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e-Learning Round-Up | 6 June 2013

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, and welcome to the latest fortnightly round up for the start of June.

Universal Design for Learning group is back up and running and check out the Digital Citizenship group, which showcased five top tips to consider during Cyber Security Week.

You might be interested in viewing yesterday's webinar:

imageWhat does effective e-learning pedagogy and UFB look like? 5 June. In this webinar, Janice Gulbransen from Nayland Primary school, shared the journey of ultra-fast broadband in her school. Janice talked about leadership challenges and ways to support staff as they model effective e-learning pedagogy and innovative practice in the classroom. This webinar is also supported by a blog postWhat changes when you get ultra-fast broadband?

Also, feel free to join us in the following up-coming event: 

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

KarenTessa & Catriona |  Blended e-Learning Online Team


Badge for e-Member of the WeekIn this edition we thank Karen Gilligan for getting involved and sharing her stories in recent conversations across the VLN/Enabling e-Learning community groups.
Karen is a resource teacher vision (RTV) working for the Blind and Low Vision Education Network, NZ (BLENNZ) in Wellington and supports students in early childhood and primary school settings. 

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

  • Principal ePortfolios: Should a leader have a blog? Should it be public or private? What’s the purpose? What are your thoughts?
  • Using the eLPF in a tertiary setting: Daniel Phillips leads the e-Learning team at a tertiary level is interested in adopting the e-Learning Planning Framework. He also wants to know if anyone else has used the eLPF in the tertiary sector. Can you help?

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


Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning  


  • E- Portfolios and Performance Appraisal: Shane Ngatai is looking at incorporating performance appraisal systems into an e-Portfolio model. Does anyone have any examples of ideas to share with Shane?

  • Following Blogs: Leigh Hynes offers some advice about using Feedly as a reader, to help aggregate blogs feed notifications.


TKI logoCheck out e-Learning & Professional Learning>>the Enabling e-Learning website and in particular, the latest Reflections - VPLD hui 2012 video on the Virtual Professional Learning and Development programme (VPLD) page. 



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship


  • Science Learning Hub: Look out for the iPad App and sign up free for MySci tool that enables you to bookmark useful items, as you browse through the Science Learning Hub.
  • No 2 bullying conference: Nicole Price shares an Australian initiative called, the 'Back me up campaign', where students produce video clips for a competition, to educate bystanders about standing up to cyberbullying.
  • The world needs programmers: Here’s an interesting YouTube clip where ‘famous’ people talk about the virtues of computer science/coding/programming. What are your students doing in this area of e-learning?
  • Number of posts: Suzie Vesper comments, that in a busy classroom, should we take the pressure off and set a minimum of a couple of posts? What do people think?
  • What is your best practice: Lenva Shearing invites us to look at best practice, using Google Apps.  What do you do in your classroom that is innovative, fosters learning and engages students?


Interested in conversations about our priority learners?


Māori and Pasifika achievement at secondary school: If you missed the original post, here’s a Radio NZ National podcast, highlighting how one Auckland secondary school has made dramatic improvements in the achievement rates for their Maori and Pacific students.

  • Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou - Happy New Year: Anaru White welcomes in the new year as we celebrate the rising of Matariki and Puanga. What do you have planned for Matariki and Puanga? Anything digital to share?
  • Samoan Language week 2013: Togi Lemanu shares some simple phrases for Samoan language week, which can be used any day of the year.
  • Options in your classroom? Chrissie Butler shares a video, where Joe comically illustrates the limitations of hard copy text. Chrissie asks, how do you provide options to support access to information and the engagement of all learners in your classroom? Where can the effective use of technology make a difference?
  • Some stories and ideas around dyslexia: Patrick Pink shares some inspiring stories, videos and links to strategies and technology, that may be interesting to explore further - when working with young people who experience dyslexia.  

imageCheck out e-Learning and Teaching>>> the Enabling e-Learning website and the latest videos from Parkvale school as they provide opportunities for personalised learning with their 1:1 netbook programme. You can find these the new school stories on the English and e-learning page on Enabling e-Learning.



Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure


Can you help?

For other techie support and help, check out the following threads:


Mobile technologies

For all other mobile technology trends:



Allanah King has added the following bookmarks:

  • Android vs. iPad: What platform will be the long-term winner? Not an entirely unbiased view, but an interesting article all the same.

Karen Melhuish Spencer has added the following bookmarks.

  • 'Should you be Quadblogging?' Interface Magazine, May 2013. Looking for an engaging way to improve technology, literacy and social skills all in one go? QuadBlogging could be the answer.


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


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


  • The Rise and Fall of the School Newsletter: Allanah King prompts us to think that, with the rise of social media, where does the school newsletter fit? Are emailed school newsletters are thing of the past? What do you think? 


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

  • EduCampNZ: Events happening all over NZ. Check out one near you - or start one yourself!
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