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e-Learning Round Up | 17 July 2012

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By Tessa Gray

Nau mai ki te reta o te wiki and welcome back to term 2. We hope you enjoy this bumper round-up of e-learning discussion across the VLN.

There is a wealth of online activity planned for term 3, including a new forum starting today, e-Learning as inquiry - Sharing our stories, 16 July-10 August. This is your opportunity to share an inquiry, ask questions and share the inquiry process with Claire Amos (Epsom Girls Grammar) and Mark Herring (ITC2LEARN).

In addition to e-learning activity in the VLN, it is rewarding to see one of our own community members, Tara Fagan provide a research perspective to iPads in early childhood education. Watch Close Up | TVNZ online to view this piece.

Don't miss out on all other Enabling e-Learning calendar of events for term 3. Please feel free to pass this on to your wider networks.

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 ...Joy Kitt. Joy is a science faciltiator for the national Blended e-Learning programme and was most recently a year 3 teacher. Joy writes, "I am very excited to be sharing my love of teaching science with more educators." Joy has already made her prescence known online. Check out her posts in the Teaching and Learning section below.

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

  • e-Learning improving achievement? A recent article, e-Learning bumps up the grades, in the Aucklander, highlights the improvements in student achievement, as a result of the opportunities provided by technology for a different approach to teaching. Can you relate to these results?


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



Professional Learning yellow logoProfessional Learning  



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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 


  • BYOD User Agreement: Gerard Macmanus shares a document relating to 'search and confiscation' produced by the Ministry of Education, as well as another example of a personal laptop policy agreement.
  • The Joy of Science: A new page has been created, so that Joy Kitt can share weekly digital resources you can use to inspire deep discussion, wonderings and investigations to explore the nature of Science. 
  • Gadgets: Everyone loves a great gadget!  Scientists are always thinking about what could be. In this case, imagine a fridge without doors, draws or even a motor. Via Joy Kitt
  • Another inquiry shapshot from Software4Learning > Blogger, Wikispaces, Kidblog and iPads http://bit.ly/LpbUeh Via Simon Evans
  • e-Learning improving achievement? What tools/sites are schools paying for? Is the cost reasonable? Is there a return on investment in terms of student learning? Are these for skill and drill type processes or for teaching of concept/bigger ideas? Any ideas or feedback welcome!


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



Green swirly logoTechnologies & Infrastructure

  • Are you using a Moodle hub? Are you using a mMoodle hub to share courses, or using courses from moodle hubs? If you are, what hubs? Via Gerard Macmanus
  • Voice to text for reluctant writers: Susan McMillan is wanting some strategies for scanning small amounts of text, to use with the ‘voice to text’ option on her Mac. Can anyone offer any practical solutions for this?
  • Blue/green screen video: Community members offer some helpful tips, strategies and examples for blue/green screen video. Anything else to add?


iPad/iTouch technology


  • App sharing: Book Creator can embed text, photos, audio and now video to create your own e-book.
  • iPads in the Junior Classroom: Tania recommends more story writing apps. Check these out, give them a go, and provide some feedback on things went for you.
  • The iPad as a tool for education: Research looking at one UK school 1:1 trial of iPads. By sharing such strategies widely, other schools can adopt similar processes. Via Tara Fagan
  • MS Office type app: Can you recommend an iPad app that works like MS Office programmes? Monika Kern is looking for an app that can do word processing and spreadsheets mainly.

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



CalendarFor your calendar...

EEL logoEnabling e-Learning events


>>>Don't miss out! Check out the Enabling e-Learning online events planned for term 3. http://bit.ly/LVb65x 


Forthcoming webinars:

Forum discussion:

  • e-Learning as inquiry - Sharing our storiesFrom 16 July-10 August. This is your opportunity to share an inquiry, ask questions and share the inquiry process with Claire Amos (Epsom Girls Grammar) and Mark Herring (ITC2LEARN).
Enabling e-Learning webinars: Find the recordings here for 2011/2012 sessions you may have missed.

New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

  • 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