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e-Learning Round Up | 26 June 2012

Tēnā koutou, and welcome to the weekly e-learning round-up for the last week of term 2. We hope you enjoy this edition, as well as a well-deserved break over the next two weeks. Keep an eye out for on-going activity in the Enabling e-Learning groups and for up-coming events for term 3.

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 ... Rachel Carson. Rachel is  a Year 1/2 class teacher at Pirongia School. Rachel has posted some very useful commentary in her Get with the play blog post, as well as many other discussion posts including, Inspiring stories of ICT integration and How can we foster home school partnerships. Thank you Rachel, for sharing your teaching expertise and classroom experiences with us. Many others can benefit from the stories 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.



red spiral logoLeadership & strategic direction


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



Professional Learning yellow logoProfessional Learning  


ICT PD cluster reflective summaries: ICT PD cluster schools reflect on their progress so far. Some of the common trends, such as connecting with family/whānau, and professional learning for teachers (to name a few), would also be of interest to most schools. 


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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 


  • Te Wiki o te Reo Māori: Several blog posts across the VLN are full of great ideas and resources for the up-coming Māori language week. Something for everyone.
  • Inspiring stories of ICT integration: Community members continue to share how they are using technologies (Vocaroo, Voicethread, Augmented reality) to motivate, inspire and engage learners.
  • Check out the Te reo wero challenge. Can you help Moana Timoko improve her reo Māori? Are you up for it? 
  • DEECD backs Games in Class: The Victoria Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has released the findings of its 2011 Innovating with Technology ’Game-based Learning Trials’. Via Edwin McRae
  • Problem Based Learning: An inspirational post from the Committed Sardine blog, where a school in Texas has the data to show their project-based learning programme is a great success for secondary students.
  • Blogging Penpals: A request for help from a year 4 class: Does anyone know of potential penpals class in Christchurch? If so, can you please let Allanah King know.


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



Green swirly logoTechnologies & Infrastructure

  • Using Google Docs to create QR codes: Karen has created a Google Spreadsheet that is already to go for teachers and/or students to generate the QR codes for their digital content. Feel free to copy and use this document. Via Karen Mills
  • UFBIS and Network for Learning news: There are new announcements in Enabling e-Learning regarding the Network for Learning board and an advertisment for a Ministry of Education position, supporting the Ultra-Fast Broadband in Schools Programme.

iPad/iTouch technology


  • App sharing: More practical sharing of apps and ideas in this popular thread.
  • iTunes account - iPads & apps: Josie has asked for some help with finding out the ‘neatest way’ to mirror the iPad onto the whiteboard. Some community members have offered some useful advice. Anything to add? Via Josie Woon


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



TKI logoBeyond the Classroom

  • Class sizes - fact or fallacy?  As well as acknowledging the influence of the teacher in quality teaching and learning, how might we interpret students' prior cognitive ability and students' disposition to learn in this discussion as well?


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



CalendarFor your calendar...

EEL logoEnabling e-Learning events


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