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e-Learning Round-Up | 31 October 2011

Karen Melhuish

I hope the term has started well for you all – this week’s round-up of e-learning activity in the VLN groups would suggest that it has. Thanks you to everyone who is now following Enabling e-Learning via Twitter and Facebook.

Karen M  |  Enabling e-Learning Community Co-Ordinator




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....

  • Danny Bedingfield is an ICTPD facilitator and I work for eTime in Christchurch. He regularly shares useful examples of e-learning practice, via the Malvern Cluster.




Group of the Week


e-Learning Planning Framework Group: Only two weeks to go until consultation end on the e-learning planning framework – have you had your say yet? Your input is vital.




e-Learning across the VLN Groups




  • A Framework for Aotearoa: How can the e-learning planning framework be applied in unique NZ contexts?: Fiona Grant has been synthesizing the use of the draft e-Learning Planning Framework in regards to how might Software for Learning might be used by school leaders to plan professional learning.
  • Student network for learning: This new initiative has just been announced by the Minister for Education. Find out about it here, and share your thoughts.

Bringing your own devices (BYOD)



Professional Learning


  • Blogging for reflective practice: Shared by Nick Rate, this recent article is situated in the tertiary sector but still makes a great read. Web 2.0 technology, such as blogging, allows for locally developed, cost effective, and holistic alternative portfolio assessment systems.



Professional Learning Events



  • Free online workshop: e-Learning Planning Framework, 2 November: It will briefly inform you about the history and context of the draft eLPF, how it will aide schools in addressing critical success factors (in regards to working towards e-Maturity) and how this will affect your role in schools (free).



Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship


  • He Korero o te Whakatipuranga Hou: Sharing our stories: Jeanette m1 shares this website, set up as the reference point for students, parents and interested, teachers attending the Mini GATE Symposium organised  by REAP in Whakatane.




  • Blending with Moodle: Shared by Simon Evans, this case study explores the use of blended teaching and learning in Home Economics NCEA Level 2, with Sue Parkes.


iPad/iTouch technology



Beyond the Classroom


  • Rangitoto College 'Going Digital' Booklet: This booklet designed for their community was developed to outline their current IT infrastructure, their vision for the e-learning classroom, case studies, and types of devices that can be used.




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:

  •  lana1180: Had a fantastic time at the U-Learn conference. It was overwhelming and definitely rewarding. Check out this U-learn site http://edtalks.org
  • jeanette.m1: PK presentation uploaded as ppt...sharing the love of e-Learning with like-minded others:0
  • Annemarie Hyde: The online workshops, pae pae, seminars etc are great...but why are they all on at the same time? AND we've already planned our term! [we’ve responded to Annemarie’s commentJ]



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