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e-Learning Round-Up | 6 August 2014

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

It might be Day 3 of our 5 Day challenge, but there’s still time to get a CHALLENGE WINNER prize. Watch out for daily prompts in the Enabling e-Learning blog and polls.

Also check out this week's LIVE FORUM:

imageSmile FORUM: Network 4 Learning: Managed Network - what it is / stories / experiences, 4 -29 August

The N4L Managed Network offers free, ultra fast broadband for schools. With more than 500 schools now connected, it’s a good time to hear the stories and experiences that schools have had in connecting to the managed network, and how it has affected their practice. Come join us now to share your experiences and more.

imageThere’s a new group created under Enabling e-Learning’s Professional Learning group called, Tertiary Track. This is one of the fastest growing groups with 102 members and growing. Have you studied, currently studying or planning to do so? Then this group is for you. Jump in, introduce yourself and share a little about your study interests or respond to others already in there.

Also, check out the latest e-learning newsletter from Enabling e-Learning. As usual, it showcases new Minsitry initiatives, resources and up-coming events.

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 Doug Drysdale. Doug often leaves comments across the community conversations, reminding us that community members (like Doug) continue to appreciate the on-going news and views.


image e-Learning Planning Framework  


TKI logoCheck out the new Māori Medium e-Learning Planning Framework (MMeLPF), now available for all kura/schools to download from the Enabling e-Learning website. 


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

Twitter image
  • #ptchatnz NZ Parent/Teacher chat forum: Karla Hull shares a Twitter chat forum #ptchatnz, which has been set up to invite parents teachers/educators to discuss topics of interest, using social media. Interested in this for your parents?  

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

  • Digital Citizenship & Literacy: Johan Schnetler shares a little bit about their school and wants to know how other schools are handling digital citizenship & literacy – in formal or informal instruction. 

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


  • The real reason children fidget: MeganCroll1 shares how she is trialing swiss balls in her classroom – to support those who need to rock. Do you have more ideas on ways to support those students who fidget? 
  • Examples of Inclusion - Everyone's In | Part 1: Roxy Hickman shares a video series that shows how school communities are coming together to ensure diversity is fully embraced and nurtured within a safe learning culture. Some valuable stories and questions worth exploring further here.

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



Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning

  •  24-7 professional learning: Nathaniel Louwrens enlightens us about the uprising of professional learning, that is occurring online across NZ in Twitter. Are you part of this movement?
  • Professional Learners: In this post, Cathiesten shares two great resources on how to plan and use visual images authentically, as well as valuable understandings around engaging adult learners (androgogy).
  • Teachers Accessing Pond: Louise Tredinnick is wondering what the next steps are for accessing Pond. Anyone else in the same position?

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


 red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  


  • MLEs: Learning spaces and resourcing | NAPP Kōrero 6Geoff Childs sums up the recent activity in this discussion as, ‘really interesting and quite challenging as they have questioned some things I have taken for granted around MLE.’ Anything else strike a chord for you?

Check out this video on, Technology supporting the school vision 

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


 Green swirly logoTechnologies & Infrastructure  

  • Connecting Ipad to a IWB or laptop: Kate Crawford shares how the reflector app is working for her in the classroom. How else have you found the reflector app useful in instruction, consolidation or collaboration?


Can you help?


  • Collaborative iPad app: Leigh Hynes wants to know if there’s an app that students and teachers can use collaboratively synchronously (live), like a collaborative whiteboard? Is there something you use with your students, that might be useful to share?
  • App Creation: Mike Boon is looking for any good online app creating tools for his students? Have your students created new apps and what have you successfully used to do this?

  • Apple TV, Airserver, Chromecast... Jane is wanting to purchase digital media players to use to wirelessly to project information from our laptops (PCs) and iPads onto our classroom projectors. Have you found solutions for both platforms in your school?
  • Flash: Roomone Ladysnows is looking for a safe and appropriate alternative to using Flash in an iPad browser. There are some welcome experiences and solutions on offer here. Do you have any to add?



Amanda OConnell has added a new bookmark:

  • Latest research on Manaiakalani: This site provides summaries and resources related to Manaiakalani research and evaluation conducted by the Woolf Fisher Research Centre in partnership with the Manaiakalani Education Trust and the cluster schools. 


TKI logoCheck out this research on, Disrupting the boundaries of teaching and learning: How digital devices became a resource for transformative change in a time of crisis from 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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