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e-Learning Round-Up | 23 October 2012

Kia ora tatou, talofa lava and welcome to this (short) week's e-learning round-up.

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Laughing ONGOING - 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? A reminder from Tamara 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:  MyPortfolio in the classroom  24 Oct 2012, 3.45-4.45pm. Join Heath Sawyer, Edconnect and Jon Bowen DP at St Peter's College as they lead this discussion about the implementation, use, and benefits of MyPortfolio in a secondary school context. Target audience: secondary school teachers, leaders.

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  Smile Sam Hamilton. Sam teaches at Matata Public School in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. He has been using the combined knowledge on the VLN to research interactive whiteboards and wifi options for his school. Thanks for being involved in the VLN community Sam!

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


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



Professional Learning yellow logoProfessional Learning  


  Cool REMINDER! 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! Vicki Hagenaars went to a session on QR Codes and Augmented reality by Dave Beehre that she will be taking back into her class. For those of you still buzzing after attending ULearn12, we invite you all to share one 'aha!' moment or e-learning-related idea that you are taking back into school.


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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship

  • Film Festival Inquiry. Cheryl asks if anyone has experience running a film festival in their school. Can you offer her any words of advice?
  • Joy of Science - science online: Joy Kitt asks  "What is Science?"  It is interesting to discover what your students think science is. Can they identify ‘science’ around them? Can they explain the science?
  • Spidermap. Siobhan Patterson really likes the idea of students using Spidermap to organise the information that they read during the research phase before writing - Have you tried it?


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



Green swirly logoTechnologies & Infrastructure

  • Equity Devices: Claire Amos asks "We are looking at offering school owned netbooks on daily loan for those who have financial difficulties. Does anyone have an application form for equity devices that we might be able to have a look at?"
  • Blogging from an iPad: Stevie has had her blogging problem solved by the VLN. Do you want to know how to blog from an iPad?  Catriona has added a bookmark explaining how.
  • WiFi connections:  There is a thread running in the MLE Reference group on BYOD and wireless configurations. Check in there for more tips and advice.
  • Cameras in the classroom. How do you capture what's going on in the classroom? Which technologies do you use and, most importantly, why? Share your ideas in this discussion.
  • OpenWeb - dyslexia friendly web browser - Tara Fagan has added a bookmark to this web browser which is designed, using an open source font, to make readability easier for those who have dyslexia.

iPad/iTouch technology

Laughing WIN! an iPad2 with Network for Learning: The Network for Learning website was launched at ULearn12, and can now be viewed online. Check out their Term 4 competition that invites schools to share how the web is their treasure chest - there's an iPad 2 and an iTunes voucher up for grabs.


  • App sharing:  Josie Woon is loving Jelly Bean Counting. What apps are you using in your classroom - and why?

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



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


  • CORE 10 Trends - Social Learning: How are you using social media as part of your professional learning and how are you using it to communicate with parents and your community?
  • 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/Whānau/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

  • Cool Last chance to sign up for...THIS WEEK'S FREE ONLINE WEBINAR: 24 Oct 2012, 3.45-4.45pm. MyPortfolio  - Join Heath Sawyer, Edconnect and Jon Bowen DP at St Peter's College as they lead this discussion about the implementation, use, and benefits of MyPortfolio in a secondary school context. 
  • Enabling e-Learning webinars: Find the recordings here for 2011/2012 sessions you may have missed, including Digital Classrooms, BYOD, social media and ethics for teachers, LEARNZ field trips and many more!


New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

  • NetSafe Conference 2012. 26-27 November, Wellington. A line up of challenging local and international contributors feeds interactive workshops around contemporary digital safety and citizenship challenges.
  • Learning@School Roadshow 2013: 3-19 Apr 2013, Whangarei, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Napier, Gisborne, Nelson, Dunedin, Greymouth, Christchurch