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e-Learning Round Up | 19 June 2012

Tēnā koutou,

Welcome to this week's e-Learning Round-up. Things happen fast around here, so some of you might have missed out two great Enabling e-Learning webinars which were presented recently:

  • e-Portfolios in the classroom (14 June, 2012). James Rae and Jacqui Innes from Russell St School shared the pedagogy, purpose and processes for e-portfolios at Russell St School. An inspiring journey so far.

These have been recorded and can be viewed in your own time. Please feel free to share these links with other interested colleagues. 

Have a great week everyone - hei konā mai,

KarenTessa & Jane |  Blended e-Learning Online Team



  Badge for e-Member of the WeekThis week it's ...Karen Mills. Karen is an ICT PD facilitator for iTeam Tauranga Cluster and has consistently contributed interesting stories, ideas and resources within the VLN/Enabling e-Learning community groups. Recently Karen shared her story about augmented reality, which makes for an entertaining and inspiring read. Once again, we thank you, Karen, for sharing your expertise and experiences with us.

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

  • A little video on byod : Wondering what BYOD means or if your school is ready for it? Need a quick presentation that could help to explain BYOD to colleagues in education? Then watch this 8-minute video. Via Barbara Reid


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



Professional Learning yellow logoProfessional Learning  


Hazel Owen and Karen Melhuish Spencer ask, how do you design and manage online workshops? Please share your ideas, questions and tips.


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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 


  • BYOD: Why it's all about the learning: Here's a great thread that has been running this week in the ICTs in English forum, started by Hamish Chalmers that makes for a very interesting read. It's for the learning!
  • Check out the Te reo wero challenge. Are you up for it? Can you help Moana Timoko improve her reo Māori?


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



Green swirly logoTechnologies & Infrastructure

  • Are you and your school cyber secure?: Last week was Cyber Security Awareness Week, which was launched by Netsafe. You can read about the recommended key actions and more, on the Enabling e-Learning website. 
  • BYOD survey: Gerard announces, "Yay, I have finally completed the BYOD survey, though I am surprised at the results, see my thread for more information." Via gmacmanus
  • Handy widgets in LMS: More commentary this week about how widgets can help make an LMS more user-friendly and information accessible. Have you used any news feed widgets in your LMS that are easy to embed?

Using Google Docs to create QR codes: Another Twitter stream find....  Check out how to use Google docs to create QR codes. Also has other ideas for using QR codes in classroom. Via Tania


iPad/iTouch technology


  • iPads in the Junior Classroom: More ideas about how this device can provide so much stimulation and expand  learning opportunities for junior students.
  • App sharing: "It is very seldom that an app just blows me away with the way it teaches a concept, but Dragonbox it one of these. It is a game, but it teaches algebra concepts." Via Iain Cook-Bonney
  • iPaddling in the BYOD Classroom: The author intends to participate in a BYOD pilot program in their district in America. They are collecting their resources, via Pinterest. Via Allanah King


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



TKI logoBeyond the Classroom


  • Class sizes - fact or fallacy? Dave Winter comments on how teachers in the Waikato perceive the challenges they are facing, including consistent references to class sizes.


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 term 3. 


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
  • EducampBOP: Tauranga Intermediate, Tauranga, Sept 22nd, 10am-3pm

  • ULearn12, Auckland Sky City, October 10 - 12. Targets all educators, from preschool to tertiary. #ulearn12