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e-Learning Round-Up | 5 November 2014

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

Connected educator month

Connected Educator Month is now over, but there are still a range of free PLD opportunities on offer in the archives and in the Connected Educator group.

The next Enabling e-Learning events on offer are:

LIVE WEBINAR: Māori achieving success as Māori with an e-learning lens 12th November, 3.45-4.45pm

More and more schools are proactively looking at ways to address, Māori achieving success as Māori. Enabling e-Learning community members are keen to find ways to address this with an e-learning lens.

This webinar showcases Enabling e-Learning videos sharing one kura’s journey in addressing this very issue, using the, Māori achieving success as Māori (MASAM) Framework as a tool for self review. Join Kathe Tawhiwhirangi and Trevor Bond (Learning with Digital Technologies facilitators), to find out how the MASAM Framework has made a difference for Māori learners at Waerenga o Kuri. REGISTER NOW >>>

Curriculum design and review | An Enabling e-Learning and NZC event: Chris McLean asks, Do students at your school experience a curriculum that excites and challenges them?  Is it future focused and inclusive? Does it affirm New Zealand’s unique bicultural identity while also celebrating the multicultural make up of your school? How have have you localised the curriculum with and for your students?

Looking forward to seeing you online - hei konā mai,

Tess :-) (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 Justine Hughes for her professional learning and research into the 'power of online communities like the VLN'. Justine describes herself as 'a passionate teacher and learner obsessed with eLearning, Blended Learning etc and the potential they have to change the face of education'Justine is also looking for teachers to help with her research.


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eLPF Online Tool: What better way to find out how schools are using the eLPF electronic tool, than to listen to them talking about the process in person? You and your colleagues are welcome to access the webinar recording, Using the e-Learning Planning Framework as a tool for strategic planning and staff development where Glenview School and Tua Marina School share their stories.

What is your story about digital technologies in your kura? Jason Ruakere invites kaiako to share our e-learning journeys so far with digital technologies, as we near the end of a very busy year. 


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


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A whānau that meets and eats together stays together: Jason Ruakere continues his blog sharing 'those things' most important to Māori students with an e-learning lens. How else have your Māori students affirmed their culture, language and identity through the use of e-tools?

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


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Book Group #1: Key Competencies for the Future, with NZCER | from 3rd October: Here’s a very rich discussion that ties in nicely to the current forum on Curriculum design and review. How has your curriculum encompassed the key competencies for the future? 

Interacting with other schools using IT: Sarah Robertson is asking, what are the best tools to use in order to interact with other schools online etc. Do you have any experiences and hot tips about connecting between schools to share with Sarah?

Collaborative Planning - What does it look like on screen? Here’s a popular thread where community members share what collaborative planning looks like in a modern learning environment. Does this sound like what you’re doing at your school?


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


NZQA and assessment online: Vivita Rabo adds a rich perspective to the argument that while technology is becoming a necessity to schooling and assessment, the tools ought to accommodate for the diversity of learners and accessibility.

 NZQA assessment online webinar

Digital Tools to enhance te reo Māori learning and teaching: Anaru White shares some apps to encourage students to learn/teach Te Reo including Puppet Pals. Do you have other ideas/examples to share?


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Blended Online Communities of Practice to Sustain and Energise Teacher Professional Learning: Justine Hughes is finishing the last part of her Masters and is interested in the power of online communities (like the VLN) and would greatly appreciate if you could complete an online survey about Teacher Professional Learning experiences. Can you help?


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


red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  

2014: Principals’ Leadership applied to strategic planning for the integration of technologies across the school community | NAPP Kōrero 14: The discussion continues around how school leaders can take an active role in their school's strategic planning around the use of technologies in effective teaching and learning.

MLE and LEADERSHIP: Cathiesten asks, How do leaders develop an effective team approach to working in MLEs? Mark Osborne offers some considerations prior to and after modern learning environments are in place. Do you have some thoughts as well?

Digital tools vs tools … e-Learning vs learning: There’s been an age-old argument about the semantics of learning including whether we use ‘e’ in e-learning or not. Nathaniel asks, Are we at a place to begin to drop the ‘e’ and remove words such as ‘digital’ and ‘21st Century’ or is there still reason to keep them? What do you think?

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Modern Learning Environment Furniture Tips: Nix asked if anyone has tried different furniture/equipment/space options that have really worked for them in their MLE. The responses in this thread are valuable if you are starting out on this journey yourselves.

Converting Prefabs: Amanda wants to know if anyone is willing to share photos of how they have converted their prefabs to enhance MLP. Do you have examples to share?


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


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Moving towards 1:1 devices - exploring different approaches and lessons learned: Here’s a summary of the LIVE webinar where Lesley Murrihy and Mark Quigley shared how they planned and implemented a 1:1 model/approach in their schools. Watch this recording to explore the different approaches and lessons learned.

Speech Recognition: Lynne Silcock gives a very thorough update on Speech Recognition software in this post in the Assistive Technology group. Well worth a read.

Google Apps and Chromebooks have been popular discussions during the last two weeks. For more see:

Mobile technologies


Which iPad to buy for classes? Quick opinion needed: Carol Kendall asks, what is best kind of iPad to buy, in terms storage space and processor capability best suited for the range of learning processes. Can you help?

App for making brochures: Mary-Anne Murphy is asking for ipad apps that are great for creating brochures (free-or reasonably priced). Anything to recommend for Mary-Anne?

Proxy Servers!!! Angela Sime is looking for proxy server resolutions between the Aerohive wireless and school devices. Any ideas or suggestions from your experiences would be greatly received!

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Implementing GAFE using iPads. Sheryl Nagels is interested in connecting with schools who have chosen to implement GAFE using iPads and would to hear your experiences.  

Creating QR codes with audio files: VickiPimenta wants to know what tools people are using to create QR codes for audio files, other than Vocaroo and uploading to Google. Any suggestions welcomed :)

Looking for cheap/free apps writing & maths for yr3: Tetli is looking for cheap/free apps to aid writing...predictive text editing as well as maths games for stage 4. Your top tips for great apps are welcome here.


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


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  • 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!

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