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e-Learning Round-Up | 14 August 2013

Talofa lava, kia ora and welcome to the latest e-Learning round up.

Look out for following up-coming online events starting over the next few weeks, such as:

Smile FORUM: Professional learning in the digital age: 12 August - 12 September

There's a huge explosion in number, range and participation in social networking sites. How can informal online learning, such as social networking and unconferences, become part of a personalised PLD design for schools? How can social media be leveraged to help your students' learning? Join us in this forum discussion.

Cool WEBINAR: Smart libraries and information hubs of the future: 21 August, 3.45 - 4.45pm

Libraries have traditionally been and continue to be a centralised space to access information. But what does this mean now that we have ubiquitous access to information? What makes a library smart? Is it access 24/7? The environment? What about the role of the smart librarian? Find out more, as our guests Paula Eskett and Peter Murgatroyd joins us in this webinar. This event will be supported by a thread in the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group. REGISTER NOW! Librarians welcome!

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 honour and thank Rob Clarke and Linda Ojala for sharing their stories, resources and some great advice!

Linda has been a guest blogger for the past week, sharing her journey with UDL in the classroom, while Rob (Former primary principal, Google Certified Teacher, former ICT PD facilitator, consultant) has been engaging in a number of threads across the VLN/Enabling e-Learning groups.

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? Transforming teaching and learning through technology. Here's a couple of
    videos to start a bit of dialogue in your staff meetings. Do you have a top e-learning video worth sharing?
  • New resource | Phases: Here’s a new page in Enabling e-Learning which unpacks the phases of the framework. It includes: the differences, the characteristics and examples in action.

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


Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning  


  • Your school library online: Janet McFadden invites us to think about how great school libraries can provide access for students to learn both in and outside the classroom, 24/7. Want to know more about a 6 week online course from National Library's Services? First intake 19 August. 


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


Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship


Cool WEBINAR: Secondary curriculum, NCEA and e-learning:  28 August, 3.45-4.45pm

Increasingly secondary educators are seeking opportunities to weave e-learning into learning areas and inquiry. In this webinar, guest presenters Tim Gander and Steve Mouldey explore how e-learning tools can be used specifically in secondary/NCEA schools contexts. This webinar will be supported by a thread in the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group. REGISTER NOW!


  • What is Digital Literacy in the 21st Century? In his blog, Steve Wheeler talks about digital literacies as deeper than skills and competencies that enable users to assimilate transfer their skills into new and unfamilar environments. Would you agree?
  • Science in the New Zealand curriculum e-in-science: Gerard Macmanus shares how the Ministry of Education has recently initiated a number of Science initiatives in response to the Gluckman report. The emphasis on e-learning to help raise engagement and acheivement is a valuable addition. 


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 as well as latest resources on the Pasifika resources page with curriculum, language, and cultural information for teachers to use with students.


Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure

Smile FORUM: BYOD Pedagogy: 26 August - 26 September: 

Ubiquitous learning means learning anywhere, anytime, using any device. Personalising learning means individualising learning pathways. As more and more schools trial or implement BYOD, we invite you to join us in this kōrero as we unpack pedagocial approaches and explore relevant mobile activities in learning scenarios across the sector. This forum will run in the Enabling e-Learning | Leadership group. 


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


Mobile technologies


  • Android App Sharing: Allanah King has created a Google site collating useful Android apps for primary schools. Do you have any apps to add to this growing list?

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




Barbara Reid has added the following bookmarks:


TKI logoCheck out e-Learning and Technologies on the Enabling e-Learning website as well as the managed network and portal services that Network for Learning is developing for schools. Find out more about N4L» 


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


  • Mid-year reporting and three way conferences: Catriona Pene (VPLD facilitator) has cross-posted this blog entry from Heather Eccles (VPLD online community), as she shares her reflections of student-led conferences, instead of the traditional parent-teacher interviews.
    Mother and daughter on the computer
  • School Websites. If every school’s website provides a telling insight (to a wider audience) about where it sits on the international school evolutionary continuum, then what does your school website say about your learning community? 

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
    • Timaru - 31 August
    • Palmerston North - 30 September
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