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e-Learning Round-up | 2 September 2015

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the lastest e-learning pānui. There's something for everyone in this latest edition.

Don't miss out on the last Enabling e-Learning webinar for Term 3:

Smile UNCONFERENCE WEBINAR: E-Learning in your classroom - Your voice 2015, 9 September, 3.45-4.45pm


This webinar is an open/unconference event. Each year we create a space for community members to informally share how e-learning activities are impacting on you as teachers and your students' learning. You determine the contexts and content (fast snappy 4 minute presentations). What's been working for you so far and why?

Guest presenters: YOU! 

Audience:  Anyone interested in sharing or hearing about the impact of e-learning in both primary and secondary schools. This webinar will be supported by a thread in the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group. Hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa GrayREGISTER NOW!


Make sure you don't miss out on Enabling e-Learning's calendar of events for Term 3. Feel free to bookmark the events, print the flyer for your staff rooms and come and join us online.

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


Badge for e-Member of the Week

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 Nic for being so willing to share what she is doing in her classroom around inclusive education and Universal Design for Learning.


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


Teaching and Learning with Māori tradition and modern technology

The trouble with parents is...: Tessa shared a blog post about Building relationships through the use of technology and asks how your school has used technology to engage with students and the community.

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Check out Beyond the Classroom >>>  Enabling e-Learning website.


Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship

Pakirehua: Teacher inquiry with a Māori world view: Tammy Gardiner and Marama Reweti-Martin shared in this webinar on Pakirehua. You can watch the webinar recording and view the slides by following the links in this discussion.

FORUM: Inclusive education: What does this mean? 19 Aug-18 Sept: Nic has shared the acronym PEE that her students came up with to describe the principles of UDL and Lynne has asked how teachers are using technology to support students to be creative, tell their own stories and socialise with their peers.

FORUM: e-Learning plans/goals for 2015 (February 26 - March 26 | An Enabling e-Learning event: At the beginning of the year a number of community members shared their e-Learning goals for 2015. Now is a good time to look back at these goals and consider sharing your experiences, learning or stories.

Is there a Sumdog for Writing?: Petra is looking for a programme/app to support writing that allows Year 0-3 students to track their own learning, move up skill levels and access from home.

iPad apps to support questioning skills: Anne makes a suggestion to have students recording their question on an iPad using the camera and microphone and then analysing progress with their questioning.

Three upcoming Global Connection projects: Barbara has shared three great Global Connection projects to encourage collaboration amongst students.

Personalising learning: Isn't there a worksheet for that?: Here's a video showing the possibilities for success as a result of personalising learning, from Stonefields School.

An Enabling e-Learning forum: Coding, digital literacy or a new kind of language?: Here's an insightful video from Enabling e-Learning, Using games to support learning, featuring Rachel Bolstad (NZCER) and Dan Milward (Gamelab).

Using games to support learning

Remote class access to laptop: Lynne is asking for ideas on how to remotely control her laptop from another place in the classroom.

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Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning 


Personalising PLD using social networks: The recording and slides are available from the webinar featuring Sonya van Schaijik from TeachMeetNZ and Danielle Myburgh from edchatNZ.

The impact of using the Virtual Learning Network on professional development

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


red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  


e-Learning leadership: what does it take in a digital age?: The recording and a Storify of the tweets/key points from the webinar with Richard McLaren are available. Richard shared his experiences in leading e-Learning at Shirley Boy's High School.

Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015: The conversation continues with Carl stating that even with great infrastructure, without good knowledge, training and experience, we can we setting up teachers for a job they are not prepared for.

Help!!- Research against MLEs- the most scathing please!: Mia is asking for information around the negatives of MLEs to help with answering questions of her BOT who want to hear positives and negatives. Some great discussion, explanations and thoughts have been shared around this. 


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 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  


Connected Learning Advisory logoQuestions to consider when choosing a cloud-based system: The Connected Learning Advisory has published advice on what to consider when choosing a cloud-based system for your school.

WordQ equivalent for use on Chromebooks: Lynne shares about the WordQ app that can be downloaded from the Chrome store. She states that it works just like the WordQ we know from other environments.

Teacher Microphone Headsets: Steve is looking for some cheap options for a teacher microphone headset for use in the classroom. Do you have any suggestions? 

Upgrading teacher laptops / Issues with TELA: Vincent is interested in thoughts around upgrading the TELA teacher laptops.

BYOD for all: Natalie would like constructive criticism around the site she has set up to help provide devices to students.

Robotics: Chris is looking for ideas/suggestions around good robotics kits to start with for intermediate students. Some great ideas have already been shared. Do you have anything to add?

Printing from Google Photos: Natasha is looking for advice around how to print multiple photos at once from Google Photos.

Password recovery for students: Steve would like to know how other schools manage password recovery for students using Google Apps for Education.

Can a school have a centralised school owned Google Drive?: Carmen has asked for advice on how to set up a school owned Google Drive. There are a number of comments with ideas to help set this up.


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: 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.

  • 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.

Image sources: Public domain