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e-Learning Round-Up | 3 July 2013

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

This week we're hosting the very first Enabling e-Learning virtual unconference. Come join us for...

Cool E-Learning in your classroom - Your voice LIVE WEBINAR: Wednesday, 3 July, 3.45-4.45pm. Come join us and hear the successes and challenges of teachers using e-learning in teaching and learning. Follow the conversations here and click HERE to join.

as well as...

Smile Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week 2013: To celebrate and promote the use of te reo Māori. Join in the preparations here.

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

KarenTessa & Catriona |  Blended e-Learning Online Team


Badge for e-Member of the Week

This week we thank the following online champions, Pascale Hyboud-Peron and  Susan Feron for helping out with advice around Android devices in the classroom, as well as offering ideas for best practice with Google docs.

Pascale is a secondary Teacher of French and a MyPortfolio facilitator who is, “keen to see e-learning and inquiry become mainstream in the Learning Languages area too.” Susan teaches year 7 & 8’s at Collingwood Area School and is, “addicted to computer games and would love to find excuses for playing them in class.”

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  


  • Article: Close to the Edge: Nathaniel Louwrens shares this article about ‘Generation Edge’. It outlines aspects of this generation, which teachers could find useful.
  • West Coast e-learning PD? Justin Hickey asks if anyone can suggest some professional development ideas/links/resources for staff working at schools on the West Coast of the South Island.

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


Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship


  • What is LEARNZ? Barrie Matthews updates us with a one-page overview of how LEARNZ offers blended e-Learning. Want to know more?
  • General comments about LEARNZ: Chris Wratt offers his experiences with LEARNZ after trialing it for the first time with his students when they became part of the Keplar field trip.
  • Kepler Track Fun! Lynn Douglas also offers her feedback about the potential for the LEARNZ field trip to help differentiate learning programmes, through the range of activities and the levels at which the children can participate.
  • Does your school have a Digital Citizenship profile? Some good feedback coming in about this resource. Is your school currently developing a Digital Citizenship profile?
  • Mathematical communication: Vanitha Govini discusses the potential for using digital technologies to support students to explain their thinking and communicate using appropriate mathematical language. Vanitha asks, What digital technologies have you used to support students in articulating their mathematical thinking?

Your voice is needed:


  • The Best 100: The New Zealand Teachers Council and The MacDiarmid Institute want Primary school teachers to share their best science experiments - the one that is easy, always works, uses simple, readily available equipment, and is a hit with the kids.


Focus on our priority learners


  • Pasifika Digital stories: Ness has added some useful links to Pasifika digital stories and resources. How might these be useful in the work we do to support Pasifika students?
  • Pasifika Education Plan: Togi Lemanu wants to know if your parents, families and communities are aware of the Pasifika Education plan and what is your school doing to involve your Pasifika parents, families and communities? 
  • EDTalks with Manu: Manu Faaea-Semeatu shares some videos she’s helped create - to support and empower Pasifika learners.
  • UDL Chat: Every 1st and 3rd Friday of every month (at 12 pm NZ time) there’s a UDL (Universal Design for Learning) chat in Twitter. Here’s a quick overview of the Twitter feed #udlchat.
  • UDL for the Snowy South: Roxy Hickman invites us to take a moment to consider in what ways we are being inclusive, that ultimately helps everyone. 

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


Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure


Loads of top tricks and technical tips:: 


Mobile technologies


These conversations may also interest you…


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


  • EduIGNITE: 4 July, 6-7.30pm, Cambridge Middle School, Cambridge

  • EduCamp Akl: 3rd August, is at Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland
  • EduCampNZ: Events happening all over NZ. Check out one near you - or start one yourself!
Images courtesy of kjarrettRoxyHobbs and Bart Claeys from Flickr