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e-Learning Round-Up | 5 December 2011

With only a couple of weeks of school to go, we are looking ahead to 2012 in many of our discussions and activities.

We would be delighted if you’d take 10 minutes to complete our online survey to tell us what you like – and would like improved – in your Enabling e-Learning space for 2012: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Enabling_e-Learning

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....

  • Nick Ford: Nick is an instructional designer with CORE Education, with a keen interest in teaching, curriculum, web design and blended professional learning. Ask him anything about Moodle;-)


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  •  The 30 Day Challenge: We're done! Thanks to everyone for their participation. Feel free to check out the discussions about what school leaders might look for in new staff members, in terms of e-learning competencies.
  • 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


  •  Using Software for Learning snapshots: As Suzie Vesper recently explained, these can be incorporated into professional learning sessions, and teachers can apply to create one themselves as part of their own inquiry.


Enabling e-Learning Events


Other events


  • Learning@School Conference - Energise Enlighten, Extend and Empower: (26-27 January 2012): Register now. The Enabling e-Learning team will be at this exciting conference and want to meet with you there. The conference focuses on developing leadership capability, fostering creativity in thought and action, raising achievement for all learners and building school, whānau and community partnerships. Join Enabling e-Learning online and at our workshop sessions, where we will share with you the exciting developments in e-learning. 

>>>Check out all the e-learning breakout sessions for Learning@School

>>>Enabling e-Learning will be there too, as you can see in this taster video from Karen.




Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship



  • What should be in your e-learning kete? This November challenge from the Enabling e-Learning: Teaching groups built a shared doc that describes teachers' e-learning competencies. Thanks to everyone for participating.
  • Digital NZ: EdTalks video: In this talk from ULearn11 Andy Neale, National Library of New Zealand Web Manager, details the resources available for schools from Digital NZ. Digital New Zealand aims to help make New Zealand content easy to find, share, and use. You are also able to search Digital NZ through Digistore and you can add search results to your Digistore learning paths.
  • How Youtube is driving innovation in the classroom: Simon Evans shares a Software for Learning snapshot that highlights the powerful way in which online video is inspiring innovation as a 'sharing platform' for schools. In this snapshot Dave Beehre's students from Somerville Intermediate School in Auckland are exploring virtues using YouTube as an interactive presentation tool.
  • Game-based learning: Are you playing? HamishC explains how he and a colleague are developing a gamification (using game-stuff/concepts for sneaky educational purposes) of English skills tracking through a web-based front-end XP bar!



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  • Moodle in Schools: Gerard Macmanus outlines developments for schools in Auckland and Christchurch.
  • 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.
  • The Internet Archive: This is an Internet library offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital formats, including the 'Way Back Machine' which allows users to browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. Via Nick Ford

iPad/iTouch technology



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Beyond the Classroom



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