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e-Learning Round-Up | 28 August 2012

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

There are only a few days left to apply for the CORE Education 2013 eFellowship  The CORE Education eFellowship Awards recognise innovative e-learning practice by New Zealand teachers. In any one year, up to six new fellows may be selected for the CORE Education eFellowship Induction Programme. Applications close on 31st August, with winners being announced at the ULearn conference in October.

NEW FORUM: Cool Starting next week>> Connect with our communities with - and about - ICTs: This forum will run from 3 September, and will explore ways to make connections with your community, using different technologies, and the benefits provided by these connections.

NEW: Cool Check out the very new Beyond the Classroom space on TKI and the correlating community group at Connecting Home and School

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 congratulations to two community members....Johanna Chambers and Sandy Anderson. Both Johanna (teacher) and Sandy (principal) have posed questions asking the wider community - about ways to improve teaching/learning (reading fluency) and assessment practices (e-Portfolios).  

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 logo Leadership & strategic direction

  • What does it LOOK like?: Matthew Cooke’s school is currently reviewing their strategic plan for ICT/e-learning. He asks us to share examples and join in the discussion.
  • Equity devices in BYOD schools. Claire Amos asks how BYOD schools are dealing with the issue of equity devices? Do you provide loan devices? Lease deals? Classroom computers? Or nothing? Join the discussion.

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


Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning  


  • Why Twitter? What if you could do PD in your PJs? There is a lively discussion on why and how educators are using twitter for their own professional learning.
  • Teaching as Inquiry: Mark Herring describes how enriching it is, to have staff reflect on, what is working/not working for them and how the whole staff benefits from this transparency.
  • Using the VLN: Suzie Vesper has uploaded a Powerpoint showing how to get started in the VLN with some recommendations for suggested groups to join.


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


Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 


  • Digital Citizenship: Claire Amos showcases a kind of “advice and  guidance” document that has been put together for the staff at EGGS. Claire is also asking for feedback on this.
  • What makes a great blog? Emma Watt’s staff have identified
 Blogging as a good way to share their students' learning - as the 'fifth' wall in their classrooms. 
They ask, what makes a great blog?
  • E-Portfolios: Sandy Anderson is wondering how other schools have gone about introducing e-portfolios school wide? Why not add your own experiences, successes and challenges?
  • iPads: There continues to be great discussion around the introduction and use of iPads in classrooms. Tara Fagan documents her successes using iPads for children with dyslexia. 


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


Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure

  • Life is not a race to be first finished. Allanah King has shared a new bookmark - Chirp- is like a QR code sent by audio. It is great fun and very useful to send notes, photos and URLs between iOS devices.
  • BYOD schools to visit. Gary S queries whether schools have a policy on damage to personal property, if someone does stands on lthe aptop bag- who pays?


iPad/iTouch technology

  • Improving Reading Fluency: In this post, Johanna Chambers asks if anybody used iPads or other devices for improving reading fluency. Share your experiences and at the same time, get more ideas here.
  • APPreciation: Tania Meagher expresses her delight at the overwhelming response for apps, to help in her After School Care Programme. Maybe you know someone who could use this resource bank too?
  • App Sharing: If you haven’t already tried out one of the virtual reality apps available, head on over to this thread where Dave Winter has shared Aurasma - to see what all the fuss is about.
  • Moturoas Blog Kahurangi: Allanah King shares the Moturoa's use of Pic Collage and Fotobabble in responses to their reading.
  • iPad trial: How do you assess the impact of ICTs in learning?

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


TKI logoBeyond the Classroom


  • Cool NEW!!  Beyond the Classroom: A new space in Enabling e-Learning (TKI), Beyond the Classroom  went live on Monday. Go and have a look at the links and resources.

  • Connecting Home and School: This group was originally started by Barbara Reid and has now been repurposed as the Enabling E-learning | Connecting Home and School group. Join in the discussions on the VLN.

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


CalendarFor your calendar...

EEL logo Enabling 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
  • Learning@School Roadshow 2013: 3-19 Apr 2013, Whangarei, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Napier, Gisborne, Nelson, Dunedin, Greymouth, Christchurch