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e-Learning Round-Up | 13 December 2011

This is our last round-up for 2011. Thanks to to everyone for their support in the last two months since the launch!  Enabling e-Learning is an exciting, growing community here, and on Twitter and Facebook, and it offers tonnes of potential for professional conversations next year.


****You have just four days left to share your views in our online survey. 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


Wishing you a Meri Kirihimete, relaxing Christmas, and a Happy New Year! See you in 2012.

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....


  • Claire Amos: Claire is the Director of e-learning at Epsom Girls Grammar School, and is a regular contributor to Enabling e-Learning communities. Check out her posts on BYOD and Google apps in the relevant threads below.


e-Learning in the VLN Groups






Take the 30 day challenge
The 30 day leadership challenge presentation is now ready, thanks to Tessa Gray. Once again, thank you to everyone who has helped contribute to this resource.

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. 


BYOD: What are you doing in your school? 
The discussion continues, with people sharing their own experiences and plans for 2012.  

Resources for Going 1 - 1 in Schools, shared by Barbara Reid.
"It should be framed and supported as a whole-school learning initiative which will challenge as well as improve the ways ‘we do business’ at all levels in school." 




Professional Learning  



What happens to a cluster webspace once the ICTPD contract ends?
A wide-ranging discussion about sustainability and the archiving/curating of learning materials created during professional development.


Coaching via Skype and other distance technologies
A fascinating and rich discussion from the National Aspiring Principals’ programme.

How an e-learning team grew a learning community
A reflective story from Mt. Roskill Grammar School.


ICT PD reflective summaries
A growing resource in the VLN,which includes school stories on every aspect of e-learning.



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.


Open content licensing for educators workshop (#OCL4Ed)
A free online workshop designed for educators who want to learn more about open education resources, copyright, and creative commons licenses. 23 Jan 2012 - 27 Jan 2012.


DEANZ Conference 2012
Open, flexible and distance learning, 11 Apr 2012 - 13 Apr 2012.

EduCamp series 2012
EduCampAKL 2012 date/venue confirmed (21st July). Other dates and venues are going up on the EduCamp home page.





Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship



Getting ready for the first week back 
Anne Ken has shared a resource she is developing for the first week back. Browse and add to it.

Game-based learning: Are you playing? 
Hamish C 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!

Supporting students using their own devices and working online
Barbara Reid shares Claire Amos’ resource from the ICTs in English mailing list to help students make the most of BYOD and working online. 



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Apple's OS X Lion software is now available
News update via Enabling e-Learning on TKI.

Using Google apps and tools
The discussion continues. A place to share ideas and raise questions….

mLearning Etiquette 
A resource shared by Fiona Grant.

mLearning Capability Pilot
Nathan Kerr and Robert Douglas, teachers at Howick College, participated in the mLearning Capability Pilot Project in 2010. The project explored the impact of mobile technologies on teaching and learning.

How video games are changing education 
Annemarie Hyde shares an infographic that highlights skills that gaming can develop.


What technology has made the most difference for you in 2011
Emma Watts kickstarts this reflective thread with a great overview of blogging. What’s made the difference for you this year?

Latest newsletter from Software for Learning 
Browse and subscribe.

mLearning stories and snapshots recommended by the Software for Learning Community
Shared by Fiona Grant.

Device storage and security 
A discussion on how to store your devices at school.


iPad/iTouch technology


Implementing iPads/Touches snapshots on Software for Learning
New Software for Learning snapshot, featuring Cameron Lockie.


iOS Communities 
These online communities have been recommended by educators. They include support information, resources and recommendations for integrating mobile and iOS devices to support learning.

Recommend an app
Share your favourites with Software for Learning.


Tony Vincent's Learning in Hand - Blog - How to Set Up Gmail for School iPads and iPods 
Setting up an email account on a school iPad (shared by Allanah King).

iPads in the Junior Classroom 
Shared by Stuart Hale, CS is a simple Comic Life app that he has used with Yr1; it can be used right through to Yr6.


Apps For Autistic Children 
Sherryl has raised this important question – do you know of apps that have been used successfully with 5-6 year old autistic children?

App Sharing 
The discussion continues, with a post on videoing.


APPitic - 1,300+ EDUapps
Shared by Allanah King, this is a website where ADE (Apple Distinguished Educators) recommend apps for learning. They have just added a section for Special Ed/Autism.



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