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e-Learning Round-Up | 25 September 2013

Talofa lava, kia ora and welcome to the last Enabling e-Learning round up for Term 3.

It's been a busy term and we look forward to bringing you more e-learning opportunities in Term 4, so look out for the Calendar events planned for next term.

Thank you to everyone who has voted in our Quick usability poll: Which do you prefer? Tags or descriptive sentences in the e-learning round-up. We now have 21 votes, indicating short descriptions are preferred. This edition now reflects that decision. Thank you to everyone who voted.

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

KarenTessa & Catriona |  Blended e-Learning Online Team


Badge for e-Member of the Week

This week we honour and thank Amanda-Ellesbeth Neemia (Yr 7 teacher, Upper Hutt, Anjela Webster and Andrew de Wit (Deputy Principal, Year 4/5 Teacher, Upper Hutt) for sharing their experiences, research and words of wisdom in the BYOD pedagogy \| Enabling e-Learning event.

We are grateful for these outstanding contributions, as we continue to grow the e-Learning communities online.

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 


  • BYOD Pedagogy | An Enabling e-Learning event: As well as community members sharing resources and top tips for BYOD implementation, guest mentor, Anjela Webster, shares a reading offering some insight into future and emerging trends for technologies in education. 


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


Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning  


  • Why Twitter: Shona Poppe shares why Twitter is the best PD she’s had in a long time and Monika Kern shares her blog post about why Twitter is an important part of her PLN. Why does Twitter work for you?
  • UDL in the staff room - engagement beyond lollies? Chrissie Butler offers some practical ideas and strategies for thinking about ways to engage teachers during staff meetings (beyond food), with a UDL lens. Do you have examples of your own to share?


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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship



  • Game-based learning: Are you playing? Anne Robertson shares an article on how computer games can improve girls' abilities around spatial awareness and cognition to help narrow the gap of achievement between boys and girls. 
  • Critical Literacy development Mary-Anne Murphy asks, how are we using e-tools to support the development of critical literacy and invites us to share examples of ways to promote critical literacy skills. Do you have examples to share?

Focus on our priority learners

  • UDL Chat: Roxy Hickman shares some recent ideas, images, songs and conversations from the UDL chat group in the Twitter feed #UDLchat, to help keep UDL at the heart of everything we do.
  • Giving UDL a go: Roxy Hickman elaborates on one teacher’s story (Louise from Kimi Ora Community School) as she trials UDL practices - to help make an impact on the learning in her classroom. Can you relate to this story? 

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.

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


Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure


  • Marking Work in Google DocsIn this thread, community members share tools that enable users to provide feedback via text and speech in Google Docs. Latest contributors: Roxy Hickman, Leigh Hynes, Anne Robertson, Ruth Soper and Susan Feron.
  • Ideas for Animation? Community members offer a variety of online and offline animation/gaming tools for Roimata Baker to use with her yr7/8 students, as they create short films about cyber-bullying awareness. Any more ideas?

Mobile technologies


  • IPad Deployment in SchoolCommunity members jump in and help Junior Tararo with advice about using Apple Configurator and Meraki, when setting up multiple iPads. Do you have anything to add?
  • App Sharing: Luke Nola shares an app, that not only gets students switched onto science and technology through the wild world of inventions, but also gives them a chance to share their patents on TV. Luke is also looking for feedback on this.


  • Devil's Advocate... Beyond BYOD: In this thread, Pat Hargreaves invites us ‘not to be shy’ but to debate the grittier, deeper side of learning with 1-1 devices - where he asks, are we actually improving student outcomes with technology compared to traditional methods?

Developing the infrastructure for 1-1 devices - Taken from Enabling e-Learning | Technologies


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




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


CalendarFor your calendar...

EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events


  • Keep an eye out for Term 4's calendar of events. Coming soon!

New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ



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