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e-Learning Round-Up | 20 March 2012

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By Tessa Gray

Tēnā koutou,

Welcome to this week's updates of e-learning activity from across the VLN Groups. More great conversations have continued to grow this week. Just another reminder that the live online workshop When ultra-fast broadband comes to you, where to start? with Douglas Harré is this Thursday 22nd. This session is FREE, so let your colleagues and friends know and register to join.

Have a great week.

KarenTessaJane & Nick |  Blended e-Learning Online Team



Badge for e-Member of the Week

This week it's ...Deidre Senior

Deidre is currently Deputy Principal at Oamaru Intermediate. She has also been an ICTPD facilitator and an E-fellow (2009) and Microsoft NZ's Most Innovative Teacher (2009). Deidre has recently added to the dicussion thread on, Talking about Facebook with students. Teno pai and thank you, Deidre, for sharing your expertise.

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


Claire Amos shares a presentation (delivered to PTA) about reasons for adopting BYOD at Epsom Girls' Grammar School with 10 top tips to consider. 


What does Ka Hikitia look like in action?
Check out this new site for NZ English-medium schools >>Te Mangōroa


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



imageProfessional Learning  

The Science Learning Hub: Science teaching resources for NZ teachers
The Science Learning Hub provides teaching resources that explore the latest research in science and technology with links to the NZ curriculum. Have you used resources from the Science Learning Hub? Do you have a favourite resource that you recommend to others?

How do you like to be treated as learners?
A thread worth thinking about, maybe even changing a behaviour for?

TED-Ed - education channel
TED Talks channels those inspiring speakers towards education. New resource - http://education.ted.com/ arriving in April 2012. Meanwhile, check out the introduction. Is this going to be a resource worth using?


Kevin Honeycutt
Listen to Kevin talk about how you, as a teacher, can make a difference. Are we giving our students a fair deal if we don't give them the opportunities to learn in ways that are relevant to their lives now?
Via Leigh Johnson.


How can we use the VLN / Enabling e-Learning for our own learning?
Where do you think you fit in the online adoption cycle?


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



image Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 

Why not take the poll, and see what others think?


Can students be physically affected by technology? Are students aware of this danger? Do you have any top tips for teachers/parents about safe, appropriate use of screen technologies/computers?


What does an effective way of communicating information look like? Check out this video which shares some useful strategies for communicating online and face-to-face. Via Chrissie Butler.


What are some best ideas for talking about Facebook to intermediate age students? Some of these responses have already helped MrsHyde. Do you have any other suggestions to help others?


A useful post about blogging in the classroom – with specific references to how blogging can enhance learning opportunities for students. Via Simon Evans.
Some practical and useful ideas shared on how to develop a cluster-wide digital citizenship model. Do you have any more of your own to add?


Steven Johnson in his YouTube video, "Where good ideas come from", looks at the physical environments that have made a big difference to the way we live. Johnson's closing statement: "Chance favours the connected mind". What do you think? Via Chrissie Butler.


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




Green swirly logoTechnologies


Can you help?

Is it on the Software for Learning site or can you help us add to the list? http://bit.ly/FPmAmV
Posted by Simon Evans.


Jacqui Sharp's newest wikis with lots of resources for gadgets, widgets and web 2.0 tools. Via Sansam.


Discussion around the legalities of converting recorded stories (tapes and other files types) to new digital formats. Via Susan.McMillan.


The thread continues… do you have anything to share?


As educators, we take it for granted how our students use Google search engine. However, we can’t take it for granted that they know how to use this for their maximum benefit>>>Read more. Via Simon Evans.


Changes to Microsoft New Zealand School Agreement for 2012 announced http://bit.ly/wKI4nE


Insightful post on how the writer believes cell phones provide an opportunity to engage learners as a teaching tool, rather than a distraction. Via Barbara Reid.

Online Mind Mapping and Brainstorming app - SpiderScribe           
SpiderScribe is an online mind mapping and brainstorming tool. It lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files, calendar events in free-form maps. Via Leigh Johnson.


iPad/iTouch technology

iPads for Learning - Getting Started
A very good resource that focuses more on the rationalisation for using an iPad as well as a useful list of apps. Via Allanah King.

Sylvia suggests that we strive to become fluent users of the iPad and some apps she uses to achieve this. Via Allanah King.


The thread continues...


More going on here this week.


AirPlay Mirroring for iPad2
The thread continues.




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 

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


Creative Commons in Schools
Wednesday; April 11; 12:00 PM, Southern Cross, 39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Contact :Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ

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.