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e-Learning Round-Up | 13 May 2015

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

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

Smile LIVE WEBINAR: Universal Design for Learning - applying the framework to create an inclusive classroom (June 4, 3.45-4.45pm) 

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Audience: Primary and secondary teachers interested in ways to reach and teach all students.

Teachers really want every student to succeed. But for some students it is sometimes hard to know where to start. That’s where Universal Design for Learning (UDL), coupled with technology, can be so powerful. In this webinar Lynne Silcock (CORE Education) and Linda Ojala (CORE Education & Silverstream School) will explain what Universal Design for Learning is and why it's important in your classroom. Hosted in Adobe Connect. REGISTER NOW!

The up-coming online events for Term 2 can be found in our Enabling e-Learning Term 2 events flierFeel free to print this off for your staffroom and add the Enabling e-Learning calendar events into your own calendars.

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 Michelle (Deputy Principal at Beckenham School) for sharing her experiences of using Blogger as a reflective tool, to collect evidence against the Registered Teacher Criteria and through Teaching as Inquiry, as part of the school's appraisal process. Michelle invites us to share what digital platforms we're using to collect evidence.



Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship


Digital Citizenship | Keeping our community digitally savvy at school and at home: Schools are increasingly proactive about informing parents about digital citizenship language, programmes and expectations. But what happens when the parents don’t use technologies appropriately?

Digital citizenship video resources: André Basel shares a collection of links to some good videos, and news clips in his website. Does anyone else have any video resources that help to teach students about Digital Citizenship?

Online Teacher Planners (getting rid of the black folder!) Naomi Laycock adds an innovative spin on using a shared Google calendar to create colour coded sessions with learning intentions and hyper links. Any other digital modifications on the old teacher's planner to share?

Effective methods of collaboration between students: Teejay is asking if anyone has had success with any digital and collaborative tools that have aided students during their inquiries?

Making the move from single cell teaching: Tanya shares some initial experiences of trialling Modern Learning Pedagogies where it's important for teachers to make time to discuss learning, have common understandings and work collaboratively to plan and assess students’ learning. What else have you found is vital as we move into more collaborative models?

Self Directed Learning in MLE: Abbie shares some unique and successful strategies for mentoring and monitoring students to become more self-paced, self-directed learners. Some wonderfully practical ideas here.

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New Entrants in a Year 1-4 MLE: Catherine Lynagh shares how her school is about to open up their single cell classrooms and transform them into MLE space and asks, what can/does this look like for new entrant students?

School Visits: Lynne Thomas recommends a school worth visiting -  Leamington Primary school and shares their future-focused story, The Leamington Learner in Enabling e-learning.

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Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning 


Blogging Teaching as Inquiry as Appraisal: Michelle shares how her staff are trialling using Blogger to collect evidence through their teaching inquiries. This is forming the basis of their appraisal process. How is your school looking at non-traditional ways to use e-tools as part of teacher appraisal?

What's the buzz? Teaching as Inquiry! Here’s a quick overview of Teaching as Inquiry, with references to a new group in the VLN and examples of schools sharing their reflective practice. How are you and your colleagues unpacking 'Teaching as Inquiry'?

WEBINAR: Inquiry Circles: Collaborative Learning in Guided Inquiry 

8:00 - 9:00, 28 Apr 2015

Presented by: Leslie Kuhlthau Maniotes, NBCT, MEd, PhD – International consultant focused on inquiry learning and curriculum design.

Overview: We know that learning how to collaborate is an essential skill for college and workforce readiness. How are we engaging students to meaningfully collaborate through inquiry?

Leslie will field questions from participants submitted throughout this webinar. Join her for an interactive session that will help you implement inquiry circles as a collaborative learning tool and a platform for rich student assessment of learning.

REGISTER NOW!, organised by edWeb. 

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


red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  

Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015: In this thread, NAPP and Enabling e-Learning community members comes together to reflect on what is needed for school leaders to resource, “widely and wisely to help grow e-learning capacities.”

MLEs: That’s just a classroom with a beanbag isn’t it? Several community members have reignited this thread with wonderings about the meaning of modern learning environments, examples of teacher Inquiry into modern learning spaces, as well as considerations for appropriate infrastructure. Well worth a read.

Digital Dark Ages - keeping track of photos: Robyn Wood raises a good point about what happens to file storage and photos when schools move from localised servers to cloud-based solutions. What do you do to keep track during change-over?


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


 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

BYOD at Wairakei | An Enabling e-Learning event: This thread highlights and summarises the live webinar with Kate Friedwald as she talked about the pilot scheme to trial BOYOD at Wairakei School. You’ll find the complete presentation and webinar recording here. Feel free to share with others.

Help with Creating a Blog using Blogger: Allanah King shares her blog post ob how to use blogger. All helpful tips if you’re starting out with this tool.

My students want to create a website? André Basel shares Wix, a free, visually appealing web-based tool for creating websites.

Mim eee OOOOOO: Got any ideas about what to do with old smart boards or unused Mimio boards? Surely there’s still some life left in these interactive tools?

School Phone System: MrsB30’s school is looking to upgrade their school phone system and is wondering what systems other schools are using - if they're cloud based and any pros/cons. Do you have any recommendations to share?

Google threads:



  • Best apps to support literacy & numeracy: SherylC asks if anyone knows of any good reading/writing & numeracy apps for students working at or below level 1 of the curriculum and range in age from 6 to 10 years old. What works for your students?
  • App options on different platforms: Anya Kendal is looking for appropriate apps that are not solely for iPads in their BYOD programme. Can you help?
  • Explain Everything Issue, can you help? Merryl had some technical difficulties with inserting video into Explain Everything on an iPad. The community came to rescue, and the solution is there for all to see.
  • iPads in the Junior Classroom: Allanah King shares her favourite app, Book Creator and elaborates on this further in her blog.
  • Wireless Mirroring: Rachel Thorpe is looking for some technical advice about mirroring iPads to the data projectors/tv's or PC laptops. Can you help?
  • Creating timelines: Helen Kennedy wants to know what suitable apps are available that can create historical timelines. She wants to do this based on a school journal story with her Year 5/6 class. Great idea. Do you know of any apps that would be appropriate?
  • Ipad Microphone: Brendon Anderson is looking for some recommends for a plug-in iPad mic. Any tips?



Barbara Reid added a new bookmark:

Bring-your-own-device-byod-in-schools-considerations/  Address: Who gets to access the devices and is it equitable?

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!

New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

  • CMA E-Learning Day 2015, 29 May, Middleton Grange School. CMA are proud to invite you to a 1 day event, E-Learning in Mathematics professional development event.
  • Google Educator Group for New Zealand, 12 August, Hobsonville Point Primary School, Auckland. GEGNZ invites NZ educators to support groups of students to present at the inaugural student summit. This special event involves a face to face event for students, as well as the opportunity for students to provide a virtual workshop/presentation.

  • EduCampBOP 2015Sat 8 August, Tahatai Coast School. 

  • Learning@School Roadshow 2015: Details to come
  • ULearn15: 7-9 October, Auckland. Abstracts now open.
  • Connected+ Event, The Ministry of Education’s science, technology, maths, and literacy series is now available on Google Slides. Most of the quality content including images, text, videos, audio, and graphic elements for Connected+ are available for teachers and students to download and reuse for educational purposes. Find out how you and your students can mix, mash, and share the digital versions of Connected+ articles and additional digital content to support teaching and learning.

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