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e-Learning Round-Up | 28 November 2011

I can hear the jingle of bells and see the trees going up….Advent is nearly upon us. And the activity continues unabated. Here’s quick overview of what’s going on. And you can also keep up with 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....

  • Mike Wilson: Mike is Teacher of Biology and Science at Hamilton's Sacred Heart Girls' College, and Director of the E-Lfa ICT cluster, as well as SCT and TIC E-learning. And he finds time to blog his thoughts in the VLN. 



Group of the Week



  • Universal Design for Learning: This group, facilitated by Chrissie Butler, focuses on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. UDL provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all."  Ask questions about UDL here…



e-Learning in the VLN Groups






  •  The 30 Day Challenge: Three days left in the Enabling e-Learning: Leadership group is exploring ways to recruit staff with a focus on sustaining e-learning developments in school.
  • Acceptable Use documents for Netsafe: NetSafe would like to look at what schools are currently using as Use Agreements for students and staff, and are asking schools to send documents to them. 



Professional Learning





Enabling e-Learning Events


Other events





Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship



  •  What should be in your e-learning kete? This November challenge from the Enabling e-Learning: Teaching groups is building a shared doc that describes teachers' e-learning competencies. Add an idea or resource.
  • Joe's Non-Netbook: A tongue-in cheek video, shared by Chrissie Butler, that raises the some questions around how we inadvertently present barriers to learning in our choice of resources.
  • Google Time: One teacher’s reflection on teaching Year 3, following a visit from Tony Ryan, via Isaac Day.



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  •  Ways to use MyPortfolio: Are you using MyPortfolio in your school? If so you may want to point your mouse at this collaborative Google Presentation for some great ideas and examples. Via Nick Rate.
  • Social Network Tools: Rotorua Lakes Cluster begins to share technologies to support connection and collaboration.

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