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  • Registrations are invited from schools wishing to participate in the VLN Primary School in 2018.

    There are a wide range of online language programmes, in addition - extension maths, astronomy, visual arts, computer programming, health and Over the Back Fence Project. 

    Our online classes & projects are open to any NZ children to participate. Here you will find information on our learning programmes, our eTeachers and the technology that we use.

    All NZ children are welcome to learn with the VLN Primary - Nau Mai, Haere Mai!
     
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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. 

     

    Calendar

    Sign up for our free online workshops 

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

     

    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 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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  • 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. 

     

    Calendar

    Sign up for our free online workshops 

    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/debateREGISTER 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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  • Term 2 Enabling e-Learning Calendar of Events 

     

    Tēnā koutou, talofa lava and welcome to Term 2 where Enabling e-Learning brings you a new series of FREE e-learning online activities. The calendar events are designed to meet your arising needs, interests, concerns, trends, so as always, we'd love for you to make contact directly or leave comments in this blog post below about what you'd like to be  apart of or host and share.

    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: Digital technologies in the national curriculum, 12 May - 12 June

    Enabling e-Learning has published some new resources on, Digital Technologies in the national curriculum - what's it all about? In this forum we'll unpack some of the key ideas and resources around understanding computational thinking page, digital technologies, digital fluency and more. We invite your input and would love for you to share how you're unpacking digital technologies in the curriculum in your organisation, school or kura. This conversation will be held in the Teaching group.

    smiley FORUM: Assessment in a digital age, 26 May - 26 June

    AssessmentAuthentic, project-based learning and collaboration are growing trends in education - all for good reason. But what about assessment for learning? What does this look like for both primary and secondary 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? This forum is an opportunity to discuss current needs/issues/trends for both students and teachers. We'd like to hear what works for you and how your ideas can help others with similar needs and interests. This conversation will be facilitated in the Teaching group.

    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.

    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. 

     

    Calendar

    Sign up for our free online workshops 

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

     

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: VLN and Enabling e-Learning groups scavenger hunt, May 17, 3:45-4:45 pm

    Treasure huntAre you a school or CoL leader, or want to get more out of your own PLD online? In this interactive webinar, we invite you to join us on a series of online adventures around the VLN. We'll use some gaming techniques to help you familiarise yourself with what is available and what's currently waiting for your input. A VLN tour with a difference. REGISTER NOW!

    This webinar will also be supported by a thread in the Professional Learning group. and hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa Gray. 

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Robotics, coding and 3D printers, 25 May, 3:45-4:45 pm

    RoboticsWhat do you think of this? Here are some secondary students designing and printing parts for moving vehicles using a 3D printer and then creating some code to make them move. Inspiring! In this webinar, we talk to those involved  at Pakuranga College and find out why and how the students were able to get inventive with robotics, coding and 3D printers. REGISTER NOW!

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

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

    Scratch codeIn 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, so REGISTER NOW for more information. 

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

     


     

    Connected Learning Advisory webinars

     

    Half Day Professional Support for Leaders of Digital Technologies  
    Term 2 2017

    The Connected Learning Advisory is a free service from the Ministry of Education that is helping New Zealand schools and kura make the most of digital technologies for learning.

    What are these workshops about?

    These are half day or full day workshops aimed at supporting schools and kura with their planning for the use of digital technologies. 

    Who should attend these workshops?

    The workshops are aimed at school leaders / leaders of digital technologies / BOT members with responsibility for planning and implementing strategy for the use of digital technologies. Up to three people from a school/kura can attend each event.

    Workshop content:

    Your local CLA advisors will introduce you to the CLA’s Strategic Thinking Roadmap which aims to bring coherence to the challenge of ensuring effective pedagogy is driving the use of digital technologies in your school. Practical, tested strategies and plenty of opportunity for collaborative discussion.

    The workshops are free of charge and are being held in locations across the country, from the 12 - 22 June. Venues and location to be confirmed.

    For more information go to /blog/view/970730/cla-pld-days-2017


     

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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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  • 2017 Information and enrolments are here!

     
    Do you want your students to be #connectedlearners, lead their own learning and build key competencies? Do you want to share in the expertise of a growing collaborative network of schools? Are you looking to extend the walls of your classroom and work with other like minded schools? 
    We are now taking registrations for our 2017 Semester 1 programmes.
     
    Mangere Central Students Learn Japanese Online
     
    We offer the following language classes at the beginner and intermediate level: Te Reo Māori, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Afrikaans and Tagalog, as well as Asian Culture taster classes (5 lessons) in Japanese, Korean and Mandarin.
     
    In addition to languages classes we have Asia Aware Inquiries (Korean and Hosting Chinese Visitors), Astronomy, Extension Maths, Programing & Computer Science and Visual Arts.
     
    All our Asian Language tuition is currently FREE OF CHARGE  as part of our ALLiS contract.
     

    All NZ children are welcome to learn with the VLN Primary - Nau Mai, Haere Mai!

     
    Register your interest online or contact primary@vln.school.nz with queries
  • Term 1 Enabling e-Learning Calendar of Events 

     

    Tēnā koutou, talofa lava and welcome to another year where Enabling e-Learning brings you a variety of FREE e-learning online activities for your benefit. Some events are planned, while others will respond to your needs. So with that in mind, we'd like to know what you want to see more of, so please feel free to contact Tessa Gray 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 CHALLENGE: One way to use technologies with your parents/whānau, 9 February - 9 March

    Here's a challenge for the beginning of the year. This forum is an opportunity for you to think about ways you and your students are going to 'seep' out into the world. The wero is for you to be brave, dive in and Finish this sentence: "This year I plan to use **INSERT TECHNOLOGIES HERE** to make connections with parents and whānau so that..." 

    This challenge/wero thread is live in Enabling e-Learning | Beyond the Classroom group.

    smiley DISCUSSION: Moving towards mātau at Te Ara Whānui, 20 February - 20 March

    Here's a story of how one kura has discovered a structured tool - Te Rangitukutuku (Māori Medium e-Learning Planning Framework) to reflect, reposition themselves and undertake the evolutionary changes that are needed for their tamariki and the wider community in a digital age.

    This thread will be hosted in the e-Learning Planning Frameworks group.

    smiley FORUM: Connecting Communities of Learning through technologies, 10 March - 10 April

    As more and more schools collectively address their professional learning goals in communities of learning, how can digital technologies support collaboration within and between schools? This forum will explore ideas and examples for how digital technologies can supporting collaboration and collective action. This is also an opportunity for you to share what works for you as you connect with colleagues beyond your school.

    This conversation will be held in the Professional Learning group.

    smiley FORUM: Authentic curriculum in action 20 March - 20 April 

    Authentic learning is nothing new right? We do this everyday. What happens when learning is more engaging, relevant and authentic for learners, where building student agency and ownership of learning becomes the norm? Great things can happen, that's what. This forum will support the live event sharing how authentic learning can become part of specialty curriculum areas. This is also an opportunity to draw ideas from yourselves as you share ways your students have been engaging in learning that has made a difference for them.

    This conversation will take place in the Teaching 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. 

     


     

    Calendar

    Sign up for our free online workshops 

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

     

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Authentic learning across the curriculum, 23 March, 3:45-4:45 pm

    Students outsideIn this webinar, two teachers (primary, secondary) share how authentic learning has become part of their specialty curriculum areas (Citizenship, Science) and how the learning experiences are making a difference for their learners. We'll also highlight some new resources developed in Enabling e-Learning. REGISTER NOW!

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

     

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Diving into Seesaw, 29 March, 3.45-4.45pm


    Come and join us for a hands-on experience to find out about Seesaw (digital ePortfolio) and how you can use it in your learning environment. Katrina Laurie will take us on this hands-on tour. 

    In this webinar we will explore...

    • What is Seesaw?

    • Why should I use it?

    • Experience Seesaw as a Student

    • Classroom Ideas and Examples

    • Class Setup & Time Saving Tips

    • Digital Citizenship

    • Questions, Help and Resources

     

    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 Technologies group and hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa Gray.


     

    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 2017, the advisory is offering opportunities for school leaders, leaders of digital technologies and teachers to come together and explore effective ways to manage and plan how your school or CoL use digital technologies for learning.

     

    Sessions will support teachers to:

    • explore ways to use technology to bring their vision for learning to life

    • model ways of professional learning

    • make connections across local schools through clusters, networks and sharing stories.

    • gain a clear, pragmatic sense of next steps in their own contexts

    • access the CLA as a critical friend through regional advisor support and online community spaces

     

    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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  • Term 4 Enabling e-Learning Calendar of Events 

     

    Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, we hope you're enjoying the school holidays. We have a great variety of FREE e-learning activities planned for you virtually during Term 4. Sign up and don't miss out! Here's the Term 4 flyer (PDF) to print for staff rooms. Please feel free to add events to your own calendar and tell your friends and colleagues! smiley

    As always, we like to hear about what you'd like to be involved in, so feel free to contact Enabling e-Learning online facilitators Nathaniel Louwrens and Tessa Gray directly or leave comments in this blog post.


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    smiley FORUM: Digital assessment practices in secondary schools, 21 Oct 2016 - 21 Nov 2016

    With so much ready access to mobile technologies digital tools and resources how is this changing the way senior students share, archive and assess their learning? In this discussion, we invite you to share your stories as we explore some possibilities that technology can afford to give students agency and ownership of their learning while still meeting assessment requirements. This discussion will take place in the Enabling e-Learning: Teaching group.

    smileyFORUM: How can we foster digital fluency? 3 Nov 2016 - 3 Dec 2016

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    Digital literacy and digital fluency describe students' level of ability in using digital technologies to achieve desired learning outcomes. Join us in the forum discussion when we unpack digital fluency. We look at what it is, and how we can work towards supporting our students to be digitally fluent. This discussion will take place in the Enabling e-Learning: Teaching group.

    smileyFORUM: Designing inclusive, innovative learning environments, 14 Nov 2016 - 14 Dec 2016

    As we consider the environment in which our ākonga learn, we need to ensure that it includes all learners. Sensitivity to individual differences and learner variability should inform decisions relating to pedagogy, practice, and design of a flexible space. In this forum, we will discuss:

    • designing an inclusive innovative learning environment that works for all learners

    • using digital technologies to remove barriers and support learning

    • using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to create an inclusive innovative learning environment.

    This discussion will take place in the Enabling e-Learning: Teaching 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. 

     

    Calendar

    Sign up for our free online workshops 

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

     

    smileyLIVE WEBINAR: NZQA update on digital exams, 15:45 - 16:45, 26 Oct 2016

    Join Steve Bargh (NZQA) as he presents a follow up webinar looking at digitising external assessments in regards to:

    • NZQA journey to date

    • Schools currently trialing digital assessment

    • Outcomes and feedback so far from trials

    • Where to from here for the future

    This webinar will be hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa Gray and Nathaniel LouwrensREGISTER NOW!

    smileyLIVE WEBINAR: Learning for all, 15:45 - 16:45, 17 Nov 2016

    We want all our learners to succeed. In this webinar, Lynne Silcock (CORE / Connected Learning Advisory), will take us through the possibilities that digital technology affords us to enhance and enrich learning opportunities for all students. This webinar will be hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa Gray and Nathaniel LouwrensREGISTER NOW!

    smileyLIVE WEBINAR: Innovation in your school, 15:45 - 16:45, 30 Nov 2016

    blue orangeWhat does innovation look like when it’s student-driven? In this webinar, we’ll hear from Alexia Hilbertidou (Y13 student at Albany Senior High School, Auckland) and her mum Vicky Crawford as they talk about Alexia’s initiative GirlBossNZ. GirlBoss was founded with one key mission in mind - to inspire, empower and equip New Zealand girls to become the change-makers of the future. This webinar will be hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa Gray and Nathaniel LouwrensREGISTER NOW!

     


    Connected Learning Advisory workshops


    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.

    smiley Webinar: Being a connected leader: Why? How? 15:45 - 16:45, 19 Oct 2016

    As part of Connected Educator Aotearoa NZ (#CENZ16), in this interactive webinar we will consider the role of the connected leader. Why should we be connected? How can we connect as leaders? And is, as David Weinberger claims, the smartest person in the room, the room? Join Bede Gilmore from Winchester School and Steph Thompson from Beach Haven Primary School, as they discuss being connected leaders, and the Twitter chat they have developed: #LdrchatNZ. Contact Nathaniel LouwrensREGISTER NOW!

    smiley Webinar: Using digital technologies to support learning in senior secondary, 15:45 - 16:45, 3 Nov, 2016

    The Advisory has recently published a guide, Using digital technologies to support learning in a senior secondary context. In this webinar, CLA advisor, Lynne Silcock, will support us as we explore the guide and develop an understanding of how digital technologies can support secondary school learners. This webinar aims to share ideas, resources and stories that are based on current practice in NZ secondary schools with a focus on how digital technologies can extend and enhance learning in the NCEA years. Contact Nathaniel LouwrensREGISTER NOW!

    smiley Webinar: Using the strategic thinking roadmap, 15:45 - 16:45, 24 Nov, 2016

    The Advisory has published a guide, the Strategic Thinking Roadmap. The guide is designed to help your leadership team implement a strategic direction that ensures technologies are integrated into a school-wide drive for effective teaching and learning. In this webinar a panel of leaders, representative of the sector, will outline how they used the roadmap guide in their school, to develop a cohesive plan for their learners. This webinar aims to share practical, tested strategies and will provide opportunity for collaborative discussion. Contact Nathaniel LouwrensREGISTER NOW!

     


     

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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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  • Kia ora koutou katoa

    Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi - Akonga Aka Mariko.Welcome to the VLN Primary School

    Our goal is to:

    Connect Schools for Enhanced Learning Outcomes

    In this newsletter we invite you and your students to participate in a number of exciting and innovative programmes and professional learning opportunities. 

    Through our collaborative schools network we are able to connect you and your students to some amazing professionals who have a huge depth of expertise and passion for what they do. Tim Morgan brings you NZ's first online PE programme for primary students with the Perfect Game; Geoff Wood's Filipino students host Asburton students with theirVirtual Merienda & invite others to join them; and we introduce ourfantástico Spanish teacher Eva Anton.

    Thank you to all the amazing people in our schools, who truly get what it means to collaborate beyond their own school gate for the benefits of all our children in NZ. If you think you 'get it' too, are future focused and want to share collaborative practice, then get in touch with us we can help make those connections.

    In this edition we also give you a heads up on PLD for teachers 'How do i teach Computer Science?' provided by Trevor Storr from Core Education - don't delay in registering for this, it starts this week, and places are filling up. Michelle & Rebecca are looking for teachers to trial their Primary Industry resources.

    Finally join us in a webinar to explore Hail. Hail is behind our online communications, and is giving us a digital footprint that helps us tell our stories, in a way that can extend our reach, is easy to use and looks great.

    Kia pai tō wiki  Have a good week

    Ngā mihi nui

    Rachel

  • Term 3 Enabling e-Learning Calendar of Events 

     

    Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, we hope you're enjoying your last week of the holidays. We have a fresh variety of FREE e-learning activities planned for you virtually this term. Sign up and don't miss out! Here's the Term 3 flyer (PDF) to print for staff rooms. Please feel free to add events to your own calendar and tell your friends and colleagues! smiley

    As always, we like to hear about what you'd like to be involved in, so feel free to contact Enabling e-Learning online facilitators Nathaniel Louwrens and Tessa Gray directly or leave comments in this blog post.


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    Join our discussions

     

    smiley FORUM: Wicked problems and real world issues, 3 Aug 2016 - 3 Sep 2016

    What real life problems and issues are important enough for our students to be engaging with and about - particular, what local and global issues can provide an authentic learning contexts for all of our students? Come join us as we debate this further in a dedicated forum discussion hosted in Beyond the classroom group

    smiley FORUM: 7 Principles of learning | Building horizontal connections, 16 Aug 2016 - 16 Sep 2016

    In this forum we invite discussion on the 7 principles of learning, in particular #7 and ask, how can secondary schools better leverage learning opportunities that demonstrate horizontal connectedness for/with/between students? This forum discussion is ready to go at, The nature of learning: Using research to inspire practice. Come join us there and share your thoughts on Horizontal connectedness.

    smiley FORUM: Look how far we've come! NAPP Kōrero 14 20166 Sep 2016 - 6 Dec 2016

    In this forum we invite Enabling e-Learning and NAPP community members to share any new thinking or ways of working as a result of engaging online. Come join us in the Leadership group and share any transformative thinking or ways of working when this kōrero becomes live.

    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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    Sign up for our free online workshops 

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

     

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Understanding collaborative inquiry, 15:45 - 16:45, 17 Aug 2016

    As more schools start to cluster as communities of learning, we ask, what is collaborative inquiry, what does it look like and how can it impact on teaching and learning outcomes? This webinar will be supported by a thread in the Professional Learning group and hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa Gray and Nathaniel LouwrensREGISTER NOW!

    smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Innovation in your school, 15:45 - 16:45, 7 Sep 2016

    In this webinar, we've invited some schools to share what innovation looks like for their teachers and students and invite you to bring ideas/examples of your own. This webinar will be supported by a thread currently live in the Leadership group and will be hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa Gray and Nathaniel LouwrensREGISTER NOW!

     

    smiley Google Hangout: Themes to be decided by you! 25 Jul 2016 - 16 Sep 2016

    Themes to be decided by you! This is an un-agended meeting, the content is decided by whomever wants to share. Date to be confirmed. This webinar will be supported by a thread in the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group and hosted in Google Hangout with Tessa Gray and Nathaniel Louwrens. REGISTER NOW!


    Connected Learning Advisory workshops


    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.

    smiley Webinar: How might we support teachers with digital change? 15:45 - 16:45, 27 Jul 2016

    In this webinar Anne-Louise Robertson, Richard Wells and Stephen Eames discuss their thoughts on how we might best support teachers with digital change. Contact Nathaniel LouwrensREGISTER NOW!

    smiley Webinar: How can we help you? 15:45 - 16:45, 18 Aug 2016

    Join this The Connected Learning Advisory — Te Ara Whītiki webinar to ask your burning questions and receive a response from our advisors. Contact Nathaniel LouwrensREGISTER NOW!

    smiley Webinar: Making the best use of your student data, 15:45 - 16:45, 15 Sep 2016

    Join the Connected Learning Advisory — Te Ara Whītiki in a live webinar focused on best practice for student data and student management systems (SMS). Contact Nathaniel LouwrensREGISTER NOW!

     


     

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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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  • Kia ora koutou katoa

    Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi - Akonga Aka Mariko.Welcome to the VLN Primary School

    Our goal is to:

    Connect Schools for Enhanced Learning Outcomes

    In this newsletter we are thrilled to announce the VLN Primary is a finalist in the Australia/NZ Internet award, this is awesome recognition of the work we do across NZ schools. 

    We encourage schools to register and participate in online classes running in Term 3 & 4. There is no cost to participate in our Asian Languages as our schools are lucky to have a MoE contract that supports this. Now is a really good time to try out learning Mandarin and Japanese. Great PLD for teachers too in learning languages and digital capabilities. Give it a go! 

    Geoff shares the benefits to his students and ours, of tuakana/teina learning relationships online through the Over the Back Fence Project. Find out more about the possibilities and how to participate. We hear about a new game app, Shark in the Park, designed to get kids out and active. Melanie would love to hear from teachers who are wanting to trial this with their children. 

    We highlight some free PLD designed to bring you up to speed with the basics of using Google Apps for Education and we say Hooray! for our new system ZOOM! A great cloud based web-conferencing solution that is helping our eteachers and students make their learning connections.

    Ngā mihi nui

    Rachel