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e-Learning Round-up | 4 September 2014

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

It has been a busy two weeks with many great contributions to groups and discussion forums.

Check out the Enabling e-Learning newsletter, it is now available linking you to a wealth of information and resources.

There's a lot going on in Enabling e-Learning during September. Get involved in the forums and live webinars coming up.

imageSmileFORUM: Home-school partnerships to get parents/whānau to contribute to curriculum development, 1- 26 September

A school curriculum should address the needs and interests of the school community. How can we use technologies to support and encourage parents and whānau to participate in and contribute towards developing the school curriculum? Come join us in Enabling e-Learning | Beyond the Classroom group to discuss how the school curriculum can be developed in consultation with the wider community.

Smile UNCONFERENCE WEBINAR: E-Learning in your classroom - Your voice: Wednesday, 10 September, 3.45-4.45pm

This webinar is an open/unconference event. It was a hit last year and we're offering this informal event again this year. We invite you to share one e-learning activity you have facilitated in your classroom, as well as any benefits and outcomes for your learners. You determine the context/content (5 Minutes). Guest presenters: YOU! This webinar will be supported by a thread in the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group. REGISTER NOW

Smile WEBINAR: Personalising Learning, Thursday 18 September, 3.45-4.45pm

Some would argue personalising learning is one key trend that underpins all effective teaching and learning pedagogy. Want to know more? Come and join Mary-Anne Murphy and Rachel Bolstad as we discuss understandings around personalising learning, and explore how shifting the 'Locus of Control' can transpire into classroom practice. This webinar will be supported by a thread in the Enabling e-Learning | Leadership groupREGISTER NOW

Connected educator month


Coming up in October is Connected Educator Month, a month full of free professional learning in New Zealand and around the world. Get connected by attending any of the online sessions or pledge an event that you would like to run.


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 Hamish McLean for the contributions he has made to various discussions across the VLN. Hamish is from Ngatea Primary School and has been encouraging discussion by asking important teaching and learning related questions. Keep up the thought-provoking questions, Hamish!



image e-Learning Planning Framework  

  • eLPF online tool: The e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF) online tool is now available to all schools. Information can be found in this discussion thread. You can also share your stories about using the eLPF online tool or Te Rangitukutuku, the Māori Medium eLPF.

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Check out the e-Learning Planning Framework
 on the Enabling e-Learning website. 


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


  • School "facebook" type app: Coral Butler is interested in any apps similar to Facebook that can be used within a school and community.
  • School app: Cathiesten is interested in personalised school apps that are being used as a parent portal.



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


Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship

Teaching for 21st century learners

  • Digital literacy progressions: Janet McCarroll is looking to connect with anyone who has developed digital literacy progressions at their school.
  • Using gdocs on tablets: Tania Chapman is looking for support on using and publishing from Google Docs on an android tablet. 
  • Google Classroom: Google Classroom has so far had a positive impact on teachers and students at Kathy Baker's school.
  • Giving feedback online: Amanda Fergusson is interested in how you give digital feedback to your class. Share your practice around digital feedback in this discussion.
  • Classroom planning: The discussion here continues as various people share how they plan their classes digitally.


  • Looking for a specific app: Tania is looking for an app that will support children learning the 'inside letter sounds'. Can you help?
  • Simple voice activated text app: Have a look through this discussion for some text-to-speech ideas/apps.
  • Polling apps: Mary-Anne Murphy would like to hear from anyone who has used any polling apps compatible with mobile devices.
  • App sharing: The sharing of apps continues this fortnight with two more apps being added into the mix.
  • Words with Friends: Ross Hampton would like to know if anyone is using the Words with Friends app in their classroom.

Digital Citizenship

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


Universal Design for Learning


  • Avoiding digital distraction: Derek Wenmoth blogged about digital distraction in the classroom and is interested to hear what strategies you are implementing to mitigate the risk of digital distraction.

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



Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning

  • Digital professional learning: What online professional learning are you accessing? Come and share what you're learning online and how. How do you balance being online with the rest of your life?
To apply for support in 2015, schools need to complete their applications for additional supplementary professional learning and development (PLD). Go to PLD Supplementary support application for more information. Applications close on September 19.

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  



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 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.
  • LEARNZ field trips for New Zealand teachers and their classes. Register now for field trips in Term 3, 2014:
  • 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.
  • #visartschatNZ: For Arts 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.

Images courtesy of Flickr: 1, 2.