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e-Learning Round-Up | 22 July 2015

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei welcome back to Term 3! We hope you've had a relaxing and inspiring break over the holidays and will enjoy the following e-learning updates from across the Enabling e-Learning and VLN groups.

Make sure you don't miss out on Enabling e-Learning's calendar of events for Term 3. There are live webinars and forums for you to participate in over the next term. Feel free to bookmark these events, print the flyer for your staff rooms and come and join us online.

Also, check out the latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter (TKI) for July.

See you there. Tess  smiley (on behalf of the Enabling e-Learning online team).


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Each pānui, we like to say thank you by nominating a community member for active participation in the Enabling e-Learning / VLN Groups. 

In this edition, we’d like to acknowledge Lynne Silcock (Inclusive Education Facilitator, LwDT and CLA) for regular and varied posts, as well as presentations on Universal Design for Learning. The community values understanding how technologies can enhance the learning conditions for all diverse learners, so, again thank you Lynne for your mentorship in this area.


Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship

Universal Design for Learning: Nic shares how they are using Universal design for Learning practices in her school to enable students to have more choice and voice about their learning. Others share how e-tools enable this to happen as well.

Identifying the right technology to support a student (and the black box technique): Lynne Silcock shares the black box technique, that allows you to recommend appropriate technology for a student even if you have never heard of that technology before.

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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori: Anaru White reminds us about Te Wiki o te Reo Māori /Māori Language Week, which takes place Monday 27 July to Sunday 2 August, shares some relevant resources and invites us to do the same.

Online Māori books: Does anyone have links to share on digital books in Māori?

The importance of supporting Pasifika student success: Togi Lemanu shares a short video clip about supporting Pasifika student success, and invites you share your thoughts and have a talanoa (conversation) about the key ideas.

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How do you choose the best digital resources in your school? Monika Kern adds some valuable dialogue around teachers as individual learners and illustrates the power of peer coaching in a short video from Dallas Primary school in Victoria. How are your teachers supported to make teacher judgments about e-tools?

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red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  


Student Management Systems: In this discussion, community members share practicalities about different student management systems. Some interesting points to consider here.

MLEs: That’s just a classroom with a beanbag isn’t it? Manny Horua shares a sneak peak into the early stages of implementing Modern Learning Practices and team teaching at their school. Whereabouts are you on the MLE journey? 

Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015: This conversation has grown exponentially, and e-leaders continue to share opinions, experiences and valuable resources about resourcing e-learning. There’s a wealth of e-learning knowledge in this one thread.


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 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  


Talking books in Microsoft PowerPoint: Lynne Silcock shares a post on creating personalized talking books in Microsoft PowerPoint.

Blogging 101 | An Enabling e-Learning event: Tamara Bell asks about processes for embedding media such as Edtalks into blogs.

New blog post: Mouse alternatives: 
Lynne Silcock shares some key options for alternative mice

. A great way to make digital devices more accessible. Do you have any more to add?

Transferring photos from i-phone 5 to a laptop - help? Donna Golightly offers some fast and easy advice on how to transfer photos from an iPhone.

More support for Google, Chromebooks and Google apps



Can you help?

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CalendarFor your calendar...


EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events


  • Enabling e-Learning webinars: In this new look webinar page, you'll 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.

  • EducampAKL: Tamaki College, Saturday 25 July
    EducampPALMY: Whakarongo School, Saturday 1 August
    EducampBOP: Tahatai Coast School, Saturday August 8
    EducampTheTron: Tamahere School, Saturday 15 August 

  • 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.

  • ULearn15: 7-9 October, Auckland.
  • 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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