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e-Learning Round-Up | 4 September 2012

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

CoolA NEW forum discussion starts this week in the Enabling e-Learning | Connecting Home and School group. Connect with our communities with - and about - ICTs invites you to share how your school Son with parents connects with its community of families and whānau. There will, no doubt, be a range of ways by which you inform, discuss and share the learning in your school, from newsletters to parents' evenings. Why not stop by, introduce yourselves and share how you engage with your parent community? 

SmileWEBINAR: How you might use the e-Learning Planning Framework to plan and review progress?: 5 September 2012 3.45-4.45pm. Registrations are full for this webinar aimed at school leaders and participants in the NAPP programme. Instead, you can register for the next calendar event on 31st October.

Keep an eye out for up-coming Enabling e-Learning events.

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....Danielle Heares-Farry

 Danielle has contributed to a number of threads across the VLN/Enabling e-Learning groups including, What it LOOKS like and Storage of shared departmental resources. Once again, we thank you for your contributions online, Danielle. It's the participation amongst community members that helps make this professional learning network grow.

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


  • Strategic Plan Examples and BYOD User Agreement: Joleneb asks if anyone has documentation or policy around appropriate use of student material/images in public spaces online. To save reinventing the wheel, do you have any docs you would be able to share with Jolene?
  • Have you used the e-Learning Planning Framework? Check out the latest Gazette article, where a first-time principal embraces blended e-learning, while using the e-Learning Planning Framework as part of the e-Learning professional development for schools.


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




Professional Learning yellow logoProfessional Learning  


  • Why Twitter? Check out some inspiring uses for Twitter in the classroom. 


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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 


  • What it LOOKS like: Danielle Heares-Farry offers some additional resources to help engage diverse learners – such as using the New Zealand sign language website.
  • New page from Software for Learning:Sumdog: designed to help children from nine to 13 years of age tackle numeracy skills. http://bit.ly/Rvb4BE
  • What makes a great blog? Is it the visuals? Is it the multi-media content, or is it the classroom contexts for sharing learning? What do you think makes a good blog?


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




Green swirly logoTechnologies & Infrastructure


Laughing CURRENT: Network for Learning and Ultra-fast Broadband  |  'Learning without limits' seminar series: Attendees share their thoughts about this national event. What has been the general response from your region? We'd love to hear.

Smile CURRENT: Using iPads in the classroom – benefits and considerations: Tara Fagan shares a blog post about deploying Android tablets in a classroom – makes for an interesting read. Do you have anything to add to this forum?

  • School websites: In this thread, community members share the platform they use for their school websites and why. What is your school using?
  • iTranslate Voice HD: Suggestions are on offer to help Sandie Haddock work through some technical issues with iTranslate Voice HD. Do you have any recommendations of your own?


iPad/iTouch technology


  • Beginning the iPad journey:Gaylene is introducing iPads into her school and is asking for any ideas about; planning for the roll out, as well as accessing local funding for this. Any ideas?
  • GWAEA iPad PD Site: This bookmark links to an external site that has self-learning iPad tutorials and workshops. Via iDave.
  • App Sharing: David Haythornthwaite shares why he likes SonicPics for creating stories around children's learning. Read more about how he has used this app with his students.


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




Enabling e-Learning: Beyond the classroom swirl logo Beyond the Classroom


Cool NEW FORUMConnect with our communities with - and about - ICTs: Join in the newest online Fforum discussion - on ways to engage with the wider community through the use of e-learning tools.


TKI logoCheck out Beyond the Classroom on 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
  • Learning@School Roadshow 2013: 3-19 Apr 2013, Whangarei, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Napier, Gisborne, Nelson, Dunedin, Greymouth, Christchurch


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