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e-Learning Round-Up | 6 March 2012

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By Tessa Gray

Tēnā koutou,

Welcome to this week's digest of e-learning activity from across the VLN Groups. Look out for the up-coming live Enabling e-Learning events. The next workshop is When ultra-fast broadband comes to you, where to start? with Douglas Harré on 22 March. These are FREE, so do share these workshops with your colleagues and friends. 

Have a great week.

KarenTessaJane & Nick |  Blended e-Learning Online Team



Badge for e-Member of the Week

This week it's ...Moana Timoko

Moana is from CORE Education - He poutakawaenga au mō ngā tima Te Marautanga o Aotearoa me Blended e-Learning. Moana has been sharing her perspective on technologies throughout the Enabling e-Learning communties. Ka pai, Moana.


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


Building an effective BYOD plan
Derek shares his experiences from a recent a seminar hosted by TorqueIP, where Sam Gliksman talked about building an effective school BYOD plan.


Getting ready to do the BYOD survey
Gerard Macmanus invites contributors.

The golden rules for your school's elearning strategy: Moana Timoko puts into context one of the 7 golden rules when she shares how her children interact with technology.


Have you used the e-Learning Planning Framework?
Some practical ideas for using the e-Learning Planning Framework tool.


Are Learning Management Systems getting the job done...what are your thoughts?
A thought-provoking post about LMSs and current learning theory, needs and trends. What do you think?

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



imageProfessional Learning  

ICT PD updates March 5th
ICT PD Online blog shares some inspiring videos and resources for teachers and school leaders.


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



image Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 


Can you help?

P4C philosophy and ICT
Trish Ramsay is keen to know how many people do P4C and would be interested in ICT resources to enhance it.

kokachrissy asks if anyone has taken a primary class on an EOTC overseas. If so, can you please share some docs or templates that you used with your BOT/parents. You can reply to Chrissy @ /pg/profile/kokachrissy
How do you know if ICT is making a difference - and does it matter?
Community members share specific examples (including blogging) of how ICTs are engaging and connecting learners and parents.

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 New Zealand's Virtual Learning Network.

Community members and Digistore adviser, Suzie Vesper, share useful ways to link DigiStore learning objects from a Learning Management System.

Great ideas for technologies for your classroom
Ideas to inspire- a resource was shared recently in the NZC Online newsletter: You can filter the choice according to your teaching and learning needs.


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





Green swirly logoTechnologies


Can you help?

A question about schools' data plan sizes @ http://bit.ly/w2nYDE #NZ      

Using Blogger - ideas and advice
Examples and ideas for working practically and safely with students using blogs. Anything else to add?
Via Robin.

MLE's and BYOD
Any thoughts around the use of an Managed Learning Environment when considering implementing BYOD with 3G in a school/kura? Via Robin Ohia.

EDU domain management and settings
Some considerations for managing shared Google docs outside the school's domain.

iBook Author and interactive activities: Marielle Lange has written an iBook widget about using iBookAuthor to write interactive content.

Free ebooks
Resources sourced from a site called Gizmos Freeware. Via Robyn Bennett.

iPad/iTouch technology

Apps for reading
eBooks in Schools: A blog developed by New Zealanders, profiles links to interactive books and apps that are of particular interest to schools and libraries to support reading and literacy. Via Gillian Ross.

App Sharing
More ideas added this week to this popular thread, including ways to create StopMotion animation.

iPads in the Junior Classroom
The conversations continue. Anything to add?

Science 360
This free app is amazing - check it out. Great graphics and info. Via Robyn Bennett.

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



imageBeyond the Classroom


How do you find out what your school community thinks about using ICT?
Rather than reinvent the wheel, does anyone have teacher/student/community questionnaires to share on, perceptions and use of ICT? Via Charles Newton.



CalendarEnabling e-Learning Events

Online webinars:

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 e-learning events 

VLN Primary Online classes starting
Request for enrolments Y7/8 languages and Astronomy spaces available

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.

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

Mobile Devices in Classrooms
19 Apr 2012, Albany Senior High School, Auckland, Learning Network NZ
Target audience: teachers and leaders at all levels of education.

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