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e-Learning Round-Up | 18 June 2014

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the latest e-Learning pānui from across the VLN. 

Nathaniel LouwrensThis week we welcome a new online team member, Nathaniel Louwrens as he joins us from  Wellington. Nathaniel shares, "I'm passionate about education and e-learning and believe that when thoughtfully implemented, technology can not only engage students but increase student achievement."

Nathaniel has recently completed a MEd (E-learning) specifically looking at online student engagement, so keep an eye out for Nathaniel and maybe even drop him a line.

Check out this week's up-coming FORUM:

Smile FORUM: New technologies and collaborative processes, 19 June – 18 July

Car pool imageA problem shared is a problem halved. It’s not uncommon for teachers to come together and share ideas. This often makes for a powerful exchange. What does networking and collaboration mean for us as teachers/learners and how can we harness tools such as GAFE for teaching/learning? Come join us in the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group this thread is now live.


Also, check out the latest e-learning newsletter from Enabling e-Learning. It showcases new Minsitry initiatives, resources as well as the latest digital stories from the Media gallery.

Looking forward to seeing you online - hei konā mai,

Tessa (on behalf of the Enabling 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 acknowledge Steve Trotter. Steve has made a number of contributions in threads of late, including sharing how his students use KidBlog in the thread, Blogs - public vs private. Responses like this, help others with similar wonderings.



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

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


More and more schools are using technology to engage with parents/whānau and the wider community about their children’s learning. We'd love to hear from you! Come and add your own schools stories in our live thread or in the shared Google presentation.



TKI logoCheck out the latest resources and stories in Beyond the Classroom on the Enabling e-Learning website.


Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship


  • Apps for creating storyboards digitally: Jill McArthur (English teacher) is currently studying film with her year 9 trial BYOD class and is looking for a tool to create storyboard assessments online. Is this something you have discovered already?
  • Embedding assessment in ePortfolios: Ness wants to know how early childhood educators have implemented e-portfolios in their centres, with equitable access for all young students and a focus on student voice and ownership. How does your early childhood centre digitally archive student learning?


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



Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning


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Check out more e-Learning & Professional Learning >>> Enabling e-Learning website.



red spiral logo  Leadership & strategic direction  


  • MLEs: Learning spaces and resourcing | NAPP Kōrero 6: NAPP and Enabling e-Learning community members continue to share; rationale, current experiences, issues and wonderings, around what it means to successfully implement Modern Learning Environments. Please note: Registrations for Thursday 26th June LIVE webinar have now closed. All previous regsitrations are still valid and will be notified by email. 


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


Green swirly logo  Technologies & Infrastructure  


  • Planning Templates: Rosemary Murphy would love to know what other schools are using as Google planning templates. Can you help Rosemary?
  • imagePassword Recovery for students: Steve Trotter wants to know how schools are managing students email account details – lost passwords etc? Any ideas or solutions welcome.
  • Pages: Hamish McLean offers a solution to Pages with a migration to Google docs. Hamish also touches on the purpose and collaborative potential for using Google docs to assist in student writing.
  • Show me: Jill Simons wants to know if you can only access ‘Show me’ on the computer if you've got a mac? 
  • Rotated photos in Blogger: Matt Hutchinson has a problem where some photos have been rotated incorrectly in Blogger. Has this happened to you? Any advice for Matt?

Mobile technologies


At a glance... can you help?

Some top tips shared:         




  • Learning with 1:1 digital devices: Just up on Enabling e-Learning. Find information and examples to support school leaders and teachers with introducing and developing a 1:1 digital device or BYOD programme in your school.

suzig added the following new bookmarks:


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.


Images courtesy of Creative Commons and Flickr.