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e-Learning Round-Up | 4 June 2014

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the latest e-Learning pānui for Term 2. The gold just keeps rolling in!

Check out the newest Enabling e-Learning Forum starting this week:

Smile FORUM: Engaging parents/whānau with and through technologies5 June – 4 July

imageMore and more schools are using technology to engage with parents/whānau and the wider community about their children’s learning. Some schools have initiated programmes to teach parents/whānau about technologies, as well as the benefits for using these. For schools stories and more, come join us in Enabling e-Learning | Beyond the Classroom group when this thread becomes live.

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 Mark Maddren for his rich reflection on speech to text tools in the thread, Using Dictanote and Speak Selection to assist in the Writing Process

Mark is a facilitator for the Learning with Digital Technogies Team in the South Island. Mark confesses he has, developed a real passion for using ICT's to improve the motivation and learning of Akonga. Thank you Mark for sharing your thoughts around this mahi.


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


Smile FORUM: Engaging parents/whānau with and through technologies5 June – 4 July. Come join us in Enabling e-Learning | Beyond the Classroom group, when this thread becomes live.


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


Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship


  • Infusing e-learning into Maths: Here's a summary, with links to the presentation material from the Supporting maths through digital technologies webinar with Vanitha Govini.
  • Inspiring stories of ICT integration: Here’s a great video of how one teacher enhances literacy, digital literacy and Inquiry learning, through stop-frame animation, gaming in Minecraft and more.
  • Ultranet as an e-learning platform: Abbie shares how her school is in its second year of using Ultranet and is interested in finding out how others are authentically embedding Ultranet into classroom programmes. 
  • Ideas for using GAFE in literacy: Simon Ashby shares some useful ways to integrate Google presentations, forms, docs, charts, drawing tools, YouTube clips and add-ons into learning opportunities. How do you use GAFE to enhance literacy?


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


  • Samoan language week - May 26 - 30 2014! Samoan language week may have come and gone, but there are some useful resources and challenges for teachers to continue to use/access fro the Pasifika Education Community website.


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



red spiral logo  Leadership & strategic direction  


Smile Enabling e-Learning FORUM: Personalising learning | Shallow and deep expressions of practice,  22 May – 23 June:  Guests and community members. Heather Eccles, Justin Hickey,  Anjela Webster and Juliet Dickinson, elaborate on what personalising learning looks like in their schools. Does this resonate with you? 



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


Green swirly logo  Technologies & Infrastructure  


Help needed please>>>

  • Creating a site: Michelle is working with Google Chrome and wants to create a taiao site for her kura. There’s been some technical issues with files and folders. Can you help Michelle with this?
  • Google+ in Schools: Roimata Baker is asking about the logistics for using Google+ within their school domain, while still wanting to manage student access. Can you help?

Mobile technologies


Your practical and technical advice is needed across this range of discussions around mobile devices:





  • Allanah King has added a new bookmark:

    Tools to use in a BYOD environment: You've got every device under the sun in front of you. Now what apps are you going to use? Here are the apps or app categories that Vicky Davis (@coolcatteacher) recommends you test for your school.


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 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.


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