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e-Learning Round-Up | 11 September 2012

Kia ora and welcome to this week's e-learning round-up.

CoolOur forum discussion continues this week in the Enabling e-Learning | Connecting Home and School group. Connect with our communities with - and about - ICTs There are already lots of great ideas and stories of how educators are engaging with their parent communities. Check in here and add your own successes and challenges to the discussion.

SmileWEBINAR: BYOD - How to use mobile technologies effectively: 19 September 2012 3.45-4.45pm. Join Dorothy Burt, (Point England School), Mark Quigley (Orewa College) and Donna Smith (St Hilda’s Collegiate School) in this discussion. Click on the link to register. 

Don't forget to keep looking for upcoming 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....Valay Raman.

 Valay comes to us with a passion for making e-learning accessible for all learners. He has shared his success in engaging communities in the Beyond the Classroom group and his ideas around giving purposeful homework. Valay, we thank you for sharing your contributions online and for encouraging other VLN members to share their stories.

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




Professional Learning yellow logoProfessional Learning  


Why Twitter?  Still need convincing? This discussion keeps growing with new resources and information around how you might make Twitter a valuable part of your professional development toolkit. 


TKI logoResources for e-Learning Professional Learning on the Enabling e-Learning website.



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 


  • Joy of Science: Joy Kitt updates her blog each week with digital resources for science. There are sites to try, inspiration from gadgets, art, wondering 'what if..?' and thinking together. Have a look and 'grab life by the science'.
  • What makes a great blog? The discussion continues as a diverse group of educators share their tips and experience in making their blogs GREAT!
  • What it LOOKS like: Shane Ngatai asks what does authentic learning looks like in your school? In 100 words or less can you explain what is working well for you and what you would you do differently next time?




Laughing CURRENT: Network for Learning and Ultra-fast Broadband  |  'Learning without limits' seminar series: With only a few stops left on this nationwide tour, most people have had the opportunity to attend the seminar. What did you think of the plan and what questions do you still have? Powerpoint and handouts available.


  • Storage of shared departmental resources: This discussion continues with Rebecca Ronald prioritising being easy to access and edit, well structured and 'clickable' as the most important features. What do you think?
  • Hooking up smartphones to school "public" networks: Continued discussion and stories about issues associated with connecting smartphone devices to the school’s wireless network. If you have had success in this area we would appreciate your suggestions.


iPad/iTouch technology 





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


Cool CURRENTConnect with our communities with - and about - ICTs:  How exciting to see the diverse sharing in this new learning area on the VLN.  Jump in and offer your ideas.


  • School websites:  Jane Armstrong adds to this discussion on how schools are engaging their communities through school websites. Maybe you could add your own ideas or upgrade your current website using one of these great resources.
  • Wikispaces interactive parent evening: Johanna Chambers talks about how an interactive evening had parents joining up to their children's class wiki and leaving positive and meaningful comments on their children's work.
  • Connecting with parents: Valay Raman believes connecting with parents is critical to a child’s learning. Do you agree? Add your own thoughts and experiences to his blog post.
  • Homework and authentic learning:  Is your homework healthy? This post has some excellent links to how to revamp your homework programme and make it meaningful for your students.



TKI logoResources for using e-learning to make connections 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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