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e-Learning Round-up | 4 July 2014

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the last e-Learning pānui for Term 2. 

The school holidays are nearly upon us, which creates a great opportunity to catch up with some of the latest discussion that has been going on within the VLN.

Check out the latest content on Enabling e-Learning:

Māori achieving success as Māori – This page describes the vision of having Māori achieving success as Māori (MASAM) and then gives suggestions for what this look slike in schools and how schools can develop a MASAM framework.

Using the SAMR model – The Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition (SAMR) model by Dr Ruben Puentedura is outlined and a short video by Diana Wilkes explains how teachers can use the model to identify at what level the digital technologies they are using are at.

Jason Ruakere This week we also welcome Jason Ruakere who joins the Enabling e-Learning online team. Keep an eye out for Jason's reflections on e-learning and the potential impact on Māori boys in the Beyond the Classroom blog.

Looking forward to seeing you online - hei konā mai,

TessaNathaniel & Jason


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 Rachel Bolstad and her input into several Enabling e-Learning forums. Rachel comes to us with a huge wealth of knowledge as a Senior Researcher at NZCER. Rachel shares, "My work in education research is driven by an endless curiosity about the world and a strong commitment to better educational experiences and outcomes for all learners, as well as teachers, families, and communities." Rachel's perspectives on future-oriented education adds another layer to conversations, as we share what this looks in classrooms across New Zealand. 


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



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


  • Struggling readers: Barbara Reid discusses using the Bitsboard app to create flash card games to help struggling readers, and lets us know that some 'Ready to Read' resources are available by searching Ministry of Education New Zealand on iTunes.
  • Protocols around ebooks: Annemarie Hyde started a discussion around the protocols of using ebooks in class. What protocols has your school got in place or are considering around the use of ebooks?


Other discussions include:

  • Hazel Owen asks, “How many allow students to take control of what is learned in your classes? What are you afraid of if you haven’t?” and shares this blog post by Leigh Hynes.

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


  • MLE in Christchurch Schools: Lisa is travelling to Christchurch from Palmerston North and would like to visit some schools that are working collaboratively within an MLE. Can you help?

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



red spiral logo  Leadership & strategic direction  


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


Green swirly logo  Technologies & Infrastructure  

  • Student user names in the online environment: Karen Corbin is asking for thoughts and suggestions about what usernames to use for students on the school network, so that students are not easily identifiable to the outside world.

Using Google Apps for future focused schools

Mobile Devices

A range of discussions have been taking place around the use of movile devices including:


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, MLEs, BYOD, iPads in junor classes, registered teacher criteria, appraisal and e-learning, gaming and much much 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 (1, 2, 3).