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e-Learning Round-Up | 27 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. Enjoy the following posts and feel free to contribute your own thoughts, experiences or resources in any area that's of interest you.

Have a great week, everyone.

KarenTessaJane & Nick |  Blended e-Learning Online Team



Badge for e-Member of the Week

This week it's ...Monika Kern

Monika currently teaches Art, Music and ICT to Year 7&8 students in a small town in the Far North. Monika has recently started a couple of dicussion threads on Choosing a suitable MLE and How to set up a web based teaching unit? Thank you for sharing your thoughts here, Monika. Hopefully you glean some helpful tips from the responses shared.

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 & strategic direction


For amazing, inspiring and thought-provoking videos from the greatest keynote speakers of the world. Via kids incharge.

TKI logoMore resources for Leadership and e-Learning>>>the Enabling e-Learning website.



Professional Learning yellow logoProfessional Learning  

Tools to manage my life online
Life can get pretty hectic online, so does anyone have a great tip/trick/tool to help make this easier?
MyPortfolio - Mahora Primary
The whole staff has been extremely positive towards the use of MyPortfolio. Read how one school is using it as a tool for their professional reflections and development, as well an area for teacher collaboration and sharing. Via John Willoughby.

TKI logoCheck out e-Learning & Professional Learning>>the Enabling e-Learning website.



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 

How you might use a blog to share learning?
This thread shares some practical ways to use blogs for learning within the classroom and connecting with a wider audience beyond.
How to set up a web based teaching unit?
Monika asks for a web based platform that will enable her 200+ students to share their learning with her. Do you have any practical suggestions for her?
BYOD: What are you doing in your school?
Kevin brings a whole new lens to BYOD devices in relation to accessibility for all learners. Read more>>> Via Kevin.Prince.
Junior Reading Site
This is a wonderful Junior Literacy site - with lots of printable resources to support phonics and reading in the classroom. Via Kim Gempton.

Written, oral and visual language
A couple of our Year 2 classes are using Kidpix for their daily story writing. Read more>>>Via ictmrsh

Māori myths, stories from doc and accessing Digistore >> Te Pātaka Matihiko Diginews out now!

imageCheck out e-Learning and Teaching>>> the Enabling e-Learning website.



Green swirly logoTechnologies & infrastructure

Interactive book apps for Intermediate students
More suggestions rolling in. Do you have any of your own to add?

Shape collage
How to make a shape collage of photos to embed on your blog Via Karen Duligall.


QR Code treasure hunt
A generator that creates the QR codes for your treasure hunt.  Via ictmrsh.


Make a video slideshow of photos really easily. Via Karen Duligall.


This is a useful, easy-to-use tool for children to listen to their own oral reading. Via Danielle Burroughs.


Choosing a suitable MLE
How do we choose the most suitable Manged Learning Environment? Add your thoughts. 


Moodle and Google Tutorials
Clarie Amos shares an extensive range of resources and invites you to share with any Moodle or Google users in your school. Via claireamos.


Ultra-fast broadband and your school - what's happening?
Jane Armstrong summarises the outcomes from the webinar with Douglas Harré in this post.


Ultra-fast broadband – what difference will it make?
Jane Armstrong shares stories of how ultra-fast broadband is already making a difference in schools.


iPad/iTouch technology

Students working with ipads
‘Blended learning refers to a mixing of different learning environments. It combines traditional face-to-face classroom methods with more modern computer-mediated activitiesʼ (iPads)Via Simon Evans.


Student reflections on using iPads via Simon Evans.


MindMeister iPad app is free at the moment. Via Innes Kennard.


Tom Barrett is encouraging others to add to his 'interesting ways to use an iPad' series. Any educator can add a slide of their own. Via Allanah King.


This school shares how they are using iPads to enable their focus on literacy, writing to come to fruition. Via LynleyEdmonds.

imageCheck out e-Learning and Technologies>>> the Enabling e-Learning website.




imageBeyond the Classroom


Frimely Senior Team are experimenting with using ePortfolios in school and at home. Via kids incharge.


Blogging at Havelock North supports children to have an authentic context for their digitial citizenship, to receive feedback and feedforward on their work. Parents are encouraged to comment and leave appropriate feedback on their child's work. Via Karen Duligall.


imageCheck out e-Learning and Beyond the Classroom>>the Enabling e-Learning website.



CalendarEnabling e-Learning Events

Online webinars:


Enabling e-Learning webinars
Find the recordings here for 2011/2012 sessions you may have missed, including When ultra-fast broadband comes to you, where to start? - with Douglas Harré 


Other e-learning events 

DEANZ Conference 2012
Open, flexible and distance learning, 11 Apr 2012 - 13 Apr 2012. Karen Melhuish (Blended e-Learning team) will be presenting on how Enabling e-Learning can suport professional learning for schools.


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 2012Albany Senior High School, AucklandLearning Network NZ
Target audience: teachers and leaders at all levels of education.

EduCamp series 2012