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e-Learning Round-Up | 3 April 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. We hope the online activities during term 1 have provided some motivation and inspiration for you as you work with teachers and students in your schools. Look out for the coming events planned for term 2.

Have a great Easter, everyone.

KarenTessaJane & Nick |  Blended e-Learning Online Team



Badge for e-Member of the WeekThis week it's ... Steve Dunsmore. Steve is the Principal of Kaipaki School in Cambridge. Steve has contributed a useful post about raising literacy levels amongst pre-schoolers - in the iPads in Juniors discussion thread. Thank you for the resource sharing, Steve.

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.



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Beyond the ICT PD contract - what does sustainability look like?
Are you currently in a ICT PD contract and discussing ways to sustain e-learning within and across your schools? Perhaps you have already left the contract and there are things you have trialed and want to share with others? We'd love to hear from you.


How do we convince our colleagues to be in the VLN especially beyond the cluster contracts?
Some practical ideas emerging in this discussion. How else do you mentor your colleagues to use the VLN Groups space? 


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How do you know if ICT is making a difference - and does it matter?
Continuing the exploration...


What do your students think about using technology for learning?
Some ideas offered for student surveys. Do you have anything to add?


How do you like to be treated as learners?
Students were asked, 'What five things that you would like your teacher to know about you and the way you learn and want to be taught'. Via Allanah King 


Useful Māori-related digital content and resources
Summary post of the online webinar about Māori related digital content from the Digi-advisors. Do you have any great resources or approaches that you would like to share as well? Via Suzie Vesper


How are you fostering effective teacher learning?
What do you do at your school to encourage teachers who are reluctant to embrace and integrate technology?


Children are able to learn as long as the conditions allow it        
A wonderful story of how a teacher has used technologies to motivate sutdents, to learn through literacy and the arts. Via Chrissie Butler


Using technology to support Maths - what do you do?
Do you have any maths resources to share?


Using wikis for learning
Great Software for Learning post on the research and practical side of using wikis in education. 


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Choosing a suitable MLE
Further discussion on terminology and purpose...


Google search tips
What Google search tips do you have to share with the VLN community?


Tools for e-portfolios
How do you choose the tools you use?

iPad/iTouch technology

iPads in the Junior Classroom
Good sharing continues in this post...

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imageBeyond the Classroom

A 21st Century Learning Resource Guide for Parents
What should collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking look like in a modern classroom? How can parents help educators accomplish their goals? Via Barbara Reid


Community engagement and authentic learning
Sam Cunnane blogs about the power of connecting with experts in the wider community, to help engage students in authentic learning opportunities.


Questions to ask to become more informed about Parents/whānau views on children's online learning
More contributions to consider when formulating e-learning questionnaires for the wider community. Via Jan Cullen.


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CalendarEnabling e-Learning Events

Enabling e-Learning webinars
Find the recordings here for 2011/2012 sessions you may have missed, including Digital resources and content for Māori learners with Suzie Vesper and Janelle Riki. 

imagePhotographic challenge

Want to a share a window on your practice? Welcome to the first ever Enabling e-Learning photographic challenge where you are invited to share an image that demonstrates how technology makes a difference to learning in your school.

Who will be our first Challenge winner?

Look out for the up-coming Enabling e-Learning online events planned for term 2.


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 support 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