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e-Learning Round-Up | 14th February 2013

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, and welcome to the first fortnightly round-up of 2013. Here’s hoping this finds you all refreshed and looking forward to many new learning opportunities in the coming year.

If you’re looking for an easy way to explain the VLN Groups/Enabling e-Learning community space to your friends and colleagues, then why not share this short PowToon presentation in YouTube.


Cool NEW GROUP: Using Digistore is a new group in the VLN groups space. You can ask your questions in a discussion thread within this group and a Digi Advisor will respond to you as soon as possible. There are many relevant links, as well as a FAQ page in the group, with references to commonly asked questions.

Looking forward to ‘seeing you online’ - hei konā mai,

KarenTessa & Catriona |  Blended e-Learning Online Team


Badge for e-Member of the Week

We welcome many new members to the national Blended e-Learning Professional Learning Development team this year and will profile individuals in the coming weeks.

Each fortnight, 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 logo Leadership & strategic direction


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



Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning  


  • New Year - New Learning! Community members share their hopes and goals for 2013. You might also have common interests or needs to share.

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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship

  • Twitter in the classroom: Does anyone currently use Twitter in their classroom or know of anyone that does. Can you help?

Interested in using e-learning to support English language learners? 

Our Students


Interested in conversations about our priority learners?


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



Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure

  • iPad mini: On-going conversations about the practical use and educational benefits of the iPad mini.    
  • MLEs and Office 365: Mike Perry asks some practical questions about the similarities and differences between an LMS and Office 365. Do you have an opinion on this?
  • QR code blog: Catriona Pene shares her blog on using QR codes in the classroom.
  • Mega Upload vs Mega: Sean Lyons from Netsafe offers an explanation for Mega while Dorothy Burt discusses the implications for schools.

Mobile technologies


  • Handwriting on Tablets: Amy McCauley  asks, What are people's thoughts on using the iPads to teach handwriting (with a stylus) - pros/cons, any good apps? 

New bookmarks added:


Bring your own devices (BYOD)



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



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



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



CalendarFor your calendar...

EEL logo Enabling 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


  • Through the Looking Glass Conference: 15/16 March 2013, Orewa College. Contact m.jackson@oc.school.nz for more details.
  • Learning@School Roadshow 2013: 3-19 Apr 2013, Whangarei, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Napier, Gisborne, Nelson, Dunedin, Greymouth, Christchurch.
  • ULearn 2013, 9-11 October, Hamilton.