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e-Learning Round-Up | 25 October 2011

Welcome back to the last school term of the year - and it's a short one, too, so time to concentrate on what's most important for our students. This is a bumper round-up: two weeks' worth of e-learning action in one!


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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....

  • Gerard Macmanus: Gerard is Head of Digital Technologies at St Bede's College, Christchurch. He posts frequently in the Virtual Learning Network and across other social media. His passion is helping teachers get to grips with developing e-learning and getting technologies in place to assist them with the change.



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Group of the Week



  • e-Learning Planning Framework Group: This group supports the consultation into the e-Learning Planning Framework. All information on how to participate and the background to the framework can be found here.



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A sneak peek: e-Learning across the VLN Groups





Bringing your own devices (BYOD)




Professional Learning


  • The Draft e-Learning Planning Framework (Term 3) went with some lively debate and discussion. To view this session: View the Blackboard Collaborate recording. See 'Events' below for an opportunity to attend the next workshop.



Professional Learning Events





Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship


  • e-Registered Teacher Criteria: Suzie Vesper (via Enabling e–Learning on Facebook) has added information on evidence gathering and workshop materials to the Registered Teacher Criteria wiki. All feedback welcome. 




  • Is wireless safe?: A post from Derek Wenmoth on potential issues with wireless technology.
  • Tablets: Iona Rait asks what tablets people are using in their classes and for what purposes. 


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Beyond the Classroom


  • Bringing the community into the school: Great blog post from Liz Stevenson, via the VPL-D community space. She explains how she was part of a pilot, using the e-Learning Planning Framework as part of a whole school inquiry into literacy. In particular, she explores the importance of involving the wider community in the power of digital storytelling: "We asked the Kaumatua if they would be willing to share their memories of the area. The students became the interviewers and photographers, supported and encouraged by teachers and whanau...."
  • Engaging family and whānau: Danny Bedingfield in the Malvern Cluster shares examples of how they are using technology to connect with their communities.



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VLN Groups tip: You matter


Without each of us, there can be no community. You can use the VLN Groups to ask a question, share a thought or add to other people's comments. Join a group that fits your own interests and contexts - and take advantage of the critical mass of teachers that are already here. 



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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:


  • gmacmanus: Enjoyed the eLearning Framework webinar that was on today, good to see many like minded people contributing.
  • Ross.Hampton: Anyone willing to share a generic elearning manager job description?
  • Jacque Allen: At ULearn pre-conference session - mLearning. Exciting stuff.
  • Lana: 2nd day at U-learn.Well, one new thing I am definitely going to try is using Google Doc for everything you can do on Microsoft Office. 



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