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e-Learning Round-Up | 18 February 2015

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the first e-Learning pānui from across the VLN for 2015. 

We have a new calendar of events for Term 1, so please feel free to bookmark these in your own calendars or share them with your colleagues and friends. We'd love to hear how Enabling e-Learning can meet your e-learning needs online in 2015, so please take 5 minutes to complete this quick survey and let us know what you'd like to see more of.

The latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter (TKI) can be viewed here >>>

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 Martin Butts for starting a thread (well worth diving into this time of the year) about questions for parents (Intermediate/secondary context) around effective reporting and feedback. There's some valuable food for thought here. Thank you Martin for bringing this to the fore.


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cool WEBINAR: The e-Learning Planning Framework revisted: March 25th, 3.45 - 4.45pm

This is a repeat webinar for anyone who missed the opportunity to learn more about the e-Learning Planning Framework last year. Come and join Greg Carroll in this practical webinar as he takes us through using the e-Learning Planning Framework and how to analyse the data you gather using the tool. Audience: Primary and secondary school leaders or e-learning leaders with an interest in using the e-Learning Planning Framework online tool. A support discussion will feature In the Enabling e-Learning | Leadership group. Hosted in Adobe Connect with Nathaniel Louwrens. REGISTER NOW!

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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 


Te ika unahi nui wānanga – A marae-based learning programme: Nathaniel shares a new resource in Enabling e-Learning (TKI) that highlights the power of building relationships between school, whānau and mārae.

Teaching Parents about Chromebooks: Sue Kini is looking for some great ideas to go towards a resource that will help inform parents/whānau about GAFE. Have you created or shared anything with your parents that you can also share with Sue?

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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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Smile WEBINAR: Whakawhanaungatanga - Getting to know our learners, March 3rd, 3.45-4.45pm 

Who's just walked through your classroom door? Teaching in a New Zealand context means our students come from a rich diversity of cultural, social and economic backgrounds. Each year is different, so how do you get to know your learners and their families/whānau to best meet their needs and how can digital technologies help? Come join Phoebe Fabricius (Te Toi Tupu) as we share some practical ideas for getting to know our learners better. This webinar will also have UDL (Universal Design for Learning) focus. A support discussion will feature In the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group. Hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa GrayREGISTER NOW!

Reporting to parents in the secondary school: Martin Butts 
shares a set of questions they are asking parents (years 7-13) about reporting and feedback, that better reflects 21st Century pedagogies. Martin is also interested to find out what changes other schools are making to their reporting practices.

ICT indicators: Warren Grieve advocates planning using the eLearning Planning Framework and shares his award badges programme – to help users identify their proficiency levels across a number of e-learning processes. Do you have something similar to share?

Digital citizenship video resources: Heather Harper shares some great digital resources 

demonstrating various aspects of Digital Citizenship and invites others to share resources that encourages thinking and conversations with Intermediate students.

Adding resources on blog for students:

 Barbara Reid offers some helpful instructions when using Blogger. Any tips of your own?

Issues around getting student inquiry embedded in school: Trevor Bond has a sneaky suspicion that Inquiry learning can be a difficult process to embed in classroom practice. What do you think? What Inquiry processes do your students adopt at your school?

New Year e-Learning Challenge:

 Community members share how they want to use e-tools in 2015 to help get to know their learners and bridge the gap between between home and school. What have you got planned for this year? What are your intentions and why?

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


UDL underpins the new inclusive.tki.org.nz: Check out this very new site on Inclusive Education underpinned by philosophy and practice of Universal Design for Learning.

Pasifika blogs:

 Looking for some support dialogue around Pasifika learners with an e-learning lens? Look no further. Manu Faaea-Semeatu shares some Pasifika blogs to read and invites you to leave some comments of your own.


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


Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning 


Professional reading suggestions:

 Lee Austin is looking for some professional readings to help deepen knowledge around the effective pedagogy and practice of team/collaborative teaching.

What does professional learning look like in your school? Here's a quick look at visual tweets from Stonefields school as the teachers engage in their own e-learning PLD. Do you have any images of your teachers' PLD you’d love to share?


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


red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  

Multi room MLE - the possibilities?:

 Chris Meehan is keen to investigate the logistics around collaborative learning between and beyond schools. Are your students engaging in learning this way? We’d love to hear more.

Equity in e-learning - a research thesis:

 Keir Whipp is conducting some research around equity in e-learning in a secondary context and is looking for research, readings and resources.


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


 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

Class Blog:

 Kate Crawford is asking for some advice about setting up a simple class blog. Do you have any top tips for Kate?

Coding for Intermediate students:

 Several community members have responded to this request, including Hamish McLean who shares a website, 'Hour of code', that has a series and range of lessons to access.

Photo effects on mac:

 Jacqui Sharp shares a resource that helps Mac users create layered images with doctored backgrounds using green screen and masking techniques.

What’s trending right now? Google! Check out these community conversations:

Mobile technologies


Garden design app:

 Judith Anthony is looking for an app that can create garden designs, 2D and 3D and is populated with graphics, such as trees and paths. Do you know of one?

App Sharing:  Anzar Chida shares how they have 
started BYOD for Year 9s at Mount Albert Grammar School and have created maths ibooks to help teach the students. You’re invited to use them and improve them.


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

Twitter image Twitter Chats 

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

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