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e-Learning Round-Up | 14 August 2012

Tēnā koutou and welcome again to this week's e-learning round-up.


girl with computer related items around herNEW PUBLIC GROUP: Digital Citizenship.

This is a sub-group of Enabling e-Learning: Teaching.

If you are interested in addressing digital citizenship and cybersafety in your classroom, school or wider community, then please feel free to join this group. We'd love to 'see' you in there!

Don't miss this week's forum discussions across the Enabling e-Learning groups:

There are more LIVE webinars planned for the next couple of weeks, so don't miss out - put these in your calendar.

Have a great week everyone - hei konā mai,

KarenTessa & Catriona |  Blended e-Learning Online Team



  Badge for e-Member of the WeekThis week it's haere mai and welcome to.... Nathaniel Louwrens. Nathaniel has a new role as Senior Teacher of eLearning at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu - The Correspondence School. He writes, "I'm really passionate about eLearning and how it can help our NZ students." Nathaniel has been popping in and out of discussions in the past few weeks, so once again, we thank you for your contributions online, Nathaniel.

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


  • BYOD User Agreement: Mark Quigley talks about some of the processes they have adopted at Orewa College, in regards to BYOD. There are some useful tips here, for others to benefit from.


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




Professional Learning yellow logoProfessional Learning  


  • Cook Islands Language Week: Kia orana! Last week was Cook Islands Language week. Catriona Pene explores to the five languages spoken in the Cook Islands.


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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 


  • iPad trial: Danella Smallridge is about to engage in an iPad trial and asks if anyone can recommend what data to collect, measure or record during the trial phase. Can you help?
  • Student e- portfolios in schools: Sandy Anderson asks, how have schools gone about introducing e-Portfolios school-wide ? She is looking for ideas about type, interface and ease of use of electronic portfolios. What does your school have in place?
  • Facebook and cellphone tips: A resource has been shared on identifying and dealing with cyberbullying as well as safe and appropriate ways to use Facebook and cellphones. You are also invited to collaboratively develop a user-agreement for home, that sits alongside this resource.


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




Green swirly logoTechnologies & Infrastructure

  • The best interactive whiteboards/projectors? Sam Hamilton inquires about the best options for Interactive whiteboards, hardware/software, age appropriateness. He’s already had some instant feedback. Do you have anything else to add?


iPad/iTouch technology

  • iPads in the Junior Classroom: This popular thread has teachers sharing how they are using iPads, mobile devices and Apple TV with their junior students. Catriona shares a resource for parents to help choose apps at home.
  • Stylus pens for ipads? This thread offer some practical tips, tricks and maintenance ideas, when using stylus pens on an iPad. Amanda shares some ideas for making your own!
  • Improving sound quality on iPad: Steven Wills offers some of the latest advice, about adapter plug-ins for headphones, to optimize the best sound quality from an iPad.
  • Talking Dictionary App: Nicky asks if anyone knows about a voice-activated app, to assist with spelling. Sounds like a useful tool. Anything to suggest?


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




TKI logoBeyond the Classroom


Barbara Reid has added several bookmarks this week, that make connections between parents, educators and digital citizenship:


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

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