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  • Kia ora tatou and welcome back to Enabling e-Learning after a fabulous break over summer.

    Here's 6 Inspirational Tips to start the year from Enabling e-Learning on demand, please feel free to click on the discussion links and add your ideas to inspire others as well.

    1. Whakawhanaungatanga - Getting to know your learners 
    2. Inclusive learning design for all
    3. Curriculum for the future
    4. Getting started in an Innovative Learning Environment
    5. Using the e-Learning Planning framework in 2018
    6. Building a professional learning network 

    Screenshot of Getting to know learners webinar

    Webinar: Whakawhanaungatanga - Getting to know our learners (3/2015) Part of this thread: Whakawhanaungatanga - Getting to know our learners

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    Webinar: Universal Design for Learning - applying the framework to create an inclusive classroom (6/2015) Part of this thread: Forum: Universal Design for Learning

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    Webinar: Curriculum for the Future (9/2016) Part of this thread: Curriculum for the Future

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    Webinar: Getting started in an ILE (Innovative Learning Environment)(4/2016) Part of this thread: Forum: How do schools ready themselves for modern learning pedagogies?

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    Webinar: Using the e-Learning Planning Framework as a tool for strategic planning and staff development (10/2014) Part of this thread: eLPF online tool

     

    Ways to build your online professional learning community (3/2014) Part of these threads:  Professional learning in the digital age | Opportunities and challenges and How can we use the VLN / Enabling e-Learning for our own learning?

     

    What would be your tip #7?

  • ChristmasKia ora tatou, summer has well-and-truly arrived and in this last week of school, we'd like to look back on the trends we discussed in our community. A big thank you to everyone who joined us online. 

     

    In 2017 Enabling e-Learning (TKI and VLN) captured your voice in:

     

    As well as all the new online material in TKI, we also published:

     

    Top trends for 2017 included:

    • Teaching digital citizenship
    • Authentic curriculum, project based learningCollaboration
    • Student agency, inquiry
    • Authentic assessment
    • Collaborative inquiry
    • Collaborative planning
    • Working togehter in Kāhui ako
    • New forms of PLD
    • Seesaw as a digital portfolio for students and teachers
    • Robotics and coding (including Scratch)
    • Gamification in learning
    • Equity of access to digital platforms
    • Using the Google suite 
    • 3D gaming and virtual reality
    • New Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko curriculum 
    • Learning and about with digital technologies
    • Benefits of online learning, blended learning
    • Literacy and e-learning tools
    • Planning for inclusive education
    • Staff recruitment
    • New codes and standards for teaching
    Guest commentators and presenters were you! We couldn't have asked the questions, shared our experiences, opinions, and resources or debated and dived deeper unless you were involved. A big huge thank you to the following people who were invited to share:
     
    Karen Spencer, Tony Cairns, Fleur Knight, Barrie Matthews, Anne Williams, Nicky Lewis, Rachel Whalley, Darren Sudlow, Katrina Laurie, Nicky Tempero, Nick Booth, Tim Bell, Janelle, Riki-Waaka, Steve Wright, Barb, Toni Maddiford, Ginette Van Praag, Ruth Davey, Chris Dillion, Justin Hickey, Jeanette Charlie Smith, Tyne Crow, Ritu Sehji, Warren Grieve, Peter Brooks, Anna Voyce.
    Please feel free to download an Enabling e-Learning community badge (Guest BloggerGuest Presenter) and add this to your profiles.
     

     

    A super BIG huge thank you to Warren Grieves for guiding our thinking around the new developments with the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum in his group, Digital Technologies: Ideas, implementation, inspiration for the new curriculum and a special mention for those who also joined in, asked questions or responded to others in e-learning related conversations this year. 
     
    Tama Emery, MisterDRoberts, Tim Thatcher, Sasha, Gaylyn Lockington, David McKenzie, Adelle Banks , Ritu Sehji, Sonya Van Schaijik, Vashti, Jane Bolsover, Tracy Barker, Suzanne Harris, Maree W, Rebecca Burke, Sam McNeill, Darren , Natasha Ormond, Tracy Prout, Anaru White, David Farquhar, Mark Edwards, Xisisi, SaraGarry , Jannbhy , Kolpoiu, Saraht, schiller0, S7yiler , Lynne Hall, Maree Boyd , Angela Sime, Kelly Faulkner, Dave Winter, Dave Knapman, Rebecca Ronald, Kevin, Louise Gray, Anjela Webster, Toni Maddaford, Ngaire Shepherd-Wills, Katrina Curtis, Warren Grieve, Maria Morris, anne robertson, KatrinaL, Helen Moore, Kamrul Jalil, Frances McCarthy, Stephan van Haren, Emma Scobie-Jennings, Linda Baran, Lynne Crowe, Chris Coomes, Sheryl Nagels, merryl, Helen King, Tanya, Kelly Faulkner, Julia, Pam Dacey, Brendon Anderson, Katrina Cable, Anna McLean, Lynne Silcock, Kamrul Jalil, Emma, Jennifer Gower, Philippa Nicoll Antipas, Avi Reddy, Heather Houston, Denise Barrington, Phil Martin, Carly Kidd, Steve , janined, Jo Maguire, Rachael, TraceC, Jane Armstrong, Rachael, GavinH, Clive Francis, Heather Harper, Kathe Tawhiwhirangi, Geoff Siave, Neill O'Reilly, Yubin, Cathiesten, Gael Donaghy, Wendy Sheridan-Smith, Karla Lister, terrywithers, Andrea Des Forges, traceycringle, Yvonne Catherwood, justin hickey, Louise Gray, Karen Hughes, John Willoughby, Stu Morrison, Debbie Marshall, marglnz, Debbie Leeming, KimW, NathanGargiulo, Misnilaliy, redbeard45, imoedddy, Renee, Justine Driver, Carol Kendall, JMKellow, Tony Cairns, Lynne Grove, Geraldine Sumner, caryst, Barbara, Sophie Hudson, Barrie Matthews , Allanah King, Catriona Pene, Rebbecca Sweeney, Mike Perry, Annemarie Hyde, Saunil Hagler, Louise Munro,
    Again, a big thank you to all those who attended our live webinars - your input has helped make these opportunities interactive and engaging. And to everyone else who lurked, liked and viewed.... next year you might like to dive in yourself. smiley We'd love to hear more from you!
     
    Meri Kirihimete me ngā o te hou ki a koutou katoa,

    Tess smiley 

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  • Bula, tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei everyone, we welcome the sunshine as we dive into the latest pānui highlighting all the news, events, discussions and developments related to e-learning across the VLN.

    Don't miss out on the final events we have planned for 2017, including the following live webinar:

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

    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.

    In light of new Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko developments, let us know what you'd like to see more of in 2018 - in terms of discussions and live events or other... we'd love to hear how we can help meet your professional learning needs.

    Hei konā mai,

    Tess smiley 


     

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    LEARNZ Antarctica - cool science in action virtual field trip. Watch the intro video. Barrie Matthews shares a 25-minute teacher-only PD webinar recording, which shows you how to make the best use of the dedicated web site for this virtual field trip. Find out more >>>.

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    smiley FORUM: Online Learning – Benefits for students

    Yesterday we hosted a webinar where Anne Williams, Nicky Lewis, Darren Sudlow and Rachel Whalley talked about the opportunities, support, benefits and outcomes for students who have access to learning in blended ways - both online and off.

    If you would like to know about how to help students to be able to access online learning through a variety of online tools and learning partnerships, then this webinar recording would suit you. You can view this once it appears on our webinar recordings page. We'd also like to hear more of your own stories - where blended and online learning has made a difference for your students in this forum. 

    Student Inquiry resources: Here's a collation of several student inquiry resources. If anyone has a current list of resources, frameworks, models, examples, school stories worth sharing, please feel to share.

    Avoiding the Summer Learning Slide: Allanah King is putting together some ideas for whānau around helping avoid the summer learning slide and has invited us to add any other ideas to a collaborative presentation.

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

    Usually we craft a forum and then invite you to add your own stories, ideas, templates and resources. In this forum, we invite you to do the same – but in an interactive mind map. What would you add to this kete for others to use as they navigate their way through the codes and standards, professional inquiry and appraisal? 

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    red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction

    Do we need to question the way we assess? It's been announced current National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rūmaki Māori will be replaced with a new system that better acknowledges a child’s progress and focuses more on developing key competencies for all learners. What does this mean for new ways to assess?

     

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    Augmented Reality Book Apps: Allanah King shares a new exciting reading experience - open a book and watch it come alive through augmented reality. Allanah asks, have you come across some other cool book apps that I could explore; Augmented Reality or just interesting book apps?

    Recommendations for Primary Electronics Kits with Science Focus: Warren Grieve is looking for recommendations for Electronics Kits with Science focus pleas (Audino, Microbit) for primary that's extendable for both Maker and coding. Can you help?

    Digital Technologies Screen Time Leading to Increased Suicides? Warren Grieve shares this thought-provoking and alarming piece on screen addition as a global epidemic with clinical and neurological disorders (depression, anxiety) related to screen overuse. What do you think? Scary?

    'Robots'Nicky Clark wants to know what 'robots' people are using with Juniors. They have Edison which are working really well with Yr 3 up, but want something else that will inspire my Junior teachers to get started with coding and robotics. Any ideas are much appreciated :)

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


    CalendarFor your calendar...

    EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

    • Check out the remaining 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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    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.

    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 


     

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

     

    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?

    Collaboration

    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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    red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction

    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.
     

    Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

     

    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.


    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

    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 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 


     

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

     

    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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    red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction

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

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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 


     

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    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 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! 

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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 


     

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    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.

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    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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    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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  • 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 


     

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    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?

    Inclusive education

     

    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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    CalendarFor your calendar...

     

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    • 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.

    Inclusive education

     

    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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