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e-Learning Round-Up | 20 February 2012

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By Tessa Gray

Tēnā koutou,

Welcome to the latest digest of e-learning activity from across the VLN Groups. We have some exciting live e-learning events planned for this term, so be sure to share these with your colleagues. 

The latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter is out and can be viewed online at http://www.elearning.tki.org.nz/Newsletter. For all other Enabling e-Learning news, subscribe to our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Have a great week.

KarenTessaJane & Nick |  Blended e-Learning Online Team



Introducing your online team

image  Karen Melhuish is the Enabling e-Learning community co-ordinator/national facilitator, VLN admin and an e-Learning consultant with CORE Education. Karen is based in Wellington.


image  Jane Armstrong is the online facilitator for the national Blended e-Learning PLD Programme and online editor for the Enabling e-Learning website. Jane is also based in Wellington.


image  Nick Ford is an online tutor, instructional designer and systems administrator of online professional learning courses for CORE Education. He is also a community facilitator in the VLN for Enabling e-Learning. Nick is based in Christchurch.


image  Tessa Gray is an online facilitator for Enabling e-Learning and a national facilitator for the Blended e-Learning PLD Programme. Tessa is based in Tauranga.


Feel free to message us and use our expertise.



e-Learning in the VLN Groups 


red spiral logoLeadership


The revised e-Learning Planning Framework: What’s changed? 
A brief overview on developments of the e-Learning Planning Framework based on community consultation and sector feedback. For all e-Learning Planning Framework resources, go to http://www.elearning.tki.org.nz/Professional-learning/e-Learning-Planning-Framework2
Goal setting, teacher appraisals and the e-Learning Planning Framework
Tessa Gray highlights the potential to use the e-Learning Planning Framework when developing ICT goals in teacher appriasals.
Ideas for bringing your own device (BYOD) - with referencd to inequitable access
This post offers some ideas for how students from low socio-economic backgrounds can acquire their own technology.


The golden rules for your school's e-learning strategy
In this Edtalks video, Charles Newton outlines a number of models for principals and leaders to consider when strategic planning or planning for ICT.
What are the plans for e-learning in your school in 2012?
We'd love to hear from you!


imageNeed more resources for e-Learning and Leadership?  Check out the Enabling e-Learning website.



imageProfessional Learning  

Video resources for PD
Inspiring stuff to stimulate the mind!
Have you used the e-Learning Planning Framework? 
Have you got any suggestions for how the eLPF can be used as part of planning and review? 
GiftedED group:Invitation to participate in research
A request for interested parties to complete a survey about learners who have learning process difficulties. 


imageNeed more resources for e-Learning and Professional Learning?  Check out the Enabling e-Learning website.



image Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 


Video conferencing and the NEN Trial schools in NZ
Updates regarding video conferencing and the NEN trial schools [via the NEN trial group in the VLN].


Nen Trial groups discussion: Any NZ school keen to VC with Aussie school? 

Schools are invited to video link with an Australian school to commemorate a joint New Zealand / Australian ANZAC Day.
VLN Community's blog: What do students say about their online experiences?
Some interesting statistics and comments from students about their online learning experiences.
Creating a plan with students to use cell phones for learning
Want to integrate cell phones into learning? You can involve your students with lesson planning where cell phones are used as learning tools. Bookmarked by Barbara Reid

Why mobile learning?
Bookmarked by Barbara Reid

BYOD Class takes their learning to Youtube
One teacher uses flip cameras and smartphones to create math-related videos as a self-reflective tool - to see how his students think through maths problems.
Universal Design for Learning's blog: Apple iBooks Author
This video provides a succinct overview of the potential to use Apple iBooks Author app
with diverse learners.


imageNeed more resources for e-Learning and TeachingCheck out the Enabling e-Learning website.



Green swirly logoTechnologies

Can anyone help?
kokachrissy asks: "Any suggestions to have an open network for wireless in a school during school hours? we have some tablets cruz 1s that cant open proxys HELP" You can message Chrissy directly.


ForumNG: an alternative forum for Moodle 2.1 
ForumNG is an alternative forum for Moodle is now available as a plugin for Moodle 2.1.


Project Chromebook - 25 Chromebooks. Two 4th grade classrooms. 60 days 

A school trials the use of Chromebooks. Bookmarked by Allanah King.


Handy Widgets in LMS'
Have you used any widgets to help make your LMS more user-friendly and that are easy to embed?


BYOD survey development
Gerard Macmanus is developing a student survey to find out which mobile devices students can bring to use at school. He is also asking for suggestions and ideas to help with policy development.


iPad/iTouch technology

Life is not a race to be first finished » Transforming proof reading with an iPad
Blog post on how Allanah has used the iPad to help chidren learn about proof reading with a camera. Bookmarked by Allanah King

Flash player for iPads
Puffinweb browser has been suggested in iPad/iPod user group in the App sharing thread, so users can access games and more on an iPad.


App Sharing
More shared this week in this very helpful thread.


imageNeed more resources for e-Learning and TechnologiesCheck out the Enabling e-Learning website.



imageBeyond the Classroom


iPads in Education – How you & your iPad can volunteer together in your child’s classroom, Part 2 | The Digital Media Diet
A suite of apps that focused on early literacy skills, including Smarty Pants. Bookmarked by Allanah King.



CalendarEnabling e-Learning Events

We have finalised a series of online professional development opportunities for term 1. Feel free to invite a colleague to join you in these Enabling e-Learning events, so they don't miss out.


Enabling e-Learning Events: Term 1
A summary of live events, free webinars and discussions planned for this term. 

For new members: How to use Enabling e-Learning communities / VLN Groups - 24 February, 12.45pm-1.15pm.
Have you just joined the VLN Groups and/or Enabling e-Learning? Feeling a little lost? Then join Karen Melhuish in this lunchtime online workshop. This will be repeated again during the year.


Enabling e-Learning webinars
Find the recordings here of 2011 sessions you may have missed.


Other events 

BYOD Seminars with Torque IP
Tablets, laptops, BYOD. Learn to develop an effective and affordable education technology plan for your school. Free seminars in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch. 20 - 23 February 2012


Ignition: 2012 Emerging Leaders' Unconference
16 Apr 2012 - 17 Apr 2012 at Albany Senior High School, Auckland. 


Connected Cluster's blog: Connections 5 Open Meeting for Hamilton teachers
7 March 2012. All welcome.


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.