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e-Learning Round-Up | 23 September 2015

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the latest round up in the last week of Term 3. In this edition, we bring you the latest updates just in time for the holidays.

Here’s something a little bit special for this month.

The Lie of the Land in 2015: In this three part blog series, MrsB30 opens up and shares a bit about herself, her teaching and leadership roles and provides an insight into her role as an e-learning coach and mentor in her school. Up-coming blog posts in Term 4 will unpack MrB30’s 'leadership as inquiry' journey. Come join Sarah, asks some questions or just follow her story to see what happens.

Thank you to everyone who got involved in our online events this term. There’s more planned for Term 4, that will no doubt touch on interests and possibly concerns of your own, so see you there.

Have a relaxing break everyone. Tess  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 Mia for starting a lively debate around parent views vs educational understandings around modern learning practices in, Help!!- Research against MLEs- the most scathing please! Mia describes herself as, "...a teacher/team leader/ GATE coordinator/ ICT lead teacher at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School. I have an interest in all things current best practice, with a particular interest in MLP and E-Learning." Why drop Mia a line and debate these issues further?


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Apps for planning in a collaborative environment:  Leigh Hynes adds some tops tips for using Google docs on an iPad. For example, using the iPad speech to text feature in Google docs. Imagine the accessibility for all kinds of learners with these voice activated tools?

How digital technologies support learning outcomes: Nathaniel Louwrens promotes the Connected Learning Advisory, where every week they will be sharing commonly asked questions about e-learning related issues and will also offer thoughts on the next steps schools might want to consider. This week’s wondering, How do we know that digital technologies support learning outcomes?

Collaborative Teaching: Stuart Priddy asks if anyone is happy to share any agreements or expectations they have written for staff, when working in a collaborative space.

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Connected Educator Aotearoa New Zealand 2015: Tara Fagan gets us thinking about what it means to be a connected educator in New Zealand and shares an EduIgnite presentation, where Karen Melhuish talks about educators taking control of their own professional learning. Why not get involved in personalized, FREE PLD during Connected Educator Month?

New discussion post: Best Practise Schools overseas: Catherine Kelsey is wanting to visit schools overseas, to specifically look at the implementation of MLP in more traditional environments. Does anyone have any good suggestions for Catherine? 

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Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015: This conversation continues to grow with some deep reflection on ways to sustain effective learning through the use of digital technologies. Why not jump in and share your own leadership experience in this area? 

Sustainable Strategies: Integrating e-learning, leadership inquiry and classroom practice | Kōrero 14 2015: This exciting new NAPP thread invites all school leaders, e-leaders to engage in conversations about leadership as inquiry. What are your driving goals for 2015, who do you want to target, how have you initiated change, what has been the result of your actions so far. Why not come and join in and share your progress so far?

MLP or just Effective Pedagogy: TK Tony adds a passionate plea to this lively debate, that it is “…ABSOLUTELY about effective pedagogy, and how this can be supercharged on steroids through a strong collaborative teaching approach, in a purposefully designed (which I prefer to flexible) environment.” Why not join in and tell us what do you think.

Help!!- Research against MLEs- the most scathing please! Here's another lively and active debate, where community members get to weigh into an argument about the benefits afforded by flexible learning spaces and modern learning pedagogies.

Modern learning environment at Russell Street School
In this Edtalks, Nic Mason shares the experience of exploring a modern learning environment at Russell Street School in Palmerston North, with four teachers, four classrooms and 120 students. Nic believes that it benefits both the teachers and the learners, and allows teachers to cater for the students' learning better now that there are more people involved in their learning.

Nic Mason from EDtalks on Vimeo.


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"Deprecation of web hosting in Drive" Steve Trotter is looking for some clarification that hosted webpages in Google Drive will soon be removed. Can anyone shed some light on these developments?

Secondary Schools using Hapara: Allanah King has received a request from a school wanting to connect with other secondary schools who are using Hapara Teacher Dashboard. If you are happy to be contacted, you can let Allanah know.

Presenting student work on big screen: Lynne Crowe is looking for some practical ways that students can share their Google presentations or videos with the rest of the class. Any ideas to share?

New voice typing in Google Doc's: Lynne Silcock invites us to try the new voice typing (speech recognition) in Google Docs - so easy to use with 97% accuracy. Imagine the world of possibilities for students who may struggle processing ideas in Literacy?

Google sites; using a Google calendar: Jace7 is constructing a Google school website, but Google calendar isn’t displaying the correct details. Anyone with experience in this area, that can help Jace7?

Google Apps for Education vs Office 365: Jan-Marie Kellow asks on behalf of a school if anyone is running both GAFE and Microsoft 365 and if two domains are needed. Can you help?

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  • Look out for the Enabling e-Learning calendar of events for Term 4. Out soon! 
  • 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! 

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