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e-Learning Round-Up | 3 October 2011

It's the last week of a very long term – time for a coffee and an e-learning catch-up of the ICT-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....

Tony Greer: Tony is the Deputy Principal at Somerset Crescent School as well as being one of the lead ICTPD teachers in the school. Scroll down to ‘Beyond the Classroom to check out his blog post this week on helping families get connected.




Group of the Week

Enabling e-Learning

We are excited to invite you to join this group which provides community support as part of Enabling e-Learning, the Ministry of Education's online ‘hub’ for ICT-related education resources and programmes in New Zealand. It is the parent group for the e-Learning groups in Leadership, Technology, Professional Learning and Teaching.




A sneak peek: eLearning in VLN Groups





Professional Learning

  • Using the VLN: John Phelps reflects on how one of his clusters is using the VLN for much of their communication, sharing and reflections.
  • Teacher observations: A reflection on how teachers are observing one and other to help develop their own reflective thinking and e-Portfolios.
  • Enthusiasm of schools: Kathe Tawhiwhirangi-Perry writes a personal perspective about how busy schools are on a daily basis but how they may also have time to enjoy the gems in the VLN.


Professional Learning Events


Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship


  • Waima learning journey: How one school introduced the Lane Clarke model to their students.  How the teachers used the model to best suit the needs of their students.

iPad for learning




  • QR Codes in Education: Law, C. & So, S. (2010). QR Codes in Education.  Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange, 3(1),85-100


Locking an iPod Touch or iPad
Mathletics on an iPad: Yes, it can be done!
New iPad product for charging and syncing 10 iPads at once (Karen Mills): This may be an option for schools looking to have pods is iPads. 


Bringing your own devices (BYOD)

Bring your own device survey - US example 1 and example 2: A teacher in the US posted a survey on her blog for students on Bring Your Own Device, simple, yet it gets students to think about what they will use the device for with their learning. 



Beyond the Classroom





imageVLN Tip: A makeover

  • Check out the homepage which has had a makeover and now sports a tabbed layout to clarify the different aspects of the VLN,  separating out the Programmes of Learning from the VLN Groups professional development community.
  • And a "VLN News" widget has been added to the top right of everyone's dashboard so news can easily be shared across all 2500+ members.



 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:

  • Tania: AWESOME day @ Whg Primary today - QR Code Treasure Hunt created by senior class 4 juniors. All went well with lots of learning experiences!
  • Tessa Gray: I'm just writing a blog post on cybersafety and wandering... What are our biggest fears in the classroom?

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