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e-Learning Round-Up 28 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. If you miss out on any live events over the next few weeks, these are being recorded and can be accessed from Webinar recordings. Stay updated via our Twitter and Facebook feeds and feel free to share these updates with your colleagues. 

Have a great week.

KarenTessaJane & Nick |  Blended e-Learning Online Team



Badge for e-Member of the Week

This week it's ... Josie Woon

Josie is the assistant principal at Te Kura O Takaro and is "really interested in up-skilling with ICT use."  Josie is currently investigating how to use iPads with her juniors.

Each week, we like to say thank you by nominating a community member for active participation in the Enabling e-Learning / VLN Groups. They can download and add an Enabling e-Learning badge to their profile.



e-Learning in the VLN Groups 


red spiral logoLeadership


Have you used the e-Learning Planning Framework? 
Tracy Bowker and Liz Stevenson share how the e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF) was used to underpin the work of the new Ministry of Education regional model of e-Learning PLD as part of a pilot project in 2011. 

How do you know if ICT is making a difference - and does it matter?
Some thought-provoking repsonses from community members - where ICT can be seen to 'make a difference' for both students and teachers.

What are the plans for e-learning in your school in 2012?
eSchool News blog post makes references to how one-to-one computing programs are only as effective as their teachers. 


Registered Teacher Criteria and the e-Learning Planning Framework
Valuable links have been made between these two resources - useful when planning e-learning appraisal goals for 2012. 

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



imageProfessional Learning  

Multiple mentors: who are yours?
In this video Howard Gardner talks about the value of finding mentors and the responsibility to pass the experience of connection and learning to others. Posted by Chrissie Butler


How can we use the VLN / Enabling e-Learning for our own learning?
A discussion thread to support Enabling e-Learning live events - on how to use the VLN to support your own and other's learning. Questions welcome.


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



image Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 

How do you get started with ICTs in your classroom?
More ideas about how to start using ICTs in the classroom - including modeling the right attitude towards technology - be fearless.


Project based learning and iPad integration
Here's an interesting video that illustrates an approach taken in a US High School, using iPads across the curriculum. Posted by Derek Wenmoth

Using technology to support Maths - what do you do?
'Sine of the times' blog post - how to use tools such as The Geometer's Sketchpad to explore real-world measurement. 

Using Blogger - ideas and advice
Any ideas for safe ways to manage content in Blogger? Pop your answer in this thread, as well as any other questions you have about using Blogger with students.


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



Green swirly logoTechnologies


NEN Trial via groups: Re:Video Conferencing across NEN schools
This thread shares updates on this trial.
Allanah King via bookmarks 


Ministry of Education Network for Learning consultation | Take part in the technical survey
The Ministry of Education is seeking feedback from schools to help inform the design and implementation of the Network for Learning.


Re-thinking how we use space
In this post a video is shared where architect Trung Le challenges educators to think about how we use and organise environmental spaces as the 'third teacher'. 


Laptops for Teachers Scheme - Important details of change in support services provider
Important details of change. Via gmacmanus.


To SNUP or not to SNUP?
Open question to the wider community - do we spend the money (20% contribution) on the SNUP, or do we invest in a top quality wireless set-up?


Software for Learning's blog: Web conferencing in education 
This blog post highlights how teachers can successfully use different web conferencing tools with their students. 

BYOD survey development
Gerard Macmanus is asking for suggestions and ideas here. Feel free to add some of your own ideas.


iPad/iTouch technology

App Sharing
More ideas added to this popular thread.

iPads in the Junior Classroom
Recent flurry of events has group members responding to requests to share top iPad apps for juniors. Do you have anything to add?

Updating to a New iOS using Xcode
The fastest way to update multiple devices at once is to use Xcode. Allanah King via bookmarks 
Save web articles as PDF for reading later:
'Joliprint' turns web pages into pdfs that open in pdf part iBooks. Students can then annotate it, make notes - whatever! Allanah King via bookmarks 
Orewa College - One to one devices and the path to the iPad
Mark Quigley, from Orewa College, shares how they have introduced iPads to their school. 


Dark Side of the iPad ~ Collecting student projects is difficult! | John Larkin
John Larkin outlines options for file sharing using an iPad. Allanah King via bookmarks


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



imageBeyond the Classroom


Blended learning: When students learn at school as well as beyond the classroom using online environments
In this Edtalks video, Michael Barbour shares specific examples of students learning online in the Virtual Learning Network (Online programmes of learning).


CalendarEnabling e-Learning Events

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

Enabling e-Learning webinars
Find the recordings here for 2011/2012 sessions you may have missed.


Other events 

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.