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e-Learning Round-Up | 16 October 2012

Kia ora tatou, welcome back to term 4 and this week's bumper e-learning round-up.

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Laughing Can you help Karen with her research into the impact of the VLN groups? If so, then please feel free to click on the link and share your views.

Smile Ka Hikitia - what next? Tamara urges us to read the document Me Kōrero – Let’s Talk! that supports the Ka Hikitia review process and share one story of an approach that has benefited Māori learners in your school.

Smile WEBINAR THIS WEEK: Digital Learning Spaces: what does this look like? 17 Oct 2012. A free workshop to explore ways in schools are adapting learning spaces that reflect effective e-learning pedagogy.

Don't miss out on up-coming e-learning events. See the Term 4 Enabling e-Learning calendar for more of what's in store for term 4. 

Have a great week everyone - hei konā mai,

KarenTessa & Catriona |  Blended e-Learning Online Team



Badge for e-Member of the WeekCongratulations to those in our community who are now 2013 CORE eFellows and to all those who applied and were not successful this time around. We want to hear all your stories over the next few months. Smile

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.



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  • Social Media and Ethics for Teachers Working Online: The New Zealand Teachers' Council site is now live! The website is designed to promote discussion about the Code of Ethics for Registered Teachers and its relationship with social media. Pop in, browse and share with your staff.
  • ULearn - we all learn! For those of you lucky enough to attend ULearn12 last week, we invite you all to share one 'aha!' moment or e-learning-related idea that you are taking back into school.
  • ULearn 2012 resources: Mary-Anne Murphy has bookmarked a collection of resources and presentations from ULearn 2012.
  • Simon Evans shares his notes from his presentation at #ulearn12 - Using software effectively to support student outcomes http://t.co/cBaAgkfW.

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Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship


  • CORE 10 Trends - Digital Citizenship: Have you caught up with this video from John Fenaughty in which he explores some of the issues facing schools today around citizenship in the digital world? What's one idea that you think is important? 
  • Digital Citizenship Resources: Similarities are noted between the five categories in the starter kit from Edmodo and Common Sense Media and Netsafe's model for Digital Citizenship in New Zealand.
  • Skootle Snapshot: Simon Evans shares inquiry results in connections being made with a New Zealand author, students’ and their teachers.
  • Joy of Science - science online: Joy Kitt updates some new resources, including references to the TV show, Mythbusters. She also encourages us to make own videos of the process of investigating science – as a form of critical reflection. Are you up for the challenge?


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Green swirly logoTechnologies & Infrastructure

  • WiFi in schools: Annemarie Hyde investigates some technical wonderings around wifi in schools. Sam Hamilton adds, with the influences of BYOD in mind, do we need to invest in a more expensive, robust systems for wifi? What do you think?
  • Blue/Green screen video: iDave shares some technical ‘how to’s’ when using chroma key in Windows Movie Maker. Anyone else with ideas for blue/green screen using a PC?
  • The best interactive whiteboards/projectors? Sam Hamilton asks, as teachers move pedagogically away from a didactic approach to a more co-constructed  facilitator role, will interactive whiteboards lose some of their purpose? What do you think?


iPad/iTouch technology


  • App Sharing: 5 critical mistakes schools make with iPads (and how to correct them) - some food for thought, especially for those just starting out.
  • iPads - leasing or purchase: Michelle Kerr is putting an iPad proposal together for her Board and is wanting some feedback, from those who have been through this process already in terms of leasing or purchasing iPads. Any ideas?
  • Scribble Press - Ipad App: Carl Scurr describes in-depth, how Scribble Press can meet particular learning needs with a literacy focus. Definitely worth a read. Anyone else using this app to enhance literacy outcomes for students?
  • Clicker-like apps: More examples emerging here, on ways Clicker -like apps can help to meet diverse learning needs and abilities.
  • iOS 6: What’s new with iOS 6? iDave shares some simple strategies for uploading images from the iPad to wikis and blogs.

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  • New Zealand Geographic apps in production: James Frankham of New Zealand Geographic is asking teachers about the technologies they use, to support his organisation's development of apps for schools. Any thoughts?


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


  • Connecting with communities using social media: How do you connect to your community when you can't always meet face-to-face? In this EdTalks video, Rachel Boyd talks about how she has used Facebook and Twitter to engage with her school community.  Have you tried something similar?
  • Connect with our communities with - and about - ICTs: Moana Timoko shares a resource - Ruia School- Whānau Partnerships, which has an interactive, downloadable tool that helps school leaders and whānau to identify the strengths and needs of their relationships.
  • Engaging Parents/Whanau/Community: Jacqui Frost blogs how Kumeroa-Hopelands School is engaging with their local community - both face-to-face (through digital technologies) and as well as online via Facebook.  


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



CalendarFor your calendar...

EEL logoEnabling e-Learning events

  • Enabling e-Learning webinars: Find the recordings here for 2011/2012 sessions you may have missed, including BYOD, social media and ethics for teachers, LEARNZ field trips and many more!


New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

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