Log in

e-Learning Round-Up | 12 March 2012

  • Public
By Nick Ford

Tēnā koutou,

Welcome to this week's round up of e-learning activity across the VLN Groups. Look out for the up-coming live Enabling e-Learning events including  When ultra-fast broadband comes to you, where to start? with Douglas Harré on 22 March. The Enabling e-Learning live events 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 ... 

St Mary's School in Rotorua. St Mary's caters for new entrants to Year 6 and has a maximum roll of 400 students spread across 17 classrooms. They have recently posted in the Teaching group.

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


Is it the technology - or the leadership?
Karen Melhuish asks the question "What might 'good leadership' look like when it comes to managing technology in school?"

Have you used the e-Learning Planning Framework? 
A ranege of great stories shared about how the e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF) is being used to support planning and strategic development in schools and beyond.


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



imageProfessional Learning  



Do you dream in colour?
A great video to prompt discussion arounds values and beliefs with colleagues, via Chrissie Butler.
How can we use the VLN / Enabling e-Learning for our own learning?
What stage are YOU at with your PLN?
Using Microblogging in the classroom
From Software for Learning comes an overview of how social networking tools can be used as as a means of supporting teacher professional learning. 
Apple for the teacher? iPads sow confusion in class
In the wake of a surge by private companies and organisations donating tablets, e-readers and other information and communication technology (ICT) to schools, experts say teachers feel intimidated by the prospect of using this technology in classrooms, via Gerard Macmanus.

How do you like to be treated as a learner?
Allanah King asks us to consider the "Five things my new teacher needs to know about me"?


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

Philosophy For children and ICT
A discussion on ICT tools and environments related to the teaching of philosophy to children.

How do your students personalise their learning spaces?
Personalised learning and flexible spaces.
CantaNet student videos
Videos that show hat it is like being an eStudent.
DigiStore Learning Pathways
Suzie Vesper provides some insights into how DLOs can be used in learning pathways.
Be a test pilot for a special education website…
Megan Melvin needs EC educators and teachers to be 'test pilots' for a special education website.
The mobile native - Learning and teaching with mobile learning devices
BYOD responsible use policy, frequently asked questions, links and resources, via Barbara Reid.
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.

"Brother Number One" resource
A useful resource that can be used in English, Media Studies, Social Sciences and History.


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



Green swirly logoTechnologies


The next group of schools to be connected to ultra-fast broadband has been announced. 
See Enabling e-Learning newsfeed.


Using Blogger - ideas and advice
Join this ongoing conversation regarding the use of Blogger in teaching and learning.

Are Learning Management Systems getting the job done...what are your thoughts?
A blog post from Hazel Owen commenting on Joyce Seitzinger's post about learning management systems.

Data Plan Size
What size is your school's data plan?

Great ideas for technologies for your classroom
'Ideas to Inspire'  - a useful teaching and learning resource for your classroom.

iPad/iTouch technology

Great App for Creating Stories - My Story
Check out Tara Fagan's blogpost here.
Apps For autistic children
A list of apps are well sorted into sections which may be useful, via Allanah King.
iPods / audio books help improve reading scores
Via Barbara Reid
The new iPad
Will it better for creating, as well as consumption? asks Tara Fagan.
More great tips shared in Managing ipads
Interactive book apps for Intermediate students
A useful thread to support literacy.
AirPlay Mirroring for iPad2
Has anyone had HDCP issues mirroring iPad2 with Apple TV?
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?


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?
How do teachers, students and families/communities perceive and use ICT and e-learning? Are there shared questionnaires which could help answer these questions? Share and discuss here.


A great story of connecting assessment to community
A living report: Using tech to share assessment with family/whānau.



CalendarEnabling e-Learning Events

Enabling e-Learning Events: Term 1. Next webinar: 22 March
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 


ICTs in English, English Online, 14 March
Encouraging, developing and sharing ideas through writing (creating meaning) - Blogging tools, google docs, e-portfolios. Runs from 4-6pm.

Cyberbullying: Facts, Figures & Solutions
First of two seminars presented by Professor Simone Van der Hof on cybersafety
Wellington Thursday 15 Mar 2012 and Auckland Tuesday 27 March. More information at http://e-government.vuw.ac.nz/


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

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.