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e-Learning Round-Up | 1 March 2013

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, and welcome to the latest fortnightly round-up of 2013. 

You might be interested to know that the VLN Groups network currently has 7922 members and 1385 discussions running across 591 groups, so there's something for everyone! Most popular threads over the last couple of months included:


Recent activity includes:

Cool NEW GROUP:Using the e-Learning Planning Frameworks: A place to ask questions about how to use the e-Learning Planning Frameworks (Māori-medium to be repleased mid-2013) and the online tool (soon to be launched).

 Cool NEW GROUP: Modern Learning Environments created by Mark Osbourne is the place to go to explore the intersection of pedagogy, curriculum, technology and space for those interested in designing new spaces for student-centred, 21st century learning.

e-Learning Plans to shout out about! This video is an uplifting clip; it's a piece of improvisation from the Guggenheim Museum and it comes with a challenge from Karen. Watch it, then follow this link, for the challenge.

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

KarenTessa & Catriona |  Blended e-Learning Online Team


Badge for e-Member of the WeekThis fortnight we introduce the LEARNZ team and welcome them to the VLN. Barrie Matthews, Andrew Penny and Shelley Hersey work together to organise and run social science and science virtual field trips for primary and secondary classes throughout New Zealand. The have a new group on the VLN for you to join and a wealth of resources including recordings of past trips for you to access. In this recorded webinar Barrie Matthews explains LEARNZ. Join the goup and share your experiences or find out how you can get your class involved.

Each fortnight, we like to say thank you by nominating a community member for active participation in the Enabling e-Learning / VLN Groups. Look out for these announcements in the coming weeks.



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  


  • Appraisals and technology: Thinking about your e-learning goals for 2013? Planning your inquiry, appraisal or working towards the registered teacher criteria? How are you integrating e-learning in your appraisal this year?

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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship

  • Tech Angels in Primary Schools: Owhiro Bay have been using year 5 and 6 ‘Protechs’ as tech angels. How have you used students as experts? Join the discussion or get some ideas.
  • The Daily Five adaptions: Suzie Vesper and others share their successes and challenges with the popular Daily Five reading rotation.
  • Extending your top mathematicians: Looking for ways to extend those students who are working at level 7/8 in maths? Got some ideas of your own? Add them to this discussion.

Interested in conversations about our priority learners?



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



Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure


  • Speech to text: Tom Neumann explains the many ways he is using this technology for himself and his students.
  • Apple Configurator: Discussion continues as schools navigate their way around this new tool used to mass configure and deploy iOS devices in a school or institution.
  • Google apps for education: Looking for primary schools using Google apps for education who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences.
  • Email use-agreement: Amy McCauley asks if anyone has an example of an email user agreements that they can use and modify.


Mobile technologies


  • App Sharing: New this week > a list of recommended apps to support students with reading and writing needs. 
  • Printer Apps: Linda Ojala is wondering how schools are connecting to local printers from iPads and iPods. Can you help her?

New bookmarks added:

  • Content Creation Apps: If you believe 'Learning is creation... ' then you'll want to see this selection of creation apps. 

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


  • Sharing success stories for our Pasifika learners: Powerful discussion around how best to engage, empower and educate our Pasifika learners, including the potential of establishing relationships with Pasifika families. It begs the question: how might e-learning become part of this process?


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



CalendarFor your calendar...

EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events


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.