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e-Learning Round-Up | 23 April 2015

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome back to Term 2 with the latest e-Learning pānui from across the VLN.

Don't miss out on our next up-coming LIVE workshop.

smiley WEBINAR: BYOD at Wairakei, April 30th, 3.45 - 4.45pm

Audience: Primary and secondary school leaders or e-learning leaders with an interest in introducing BYOD into the classroom or wider organisation.

Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to technology models where students and staff bring a personally-owned device to school for the purpose of learning. Come join Kate Friedwald from Wairakei as she talks to us about all the wonders, whys and wherefores of trialing BYOD at Wairakei School. Kate will also be joined by a representative of the Connected Learning Advisory (Te Ara Whītiki)Please feel free to bring your own BYOD stories to share during this webinar.

This webinar is supported with further discussions in the Technology group. REGISTER NOW

The up-coming online events for Term 2 are now published in, Enabling e-Learning | What's on in term 2 2015? Feel free to add the calendar events Enabling e-Learning calendar. Feel free to add the Enabling e-Learning calendar events into your own calendars.

For other e-learning news, check out Enabling e-Learning's latest newsletter. 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 several active members over the holidays: Jonas Malmanche, Janelle Riki, Manu Faaea-Semeatu, Barend, Lynne Silcock, Anne Kenneally, Mike Malcolm, Belinda Buchanan, Mark Edwards, Monika Kern, Mike Shorter, Lucy Miller, Oscarsranch, Derek Wenmoth, MeganCroll1 and Catriona Pene. Your contributions help to ignite new thinking, answer queries and keep our professional online learning network humming. A big thank you from the Enabling e-Learning team.


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Virtual environment and tikanga Māori: Jonas Malmanche shares how tikanga is modeled and shared with all students, in both formal or informal, online and face-to-face ways of working. What does tikannga Māori look like for your students as they engage with others online?

Pakiwaitara - Inquiring into our practice: Janelle Riki shares her thoughts about ‘Teaching as Inquiry’ and using frameworks like Te Rangitukutuku to review teacher practice and valued outcomes for students. Janelle invites you to share ideas any practices you have in place to critically evaluate teaching and learning practices.

If you liked this, you might also be interested in Enabling e-Learning's new page on, Using Spirals of Inquiry to transform practice and raise literacy levels for boys.

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

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


Digital citizenship interactive story: Common Sense Media have recently released a new online digital citizenship resource that teaches students the fundamentals of digital citizenship through animated, choose-your-own-adventure interactive experiences.

Connecting and collaborating - getting the 'ins' with the families of our Pasifika learners: Manu Faaea-Semeatu shares a blog post from Togi Lemanu about, Pasifika ways of connecting and collaborating.

You might also like Enabling e-Learning's digital story, Parent technology sessions.

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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


Once again, it’s exciting to see how many e-learning related conversations are emerging about teaching and learning, especially with a focus on Modern Learning Pedagogies. We have listed some of the main conversations here.

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


Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou - We will remember them. Here you’ll find a wealth of material being shared that helps us all to commemorate and remember the important part Māori played during WW1.

Dyslexia awareness: In support of Dyslexia week, Anne Kenneally shares some valuable support for teachers and asks, what resources are you using to support Dyslexia?

Video Modelling: Lynne Silcock shares how video modelling is a very effective way to support learning for students, especially those with autism spectrum disorders.

Differentiated Instruction, Understanding by Design and Universal Design for Learning: A stable planning approach: Barend shares a robust approach to planning that incorporates Differentiated Instruction, Understanding by Design and Universal Design for Learning.

New Resource: Solving 25 Problems in Unit Design: How do I refine my units to enhance student learning? Barend shares an additional resource in this thread, about ways to support and enhance learning for all. Do you have any valuable resources to share?


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


red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  

Blended learning checklist: As more schools are moving towards using e-learning or blended learning in the classroom, there are a number of considerations they need to make in preparation for this. Here's a handy checklist. Take the test, we’d love
 to hear your thoughts on this.

Establishing the “Why” of MLE: Mike Malcolm shares a Google doc to help schools identify the types of experiences / task design / classroom organisation they want to magnify through MLE for both children and teachers – to help address the why of MLEs. Feel free to interact with this resource.

Up and running MLE philosophy: Mike Malcolm is looking for a list of primary schools in Auckland (preferably west) that have MLE running effectively? Please feel free to add details to the Google doc provided.

Collaborative models for collecting anecdotal evidence: Belinda Buchanan shares how student goal reflections and digital evidence of learning is shared with parents and whānau. How does collecting evidence work for you in a collaborative teaching and learning scenario?


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


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Connected Learning Advisory in the Education Gazette: Nathaniel Louwrens highlights the new Connected Learning Advisory
 feature in the April 20 edition of the Education Gazette.

Google sites: Mark Edwards shares some top tips and trick for planning, developing and designing Google sites. Any more top ideas to share?

Google literacy support extensions and apps: Monika Kern shares her Ulearn14 presentation for Supporting Universal Design for Learning with GAFE. All other examples, reflections and resources welcome.

Gallipoli in Minecraft: Mike Shorter shows us a digital map of the landing at Gallipoli, that students can interact with in Minecraft. Any other Minecraft gems to share in time for Anzac Day commemorations?



Edmodo questions: Lucy Miller wants to know how teachers are using Edmodo to engage with parents. Do you receive parent feedback and is this the best way to share what the children are doing in class? Lucy would love your feedback.

I-pad storage: Oscarsranch shares a nifty storage idea in her MLE classroom - a two drawer filing cabinet with holes cut in one side, big enough to fit the older iPad 2 charger through. Any other economical, smart ideas to share here?



5 strategies for building a powerful BYOD classroom: Derek Wenmoth shares an interesting US blog post on, Five strategies for building a powerful BYOD classroom. 

Might be useful for anyone starting out with this initiative.

Care of device: MeganCroll1 has a parent asking about the logistics of storing and transporting BYOD devices to and from school. What advice are schools offering their parents about this?  

You might also like Enabling e-Learning's digital story on, BYOD – Information and support for parents



Catriona Pene has added a new bookmark: 100’s of Android App Recommendations for Teaching and Learning  

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, getting to know our learners, MLEs, gaming and many more!

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