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e-Learning Round-up | 20 August 2014

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

There has been a lot of great questions, discussion and posts contriubuted across our community over the past two weeks. Check the discussions out below.

Don't forget to also register for the live Enabling e-Learning webinars coming up soon.

Check out this month's LIVE FORUM:

imageSmile FORUM: Network 4 Learning: Managed Network - what it is / learning and teaching, 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 how the managed network has affected their practice. Come join us now to share your experiences and more.

Looking forward to seeing you online - hei konā mai,

Nathaniel (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 the following members for their dedication to the 5 day challenge increasing their presence in our community:

Robyn McDougall-Winchester, Fiona Robertson, Sam Hocking, Vanitha Govini, Mike Thornley, Judith Smallbone, Pat Lewis, Phil Giddens and of course our overall challenge winner Marnel van der Spuy.



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 


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

  • Flipped Classroom for Younger Students: MrsB30 is considering trialling a flipped classroom style for teaching numberacy to Year 2/3 students. She would love to here your thoughts and ideas.

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  • ePortfolios: Marnel van der Spuy would like to hear experiences from anyone who has used ePortfolios with their junior students.
  • International Dot Day: Allanah King invites us and our students to a day of international collaboration coming up in September.
  • Google Classroom: Hēmi Waerea would like to hear more about Google Classroom and any stories/experiences anyone has had with it so far.

Digital citizenship


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

  • iPads vs Samsung Tablet: Merryl is asking for thoughts and experiences of using iPads or tablets as assistive technology. What experiences have you had with your students?



  • Punctuation Grammar Check for Docs: Lynne Crowe was searching for an punctuation/grammar check addon or extension for Google Docs. Check out the range of extensions that have been suggested or suggest another one to try.



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



Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning


Tertiary Track


  • Summarising tools: Tessa Gray has shared a range of tools for creating a succinct summary of text.

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 logoTechnologies & Infrastructure  



  • iTunes GST receipts: An interesting discussion about whether GST receipts are available for iOS apps as well as the best ways to manage licenses and multiple devices.


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 junior 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.


Twitter image Twitter Chats


  • #edchatNZ: The original education Twitter chat for New Zealand educators. Fortnightly on a Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Subject specific Twitter chats occur on the alternate Thursdays to #edchatNZ at 8:30 pm. These include:

  • #scichatNZ: For Science educators.
  • #engchatNZ: For English educators.
  • #mathschatNZ: For Mathematics educators.
Get the community involved with:
  • #ptchatNZ: A parent and teacher Twitter chat with the aim to bring parents and teachers together to discuss education. Fortnightly on a Tuesday at 8:30 pm

And for our students:

  • KidsedchatNZ: A weekly Twitter chat linking students, classrooms and schools. Thursdays at 2:00 pm.
And just getting off the ground for beginning and pre-service teachers:
  • #btchatNZ: Follow @btchatNZ and #btchatNZ for more details.

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