Term 4 Enabling e-Learning Calendar of Events

     

    Term 4Tēnā koutou, talofa lava and welcome to Enabling e-Learning's FREE online professional learning for Term 4. There's a mixture for you this term; with a focus on teacher recruitment, changes in teacher codes and standards, the impact of online learning and YOU sharing your best software/apps for those children learning on the fringes.

    Again, If there's anything you'd like see more of or be part of, please feel free to make contact directly or leave comments below.

    You may wish to book the following events from the Enabling e-Learning calendar into your own calendar, or print off the flyer for your staffroom. Feel free to tell your friends and colleagues! 

    See you online! smiley


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    smiley COLLABORATIVE CHALLENGE: Recruiting new staff 2018? Add your top tips here, 20 October - 20 November

    Job applicationIt's that time of the year again where leaders are looking for new staff, 2018. With a focus on digital fluency and the changes to the draft Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko curriculum, what is the one TOP TIP you'd recommend for teachers as they apply for new roles in your school? 

    This challenge will be hosted in the Leadership group. 

    smiley FORUM: Online Learning – Benefits for students, 26 October - 26 November

    In this forum we take a look at some initiatives to help make learning more accessible for students using online networks and programmes for learning. We talk to teachers and students and find out how utilising online courses offered through NetNZ and the VLN Primary School initiative can support timetable flexibility, personalisation of learning and extend learning opportunities for students. We'd also encourage you to share your own online learning initiatives in a discussion that will be hosted in the Teaching group.

    smiley FORUM: New Codes and Standards for Teaching, 14 November - 14 December

    Codes and standardsThis forum looks at the new codes and standards for NZ teachers and looks at how this can align with the models of professional practice in your school. In this forum, you'll be invited to interact with a collaborative resource. Your ideas and experience are welcome here. This conversation will be hosted in the Professional Learning group. 

     

    Your input and ideas are valued and welcome in all of these forum discussions. This is your community, so please feel free to add your ideas, experience, expertise or wonderings. 

     

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    All events can be found in the Enabling e-Learning calendar

     

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Online learning and the benefits for students, 1 November, 3.45pm - 4.45pm

    Online learningDo you have students, that for whatever reason, it's a challenge to meet or extend their learning needs in the traditional sense? Then join us in this webinar as we hear from Anne Williams and Nicky from Ashburton College, Darren Sudlow, one of the eDirectors from NetNZ and e-Principal Rachel Whalley as we find out more about how online learning services and programmes are providing successful, personalised learning pathways for students. REGISTER NOW!

    This webinar will also be supported by a thread in the Teaching group and hosted in Adobe Connect.

    smiley The Great 4min Smackdown: What about the fringes? 16 November, 3.45pm - 4.45pm

    Time limit: 4 minutes! Bring along one good piece of software, app or idea to share for an audience that may not always have their learning needs met. For example, any Te Reo Apps, assistive technologies? This will be a fast and furious smackdown sharing session. We'd love for you to share your resources/ideas/experiences during this webinar as well as in a shared Google presentation. REGISTER NOW!

    This webinar will be hosted in Adobe Connect and supported by a thread (and shared presentation) in the Technologies group.

    smiley SPECIAL LIVE WEBINAR: Exciting updates in Seesaw, 6 Dec, 3.45pm NEW

    Seesaw

    Technology moves rapidly, Seesaw has released some new updates that are exciting new updates in the platform now. Why not get ready for 2018 and see the new features in a class set up?

    Katrina Laurie will initially share some quick updates and then there's a chance for you to stay on and explore the function and features of Seesaw more if you choose to. REGISTER NOW!


    For all other free virtual learning events see, Connected Educator NZ.


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    The e-Learning Round-Up: Every 3 weeks

    Enjoy our regular digest of e-learning from across the VLN groups communities. Published every fortnight - straight to you!  Every member of the Enabling e-Learning group receives this via email.

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    Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei everyone and welcome to the last pānui for Term 3 highlighting all the news, events, discussions and developments related to e-learning across the VLN.

    More news to come in Term 4, as we publish the calendar of events offering FREE PLD events coming your way soon. As always, we'd love for you to get involved and would welcome any suggestions.

    In the meantime, have a fabulous break everyone and treat yourself.

    See you again next term. Hei konā mai,

    Tess smiley 


     

    Enabling e-Learning: Beyond the classroom swirl logo  Beyond the classroom

     

    Barrie Matthews shares two new virtual learning events you can access with your students:

    LEARNZ Spirit of Adventure field trip. Watch the intro video. Find out more about this virtual field trip with your students on the sailing ship Spirit of New Zealand. Explore hauora during this virtual sailing adventure and connect with our history. More info in this link.

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    Help please? What digital tool would I use? Suzanne Harris shares Storyjumper, an easy digital story maker that is motivating her students to, "use richer vocabulary because other people are reading their books and they want their books to be like real books. This is making them really work on spelling, capital letters, and full-stops too". Want to know more?

    Gaming in education

    Gamification in an ILE/MLE - what does this look like? Tracy Barker wants to know more about different interpretations of what gamification of learning looks like. She is interested to hear from teachers who are teaching in an ILE/MLE who may have implemented aspects of gamification or gamified their teaching. Can you help?

    Gamification: Tracy Prout is looking for stories from teachers about successful aspects of gamification in the classroom. She is particularly interested in how effective it is for motivating primary aged boys for a Teacher Inquiry Project. Your thoughts would be much appreciated. 

    Te Wiki o te Reo Māori: Sam McNeill adds another dimension to the resource sharing in the thread and asks, Wouldn't it be wonderful if a resource like a Kuia Cloud (Granny Cloud) existed to help our ākonga become more fluent? Is this already happening in your school/kura?

     

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    Collaboration

    What's working well in the early stages of CoLs development and what will need more time and focus for collaborative goals to be realised within and between schools? Two threads exist but we'd love to hear your stories also:

    FORUM: Collaboration in Kāhui Ako and Event: Collaboration in Kāhui Ako

    What's your role and goal/s in your community of learning?

    Do You or Are You Linking Teaching as Inquiry and Appraisal? Rosemary Murphy is looking for ways to link teaching as inquiry, appraisal and the PTCs (Codes and Standards) together using a digital platform. Is this something you and your colleagues do already? Thoughts anyone?

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    What will New Zealand look like in 2037? In this video OECD’s Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher made the reference to teaching young children coding, and cautioned us to think about how rapidly things can change, including jobs and encouraged us to have an open mindset - for openness to new concepts and skills in learning. Bigger concepts/skills/processes like resilience, problem solving, collaborative learning need to be an important focus. What implications do these considerations have on what we teach, how much we teach and what we assess?

    Do we need to question the way we assess? In this video OECD’s Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher talks about assessment and learning and how PISA results are looking more to publishing skills, concepts and elements (global competencies, social skills, problem solving skills, collaborative skills) of learning rather than contentAndreas makes a passionate plea for teachers to be designers and disrupters for this change. What do you think?

     

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    3D gaming and virtual reality Pakuranga College shares how their extension students are learning from each other and beyond to collaboratively problem solving while creating 3D Virtual Reality games. Compelling stuff. Want to know more?

    Text to soundFree iOS app to help visually impaired students/staff learn Sam McNeill shares the exciting potential of the app Seeing AI and its capability for visually impaired users, where the reading text aloud feature could be useful for those who find accessing text a challenge. Find out more >>>

    New Curriculum for Computer Science from Kodable Warren Grieve From shares a new release Computers Science curriculum in his presentation and asks, what will we develop to flesh out the NZ strands of Digital Technologies and make it easy to see the skeleton of progress under integrated or inquiry topics?

    Enabling e-Learning forum: Digital technologies in the national curriculum Some recent resources and schools stories from Technology Online have been published to help us unpack and trial the new draft Digital Citizenship | Hangarau Matihiko.

    From eLearning Post A cross post update from the Forum: Learning with Digital Technologies. Do you have any current resources, blogs ideas to add?

     

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    Check out e-Learning and Technologies >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.


    CalendarFor your calendar...

     

    EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

    • Check out the remaining Term 3's calendar of events.
    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: On this page, you'll find the recorded webinars from 2011 to current. These include; teacher portfolios, innovative learning environments, BYOD, digital teacher portfolios, computational thinking, ILEs, robotics, gaming and more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

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    Follow the hashtags or users to find out details of each Twitter chat.

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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei everyone and welcome to the latest pānui highlighting all the news, events, discussions and developments related to e-learning across the VLN - generated by you!

    Next upcoming FREE online events you won't want to miss:

    smiley CURRENT: Collaboration in Kāhui Ako, 7 September - 7 October

    CollaborationWhat's working well in the early stages of CoLs development and what will need more time and focus for collaborative goals to be realised within and between schools? Collaboration is the #1 recurring theme for Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako. What does this mean and do we know we're being collaborative or successful in a collaborative model. We'd love for you to dive in and share what you think collaboration looks like in a new age PLD model. This conversation has started in the Leadership group.

    Don't miss out on the latest gold in the Enabling e-Learning newsletter (TKI), including the new resources on Virtual RealityThese new videos from Pakuranga College show how they have begun to develop a VR programme. Their students have had great success in developing 3D games. 

    Find out what's happening, and how you can get started in your school...

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: 3D gaming and virtual reality, 20 Sept, 3:45-4:45 pm

     

    Student wearing virtual reality headsetCome and listen to Charlie Smith and Tyne Crow talk about how they use 3D gaming and virtual reality to create content-rich learning experiences for their students. Sounds amazing? Come along and find out more. REGISTRATIONS OPEN NOW! 

    This webinar will also be supported by a thread in the Technologies group and hosted in Adobe Connect.

    See you there! Hei konā mai,

    Tess smiley 


     

    Enabling e-Learning: Beyond the classroom swirl logo  Beyond the classroom

     

    Barrie Matthews shares two new virtual learning events you can access with your students:

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    Proble solverFORUM: Project based learning In this thread we profile some more exciting resources and practical examples of project based learning with key themes around; solving real world problems, collaborative communities examples of financial capability, enterprise and PREP. Where to start? If you're wanting more support or have your own ideas to share in this area, we'd love for you share some practical ideas and examples of PBL in this dedicated forum. 

    Enabling e-Learning forum: Digital technologies in the national curriculum: Jane Armstrong shares the latest updates that illustrate the five key themes in the draft Technology curriculum. How is your school/community unpacking the draft curriculum? 

    Question - Creating a personalized e-asTTle writing prompt? Michelle asks, does anyone/school have experience with creating an e-asTTle writing prompt rather than using the ones available? We are interested in attempting this and would appreciate any advice or expertise from the community. Can you help?

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    Appraisal, practicing teacher criteria and your e-learning goals: A huge thank you to Katrina Laurie for another great webinar on Seesaw 2: Teacher e-portfolios where we learned ways to archive and reflect on the evidence for our teacher appraisal - aligned with the new codes and standards and of course professional inquiry. We also brainstormed some protocols for how online interactions with critical learning buddies can be safe, learning focused and constructive. We invite you to add some more ideas in the shared Google doc. In the meantime, if you missed the webinar or just want to watch it again, here's the recording

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    School reportFORUM: Learning with digital technologiesIn this forum we take a look at some of the 20/20 Trust survey findings in their report, Digital Technologies in Schools 2016-17 about the impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning. We look at the key findings on how NZ schools manage access to, and the use of, digital technologies as a medium for curriculum delivery and student learning, and invite your feedback about these developments in your school. This conversation is waiting your responses in the Leadership group.

    What will New Zealand look like in 2037? Here's a PDF document originally shared by Suzanne Kitto (NZ teacher living in Vietnam) on thinking skills and approaches to learning. Is this something you could visualise or use in your classrooms?

    Food for thought...or maybe not? Ginette Van Praag shares some ways schools are helping to mitigate the digital divide. Research confirms what we already know about the digital divide in NZ, how is this being acknowledged or addressed in your community?

     

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    Summary of New Technology Curric with DT threads: Warren Grieve invites us to give our feedback in this shared Google presentation. What do we think? What essential thoughts are missing? Be great to get some feedback.

    Google in the cloud

    Cloud + Google? Rebecca Ronald asks, do you know of any school who have moved their school servers to the cloud and are using Google as their main way of storing/sharing files, and who have their servers in the cloud using Azure AD or similar? Do you have some advice for Rebecca?

    Anybody knows how to transfer text message from Android to iPhone ? Xisisi offers some alternative tips on how to transfer text messages from a Samsung galaxy s4 - Android 4.2to an iPhone 6. 

     

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    • Check out the remaining Term 3's calendar of events.
    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: On this page, you'll find the recorded webinars from 2011 to current. These include; teacher portfolios, innovative learning environments, BYOD, digital teacher portfolios, computational thinking, ILEs, robotics, gaming and more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

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    Follow the hashtags or users to find out details of each Twitter chat.

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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei everyone and welcome back to our fresh pānui highlighting all the news, events, discussions and developments related to e-learning across the VLN.

    Next upcoming FREE online events you won't want to miss:

    smiley FORUM: Project-Based Learning, 24 August - 24 September

    Proble solverWe profile some more exciting resources and practical examples of project based learning with key themes around; solving real world problems, collaborative communities examples of financial capability, enterprise and PREP. Where to start? If you're wanting more support or have your own ideas to share in this area, we'd love for you share some practical ideas and examples of PBL in this dedicated forum. This conversation will be hosted in the Teaching group.

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Diving into Seesaw 2 Teacher eportfolios, 6 September, 3.45-4.45pm

    SeesawCome and join us for our second hands-on experience to find out (in more detail) how Seesaw can be used as a digital ePortfolio for teachers. Katrina Laurie will take us on this hands-on tour and show us how the Seesaw tools can easily be used to showcase the new PRT criteria in action. This webinar is interactive, so REGISTER NOW and see what you'll need prior and during this live event. This webinar will also be supported by a thread in the Teaching group and hosted in Adobe Connect.

    See you there! Hei konā mai,

    Tess smiley 


     

    Enabling e-Learning: Beyond the classroom swirl logo  Beyond the classroom

    Barrie Matthews shares two new virtual learning events:

    • LEARNZ Kiwi field trip. Watch the intro video: During this virtual field trip you will work alongside DOC staff and the team at New Zealand's largest kiwi hatching facility, to help save the North Island brown kiwi. Click to find out more.

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    Handwriting, that old chestnut: Gretchen Cocks shares why she has removed handwriting as a stand-alone lesson for her students, because she questioned, is this the best possible use of my students' learning time? What alternatives to traditional handwriting lessons have you introduced and why?Smartphone use

    Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? All screen activities are linked to less happiness...We share a research-based article that highlights how teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy than those who spend more time than average on non-screen activities. What do you think of these findings?

    WARNING: You won’t want to see this: The Herald recently posted an article that young people are doing more than exploring the dark web and are being seduced by a world hidden in plain sight, while parents have no idea what their children are doing. Is this just a problem outside of school?

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    smiley FORUM: Snapshots of Universal Design for Learning, 25 July - 25 August

    Some great food for thought from these Inclusive Education videos. For example, wrong socks, hats in class... are we lowering our standards if we ignore these distractions? What does inclusion look like for you? We'd love to hear your views.

    Tapasā cultural competencies framework - have you heard of it? Aiono Manu Faaea-Semeatu shares the latest updates with this framework for teachers.

     

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    Appraisal, practicing teacher criteria and your e-learning goals: New resources are created and shared by community members that transition from the old Practising Teacher Criteria to the six standards for the teaching profession from the Education Council.

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    smiley FORUM: Learning with digital technologies, 14 August - 14 September

    School reportIn this forum we take a look at some of the 20/20 Trust survey findings in their report, Digital Technologies in Schools 2016-17 about the impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning. We look at the key findings on how NZ schools manage access to, and the use of, digital technologies as a medium for curriculum delivery and student learning, and invite your feedback about these developments in your school. This conversation is hosted in the Leadership group.

    What will New Zealand look like in 2037? Community members discuss transferable skills for careers (now and the future) including computational thinking - as another relevant tool, but not a solution to the world's issues. Some great debate there. What are your thoughts on the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for our future?

    Digital Technologies in Schools 2016-17 report - NZ: Warren Grieve shares a cross-post to the research on Digital Technologies in Schools 2016-17, a report that includes a focus on strategic planning, digital tools and the impact on student learning and more. 

     

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    Enabling e-Learning forum: Digital technologies in the national curriculum

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    Yesterday's informal discussion ended up being hosted in Adobe Connect. It wasn't part of the consultation process, rather a chance for us to chat about the drivers for change and implications/challenges for teachers and organisations as we introduce and implement the newest parts of the Technology curriculum.

    Thank you to all those attended (big thank you to Tim Bell for attending as well), a rich discussion ensued where we realised being part of a bigger learning community is invaluable as we lead changes in this area. Feel free to watch the recording, The People Share: Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko draft discussion and on-share to others who couldn't attend.

    Also feel free to add your own comments in this thread - we'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences as well as we dive deeper into Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko draft.

     

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    EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

     

    • Check out Term 3's calendar of events for free online PLD events.
    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: On this page, you'll find the recorded webinars from 2011 to current. These include; teacher portfolios, innovative learning environments, BYOD, iPads in junior classes, registered teacher criteria, appraisal and e-learning, getting to know our learners, ILEs, digital assessment, gaming and more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

    • 2017 LEARNZ virtual field trips: Check out the next LEARNZ Field Trips. Dive in and book now.

    • DigiTech Roadshow - a series of six one-day events held across New Zealand for primary and secondary, exploring key themes such as:

      • Coding, robotics and makerspace

      • Computational thinking

      • Digital fluency across the curriculum

      • Design thinking

      • Game-based learning/gamification

      • Digital citizenship and safety online

    • NZCER: Games for Learning Conference 2017 31, Aug - 1 SeptJoin us for 2 days of gameful thinking. Key themes for the conference include:

    • learning through game design
    • educational/serious games,
    • equity, social impact and citizenship.
    • building young people’s digital capabilities
    • adult learning
    • Māori and/or other indigenous perspectives
    • complexity/complex systems
    • gamification
    • post-school pathways

    NZCER Games conference

    • Feel free to contact Tessa Gray to add your e-learning events here >>>

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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei everyone and welcome to our first e-learning pānui for Term 3.

    We've got some exciting things planned for Term 3, including discussions about learning with/through and about digital technologies and what it means to be collaborating in a Kāhui Ako. We're also running a session on how to use for your own professional learning journal and much more. Check out these events and sign up here.

    smiley LIVE HANGOUT: The people share, 16 August, 3:45-4:15 pm

    HangoutIn this Google Hangout we'll debate some current ideas and thinking around learning about Digital Technologies, where we unpack the addition of draft Digital Technologies in the Technology curriculum, what will this look like in your school? We'd love to hear more from you in this informal discussion/debate. REGISTER NOW! This session will also be supported by a thread in the Professional Learning group. 

    Hei konā mai,

    Tess smiley 


     

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    Parent invite for Google Classroom? Maria Morris wants to know if you're using the parent invite for Google Classroom? Any pros or cons? issues? Maria would love to hear more.

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    Specialist Literacy Teachers in Primary/Intermediate: Tash Jacobs is interested in any experiences or research where Intermediate Schools are having specialist teachers in all areas. Tash asks, is there anyone out there who has worked in this model before or knows of a school working like this?

    Spell check

    Help please? What digital tool would I use? Allanah King shares a great tip for checking for overused, repeated words using keyboard shortcuts. Any other tips for proofreading using digital tools? 

    New Tools for Schools launched online - Guide for Managing Online Incidents and Reviewing Digital Citizenship Capability: Anjela Webster shares two new resources from Netsafe and invites your feedback on these.

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    smiley FORUM: Snapshots of Universal Design for Learning, 25 July - 25 August

    Some great food for thought from these Inclusive Education videos. For example, wrong socks, hats in class... are we lowering our standards if we ignore these distractions? What does inclusion look like for you?

     

    Tapasā cultural competencies framework - have you heard of it? Aiono Manu Faaea-Semeatu shares the development of the Pacific equivalent of Tātaiako - the Māori cultural competencies framework for mainstream schools. Want to know more?

    TKI Gifted Online Aiono Manu Faaea-Semeatu shares how TKI Gifted Online website is undergoing some improvement with new videos and resources being added soon. Why not like the post and let Manu know you're interested?

     

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    FORUM: Connecting Communities of Learning through technologies: Anne Robertson reflects on how communities might choose digital technologies - based on how their teams work together and what they want to achieve. What e-tools do you use within and between schools and why?

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    smiley FORUM: Learning with digital technologies, 14 August - 14 September

    School reportIn this forum we take a look at some of the 20/20 Trust survey findings in their report, Digital Technologies in Schools 2016-17 about the impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning. We look at the key findings on how NZ schools manage access to, and the use of, digital technologies as a medium for curriculum delivery and student learning, and invite your feedback about these developments in your school. We'd love to hear more. This conversation will be hosted in the Leadership group.

    Reflections on New Curriculum Warren Grieve has invited us to discuss feedback from one particular blog post on the draft Digital Technologies curriculum. Don't forget to get involved in the draft consultation and feedback process happening around the country.

     

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    Scratch Camp: Down Deep James Robson invites us to join the 2017 Scratch Summer Camp and create creatures from the depths, or even cute starfish! 

    Academic word list Elaine Reber asks, does anyone know if there are any ready made resources to accompany the Academic word list? Or anything online?

    Carol Kendall has been busy and wants some support as she trials some innovative new practices at her place. Can you help? I'm sure Carol would love to hear from you.

    TKI logo

    Check out e-Learning and Technologies >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.


    CalendarFor your calendar...

     

    EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

    • Check out Term 3's calendar of events for free online PLD events.
    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: On this page, you'll find the recorded webinars from 2011 to current. These include; teacher portfolios, innovative learning environments, BYOD, iPads in junior classes, registered teacher criteria, appraisal and e-learning, getting to know our learners, ILEs, digital assessment, gaming and more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

    • 2017 LEARNZ virtual field trips: Check out the next LEARNZ Field Trips. Dive in and book now.

    • DigiTech Roadshow - a series of six one-day events held across New Zealand for primary and secondary, exploring key themes such as:

      • Coding, robotics and makerspace

      • Computational thinking

      • Digital fluency across the curriculum

      • Design thinking

      • Game-based learning/gamification

      • Digital citizenship and safety online

    • NZCER: Games for Learning Conference 2017 31, Aug - 1 SeptJoin us for 2 days of gameful thinking. Key themes for the conference include:

    • learning through game design
    • educational/serious games,
    • equity, social impact and citizenship.
    • building young people’s digital capabilities
    • adult learning
    • Māori and/or other indigenous perspectives
    • complexity/complex systems
    • gamification
    • post-school pathways

    NZCER Games conference

    • Feel free to contact Tessa Gray to add your e-learning events here >>>

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  • Term 3 Enabling e-Learning Calendar of Events 

     

    Tēnā koutou, talofa lava and welcome to Enabling e-Learning's FREE online professional learning for Term 3. These calendar events are to help inspire interest, passion and know-how around effective e-learning pedagogies and tools to support learning at your school, kura or CoL. If there's something you'd like see more of or be part, please feel free to make contact directly or leave comments in this blog post below

    You may wish to book the following events from the Enabling e-Learning calendar into your own calendar. Also see the downloadable PDF flyer for printing. Feel free to tell your friends and colleagues! smiley


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    smiley FORUM: Snapshots of Universal Design for Learning, 25 July - 25 August

    Teachers are passionate about meeting the diverse needs of all their learners, sometimes this can be overwhelming, so it's encouraging to see that there are digital tools, teaching ideas examples and support material to help us in the classroom. In this forum, we'll explore some school stories and snapshots that showcase how digital technologies can support learners with learning challenges such as; ADHD, ASD, Dyslexia and low vision. This is also an opportunity for you to share your thoughts, ideas, wonderings, concerns and needs. This conversation will be hosted in the Teaching group.

    smiley FORUM: Learning with digital technologies, 14 August - 14 September

    School reportIn this forum we take a look at some of the 20/20 Trust survey findings in their report, Digital Technologies in Schools 2016-17 about the impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning. We look at the key findings on how NZ schools manage access to, and the use of, digital technologies as a medium for curriculum delivery and student learning, and invite your feedback about these developments in your school. We'd love to hear more. This conversation will be hosted in the Leadership group.

    smiley FORUM: Project-Based Learning, 24 August - 24 September

    Proble solverWe profile some more exciting resources and practical examples of project based learning with key themes around; solving real world problems, collaborative communities examples of financial capability, enterprise and PREP. Where to start? If you're wanting more support or have your own ideas to share in this area, we'd love for you share some practical ideas and examples of PBL in this dedicated forum. This conversation will be hosted in the Teaching group.

    smiley FORUM: Collaboration in Kāhui Ako, 7 September - 7 October

    CollaborationWhat's working well in the early stages of CoLs development and what will need more time and focus for collaborative goals to be realised within and between schools? Collaboration is the #1 recurring theme for Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako. What does this mean and do we know we're being collaborative or successful in a collaborative model. We'd love for you to dive in and share what you think collaboration looks like in a new age PLD model. This conversation will be hosted in the Leadership group.

     

    Your input and ideas are valued and welcome in all of these forum discussions. This is your community, so please feel free to add your ideas, experience, expertise or wonderings. 

     

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    All events can be found in the Enabling e-Learning calendar

     

    smiley LIVE HANGOUT: The people share, 16 August, 3:45-4:15 pm

    HangoutIn this Google Hangout we'll debate some current ideas and thinking around learning about Digital Technologies, where we unpack the addition of draft Digital Technologies in the Technology curriculum, what will this look like in your school?We'd love to hear more from you in this informal discussion/debate. REGISTER NOW!

    This webinar will also be supported by a thread in the Professional Learning group. 

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Diving into Seesaw 2 Teacher eportfolios, 6 September, 3.45-4.45pm

    SeesawCome and join us for our second hands-on experience to find out (in more detail) how Seesaw can be used as a digital ePortfolio for teachers. Katrina Laurie will take us on this hands-on tour and show us how the Seesaw tools can easily be used to showcase the new PRT criteria in action. This webinar is interactive, so REGISTER NOW and see what you'll need prior and during this live event. This webinar will also be supported by a thread in the Teaching group and hosted in Adobe Connect.

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: 3D gaming and virtual reality, 20 Sept, 3:45-4:45 pm

    Virtual realityLast term we looked at how some secondary students from Pakuranga College were designing and creating using robotics, 3D printers and coding. This time we look at how students are working together to create 3D games using virtual reality. Sounds out there right? Come along and find out more. REGISTRATIONS OPEN NOW! 

    This webinar will also be supported by a thread in the Technologies group and hosted in Adobe Connect.


     

    Connected Learning Advisory webinars


    The Connected Learning Advisory — Te Ara Whītiki is a free, Ministry of Education service which gives advice on support on integrating digital technologies with learning.

    In Term 3 2017, the Connected Learning Advisory (CLA) are running half day or optional full day workshops aimed at supporting leaders in schools, kura and Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako to lead change with the help of digital technologies. The workshops are free of charge and are being held in locations across the country, from 14 August - 8 September.

     

    The workshops are aimed at Cross-Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako, in-school teachers and other teachers who have responsibility for leading teams in their schools and will explore how digital technologies can be used to:

    • Allow teams to collaborate, both within and between schools, kura, and Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako as they work towards common achievement challenges
    • Provide professional learning that is accessible, engaging and self-directed
    • Encourage educators to be connected through online, as well as offline, networks
    • Increase access to research, resources, and experts from across the sector and beyond 

    For more information about workshops in your area, check these out online.


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    The e-Learning Round-Up: Every 3 weeks

    Enjoy our regular digest of e-learning from across the VLN groups communities. Published every fortnight - straight to you!  Every member of the Enabling e-Learning group receives this via email.

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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei everyone and welcome to the last e-learning pānui for Term 2. No panic though, more to come in Term 3 of course!

    Next upcoming discussion:

    smiley FORUM: Snapshots of Universal Design for Learning, 25 July - 25 August

    Teachers are passionate about meeting the diverse needs of all their learners, sometimes this can be overwhelming, so it's encouraging to see that there are digital tools, teaching ideas examples and support material to help us in the classroom. In this forum, we'll explore some school stories and snapshots that showcase how digital technologies can support learners with learning challenges such as; ADHD, ASD, Dyslexia and low vision. We'll also share a framework that support planning for differentiated learning. This is also an opportunity for you to share your thoughts, ideas, wonderings, concerns and needs. This conversation will be hosted in the Teaching group.

    We've got some exciting things planned for Term 3, including some more free interactive webinars but we'd love to hear what you'd like to see more of, so please feel free to contact me

    Keep an eye out for the NEW calendar of events for Term 3. In the meanwhile have an enjoyable and relaxing break over the holidays. You deserve it!

    Hei konā mai,

    Tess smiley 


     

    Enabling e-Learning: Beyond the classroom swirl logo  Beyond the classroom

    Barrie Matthews has highlighted two more LEARNZ field trips for you and your students to enrol in:

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    Scratching our heads for ideas with Scratch! Nicki Tempero took us through a well-paced session, as a short introduction on ways we can introduce and teach computational thinking to our students - adaptable for any primary/upper primary age group. This is a great way to get ready for the new Digital Technologies in the Curriculum.

    You can watch the webinar recording here and view Nicki's slides in this thread.

     

    Enabling e-Learning forum: Digital technologies in the national curriculum:  The consultation process for the new digital technologies content for the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa is now underway. Why not get involved by completing the online survey or attending a consultation workshop near you?

    Getting ready for Digital Technologies Curriculum; Community member discuss the recent announcement for digital technologies and share resources as well as updates to help support teachers address this new direction in education. Do you have any more taonga to share? 

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    Right trackFeedback on Teacher Inquiry please? Am I on the right track? Pam Dacey has been brave enough to openly share her thinking/planning of her teaching inquiry process with us and some community members have provided some helpful considerations. Any more to add? How does this align with your professional inquiry practice?

    New Draft Digital Technologies Consultation and Feedback: Community members share views and invite some feed-in about the trial and consultation process around digital technologies in the curriculum. Why not get involved?

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    What will New Zealand look like in 2037? This blog posts makes references to the recent TV programme, What Next?. One take-a-way: schools need to continue to address what/how we are teaching kids the skills they need for the jobs we don’t even know they need yet. Let us know what you thought of this series and how you're embracing change at your school/kura/CoL?.

     

    TKI logoCheck out Leadership and e-Learning >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.

     Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

    Enabling e-Learning forum: Digital technologies in the national curriculum: Digital technologies (Hangarau Matihiko) are about to become part of the New Zealand curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. What's happening in your school in this area, for all ages? We'd love to hear what you're trialing - what's working, what's not.

    Book creatorThese threads might interest you too? Technical tips, requests and updates on:

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    Check out e-Learning and Technologies >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.


    CalendarFor your calendar...

     

    EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

    • Look out for Term 3's calendar of events, coming out soon!
    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: On this page, you'll find the recorded webinars from 2011 to current. These include; teacher portfolios, innovative learning environments, BYOD, iPads in junior classes, registered teacher criteria, appraisal and e-learning, getting to know our learners, ILEs, digital assessment, gaming and more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

    • 2017 LEARNZ virtual field trips: Barrie Matthews Hi all Information about the first 6 of an expected 12 LEARNZ field trips for 2017 is on the LEARNZ Field Trip Chooser at http://www.learnz.org.nz/fieldtrips There are more details in the latest newsletters...

    • DigiTech Roadshow - a series of six one-day events held across New Zealand for primary and secondary, exploring key themes such as:

      • Coding, robotics and makerspace

      • Computational thinking

      • Digital fluency across the curriculum

      • Design thinking

      • Game-based learning/gamification

      • Digital citizenship and safety online

    • NZCER: Games for Learning Conference 2017Join us for 2 days of gameful thinking. Key themes for the conference include:

    • learning through game design
    • educational/serious games,
    • equity, social impact and citizenship.
    • building young people’s digital capabilities
    • adult learning
    • Māori and/or other indigenous perspectives
    • complexity/complex systems
    • gamification
    • post-school pathways

    NZCER Games conference

    • Feel free to contact Tessa Gray to add your e-learning events here >>>

    Twitter image Twitter Chats 

    Follow the hashtags or users to find out details of each Twitter chat.

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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei everyone and welcome to the latest e-learning pānui from across the VLN/EEL community groups.

    Next week we're proud to host the following webinar with Nicki Tempero.

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Simple coding in Scratch, 21 June, 3:45-4:45 pm

    Scratch code

    In this hands-on webinar, we invite to you join us to explore the programme Scratch - the look/feel, tools and potential for your students. We'll also share some practical examples, top tips for educators and talk about how simple programming in Scratch can help digital literacies and digital fluency.  

    Please note: Instructions on what is needed for this session will be made clearer closer to the live webinar.

    Due to the high volume of interest, registrations for this event have now closed. The recording for this webinar will be made available @ Enabling e-Learning on Demand.

    We've love to hear more of what you'd like to see hosted/shared/presented, or what you'd like to share and present to the rest of the community, so please feel free to contact meOtherwise, see you online! 

    Hei konā mai,

    Tess smiley 


     

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    Learnz field trip with a twist on sheep, mussels and timber: Barrie Matthews shares the introduction video and support material for the latest virtual field trip. Why not join in and go beyond the classroom?

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    smiley FORUM: Assessment in a digital age

    AssessmentWhat does assessment for learning look like in a digital age? What tools do we have access to and how can data be shared within and beyond schools/kura (CoLs) and why would we?

    Come join in this discussion and tell us what's happening at your place.

    Handwriting, that old chestnut: Some great responses to some meaty questions/debate here around what we know and understand about the role of handwriting and other tools to aide literacy. What is the role of handwriting and/or digital tools for now and the future? What do you think? 

    Modern Learning Learning outcomes: Avi Reddy is looking for research that shows a difference to learning between the Modern learning spaces and traditional classrooms. For example, do MLE's actually raise the academic achievement of students? Any experiences, thought-leaderships or research to share?

    Literacy in Innovative Learning Environments: Yubin is looking for alternative ways to group students (60) to better meet their differing learning needs for reading and writing. Any ideas about ways to develop student independence and interdependence in this modern learning environment? Any ideas, experiences, or advice would be appreciated!

    Voice typingHelp please? What digital tool would I use? Dave Knapman shares the benefits of using tools like Voice Typing in Google docs to help those students who would normally struggle with legibility, ideas and punctuation in their writing.

    Goal Based Learning BMills is interested in finding out how teachers of Year 3 and 4 are enabling their learners to select their learning goals across the curriculum. Are you trialing new ideas to enable students to build agency and ownership of their learning? We'd love to hear from you. 

    Developing school wide student agency in primary schools: Shane reignites this discussion from Justin Hickey, where he originally asked if anyone knows of any literature or research on developing student agency in a primary environment? Can you help Shane and Justin?

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    Feedback on Teacher Inquiry please? Am I on the right track? Pam Dacey has been brave enough to openly share her thinking/planning of her teaching inquiry process with us. You're invited to share any constructive feed-in that might help to inspire Pam as she undergoes her inquiry. 

    Professional learning – Teacher inquiry (Enabling e-Learning TKI) 2.35min

    Pakuranga College principal, Michael Williams describes their intensive PLD programme. Students have a late start every Friday morning with that time dedicated to professional learning. Teachers have time and support to focus on their inquiries, which are based creating better learning opportunities for students using digital technologies as a tool to support this.

     

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    HELP! How do I reply to this comment made by a staff member? Suggestions please! :) Pam Dacey has shared a teacher comment about change and future-focused teaching and invites us to share any experience, advice in this regard. Has something similar happened to you? How would you nurture and support this colleague?

    Here's something different, what exactly are the skills that prepare us for a world that's constantly changing and what should we be concentrating on in education?

     

    TKI logoCheck out Leadership and e-Learning >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.

     Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

    Enabling e-Learning forum: Digital technologies in the national curriculum: Digital technologies (Hangarau Matihiko) are about to become part of the New Zealand curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. What's happening in your school in this area, for all ages? We'd love to hear what you're trialing - what's working, what's not.

    Touch screen chromebooks??? Karen is looking to purchase Chromebooks for their year 4-8 classes. Before they make this big purchase, the team wants to know whether to go with touchscreen Chromebooks or not. What sound advice would you add to what's already been shared?

    Stylus Options: Allanah King is looking for an appropriate stylus pen to use with an iPad. Any suggestions?

    Best and Brightest Android Apps and Activities: Jan-Marie Kellow shares a resource she has compiled about useful android apps to use in the classroom. Any stand outs for you or is there anything else you'd like to add?

    RoboticsRobotics for Intermediate: Lynne Crowe has asked for some specific support around using VEX IQ which has inspired some members to respond with individualised support. If there's anything else you think Lynne (or us) should know about VEX IQ, please feel free to share.

    Using Family Sharing: Fraser has asked for some advice about overcoming difficulties when using Family Sharing to manage a pod of iPads. Any technical tips to share?

    Equivalent of Spellosaur: Leigh Hynes asks, Is there an android equivalent of spellosaur that you can add your own words to? Do you have any android apps you'd recommend, as well as any ideas on how these might be beneficial for students?

    Book Creator for Chromebooks: Allanah King shares how the popular Book Creator app will become a web based version very soon. If you're a Book Creator fan, you'll love this.

    Blogging: Community members are sharing some good advice in response to Merryl's request about easy ways to post to blogs using iPads. Do you have any other tips, tricks or apps to share with Merryl?

     

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    Check out e-Learning and Technologies >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.


    CalendarFor your calendar...

     

    EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

    • Look out for Term 2's community calendar of events.
    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: On this page, you'll find the recorded webinars from 2011 to current. These include; teacher portfolios, innovative learning environments, BYOD, iPads in junior classes, registered teacher criteria, appraisal and e-learning, getting to know our learners, ILEs, digital assessment, gaming and more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

    • 2017 LEARNZ virtual field trips: Barrie Matthews Hi all Information about the first 6 of an expected 12 LEARNZ field trips for 2017 is on the LEARNZ Field Trip Chooser at http://www.learnz.org.nz/fieldtrips There are more details in the latest newsletters...

    • DigiTech Roadshow - a series of six one-day events held across New Zealand for primary and secondary, exploring key themes such as:

      • Coding, robotics and makerspace

      • Computational thinking

      • Digital fluency across the curriculum

      • Design thinking

      • Game-based learning/gamification

      • Digital citizenship and safety online

    • NZCER: Games for Learning Conference 2017Join us for 2 days of gameful thinking. Key themes for the conference include:

    • learning through game design
    • educational/serious games,
    • equity, social impact and citizenship.
    • building young people’s digital capabilities
    • adult learning
    • Māori and/or other indigenous perspectives
    • complexity/complex systems
    • gamification
    • post-school pathways

    NZCER Games conference

    • Feel free to contact Tessa Gray to add your e-learning events here >>>

    Twitter image Twitter Chats 

    Follow the hashtags or users to find out details of each Twitter chat.

    Image sources | Creative Commons images: 1, 2