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e-Learning Round-Up | 9 April 2014

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the latest e-Learning panui, summarising activity from across the VLN and Enabling e-Learning groups. 

It's been a very busy two weeks online. Take a moment to glance over the following and feel free to click on any areas of interest or need.

For all other news, check out the latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter and Enabling e-Learning calendar of events for Term 1. 

Looking forward to seeing you online - hei konā mai,

Tessa (on behalf of the 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 acknowledge Kelly Faulkner (Napier Boys High), for her many and varied comments throughout the Enabling e-Learning VLN groups. Kelly's participation has in turn, helped other community members engage in e-learning related conversations.



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


  • Seeking parental permission for the use of online apps: Questions arise in this discussion, such as, are you providing some of these accounts for the use of your students? Do you send out permission letters, hold information evenings or amend your existing use agreements to cover their use?

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


  • New challenge: Finish this sentence.... Rachel S shares how she plans to use Microsoft Sharepoint with both teachers and students, to encourage communication and get some curriculum of 'thought' going, through personal reflection. 

More conversations can be found @ Whiteboard


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


  • Book Review: Tara O'Neill shares a book on, Neurodiversity in the classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life.  

As well as: 


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



Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning

Josie Woon screenshot  

Josie Woon and the VLN/Enabling e-Learning communities: April 9th, 3.45 - 4.45pm

In this webinar, we'll showcase three videos from the Enabling e-Learning Media Gallery (professional learning) featuring Josie, and discuss the implications of the VLN/EEL community groups her practice. 

This is also an informal opportunity to meet and chat with Josie in person (virtually) to discuss how this community has provided alternative forms of virtual professional learning. Please bring your own stories of how you're using VLN/Enabling e-Learning community groups as well to share.


The benefits of Enabling e-Learning community groups on priority learners


TKI logoCheck out the 18 new digital stories from the Media Gallery in e-Learning & Professional Learning >>> Enabling e-Learning website.



red spiral logo  Leadership & strategic direction  


  • Teacher's reflection on learning in MLEs: Hamish Chalmers shares a great blog post where a teacher shares their school experiences, concerns and guidelines in MLEs and asks, How does this fit with other people's experiences who have and haven't taught in an MLE?
  • Examples of MLE's in action: Todd Brodie is looking to see what other schools are doing as they develop MLE spaces (roll size 150 or below) and asks if there are schools worth visiting?

As well as:


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


Green swirly logo  Technologies & Infrastructure  


  • MLE storage: This thread focuses on important considerations for flexible learning spaces, including how much space can be utilised for effective learning. Mark Osborne explores some practical ideas for re-thinking cloakrooms and toilets.
  • What technologies are people using? Amanda-Ellesbeth Neemia recognises and honours sources where NZ teachers are sharing effective e-learning practice. Do you have examples to share where e-learning is making a difference in your teaching and learning?


More conversations @


Mobile technologies


  • Māori Language Applications for IPads: Fiona Matapo adds some Ministry of Education resources to this discussion – three books that can be downloaded for the iPad - He Wai te Kai, Tieke and Mokomoko. 


Bring your own devices (BYOD)


  • BYOD Model: Lorraine Vickery asks, if anyone is willing to share a strategic model they have developed, while integrating BYOD into their (secondary) school. Can you help?
  • BYOD, 1:1 & 1:2 Database: Mike Malcolm introduces a Google doc which is a NZ database of those schools implementing BYOD,1:1 & 1:2 options for their school. Please feel free to add your own details here.


TKI logoCheck out e-Learning and Technologies >>> 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 – earlybird registration until July 11.


Images courtesy of Enabling e-Learning and Creative Commons