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e-Learning Round-Up | 2 April 2015

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

Congratulations and well done to everyone who has participated in our 5 Day Challenge. You can see the challenge winners here.

Congratulations also to the iPod/iPad user group which has now tipped over 2000 group members. Having this many community members contribute online, helps to make this one of the biggest virtual staff rooms in the country.

Here's something to read over the next few weeks - the latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter

Have a wonderful break everyone and look forward to connecting again in Term 2.

Hei konā mai,

Tess smiley (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 Thomas Biggie (Senior Teacher at Oratia District School) for a number of valuable contributions in e-learning related conversations of late.  This community thrives when community members respond and interact. So again, thank you Thomas.



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Virtual environment and tikanga Māori: Daphne Papuni gets us thinking  about expected Māori protocols when connecting face to face - like hui, karakia and waiata. Daphne also poses the question, how can tikanga transpose naturally in an online environment? What are your thoughts around blended Māori tikanga in a digital world?


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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 


Using digital technologies to communicate with whānauChris McLean asks, what social media/apps are schools using to communicate with parents/ community? Has anyone done away completely with paper newsletters? Have you surveyed parents to find out what works best for them? If so, what was the response?

FORUM: e-Learning plans/goals for 2015 (February 26 - March 26) | An Enabling e-Learning event: As part of this week's 5 Day Challenge, community members have been encouraged to share their e-learning goals for 2015. Check out what people are trialling this year. Why not share your own plans/goals and find someone else you can connect with, relate to or support? 

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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


We're excited to announce, lately there has been a large increase in community activity across the Enabling e-Learning and Enabling e-Learning Teaching groups (and beyond), hence we've listed the links only below.

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


Use of digital technology in culturally responsive practice: Ros L asks how might we interpret the statement, 'digital technologies are embedded in learning and reflect culturally responsive practice', as written in the e-Learning Planning Framework. Do you have any specific examples of your own to share?

Dyslexia advocacy week 16-22 March: Jane Armstrong shares a rich resource from Enabling e-Learning supporting Dyslexia advocacy week. We can keep this awareness going beyond 22nd March. 


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


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Study/research in 2015: Anjela Webster shares a little bit about her M.Ed. studies and her thesis on preteens and a cyber-related focus. Anjela adds a 'shout out' for anyone in Auckland who might be interested in connecting more with Anjela about their studies.

Improvement and how to get it: Here’s an article that reflects on powerful PLD, when barriers don’t get in the way. Pam Redpath also comments that PLD won't change anything in a school unless there is clear vision related to student outcomes for change to happen! What are your thoughts about powerful PLD?

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


red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  

MLEs: That’s just a classroom with a beanbag isn’t it? JMKellow shares a blog post from Karen Boyes about putting the MLP before the MLE.

 How has your school unpacked the theory and practice around effective Modern Learning Practices in a Modern Learning Environment?

Using google drive for internal school management effectively - advantages and challengesCommunity members continue to help Natasha Furness think through some strategies for organising admin documents/folders with considerations for cloud-based solutions. What are your recommendations for Natasha?


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


 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

Loading video onto youtube: Anne Bunton is looking for some technical support with uploading video clips to YouTube but is having trouble with the file type. Do you have some experience in this area to help Anne?

Literacy Support - Comparing software for word predictionCommunity members discuss the pros and cons of word prediction tools in the Assistive Technologies group. This might be something you’re interested in too?

Interactive Whiteboards: Susan Feron is looking for any second-hand interactive whiteboards that schools might be interested in selling. 

More conversations around Google docs, apps and Chromebooks include:


Conversations about mobile devices:




Managing device use in a BYOD classroomCommunity members continue to support Rebecca with resources and examples for helping to manage a classroom full of devices to ensure students are on task. Do you have anything to add?


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


CalendarFor your calendar...


EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events


  • Keep an eye out for our up-coming Enabling e-Learning calendar of events for Term 2. To be published soon.
  • 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, getting to know our learners, MLEs, gaming and many more!

New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ


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

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