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e-Learning Round-Up | 5th November 2012

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

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 WEBINAR THIS WEEK:  Digistore Webinar: Using digitised primary sources across the curriculum.                 7 November 2012. 3.5pm - 4.45pm.  A webinar looking at the potential for Digistore and National Library digital resources in the classroom.

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  Jade Kylee Silva.  Jade is a regular contributor to threads in the iPad and iPod discussion group and has shared some of her own experiences using iPads in a junior classroom. She is a new blogger and is keen to share her experience with others and hear their ideas.

Thanks Jade for being involved in the VLN community!

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.



Group of the Week-Blended e-Learning for Māori and Pasifika Learners.


This week we want to celebrate the wonderful work being shared online by the fabulous team of Anaru White, Janelle Riki, Moana Timoko and Togi Lemanu. 

This space was created to support the ULearn12 presentation 'A Professional e-Learning Approach to working with Māori and Pasifika Students', but has now been opened up to any educators that wish to have access to the resources, or who would like to engage in the discussion may do so.

Ko ā mātou whāinga: is to share ideas, discuss practice and pedagogy, share resources and generally provide support for each other in order to ENGAGE and INSPIRE our Māori and Pasifika learners so that they may achieve educational success whilst maintaining their cultural integrity.

What a fabulous resource and place for rich discussion for us all.




red spiral logoLeadership & strategic direction

  • e-Learning strategic planning examples. Matthew Cooke started this thread and it continues to be a great source of examples generously shared by educators. Linda has joined the discussion and asks  "Where in our Pathway of learning is IT being planned /integrated?" "How are we embracing new ideas/concepts of and in IT?" and "Are we allowing our students to lead the learning where they are the experts as much as we can?"  Add your on thoughts to this discussion. 

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.

  • Why Twitter?  Teresa Burn shares "In a primary setting it has been the fastest and most successful way to communicate with parents. The ease and habitual way with which people engage with Twitter has really made things spin for us in a way that we haven't achieved with any other tool. Do you use twitter in your school?
  • Staff progression in competence for appraisals. Kate's staff wanted a page put in their appraisals to
    show where they were currently in relation to ICT skills and competence and to give them goals to head towards for next year. Has anyone developed a structure Kate could share?
  • MyPortfolio in the classroom If you missed this webinar the recording has now been added to the VLN.  Heath Sawyer (Edconnect) and Jon Bowen (DP at St Peter's College) led this discussion on ways to implement and use MyPortfolio to benefit and impact on learning in a secondary school context. You can also join the on-going discussion here.


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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship

  • Joy of Science - science online: A chance to practise your debating skills, spark some wondering and questions or inspire some inventing or investigation of your own. What if I asked you for an idea - what would you put in here?
  • Mihimihi / Establishing Connections: Janelle Riki says "Kia ora e te whānau!  When visiting a marae or attending a hui where there are new faces, often we begin by establishing connections with each other.  In te Ao Māori, this is done by sharing our whakapapa or geneology." Can you add your mihi to this forum?  Aroha mai.


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



Green swirly logoTechnologies & Infrastructure


  • Cameras in the classroom. What is your preferred device for capturing still and moving images? Which technologies do you use and, most importantly, why? Add your ideas to this discussion.
  • WiFi in schools: Vicki Maguire says "We have just installed UniFi throughout our school and so far have had great results." Read more of her post and share your own experiences in the discussion.
  • Scratch - Sub Game: In the scratch group James Robson has shared a game made by a student. H e shares that the subgame is popular with his Year 3-6 boys.

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.


  • iPad mini - what do you think? Catriona and Josie share their experiences with the brand new iPad mini, for personal use, in school and as a BYOD device. What can you add?
  • App Sharing: Here's a handy little tip that came through on twitter. To print out your app library to share with others - go to  iTunes>apps> file> print> choose mosaic or list.
  • iPads and visually impaired Students: Allanah King shares a nifty trick from Jonathan Wylie to help students with visua impairmentd access to an enlarged mirror image of their teacher's iPad.

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?
  • Connecting Home and School: How are you engaging your community, Beyond the Classroom? Start a new thread or join one of the existing discussions in the VLN.


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: Digistore Webinar: Using digitised primary sources across the curriculum.  A webinar looking at the potential for Digistore and National Library digital resources in the classroom. 7 NOV 2012, 3.45-4.45pm

  • 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


  • MobCamp: - 17 Nov 2012 - Elmgrove School, Learning Hub 74 Argyle Street, Mosgiel.
  • 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.
  • Ignite Evenings, 28-29 November, in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton.
  • Learning@School Roadshow 2013: 3-19 Apr 2013, Whangarei, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Napier, Gisborne, Nelson, Dunedin, Greymouth, Christchurch