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e-Learning Round-Up | 15 May 2012

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By Tessa Gray

Tēnā koutou,

Are you looking for rich e-learning connections, conversations, resources, sharing of ideas, as well as help offered through Q&A type discussions? Then look no further, this week's e-Learning round-up has something for everyone.

Announcement of the week: "Well done team- just noticed that the iPad group now has over 400 members. Thank you for your contributions and discussion." AllanahK

Have a great week everyone, 

KarenTessaJane & Nick |  Blended e-Learning Online Team



Badge for e-Member of the WeekThis week it's ...Carol Kendall. Carol is a teacher working with teachers and students to use ICT creatively and effectively. Carol also notes on her profile that she is “..passionate about inquiry learning. An Apple fan!”

Carol has been a supportive mentor in the following thread, Top tips for Garageband on an iPad. Thank you for your valued input, Carol.


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.



red spiral logoLeadership & strategic direction


The submission process has now closed; however, you can access a collated list of submissions via this Google doc.
Two new announcements related to the Network for Learning and the School ICT Infrastructure survey on Enabling e-Learning this week. You might also like to listen to this short piece, featured on Radio NZ National (14 May 2012).
What do you do if students have inappropriate files on a device?

Virtual Learning Network: BYOD in schools's blog: Lessons from a first year of BYOD(T)
A quick to read post from Carol Mortensen, where she describes five key lessons from the first 12 months with a BYOD(T) programme at Deer Park High School in Texas. Via Derek Wenmoth


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



Professional Learning yellow logoProfessional Learning  

How to run a webinar - add to the shared resource
Advice and support on ways to design and facilitate online workshops to engage learners online.

Mobile devices in the classroom: On reflection 

Recently Albany Senior High School hosted a professional learning opportunity on Mobile learning devices. Here's what two attendees thought.


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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 


Ideas for integrating ICTs in English - tools and strategies
Claire Amos shares a presentation that highlights tools and strategies that support thinking, collaboration and differentiation.
ICT Teaching and Learning Curriculum Pathways
Community members start to share some examples of curriculum pathways and Digital Citizenship with Jamin. Do you have more ideas/examples to share?
Consultation on the new Pasifika Education Plan (2013-2017)
The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs are inviting you to share your views about how we can further raise participation, engagement and achievement in education for all Pasifika learners.
New challenge: Finish this sentence...
When there's no computer/tech suite in our school, there would be...
Does technology stifle creativity?
A deep and relevant question asked by Cherryl Edenwith a flurry of responses shared. 
Inspiring stories of ICT integration
Check out these stories that have been shared in the ‘Snapshots' section of the Software for Learning website. Via Suzie Vesper.

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



Green swirly logoTechnologies & Infrastructure

Lookah TV
This site has many helpful tutorials on a large variety of software programmes. Via Simon Evans
This post in the VLN Primary group provides useful information about the Rural Broadband initiative.
Where there’s a problem, there's possibly a solution. In this case, uploading and embedding audio/video.
Monica's MLE story continues..        
On March 1, 2012, Google changed their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. What does this mean? Via Simon Evans
A blog on Bring your own technology. Via Barbara Reid  
The commentary continues...
Better World Flux is a interactive visualization of information about global standards of living and quality of life for many countries, how this has changed, and mostly improved, over the last 50 years. Via Simon Evans 
Map a list is a web tool that allows you to create and manage customised Google maps of address lists so you can visualise where large groups of people are across the world. Via Simon Evans


iPad/iTouch technology

What’s happening when students with autism use apps in education? Have you something to share? Via Chrissie.Butler
Q & A support around file management in iPads.
Two kids never used an iPad - 3 instructions with 30 minutes to come up with an ebook about our student conference. Want to know more? Via inneskennard

There are a group of teachers currently investigating how to support ELL using ICTs. Does anyone have ideas about apps that can be effective for these learners? Via Suzie Vesper
JazzRolton asks, "How successfully are people integrating iPads into their daily literacy and numeracy programmes in the senior school"? 
Here are some suggestions for using Garageband in the Classroom. Via barbs1 
Appitic is a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators to help you transform teaching and learning. Via iDave

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




imageBeyond the Classroom

Here are some threads pulled together around Home School Partnerships. Via Allanah King
Emma Watts collected parental input via a Speak Pipe (speaking) widget on their blog. An interesting way to get parents involved. Via Allanah King
A guide for parents on how to set up a Twitter account to receive free text message updates via their cellphones.
...rcarson asks. Any more effective ways to encourage parents to comment on learning in class blogs? 

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



CalendarFor your calendar...

EEL logo

Enabling e-Learning Webinars: ENROL NOW!




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

Enabling e-Learning webinars: Find the recordings here for 2011/2012 sessions you may have missed.


Source: Wikimediae-Learning events around NZ

  • NetHui 2012, 11 Jul 2012 - 13 Jul 2012, Sky City, Auckland #nethui12
  • ULearn, Auckland Sky City, October 10 - 12. Targets all educators, from preschool to tertiary. #ulearn12 

EduCamp series 2012

  • EduCampAKL: Stonefields School, Auckland, 21st July, 10am-3pm