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e-Learning Round-Up | 13 November 2013

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

OPLC VLN and Enabling e-Learning community groups can support online communities of practice (OPCs), established so that educators can explore ways to improve learning outcomes for all students.

Trends are showing more and more collaborative projects emerging in these group spaces. This is rewarding to see, as community members come together (virtually) to co-construct content and help meet individual/collective needs.

Why not join in and share a few gems of your own?

Don't forget to let us know what you think in the Enabling e-Learning short survey.

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

KarenTessa & Catriona |  Blended e-Learning Online Team


Badge for e-Member of the Week

This week we salute and congratulate the following contributors in the Enabling e-Learning | Celebrating e-learning eventBen Soole (Kamo Primary), Stephen Baker (Russell Street School), Jacinda Panther (Grey Main School), Melanie Matthews (Broadlands School), Simone Gentil (Morningside School), Annemarie Hyde (Mokoia Intermediate), Callie Ballara (Samuel Marsden Collegiate), Gavin Clark (Silverdale Normal School), Tim Gander (Gisborne Boys High School), Shona Poppe (Tahatai Coast School), Ngaire Takerei (Brookby School), Fiona Robertson (Mosston  School), Hadleigh Benson (Mt Primary School), Justine Driver (Pakuranga Heights School). We'd like to offer our thanks to all contributors in the form of a Presenter's badge as well.

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  


Smile Webinar: e-Learning, appraisal and Registered Teacher Criteria: 27 November 2013, 3.45-4.45pm

As this term progresses, teachers and their teams within schools, will start to look at planning for 2014. There may be considerations for:

  • setting new professional learning goals
  • making links with Teacher Registered Criteria
  • streamlining or digitizing appraisal systems

This webinar will reveal one person's story as they undergo professional review processes, using Registered Teacher Criteria and e-learning in their appraisal. Guest presenter Stephanie Thompson. REGISTER NOW

  • Why Twitter? Bede Gilmore and Annemarie Hyde share their top reasons for using Twitter as an online professional learning network. Why do you use Twitter?
  • Devil's Advocate... Beyond BYOD: Rebbecca Sweeney weighs in and shares some resources in this hefty debate about the benefits, value and effective use of technologies. Are there sentiments in this debate that strike a chord with you?


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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship


Focus on our priority learners


  • Indigenous cultures and e-LearningManu Faaea-Semeatu started a discussion on how Māori or Pasifika learners might see their cultural identities through the use of e-learning. Manu asks, Is there a danger of losing a sense of cultural identity if there's too much focus on the tools - and invites us to share what 'true integration' would look like.
  • UDL, access and creativity: Catriona Pene shares the following video on how one student uses the right tool so he can finally find his voice. Very moving.


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


Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure


  • Blendspace: Ross Hampton asks if anyone is using Blendspace (formerly Edcanvas) in their schools? Can you help?


Mobile technologies


  • Children with Special Needs: Cathiesten is looking for some Apps for children with particular learning needs, ranging from non-verbal to global delays in literacy and numeracy. Can you help ?

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



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


  • Consulting with Pasifika families Involving whānau and community! Vanitha Govini shares how one school is focusing on how to support parents with some practical ideas or tools to use at home to support maths learning. Do you have other ideas/tools to share?
  • " You down with PFC"... 'yeah you know me'....Togi Lemanu asks, how are schools actively engaging and involving Pasifika parents in their childrens' education? He shares some recently successful MoE initiatives to strengthen home/school partnerships and would like to hear your success stories too. Can you help?

TKI logoCheck out Beyond the Classroom on >>>the Enabling e-Learning website.



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