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e-Learning Round-Up | 12th February 2014

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, and welcome to the first fortnightly round-up of 2014. Here’s hoping the break has left you feeling refreshed and ready for the new opportunities ahead for this new year.

If you're new to the Enabling e-Learning groups or would like to spread the word, then you can find out more about this community in A Quick Review. You can also meet the Enabling e-Learning online team in Ko wai mātou - Who are we? 

Check out the new Collaborative projects link on the left-hand side and keep an eye out for the up-coming Enabling e-Learning calendar of events for Term 1.

This is your community, as always we look forward to your input and feedback - hei konā mai,

KarenTessa & Catriona |  Blended e-Learning Online Team


Badge for e-Member of the Week

Each fortnight, we like to say thank you by nominating a community member for active participation in the Enabling e-Learning / VLN Groups.

This week we'd like to recognise Cathiesten for a number of queries and reponses in the VLN/Enabling e-Learning groups.

We encourage and invite more of you to participate and have your say, as we endeavor to reflect on teacher practice with an e-learning lens.



image e-Learning Planning Framework


Reordered dimensions

e-Learning Planning Framework - Revised for 2014The e-Learning Planning Framework (English and Māori-medium) has been revised. The key changes are:

  • re-ordering the dimensions to raise the importance of engagement with whānau and community
  • inclusion of whānau and student engagement in several strands so that schools can involve the wider community in self-review, should they choose to do so
  • "Pre-emerging" has been added as a phase throughout the frameworks
  • the "Teaching and Learning" dimension is now "Learning and Teaching" to emphasise the importance of focusing on student learning and achievement, rather than teacher action
  • a new strand, "Digital literacy embedded in the curriculum", has been added in the Learning and Teaching dimension.

Schools can download the revised e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF) from Enabling e-Learning.

TKI logoCheck out the e-Learning Planning Frameworks on the Enabling e-Learning website.



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


  • Creating a 'buy-in' for blogging: This Snapshot for Learning (Hinuera School), shares how one school has implemented and used class blogs to connect beyond the school.

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


Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship


  • Flexible Learning timetable/programs: Buffy T is a teacher of a 1:1 iPad class this year and is asking for pedagogical ideas and strategies for developing a flexible learning timetable. Can you help?
  • Social media citizens: Cathiesten is asking for some advice around using KnowledgeNet, blogging, wikis or Facebook as a social networking platform for primary students. Do you have some appropriate options to share? 
  • 'Teaching' Digital Citizenship: Richard Knuckey asks if anyone has any websites/ resources that have some practical materials to assist teaching year 7-11 students to become informed, responsible digital citizens. 


Interested in conversations about our priority learners?


  • A powerful video: A moving (sometimes sad) TEDx talk from Scott Sonnon (below) about learning styles and the lifelong challenges of learning with dyslexia.


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


red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction 


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

Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure

  • What Technologies are people using? Amanda-Ellesbeth Neemia is asking for some help. She would love to hear how you’re using technologies to transform teaching and learning. Do you have any ideas/photos that you’re willing to share?
  • Why 3D printers? Tracy Olorenshaw adds to the stories and examples of how 3D printers can be used to transform learning, and in our everyday lives. What other possibilities are there for 3D printers?
  • Schoology: Senga White is seeking more information about the potential for using Schoology as a Learning Management. Do you have some experience with this tool?

Mobile technologies

Teenager and mobile learning


  • mLearning Capability Pilot Project: Originally a Software for Learning snapshot about a mLearning Capability Pilot Project (Howick College) that explores the impact of mobile technologies on teaching and learning.
  • Android Apps: Fiona Robertson and her school have purchased some tablets this year. Are there any Android apps you’d recommend to Fiona, that can help transform learning for her junior students? 


Bring your own devices (BYOD)



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


CalendarFor your calendar...

EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events


  • Enabling e-Learning webinars: Find the recordings here for 2011/2012/2013 sessions you may have missed, including using digital resources, digital learning spaces, BYOD, iPads in junor classes, registered teacher criteria, appraisal and e-learning, gaming and many more!
  • Keep an eye out for the up-coming calendar of events planned for Term 1. Out soon!

New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ


  • ULearn14: 8-10 October, Rotorua. Registrations now open for the ultimate modern learning & teaching conference.


Images courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net