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e-Learning Round-Up | 27 November 2013

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

As we approach the end of the year, we'd love to hear how e-learning has made a difference to you, your class or even the wider community.

Were there any technologies used in lesson sequences that made that learning more exciting, more engaging? An e-tool that enabled students to explore an issue, solve a problem, consolidate learning, co-construct new knowledge? Maybe even helped you to plan/teach/assess learning differently?

Enabling e-Learning community members have already started sharing, so feel free to Insert your experiences here >>>

Have a fantastic week and look 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 congratulate two more contributors as they share their gems in the Enabling e-Learning | Celebrating e-learning event:  Jessica Athukorala (Hutt International Boys' School) and Elizabeth Kazmierczak (Freeville School). We'd like to offer our thanks to all contributors in the form of this 'I took the challenge' badge. These can be added to profile pages.

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: Community members, from primary to secondary, continue to share their latest developments with 1-1 devices, including the implications for using cloud-based solutions and the benefits between home and school.

Anyone interested in the leadership of e-learning, can’t go too far past these rich threads. Here community members reflect on current realities (good, bad or otherwise) and share innovative new e-learning ideas and dreams for the future.

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


Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning  


  • Spare a thought for the others… How do support-staff, librarians and long-term relievers access professional learning and development opportunities, to stay up-skilled with new and emerging e-tools as well as effective e-learning pedagogy? We’d love to hear your stories.

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



Teaching logo Teaching and Learning  |  Digital Citizenship


  • imageComputing Classes: Nicola Kenny shares how their school offers a variety of different computing courses to address Technology, Computing and Digital Technology unit standards. How does your secondary school integrate technology, gaming or even programming opportunities for students?
  • The world needs programmers: Karen Melhuish Spencer shares Google Code-in, an online contest introducing 13-17 year olds to open source software development. Started November 18th. 
  • m-Learning | Mobile learning: Bevan James comments on the value of digital presentation shared, where 35 educators talk about the benefits of mobile learning for students. Their ideas are captured and reframed as Key Lessons. Are you interested in finding out more about m-learning?


Focus on our priority learners


  • Indigenous cultures and e-LearningManu Faaea-Semeatu asked us to consider how Māori or Pasifika learners might see their cultural identities through the use of e-learning. A shared Google doc has been created and you are invited to add your own learner goals that reflect e-learning and culturally responsive practice.
  • Effective Supports and Approaches Related to DyslexiaAs this conversation grows, community members share; effective strategies to support students with Dyslexia as well as views and opinions as parents. Anne Sturgess shares what this looks/feels like from a student’s perspective - in poetry. Very moving.

Chrissie Butler shares this video, where Matt talks about his experiences with dyslexia. 

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


Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure


  • Where to start: Michelle Robison offers some practical advice for starting out in Google Apps for education, if you are not going through Hapara. Any other tips for Tanya Tanner, as she starts out on this journey?

Mobile technologies


  • App developers: Community members share Android apps similar to iTunes apps, that enable creative processes in the classroom. 
  • Maths apps: Community members continue to share maths related apps, including those that reinforce the concepts of pattern, sorting and counting.

Do you have more apps to share, or stories of how these are making a difference in your classroom? We’d love to hear from you.



The following new bookmarks have been added:


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



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


  • imageSchool apps Demo 2: Togi Lemanu asks if anyone is familiar with this New Zealand based mobile app, that connects school with home? Can you see the potential for an an app like this - to help keep the wider whānau connected and informed?

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



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