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e-Learning Round-Up | 13 March 2013

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, and welcome to the latest fortnightly e-Learning Round-Up. 

Want to know about Enabling e-Learning? Then meet the online team and check out more about Enabling e-Learning at Ko wai mātou - Who are we?


There's loads of activity to celebrate in the wider VLN community. So far we're celebrating:

  • Total groups               591
  • Total members           8091      
  • Discussion topics       1385
  • Discussion Posts        12393

There's definitely something for everyone, so looking forward to ‘seeing you online’ - hei konā mai,

KarenTessa & Catriona |  Blended e-Learning Online Team


Badge for e-Member of the WeekIn this edition we highlight and congratulate Karen Gilligan and Leigh Hynes for their valuable contributions to the VLN Community/Enabling e-Learning groups.

Karen is a resource teacher vision (RTV) working for the Blind and Low Vision Education Network, NZ (BLENNZ) in Wellington, while Leigh is a national facilitator for the Blended e-Learning Programme. 

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


  • What is e-learning? Want to know more? Here's some responses to Scotts Symes's original question.


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



Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning  



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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship


  • Creative Commons Licensing for SchoolsMatt McGregor from Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand, is offering free copyright and open licensing sessions for students/teachers via Skype or video conference. 

Focus on our Māori learners



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



Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure


Can you help?

  • Printer Apps: Linda Ojala is wondering how schools are connecting to local printers from iPads and iPods. What printer apps work the best? Ideas
  • Edmodo... help please:Jemma Tutty has just started using Edmodo and is wanting more ideas about how to use this in the classroom. 
  • Convert video from .swf: Rebecca Ronald is looking for technical support for using .swf files in Moodle and Google sites.
  • VPP and Configurator thoughts: Carol Kendall shares some time consuming issues of loading and updating apps via VPP and Configurator. Any thoughts on this?
  • Class Twitter accounts: This thread offers some rich sharing of practical classroom examples, ideas and considerations for the purposes of using Twitter in the classroom. Anything to add?


Mobile technologies


  • App Sharing: Recommendations continue in this thread, including video analysis for sports - on both iPads and Android tablets.
  • Using iPads to access learning: Karen Gilligan shares a detailed account of how BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network, NZ) have been using assistive technologies on mobile devices to provide accessibility for their learners.
  • iPad mini - what do you think? A call for people to share how iPad minis are specifically being used in context - to enhance both engagement and learning outcomes.

Bring your own devices


  • The great BYOD debate: Ross Alexander shares how Owhiro Bay School has started to implement BYOD in response to students requests to do so.




  • Beautiful Learning SpacesSome amazing schools illustrated on this blog. A great place to look when you're wondering 'what might be possible.' Added by Chris Bradbeer.Favourites


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



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.