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e-Learning Round-up | 25 July 2014

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the first e-Learning pānui for Term 3.

We trust you have had a refreshing break and managed to catch up on some great discussion and learning within the VLN/Enabling e-Learning groups.

He rau ringa e oti ai te mahi.

With many hands (rau ringa) the job will be finished.

If we consider this whakatauki within education, it promotes collaboration between teachers, students and whānau to improve learning outcomes. We are reminded to engage with the whole school community to help our students to learn, much like the Tātaiako competency—Whanaungatanga.

It’s Māori language week, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2014. To celebrate and find some great resources for supporting the learning and teaching of te reo Māori have a look at this discussion: Whakanuia te wiki o te reo Māori - Celebrate Māori language week.

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 Camilla for taking the plunge and making her first post in the VLN. She said, “This is my first ever post in the VLN, long time listener (reader) first time caller (blogger).” Camilla asked some great questions around the use of LMSs in Primary Schools, as well as how student blogging is being used in the junior school. We look forward to seeing more posts in the future!



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


  • Support for Priority Learners: Ros is looking for suggestions of online tools and resources to support Year 9 and 10 priority learners. What online tools are you using in your school to support priority learners?
  • Ebooks for low readers: Adele was looking for some digital texts/ebooks for a low reader, who was obsessed with their tablet. Check out the ideas that were suggested and add any of your own.
  • Maori boys achievement in writing: How do you encourage boys, especially Māori boys to achieve in writing? How can technology help? Read the discussion to see what others are suggesting and add your own experiences.

Improving boys’ writing using Google Docs

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


 Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning


  • Classroom Planning: Louise Tredinnick is interested to hear from others, who do their classroom planning in GAFE. She would love to share examples of planning with others.

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


red spiral logo  Leadership & strategic direction  


  • June ERO report - Raising secondary achievement: Manu Faaea-Semeatu encourages you to read the latest ERO report, “Raising achievement in secondary schools” and consider how your school compares to the references about Māori and Pasifika learners in the report.
  • imageMLEs: Learning spaces and resourcing | NAPP Kōrero 6: The discussion around MLEs continues with Ragne Maxwell exploring the ideas of personalising learning. She explains that she is having many more full-class discussions than she had been - as they are more meaningful, bringing in the views of a wider range of students than smaller groups.
  • MLE's and the evidence: Grace questions the perception that only some teachers are capable of teaching in 'open learning spaces'. She says that there needs to be clear expectations, that MLEs are the “norm of the future”. What do you think?
TKI logoCheck out Leadership and e-Learning >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.


Green swirly logo  Technologies & Infrastructure  

Mobile devices

  • Uploading work from apps to an edublog: Debbie Couper has been investigating iPad apps and looking to get the results of her creations onto her blog. Allanah King has posted a useful link to help.

Assistive Technology


  • Using QR Codes to Support Accessibility: Roxy Hickman explores using QR codes, realising they can be used for much more than bringing up a website. She wonders about how QR codes can be linked to accessibility features within the iPad.
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 and Creative Commons.