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  • Here's this week's round-up of elearning goodness from across the VLN Communities.

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    eMember of the week

    Each week we'll profile someone who has made a valuable contribution to our eLearning community. This week, it's....

     


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    Group of the week

    • Home School Partnership: This week, there have been discussions about ways technology can be part of the way we connect with our communities. Allanah King shared examples of how a homework framework can help students negotiate different approaches to learning.


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    A sneak peek: eLearning on the VLN

     

    Leadership

    • Your e-learning strategy: A thread just started in the e-Learning: Leadership group asks for a golden rule to support leaders develop their elearning/ICT school strategy. What would you suggest?

    Professional Learning

    • EduCampAKL: Catch up on why unconferences are the place to pursue your passions. All the resources and learning from last weekend's Educamp Auckland is here. Were you there? What was your takeaway?

    Teaching and Learning

    • Teaching as inquiry - Context matters: Fiona Grant reminds us why inquiry into one's own e-learning practice, and its impact, is vital because we need to adapt our practice to our own students and school curriculum.
    • I can animate: A blog post reflecting on how students are using multi-media as part of the TeKids initiative in the Mantar Cluster.
    • What's on top this term? Teachers from across NZ share their e-learning goals for term 3. What's yours? And can you connect with someone doing something similar to you?
    • Muriwai Beach - ICT at the coast: The beginnings of a reflection by Denise Camilleri on how Year 13 Geography can be enhanced through the use of technologies.
    • Small schools log on to learn: Rachel in VLN Primary profiles the way small networked schools are meeting the challenges of providing a broad range of experiences.

    Technology

    • Mix and Mash Competition: Software for Learning reminds us that this fantastic competition for students' multi-media presentations is now open. Who's entering?

    iPads in education: There have been a range of discussions and resource sharing about the pros and cons of how this technology can support learning:

    Upcoming Events



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  • Welcome back to Term 3! Here's this week's round-up of elearning goodness from across the VLN Communities.

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    eMember of the week

    Each week we'll profile someone who has made a valuable contribution to our eLearning community. This week, it's....

    • Carolyn Stuart: Carolyn is the Principal of Tawa Intermediate, and has recently shared her views on how leaders can manage the issue of access to technology in the eLearning: Leadership group.

     


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    Group of the week

    • Wikispaces for education: A new group, started by Marielle Lange, to share ways to use Wikispaces for Education in our schools and share our resources.

     


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    A sneak peek: eLearning on the VLN

     

     

    Upcoming Events

    • EduCamp Auckland - 6 August: An unconference where the focus is on e-learning and education, sharing ideas we've discovered, and learning from each other.

    Leadership

    Teaching and Learning

    • PISA Study: Digital readers at the age of 15: A summary of findings from the PISA report that measured students’ abiity to read digital text. Plus a great animated video to explain PISA! (eLearning: Teaching group)

    • eLearning ICT showcases: An Australian resource that includes exemplars aligned to different aspects of elearning practice. Shared by Tessa Grey.

    Technology

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    eMember of the week

    Each week we'll profile someone who has made valuable contributions to our eLearning community. This week, it's....

    • Fastpaddy: ePrincipal of the Volcanics eLearning Community, a community made up of nine member schools situated in the central North Island. He has recently shared thoughtful responses in discussions ranging from schools' access to ICT, to the role of iPads in education.

     

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    Group of the week

     

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    A sneak peek:

    eLearning on the VLN

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  • imageMore ladders, fewer snakes - a recently released paper from the NZ Institute (Boven, Harland and Grace, 2011)(PDF) -  proposes two interventions to improve outcomes for New Zealand’s youth: accelerating the roll-out of e-learning to low decile schoolsand improving the school-to-work transition.”

     This paper puts the levels of achievement – or lack of it – of many of New Zealand’s youth in the context of current research regarding poor retention rates in school, particularly the performance of Māori and Pasifika students, comparing our performance to that of other young people in the OECD.

    It looks across dimensions of education, health and safety, crime, teenage pregnancy and unemployment and considers what would make a difference in enhancing young people's life chances, particularly in employment and socialization.

    According to this paper, effective e-learning practice is one of two ‘ladders’ to help people up. Why? It asserts that

    “e-learning, combined with a school improvement programme, improves student engagement and learning outcomes. There are successful examples of decile one primary schools [such as Manaia View School and Pt England School] using e-learning."

    Key advantages stated include :

    • Content can be more efficiently personalised for individuals and reviewed.
    • Students can be supported to collaborate, take control of their learning and connect with global audiences.
    • One-to-one device use seems to correlate with an increase in collaboration and inquiry amongst students.
    • The teaching paradigm shifts from teacher-centric to a more co-operative mode, focusing increasingly in individuals.
    • eLearning is intrinsically engaging, and it can reach those previously disengaged.
    • It makes student participation visible for prompt follow-up.

    “E-learning can reach everyone and improve outcomes for those already disadvantaged,” says Dr Boven. “It should be scaled urgently and systematically with the initial priority being the lowest decile schools.”

    Successful scaling will require:

    • Provision of a turnkey technology solution to the schools;
    • Development and communication of the principles to guide school improvement and to deploy e-learning;
    • Resources at a district level to ensure professional support is available where and when it is needed; and
    • Effective mechanisms for identification and transfer of best practice”.

    Challenges are clear.  Schools that make a difference do so because they have “high resource input and leaders who have relevant specialised skills. They are grouped in clusters so learning from leading schools can be shared with other schools and economies of scale can be accessed”. It calls for a “model of best practice transfer” to rapidly roll-out e-learning.”

     Does this ring true for you? Where would you start?

    [cross-posted from the eLearning Research Network]

  • Haven't got time to trawl the VLN for eLearning goodness? I've done it for you:-)

     

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    eMember of the week

    Each week we'll profile someone who has made valuable contributions to our eLearning community. This week, it's....

    • Annemarie Hyde: Deputy principal and e-learning leader at Mokoia intermediate, Annemarie is a regular contributor to e-learning community discussions. A recent Wire post: "Held a second session on blogging and a teacher presented what her children were doing with Scratch - great maths/logic work".

     

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    Group of the week

    • eLearning: Leadership: This group featured a busy thread this week exploring the challenges access to ICTs.

     

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    A sneak peek:

    eLearning on the VLN

     

     

    • Enner Glynn School: Take a look at the early stages of their values-driven digital citizenship Acceptable-Use Policy (Isaac Day, Whakatu Schools).

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  • Haven't got time to trawl the VLN for eLearning goodness? I've done it for you:-)

    imageeMember of the week

    Each week we'll profile someone who has made valuable contributions to our eLearning community. This week, it's....

    • Melanie Matthews: Melanie is the Deputy Principal, ICT Lead Teacher and year 5/6 teacher of Broadlands School. 

     

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    • Kids Can Film: This groups supports the Kids Can Film Festival, a project developed by Lead & Support E-Learning Teachers from the Whakatu Cluster in Nelson. The project is aimed at encouraging students and teachers to use e-learning tools within their programmes.

     

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    • A Principal reflects on her role in e-learning: Mary Ann Baxter, Principal of HGHS, shares her eLearning journey, exploring the challenges of supporting her staff and maintaining her own learning, even if it means risk-taking:-) (Cobham Connections cluster)
    • My Journey and UFB: David van de Klundert blogs about his school's experiences with ultra-fast broadband. Does his story sound like yours?
    • EduCamp Tai Tokerau: Another powerful unconference, with several participants sharing their thoughts about the day. (EduCamp Takeaways, eLearning: Teaching)

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  • Haven't got time to trawl the VLN for eLearning goodness? I've done it for you:-)

      eMember of the week

    Each week we'll profile someone who has made valuable contributions to our eLearning community. This week, it's....

    • Rachel Boyd: DP (eLearning) & Classroom teacher (Year 2's) from Waiuku Primary School in Southern Auckland. She recently shared her school's experience with Facebook in the eLearning: Teaching group.

    Group of the week

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    • Making a digital story for KidsCan: How one has school integrated a variety of technologies to support an inquiry into how we change as the seasons change. Watch their movie, too! (Whakatu Cluster

    • eCompetencies in New Zealand:  Guest blogger for Software for Learning, Kellie McRobert outlines her journey towards developing a teaching framework to support students' digital competencies.

    • Social media for Learning: New discussion post in the eLearning: Teaching group. Share your story or dilemma in this thread.

    • How the iPad is assisting disabled users: A useful resource in the School iPad Users group on ways in which iPads can support special education needs.

    • A VLN Quiz: Building on @paulajamieson's quiz idea, this is a neat way to introduce peope to this professional network from Allanah King. Will you win a Turkish Delight?!

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  • Haven't got time to trawl the VLN for eLearning goodness? I've done it for you:-)

      eMember of the week

    Each week we'll profile someone who has made valuable contributions to our eLearning community. This week, it's....

    • Isaac Day: Principal of Enner Glynn School in Nelson, and director for the Whakatu ICT PD Cluster. Isaac has recently shared his thinking on professional learning and Digital Citizenship.

    Group of the week

    • Collaboration: A group that is brokering connections between schools across NZ to support each other with collaborative learning. Features a map of blogs and wikis across the country.

     

    imageA sneak peek: eLearning on the VLN

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  • Haven't got time to trawl the VLN for eLearning goodness? I've done it for you:-)

      eMember of the week

    Each week we'll profile someone who has made valuable contributions to our eLearning community. This week, it's....

    • Allanah King: Allanah is a regional facilitator, in the ICT PD programme, based in Nelson. She has contributed to discussions ranging from professional learning through to technology, as well as establishing groups focused on collaboration and iPads in the primary classroom.

    Group of the week

    • School iPad user group: This is a growing group exploring ways to take advantage of what the iPad has to offer effectively in school. Discussions range from exploring app sharing, to using iPads to support special education needs.

     

    imageA sneak peek: eLearning on the VLN

    • ePortfolios in the news: Nick Rate provides a summary of recent views - for and against - on e-portfolios in education (ePortfolios group)
    • Looking for ideas: Engaging students' with writing using technologies (Central North Literacy group)
    • PaePae Sessions: Online learning workshops exploring a variety of technology-related issues (VPLD group)

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  • [cross posted from the e-Learning Research Network]

    imageAs you may have seen, the 2011 K-12 Horizon Report is out.

    Developed by the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, this annual report draws on existing research, articles, papers and trends across the globe to make predictions about likely technological developments and their impact on a range of sectors, including education, over the coming years.

     Key trends:

    • “The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators in sense-making, coaching, and credentialing.
    • People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want.
    • The world of work is increasingly collaborative, giving rise to reflection about the way student projects are structured.
    • The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized."

    Key challenges:

    • "Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession.
    • Appropriate metrics of evaluation lag behind the emergence of new scholarly forms of authoring, publishing, and researching.
    • Economic pressures and new models of education are presenting unprecedented competition to traditional models of the university.
    • Keeping pace with the rapid proliferation of information, software tools, and devices is challenging for students and teachers alike."

    ..and finally,

    Technologies to watch:

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    You’ll find an interesting interpretation of the report from Scott McLeod: The 2011 K-12 Horizon Report: Too Optimistic?

    How closely does your own context reflect these coming trends, challenges and technologies?

    Do you agree with McLeod that this bears little relation to the average educator's daily experience?

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