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e-Learning Round-Up | 12 March 2014

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, and welcome to the lastest e-Learning panui. If you haven't already joined all of the Enabling e-Learning groups, we recommend you do so, to not only watch the conversations as they happen, but to jump in and join in the kōrero too. This is your community, we'd love to see you there.

NEW Cool : Keep an eye for two free webinars from the Ministry related to connecting to the N4L managed network. These will be useful for schools considering connecting (or those already connected to), the Network for Learning (N4L) managed network as well as those preparing for BYOD. Dates and registration form for these can be found here.

For more, check out the latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter. For all other up-coming e-learning events for Term 1, check out the Enabling e-Learning calendar of events. Feel free to tell others and mark these in your diary now.

Look forward to seeing you online - 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 the queries and responses from Sam Hamilton (Matata Public School). Sam's contributions show an interest in personalising learning, mobile technologies and this week - TVs in the classroom. We look forward to hearing more of your stories and experiences online, Sam.


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


  • Family swingUsing ICT in reporting processses How is your school connecting with family and whānau about their children’s learning using e-learning tools? We’d love to hear more.

TKI logoCheck out the new school stories, such as Using mobile devices to improve communication

in Beyond the Classroom on the Enabling e-Learning website.



Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship


FORUM: Whakawhanaungatanga - Getting to know our learners, March 11th - April 11th

This forum will touch on pedagogical and practical ideas for getting to know your learners better. It includes discussion around whānau engagement, learner needs and culturally responsive practice - all with an e-learning and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) lens. This thead is current in Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group. 


Using digital technologies with Māori and Pasifika learners, and students with special educational needs 



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



Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning


Ways to build your online professional learning network using VLN/Enabling e-Learning communities: March 26th, 3.45 - 4.45pm

Are you interested in ways to build an online professional learning community to help with your own professional learning and development? Are you wondering where to go, who to know, places to be? This webinar will explore the purpose and potential for how the VLN/Enabling e-Learning community groups can support you, as you integrate effective e-learning pedagogies into your classroom practice. Tessa Gray and Catriona Pene. REGISTER NOW!

  • Twitter imageTwitter Widget: Want to embed your Twitter feed into your VLN profile page? You’ll find some helpful tips from Karen Melhuish Spencer to help you do this.
  • What is e-learning? Nathaniel Louwrens responds to a post that encourages us to discuss more about the ways technologies can benefit learning, rather than debate the technologies themselves. What do you think?

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



red spiral logo  Leadership & strategic direction  


  • Self directed learning in a MLE: Community members are sharing what collaboration and self-directed learning looks like in their Modern Learning Environments. Do you have stories to share too?


TKI logoCheck out the latest school stories about how Holy Cross School have used the e-Learning Planning Framework to develop their strategic plan in Leadership and e-Learning via the Enabling e-Learning website.


Green swirly logo  Technologies & Infrastructure  


  • Minecraft Edu costs: CraigMcD is interested in finding out more about the processes and costs for using Minecraft EDU at school. Can you help?

Mobile technologies


  • Storing evidence of learning: Tash is looking for some technical advice about how to save Tellagami projects into Google Drive, for parents to view.
  • Copyright: Susan McMillan asks if it's considered fair use to use screenshots of apps in tutorial-type presentations?  

Graph on an iPad

More conversations emerging at: 


Bring your own devices (BYOD)


  • eLearning class – tracking: Mark Quigley shares what their school is doing, as well as the possible issues to consider, in terms of tracking the impact of e-learning. How does your school address this issue?


TKI logoCheck out the teacher inquiries to help improve literacy for boys, from Holy Cross School in

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!

New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ


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