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e-Learning Round Up | 6 June 2012

Tēnā koutou,

Short week this week, but still we have a great round-up edition for you. While you're in here, feel free to 'pop in' to the Enabling e-Learning groups to seek out information, expertise, find resources or to 'stay a while' and become familiar enough to share your own stories and discuss developments with others. The wonderful thing about this community is that we are not limited by geography, time or formality. We come together in the best way we see fit. Have a great week everyone - hei konā mai,

KarenTessaJane & Nick |  Blended e-Learning Online Team



  Badge for e-Member of the WeekThis week it's ...Eric Martini. Eric is an ICT Facilitator for the West Coast and his profile reads, that he is a, "self confessed techno geek - who's willing to try anything tech related!"  Eric has contributed to a number of threads about using iPads recently. We value your technical knowledge and input into these discussion groups, Eric, many thanks.

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

Building reflective practice: 30 day challenge: So, what is reflective practice?  It is a bit of a buzz-word at the moment .... What does it mean for you? What e-learning tools do you use to do this well? Via Greg Carroll

Introducing Ipads from a principal perspective: Community members share experiences and ideas about iPads in schools - from a leadership perspective.


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



Professional Learning yellow logoProfessional Learning  


ICT PD updates for Term 2, week 6: News for ICT PD clusters, with a short round-up from within and around the VLN groups.


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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 


Celebrating Samoan Independence 2012 - 50 years: Samoa mo Samoa: This year marks 50 years since the birth of the Independent State of Western Samoa aka Samoa: the Pacific's first independent nation. Via Togi Lemanu

Samoan Language Week: A space for sharing of resources and ideas to promote Samoan Language Week. Via Mary-Anne Murphy

Understanding brain compatible learning: Discussions about brain-based learning, from the theory to the practice. What implications does this have when students use technologies to aide their learning?

"Ever feel like you've been sidetracked with e-learning? Then check this out... http://www.scribd.com/doc/3222398/701-eLearning-Tips

Does technology stifle creativity? The conversation continues with some references to innovative ways schools (Snapshots for Learning) have used e-learning tools to help develop creativity. 

History and Science YouTube channels: There are a number of different Youtube channels, that could go some way to supporting the secondary curriculum. Via Simon Evans

Problem Based Learning: Annemarie Hyde asks,  "I am in a school which has used the Problem-Based learning model, but we have lost the background material and want to find out more about it. Can anyone help?"

How to: Inquiry: Some practical key points to consider in this blog post. Via Annemarie Hyde


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Green swirly logoTechnologies & Infrastructure


How are you using QR codes in your class? Some great ideas emerging here from Tania Coutts.  Does anyone else have examples to share? 

Ultra-fast broadband and your school - what's happening? Here are six useful questions to ask when choosing your retail service provider. Originally posted in the MLE Reference Group


iPad/iTouch technology


iPad Trial: Cathy Middleton asks, "I am wondering what programs or applications other teachers have found most beneficial to use with students to enhance reading and writing?" Can you help?

Transforming learning with an iPad slideshow update from Allanah: This slideshare has been updated with some potentially transformative apps and ideas. Via Allanah King

iTunes account -iPads & apps: More advice and robust discussion around the management of purchasing and licensing iPad apps.

Uploading and embedding audio/video: Some practical, technical advice offered in this thread for interested iPad users.

App Sharing: Tens Frame app is a simple, but effective tool for learning number bonds to ten (and to twenty on the iPad). Via Matthew Thomas

Setting up .... things I wish I knew then ... An article on deploying iPads in schools in Australia. Worth a read. Via iDave.

iPads in the Junior Classroom: The sharing of practical tips and classroom experiences continues in this thread.


TKI logoCheck out e-Learning and Technologies>>> the Enabling e-Learning website.



TKI logoBeyond the Classroom


iPads and our parent community: Carol Kendall shares her iPads4Parents Google Presentation, which may well be useful for others, who want to keep their parents informed about iPads.


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



CalendarFor your calendar...

EEL logoEnabling e-Learning Webinars: ENROL NOW!

Look out for more up-coming Enabling e-Learning online events planned for the rest of term 2. Enabling e-Learning webinars: Find the recordings here for 2011/2012 sessions you may have missed.


New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

  • NetHui 2012, 11 Jul 2012 - 13 Jul 2012, Sky City, Auckland #nethui12
  • EduCampAKL: Stonefields School, Auckland, 21st July, 10am-3pm
  • ULearn12, Auckland Sky City, October 10 - 12. Targets all educators, from preschool to tertiary. #ulearn12