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e-Learning Round-Up | 31 July 2012

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By Tessa Gray

Tēnā koutou, nau mai ki te reta o te wiki. Welcome this week's e-learning round-up.

Last week was Māori language week, but this doesn't mean it needs to stop there. Moana Timoko has summarised several greetings and sayings, while schools have kindly shared their examples of Māori and e-learning in Arohatia te reo - Cherish our language & join me in a 7 day challengeWe can still keep this alive, so pop into the thread and offer some stories or ideas of your own.

Don't miss this week's....

Have a great week everyone - hei konā mai,

Karen & Tessa  |  Blended e-Learning Online Team



  Badge for e-Member of the WeekThis week it's ....Iona Rait. Iona is primary school teacher in Christchurch, currently teaching new entrants. She says she has, "a passion for using the collaborative approach in teaching and learning." Iona has recently posted several contributions to the thread on, How many tools do you use and how do you decide? 

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

  • Help us enrich our thinking: Paul Cooper is asking for your input. His school wants to explore the principles behind the different components of their school vision. Can you help?      


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



Professional Learning yellow logoProfessional Learning  


Cool RECOMMENDED: e-Learning as inquiry  |  An Enabling e-Learning event: Guest mentors, Claire Amos and Mark Herring, shares their schools' approaches to inquiring into e-learning. Stop by, introduce yourself and share your focus for this term.

  • Hika Lite: Niki Burtenshaw has loaded this app onto her mobile devices to help practice Te reo Māori anywhere, anytime. He pai ki ahau te hika lite!!


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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 


  • Olympics: Jolene asks, anyone come across anything particularly awesome or want to collaborate between classes about the Olympics? 
  • Te Wiki o te Reo Māori: Schools share some very different explorations of Te Reo, through the use of video. Do you have examples to share?


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



Green swirly logoTechnologies & Infrastructure


Laughing HOT SPOT: Network for Learning and Ultra-fast Broadband  |  'Learning without limits' seminar series: Here’s an opportunity for you to let organisers know your queries, areas of interest, so they can tailor seminars across the country.


  • Nexus7 means Android may have cracked it? Greg Carroll shares how one school is ditching iPads in favour of the Nexus7. Terry Maloney responds to the Nexus vs iPad technological debate in the iPad/iPod user group.


iPad/iTouch technology


  • MS Office type app: Community members continue to respond to Monika Kern's request for an app that can do word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Successful wifi access to screens and projectors? Carol Kendall is having trouble connecting iPads through Airserver to a teacher's Macbook over the wifi. Has anyone experienced or overcome this issue?
  • Lessons learned: This is worth a read. Darren Coxon’s reflections on iPads and e-learning – one year on. Via Greg Carroll.
  • Staff taking iPads home? Karney Dawson has started a discussion about the logistics of teachers taking iPads home. How are schools dealing with insurance and iPad agreements for staff?
  • iPads in the Junior Classroom: More great ideas for ways to implement iPads, Apple TV and big screen TVs into classroom teaching and learning - for juniors.
  • Punctuation Apps for iPads/iPods: Anthony Wright asks if anyone has found any good interactive apps about punctuation suitable for Year 5-6 students? Can you help Anthony with this request?

Allanah King has added five new bookmarks this week:


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 new events in, Enabling e-Learning online events planned for term 3.


Forthcoming webinars:

Laughing THIS WEEK! Science in the classroom - unpacking the Science Learning Hub2 August 3:45-4:45. Join the national Science facilitators in accessing and unpacking the Science Learning Hub as a resource for teaching and learning.

Forum discussion:

Cool RECOMMENDED:  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

  • EducampBOP: Tauranga Intermediate, Tauranga, Sept 22nd, 10am-3pm
  • NZ-ED show: Telstra Clear Centre in Manukau, Auckland, 13th - 15th Sept. Tradeshow and educational exhibits. 
  • ULearn12, Auckland Sky City, October 10 - 12. Targets all educators, from preschool to tertiary. #ulearn12