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e-Learning Round-Up | 26 September 2011

This week's round-up of e-learning goodness from across the VLN Groups.



Member of the week

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

John Phelps: John is an ICT facilitator, based in Napier, with a number of ICTPD Clusters including I-Connect and Digital Daze 2.0. This week he has blogged about student self-publishing, Taylar’s first ebook.






Group of the Week

QR Codes in Education:

A new space to share ideas for utilising QR Codes in Education.





A sneak peek: eLearning in VLN Groups



  • ..and take the poll: Leadership poll "Can a principal be a leader of e-learning without leading this themselves?"
  • Planning for BYOD: Barbara Reid blogs about how schools are getting started. All feedback welcome.


Professional Learning

  • Peer Observations of ICT: A focus on increasing teacher development and learning by sharing effective practice through peer observations of ICT in the classroom at Reignier Catholic Schools (Crystal Hewett via blog).



Professional Learning Events

Educating children of the information age: Cafe Scientifique: Discussing the idea of tailoring educational environments to enhance and foster the development of lifelong learning skills and competencies (11 Oct 2011)



Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 

  • ePortfolios: More useful material from Software for Learning.
  • TeKids: Erica blogs about the pressures and the joys of supporting student e-leaders at KHS.





  • YouTube | Teachers' channel: A new channel dedicated to videos for teaching and learning. The Free Technology for Teachers site has also shared some suggestions on the best way to use the YouTube Teacher channel to support learning.


Beyond the Classroom

  • Shake up your story: Artist Raghava KK demos his new children's book for iPad with an unusual feature: when you shake it, the story -- and your perspective -- changes.  Watch it, then imagine how we could tell the stories of diverse learners, their perspectives, the perspectives of their parents and whānau, and their communities.




VLN Tip: Don’t start a group, start a thread


There are 311 groups on the VLN!! And most of them are pretty quiet…..Facilitating and managing a group can be a rewarding, collegial experience. It can also be very time-consuming to set one up, and get sufficient engagement so you can work together. If you have a burning passion, feel free to share it in an existing group that is on a similar theme. For example, got a question on using technology to support literacy? Post it in the e-Learning: Teaching group.




e-Learning on the Wire…

The Wire is the micro-blogging stream in the VLN. Posts appear in the activity stream…Here’s what we heard:

  • Gerard Macmanus: “Is there anyone else who has a document to explain to their community around e-learning and BYOD, similar to EGGS and Rangitoto's ones?”
  • Sandy Newman: "Trying to link the Horizon Report with a New Zealand context and understand the relationship in learning in NZ.

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