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e-Learning Round-Up | 31 July 2013

Talofa lava, kia ora and welcome back to Term 3.


There are more e-learning events planned for you and your colleagues this term. Check out these opportunities in this term's Enabling e-Learning calendar. Add these events to your own calendars.

We recently celebrated 10,000 members in the VLN. This is fantastic news and as the community grows, so does the activity. You’ll notice we’ve trimmed the Enabling e-Learning fortnightly round-up slightly, and linked out to additional information. Please click through to further links so as not to miss out on the gold!

imageIn addition to the growing members in the VLN, we also acknowledge the popularity of the iPad/iPod User Group and especially congratulate Nicki Harding, as the 1000th member. The group was started 845 days ago in March 2011 by Allanah King. 

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 honor and thank Marnel van der Spuy for sharing resources and asking questions in a number of threads across the VLN/Enabling e-Learning groups.

Marnel is a NE/Year 1 teacher, Reading Together Co-ordinator and Manager for Website Design & Maintenance at Broadlands School. Marnel is "definitely in teaching for the love of it... and inspires and celebrates individual achievement of students." Thank you Marnel for helping to make this community truly participatory. 

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: What works when e-Portfolios are used by principals? Fiona McNeill shares what has worked for her. Maybe there’s some initiatives here, that could work for you?

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


Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning  


  • Come, let's meet and share what we do...This thread celebrates the contributions (including resources) from several community members who have shared recently in Enabling e-Learning’s very first unconference event.
  • imageDifficulties with Blackboard Collaborate sessions? Several changes in the Blackboard Collaborate 12 has meant some participants have had difficulties accessing the LIVE webinars/recorded events. If this is you, we have some technical tips to help with these issues.


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


Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship


  • What is Digital Literacy in the 21st Century? In the Inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy there is call for investigating the impact of increased digital literacy on learning. What exactly does this mean?

For more on the latest e-learning conversations, announcements and resources from across the VLN/Enabling e-Learning groups, go to Enabling e-Learning | Teaching blog.


Focus on our priority learners



For more on the latest conversations about how e-learning can support priorty learners, go to Enabling e-Learning | Teaching blog.

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


Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure


  • What is your best practice? Susan Feron shares how her students are engaging in creative writing in Google docs – with shared templates that suit differentiated learning needs and encourage self reflection. Want to know more?
  • Terms and Conditions: Greg Carroll shares a site that outlines and summarises the terms and conditions to all of those applications and websites that none ever reads before ticking. Something to be aware of.


Mobile technologies


Dyslexia: Lorraine Vickery asks, if there's one tablet more appropriate than another when supporting students with this specific need and any good Apps to support students with dyslexia?

  • 1 ipad - 25 year 6/7/8 students: Buffy T has a class of yr 6/7/8 students and in addition to the mimio board/laptop and data projector, is looking for some advice on how to use a single device effectively in class. Any advice would be appreciated.


For more on the latest conversations about mobile technologies from across the VLN/Enbling e-Learning groups, go to Enabling e-Learning | Technologies blog.




  • iPad Trial | iPad Research from Victoria: This trial examined the use of iPads by students and teachers, and found that under the right conditions the iPad can significantly enhance teaching and learning outcomes within and beyond the classroom. Added by Allanah King.
  • LEARNZ and Blended eLearning: One page document outlining exacly what LEARNZ is and how it can help you in the classroom. Added by Barrie Matthews.image

Barbara Reid has added the following bookmarks:


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


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


  • Mid-year reporting and three way conferences: As part of her inquiry this year, Clair Bee shares how she is looking at the impact of implementing Google apps (via Hapara) - as children share their learning with their peers and families.

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


  • 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 sourced from Creative Commons and Flickr.