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e-Learning Round-Up | 4 June 2015

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to week 7 term 2, and 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 next week.

Smile LIVE WEBINAR: Resourcing e-Learning (June 10, 3.45-4.45pm)


Audience:  Primary and secondary school leaders, e-learning leaders, aspiring principals interested in effective resourcing of e-learning.

If, “best practice e-learning enables accessible, relevant, and high-quality learning opportunities that improve student engagement and achievement” (Enabling e-Learning), how might resourcing  ensure e-learning capacities (for both teachers and learners) get the best chance to grow? Come join us as we discuss the implications of effective e-learning with NAPP participants and invited guests (eLPF, CLA). A support discussion is now live in the Enabling e-Learning | Leadership group. REGISTER NOW!

All other up-coming online events for Term 2 can be found in our Enabling e-Learning Term 2 events flier. Also, check out the latest newsletter (May 29) from Enabling e-Learning (TKI).

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 Keir Whipp for numerous posts and thought-provoking contributions about e-learning in education. Keir is the Head of English at Aorere College and is interested in building e-learning at their school, beginning with the implementation of a BYOD policy. Why not drop Keir a message if you have similar interests in implementing BYOD in a secondary school.



Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship


Cyber Safety - How safe are we? Tane Bennett is looking for safe and appropriate ideas when it comes to students loading material onto personal blogs. He asks, is there a set of safe/unsafe ethics or etiquette rules we should be adhering to?

E-portfolio templates: Erana Kihi is looking at starting some student e-portfolios this year and is looking for some templates either in English or Te Reo if anybody has any free to share.

Modern Learning Practices and Maths: SteveHT1971 is the Maths Curriculum Leader in an intermediate school, that is developing modern learning practices. Steve is looking for some sound examples in maths, so he can on-share ideas with the rest of his staff. Do you have any to share?

Self Directed Learning in MLE: Community members offer ideas with Sarah Quinlan about how young students can manage and self direct their own learning in a modern learning environment. All other ideas greatly appreciated.

Check out our latest VLN Primary newsletter! 
Rachel has published the latest VLN Primary newsletter, updating the community on what’s happening in the virtual network for students.


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


Text to Speech: 
Lynne Silcock shares how Text-to-speech tools allow students to access text above their current reading age, as well as support students with learning or reading difficulties, those with some visual impairment, or those who prefer to hear rather than read.

Universal Design for Learning: This blog post supports the live event with the same name, which summarises UDL and invites you to share how you’re applying the principles of Universal Design for Learning in your classroom practice.

Don't miss out on our LIVE workshop TODAY!

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

UDL webinar image

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. Live link for the webinar >>>

Check out the eight new guides for school leaders and teachers that have been published on the Inclusive Education website.

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


Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning 


Blogging Teaching as Inquiry as Appraisal: Michelle shares how her staff are trialing reflective practices that also reference Registered Teacher Criteria, using digital tools like Hub Blog. How are your teachers engaging in Teaching as Inquiry in a digital realm?

Check out the Teaching as inquiry - new snapshots of learning in Enabling e-Learning (TKI).

Research to support your MLE journey: Carolyn Crow is working towards her Masters and would like to collect data on schools transitioning from a traditional single teacher classroom to team teaching in a MLE. Carolyn would like to hear from any schools who might be interested in collecting data during the transition.

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.

Learning leading in a digital world: Keir Whipp writes, 
Educators in New Zealand, and around the world, are working in exciting times. We're on the brink of a revolution and no one is going to get hurt.
 Want to know more?

Modern Learning Pedagogies, Practices and Places: Is a collaborative google presentation (compiled  by Te Toi Tupu facilitators). All of your ideas and input is also welcome.

Digital literacyKeir Whipp shares an article on the growing importance of developing digital literacy skills and is particularly interested in how schools are teaching coding, creating games and websites using html; CSS, and java script. Is this practice happening in your school? How is it happening and what are the results?  

Expanding our digital tools: MrsB30 is the ICT co-ordinator in her school and is looking for some advice on how to make the best use of the digital resources in her school. Do you have any top tips for MrsB30?

Student Management Systems: Community members share student management systems (online and off) for primary and secondary schools such as Kamar, ETAP. Any recommendations for an effective SMS in a secondary school?

Modern Learning Quotes: Community members shares some thought-provoking and interesting quotes to invite conversations about modern learning. Do you have any to share?

Digital Dark Ages - keeping track of photos: Suzanne Pidduck shares strategies they use in their school for managing images in Google drive. What is working for you, your teachers and students?


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


 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

Trello: Tanya asks if anyone knows how to use the app Trello, specifically for setting up independent timetables, for a week, in a ML setting. Tanya also wants to know the logistics for setting this up, the pitfalls and benefits.

Mim eee OOOOOO: Got any ideas about what to do with old smart boards or unused Mimio boards. There's a few new ideas in this thread. Any more alternative ideas?

My students want to create a website? Community members offer some web design tools that students can use to create websites such as Weebly, Wix, Google Sites and Editey. Do you have any preferences to share with NicolaC, that also shows the process of learning? 

Some more top tips for Chromecast, Google and cloud storage:



Ipad MicrophoneBrendon Anderson asks if anyone can recommend an plug-in iPad mic for better sound recording when creating videos.

Ipad apps to support questioning skills: Hamish McLean shares how coding offers excellent questioning and problem solving skills for students and mentions the app Codify as an option to do this. Any other great coding apps for students?



BYOD - on-selling VPP apps: Michelle Simm’s school is interested in passing on cheaper VPP apps to their students as part of BYOD, but is concerned about Apple’s terms and conditions for on-selling VPP apps. Are you aware of how this can work?

Pilot Study on BYOD: Jason C. is a PhD student researching 'secondary science teacher instructional design for BYOD in NZ' and is looking for feedback to improve the data collection survey. All comments & suggestions welcome.

Training for teachers - Needs analysis: André Basel is looking for any existing ‘needs analysis’ questionnaires that can be used to help structure PLD for groups of teachers with varied needs. Do you have you have used with your teachers?

BYOD at Wairakei | An Enabling e-Learning event: This post summarises the 'BYOD at Wairakei' live event with Kate Friedwald. There are also links to presentation material and a direct link to the webinar recording.  



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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

  • Creative Commons Clinics: Creative Commons is holding weekly Google Hangouts for those working in the schools sector who are keen to discuss and learn more about copyright and CC.

  • EduCampBOP 2015Sat 8 August, Tahatai Coast School.

  • 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.

  • Hamilton EduCamp, #EduCampTheTron, Sat 15th August, Tamahere Model Country 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.

Twitter image Twitter Chats 

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

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