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e-Learning Round-Up | 13th November 2012

Social networking Tēnā koutou and welcome again to this week's e-Learning Round-Up.

It is very rewarding to see how the Enabling e-Learning community is growing steadily, where community members help each other with a variety of e-learning requests and queries. If you feel compelled to post a story you feel passionate about or ask a question to solve a problem, chances are someone else will most definitely find value in what you share or be able to help you out. As Nathaniel Louwrens says,

The value in this community for me (as well as other communities such as Twitter) is the sharing and the questioning. Finding out what others have done/tried/read, and questioning what works and what doesn't. It's also about the thinking and possibly theorising about what could work or what changes could be made to make things better. 

Karen would also be delighted if you could tell her what you think of the VLN as a space for you to learn @ http://bit.ly/RdCvA7.

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 congratulations to....Iain Cook-Bonney. Iain has made a number of contributions to the community groups over time, including sharing a recent experience in the App Sharing thread.

Iain is an ICT Facilitator in Dunedin, working with primary schools. He says he is passionate about ICT in education, is a bit of a 'pioneer' and likes to try out new things. He is mainly interested in cloud computing and mobile computing. Thank you for sharing your ideas and expertise with us, Iain.

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: Community members make observations about the theory behind the need for strategic planning, while others share examples of what this can look like in practice. Do you have strategic planning examples to share?
  • The impact of e-learning - prove it!  When someone asks you, “Where’s the evidence that ICTs impact on learning? what resources, readings, research do you share with them? We’d love to build a kete of resources.

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Professional Learning yellow logoProfessional Learning  


  • Turning resistance into co-operation: Tania from Nelson wants to present a school-wide strategy in which all teachers embrace the digital era and feel excited about the vision. Do you have any 'pearls of wisdom' for her?
  • Charles Leadbeater: 'We are what we share': A reflection on Charles Leadbeater's video about the value of online communities sharing as a group. How are the VLN groups spaces working for your own professional learning?


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Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship 


  • Exploratorium: Joy Kitt shares with us, JOS - The first hands on science museum - started in the 1960s and is still fantastic. The Exploratorium is equally an awesome site to visit.    
  • Microsoft Flashcards: Hannah Dhanaraj shares how she has used Flashcards by Microsoft (an application where you can make your own e-flashcards) to help students with memory and recall.


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Green swirly logoTechnologies & Infrastructure

  • WiFi in schools... Peter Eaton outlines some scenarios and shares relevant questions schools can ask, to help find solutions for their particular requirements.
  • Blue/green screen video If your students could be scientists for a day and go anywhere using green screen/blue screen, where would you take them?
  • eBooks programmes in schools: Gerard Macmanus shares some information on how you can get ebooks within your school library. He asks if anyone else has any information on other products?
  • ePortfolios using Google Sites: Natasha Jackson asks if there's anyone willing to share their ePortfolios using Googlesites, with a possible critique on the effectiveness of this platform.

Bring your own devices (BYOD)


  • Office: Gerard Macmanus asks if we should load Microsoft Office on Mobile BYOD devices? What are others thoughts on the matter?
  • Office Software and BYOD Mike Etheridge responds with considerations for web based applications, rather than particular pieces of software.


Mobile technologies


  • App Harvest: Tania shares how a group of Whangarei teachers recently had an 'app harvest' session, which was a fantastic professional learning opportunity. She invites others to do the same.
  • Apple Configurator: Some useful tips when using/trialing Apple Configurator emerging in this thread. Do you have more to add?
  • App Sharing: Iain Cook-Bonney shares Creatorverse – a physics, machines, levers kind of application, great for students looking at discovery, experimentation, creativity as well as more complex aspects of physics and machinery.
  • iPad mini - what do you think? This thread ponders the merits of emerging and new technologies, while primary aged children tell us what they think of the new mini iPad.
  • Sock Puppets: No question is too big or too small. Danella Smallridge offers some advice for anyone having trouble accessing Sock Puppets through the school server.


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



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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 Using Digital resources, Digital learning spaces, 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.
  • 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