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e-Learning Round-Up | 21 May 2014

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the latest e-Learning panui for Term 2. There's a real mixture of queries, ideas, stories and resources shared over the past fortnight for you to peruse.

You won't want to miss these up-coming events:

Smile FORUM: Personalising learning | Shallow and deep expressions of practice,  22 May – 23 June

Good teachers have always focused on individual needs of learners. So what does the term ‘deep personalisation’ mean in, Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching — a New Zealand perspective? This forum will provide a platform to discuss some of the complexities around understanding the term ‘personalisation’ in the NZ context. Come join us in Enabling e-Learning | Leadership group when the thread is now live.

Smile WEBINAR: Supporting maths through digital technologies, Thursday 29 May, 3.45 – 4.45pm

Interested in ways to engage and accelerate learning in maths using e-learning tools and pedagogies? This webinar will specifically explore ways to effectively infuse e-learning to help introduce and consolidate maths concepts and processes. Guest presenter: Vanitha Govini. REGISTER NOW! 

This webinar is supported by a thread in the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group. You're invited to come and share your own experiences here.

Also, check out the latest newsletter from Enabling e-Learning. It's jam-packed with new school stories - all with an e-learning focus.

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 Juliet Dickinson. Juliet is currently the Deputy Princpal at Te Kowhai School, responsible for  implementing Teaching as Inquiry, teacher appraisal, curriculum development and SENCO.  Juliet writes, "My main passion is TAI which I have now been exploring for 4 years. I find it such a thorough and rewarding process that has made myself and other colleagues really dig beneath the surface to refine and broaden our teacher practise."

Juliet has already shared a rigorus process around teacher moderation of student progress in Literacy Online, and we look forward to Juliet's input into the up-coming forum: Personalising learning | Shallow and deep expressions of practice,  22 May – 23 June.



Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship


  • Ideas for using GAFE in literacy: Kevin Silcock is looking for ways to use GAFE in their literacy programme with year 5&6 students. There’s some great ideas rolling in. Do you have any to add also?
  • Literacy progressions matrix: Want to see what happens when an online community comes together to share theory, ideas and examples of practice? Juliet Dickinson shares their ‘world café approach' to staff sharing their progress in literacy, with some fantastic images too.
  • Our school's adopted Office 365: Rowan Taigel is interested in hearing from people who are using Office 365 (in comparison to GAFE) in their schools. Rowan also asks, are there; particular apps, functions of sharepoint, uses for sites, that you'd be willing to share and discuss? 
  • Kid-speak Writing Progressions: Mary-Anne Murphy invites anyone interested in Stage 2 of 'kid-speaking' the Literacy progressions - writing progressions to get involved and work collaboratively online. See you there!


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

  • Sharing UDL in the Classroom: Linda Ojala has invited us to share practical ways to use UDL in the classroom. How are you using technologies to offer students a variety of ways to access and process learning?
  • Samoan language week - May 26 - 30 2014! Vanitha Govini reminds us Samoan language week is coming up and the theme is 'Taofi mau i au measina'Hold fast to your treasures.  Watch out for more on Samoan Language week 

imageCheck out the latest school stories from Waerenga o Kuri, Avondale School and Hillcrest High School in e-Learning and Teaching >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.



Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning


  • Collaborate to enhance UDL: Roxy Hickman acknowledges the collaborative projects created by VLN community members online and collated in Enabling e-Learning. Roxy asks, Does anyone have examples of how to collaborate with families? 

TKI logoCheck out the latest school stories including,Developing a professional learning programe from Hamilton Girls' High School in e-Learning & Professional Learning >>> Enabling e-Learning website.



red spiral logo  Leadership & strategic direction  



TKI logoCheck out the latest school stories including, Developing e-learning at Hillcrest High School from Leadership and e-Learning >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.


Green swirly logo  Technologies & Infrastructure  


  • USB microscopes: Greg Carroll shares a website from the library at Outram School with “wonderful activities” for using digital microscopes.
  • Spelling tracker MrsB30 is looking for an alternative tool (maybe graph or interactive tracker) to track and update student progress. Do you know of a tool that could help MrsB30?
  • Nimbus Portal: Amy Massey asks if anyone is using TTS' Nimbus Portal and what their experience of this has been. Can you help?
Check out this latest video, Work as a team from Enabling e-Learning about staff at South New Brighton School leading iPad development across the school.


Mobile technologies


  • iPads in the Junior Classroom:  Shanna shares some successes while using Book Creator and Popplet in the classroom. What else can our young ones do with iPads and how can these tools make a difference to their learning?
  • App Sharing: Allanah King shares an app that has pictures and video support in NZ sign language. 




  • User Agreements for BYOD: Allanah King asks if anyone is happy to share their user-agreements in PDF or as Google docs. Do you have templates you don’t mind sharing with others online?


Anaru White added a new bookmark:


TKI logoCheck out the latest school stories from Avondale Primary School and South New Brighton School in e-Learning and Technologies >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.



CalendarFor your calendar...

EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events


  • Enabling e-Learning webinars: Find the recorded sessions here from 2011 to current. These include 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


  • Connecting readers: 11 August to 19 September. Creating a reading social network - 6 week online course with the National Library service.

  • ULearn14: 8-10 October, Rotorua – earlybird registration until July 11.


Images courtesy of Flickr and Creative Commons.