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e-Learning Round-Up | 5 December 2014

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

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete ki a koe (Christmas greetings to you).

Merry Christmas from the team The Enabling e-Learning online team would like to thank you for your growing support and input online. We trust that you will have a relaxing and refreshing break over summer and look out for Enabling e-Learning in the new year when we'll be continuing to create learning opportunities tailored to meet your e-learning needs and address current trends as they emerge across New Zealand.

You may already be aware, the latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter (20 Nov) is out now.

As always, looking forward to seeing you online and see you all again in the New Year - hei konā mai,

Tess :-) (on behalf of the Enabling e-Learning online team).


Badge for e-Member of the Week

This week we’d like to acknowledge everyone of you - who has even been brave enough to dive in, and ask a question, leave a comment, like a post or complete a challenge in the VLN/Enabling e-Learning groups.

This community thrives because of your commitment to having quality conversations with each other. We hope to see more responsive and informal professional learning and development throughout 2015.


image e-Learning Planning Framework  


eLPF online tool: Nathaniel Louwrens summarises updates from the e-LPF webinar with Greg Carroll (20 November). 

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



Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship


Are you using Minecraft to motivate writing? Community members share how Minecraft is being used in writing, as well as a number of different learning contexts; for both learners with special learning needs and abilities.

BYOD Model: Carol-Lynn Hill shares how they are about to embark on implementing a BYOD model at Cambridge Primary and is keen to hear what others have been doing with similar aged students.

New discussion post: BYOD Model: Vicki Stephens shares how the National Library Services to Schools has recently updated their BYOD information: 
on planning, policy, digital citizenship and practical considerations.

2014 e-Learning reflection: Community members share aspects of e-learning success in 2014. Anne Robertson showcases how the staff at her school highlighted their PLD successes in a "Sharefest" at the end of the year.

Collaborative Planning - What does it look like on screen? More community members share how they have trialled collaborative teaching with their colleagues and collaborative learning processes and tools (Google docs) with their students. Do you have experiences to share too?

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

Think Time and Collaborative Learning: Linda Ojala has shared a short video where a teacher demonstrates a strategy that promotes individual think time, where students get to figure out their own thoughts, understandings before moving onto peer or group sharing.

Check out the new Videos from Wairakei School (TKI), a series of videos about using 1-1 technologies to support learning, particularly for students with special learning needs from Enabling e-Learning's Media Gallery.

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


Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning 


Sneaky ways to fit professional learning into a busy schedule: Some additional ideas are shared here for ways to transform research and readings into audio files, using text to speech tools, so you can perform other duties while you learn.


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 6: Gaylyn Lockington shares a story about one teacher who found a way to initiate and fund the changes to his classroom space. Now, both students and teacher find this an accessible space to learn in. What's happening at your place?

2014: Principals’ Leadership applied to strategic planning for the integration of technologies across the school community | NAPP Kōrero 14: This 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.


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


 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

Student Blogs through GAFE: Hamish McLean adds to the debate about age requirements for Google accounts. Always worth knowing the acceptable terms and conditions when using web-based tools.

Chromebook vs Ipads: GavinH shares how mobile learning is made possible with both ipads and Chromebooks. Sometimes, the tools are more effective when being outside and visa versa. What do you use in your school and why?

Does technology stifle creativity? The debate continues in this thread, where the question is asked, How do we promote creativity in schools and can creativity be measured?  How do you think schools can foster creativity and what roles might technologies play?

Edmodo... help please: Claire Setz is looking to continue discussions with experienced people around the effective use of Edmono in a junior class. Can you help?

Use of other 'Google Apps' for the Savvy Advanced: Allanah King has added a list of her favourite 'other apps' and what they can do for the savvy user. Anymore you’d like to add to this list too?

Identifying the right technology to support a student (and the black box technique): Lynne Silcock shares a blog post about the black box technique which allows you to make a recommendation for appropriate technology for a student even if you have never heard of that technology before.

Check out new resources on the BYOD trial at Wairakei School from Enabling e-Learning.

Mobile technologies


Which iPad to buy for classes? Quick opinion needed: Community members share their views and opinions on which devices to buy and why – in terms of logistics for screen size, processing and storage, so that students can access and create new knowledge and content. What are your thoughts?

Implementing GAFE using iPads: Steve Trotter shares how his school has a mixture of school-owned Chromebooks, old Windows Desktops and iPad Minis with an option for Year 5/6 students to bring their own iPad or Chromebook. He also shares some practical ways to manage Google apps on an iPad.

The 5 Most Frequently Used Apps On My Android Phone: Ross Hampton shares the most popular apps he uses on his Android phone. Do you have any more to add to this rich resource?

Barbara Reid has added the following bookmarks:

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!

Twitter image Twitter Chats 

Follow the hashtags or users to find out details of each Twitter chat.


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