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e-Learning Round-Up | 25 June 2015

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the last e-Learning pānui for Term 2 celebrating all things e-learning from across the VLN.

We trust you have had a fabulous term and are beginning to wind down to a well-deserved break. Have a great holiday and stay warm and safe.

Nathaniel  smiley (on behalf of the Enabling e-Learning online team).

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Check out our new Webinar recordings page and enjoy some great, free PD over the holidays.

Then jump into the relevant discussions and add your thoughts, comments and reflections.





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 TK Tony. Tony is currently on sabbatical and is researching Innovative Learning Environments, collaborative teaching and change management. He has shared some of his findings on his website. Thanks for your contributions, Tony.



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


School Facebook Query: MareeThomas has a question around whether school Facebook pages should be public or invite only. What does your school do?

Marae-based learning at Puniho Pā

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Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship


How do students select workshops? Steve Trotter would like to hear from anyone who has come up with a solution for students booking workshops with multiple teachers, preferably using Google Calendar.

E-Learning books for senior readers eg, 12 years plus: Shannon9 would like to know where the best places are to access ebooks for senior readers.

Online Teacher Planners (getting rid of the black folder): Carly Kidd has shared a range of her teaching planning over the years using Google docs.

Invent 2Learn - Maker Culture: Hamish McLean has shared some more examples of what his students are doing in their 'Invent 2Learn' space.

Movie making: Nicki Fielder has asked what is the easiest way for students to make movies using Chromebooks and Google Apps.

How to down load you tube clips: This conversation started with Kate Crawford asking a question of how to download YouTube videos so that students can add voice over, and ended up in a bit of a discussion regarding copyright laws.

Forum: Universal Design for Learning: You can find the link to the UDL webinar and presentation shared within this discussion.

Meeting the needs of all students using a UDL approach

Self Directed Learning in MLE: Sam Harrison adds to this discussion by sharing what they do at their school to have students plan what they are going to do each day.

Matariki: Anaru White has shared that the Matariki and Puanga page has been updated with new resources.

CS-First - Google Backed Computer Clubs Promoting Scratch Programming: Robbie McGougan explains how he has seen great motivation and response to the Google Computer Science First programme.

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Collaborative teaching in ILEs - Research and findings, and Change Management/Leadership required: TK Tony has shared some of the findings of his research into Innovative Learning Environments during his sabbatical.

'MLE, MLP is it just learning?' Marnel van der Spuy has shared a blog post written by Daniel Birch. She states that he has written some interesting questions that are worth a ponder.

Forum: How do schools ready themselves for modern learning pedagogies? Kylie Gorrie has described what her school did to prepare for their move into an MLE.

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red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  

How do you choose the best digital resources in your school? Tessa asks, "after your teachers have defined the learning outcomes they want for their students, how do you and your staff go about choosing digital resources to enhance learning experiences and achieve learning outcomes? 

Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015: This continues to be a great discussion with a number of contributions in the past few weeks as well as a link to the webinar recording and presentation.

Digital literacy: Debra Wood has shared some resources she likes to use when teaching both coding and digital citizenship.

Student Management Systems: Community members continue to 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?

Cybersafety agreement - mobile devices: Hamish McLean is asking if schools are willing to share ideas or examples of cybersafety agreements, and has shared the one from his school.

Evaluating e-Learning implementation: Keir Whipp is looking for academic articles on the evaluation of e-learning implementations in secondary schools. Several references have been shared along with some interesting discussion.


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 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

Uploading Videos to Blogger: Tracy is looking for some advice on uploading videos to Blogger while keeping them good quality and not having to cut them short. Can you help?

iPad storage: Do you have any suggestions for KateJ around storing iPads?

Saving videos in a GAFE school: Bronwyn Gibbs is interested in how other schools store student videos.

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Devices for coding: MrsB30 would like to know what devices would be best to teach coding to Y3/4 students, with particular focus on designing games. Jacqui Sharp has responded with a website she is putting together on coding.

Short Throw Projectors: MrsB30 would like some advice on the type of projector needed in her school hall.

Editing a table in Google Sites: Jared Holden has asked for advice around editing tables in Google Sites so that teachers can only edit certain parts of a table. Some useful suggestions have already been given.


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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.

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

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