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e-Learning Round-up | 16 December 2015

Meri Kirihimete!

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the final e-Learning round-up for 2015. Once again, we bring you the latest e-learning updates from across the VLN. It has been a privilege bringing these updates to you throughout the year and we look forward to continued participation from you in the Enabling e-Learning events in 2016.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a safe, relaxing and refreshing summer break.

Tess & Nathaniel smiley 

Badge for e-Member of the WeekEach 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 everyone who has contributed to the Enabling e-Learning groups in 2015. Your input into the discussions, webinars and other events has continued to make the community a success.

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


Connecting with the whole community - Social media webinar: Viv Hall shares the key points and recording of the Connected Learning Advisory webinar with guest presenter Sean Lyons from Netsafe. Questions posed by Sean include, "How do I effectively use social media in class?" to "Why should I use social media in class?"

Connecting with people: Clare Jordan and Campbell Potter suggest that we need to evolve in regards to how we interact with people face-to-face while still allowing the use of technology.

Using Periscope to connect our community with school events: Carol Kendall continues to share school events with the wider community through Periscope.

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The Lie of the Land in 2015: MrsB30 talks about her year and her passions. She outlines how she has supported staff in e-learning and in their inquiries.

Part 2 - The Realities of Teacher Inquiry: In this second part, MrsB30 shares her own inquiry for the year and would like to hear about how your inquiry has gone.

An Enabling e-Learning forum: Coding, digital literacy or a new kind of language?: Vicki Hagenaars shares about the Hour of Code and her experience with Scratch and Kodu.

Creative Commons Clinics: This new video from Creative Commons Aotearoa, CC Pukeko, explains how teachers can share resources openly.

Maker culture, is it really all that new?: Vicki Hagenaars adds to the discussion by sharing an Edutopia post: Making makerspace - Top 20 tools.

Distinguishing sounds - Māori medium: Several app suggestions have been made in response to Lynne's Silcock's request for web resources, apps or software to help students to develop listening skills and the ability to distinguishing sounds in a Māori medium setting.

Text to speech and Voice typing blogs updated: Lynne Silcock has shared links to updated blog posts for text to speech and voice typing.

Best Blog Post of 2015: Allanah King is curating a site to promote people's class blogs.

Sharing our practiceIf you had to share something from your day, each day, what would you share?

Computer Science in Primary Schools: Tracyh shares information about upcoming Computer Science workshops focused on coding in primary schools.


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Teaching as Inquiry | projecting and reflecting online: Tessa Gray brings together several resources around teaching as inquiry including blog posts and webinars.

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Leading e-Learning and responsive PLD at Primary School | Where to from here? PT 3: In the third part of this series, we find out about how Principal Neil Fraser models with his staff the expectations he has for them as well as how teacher PLD has changed over time to meet the needs of teachers and leaders.

See also Part 1 and Part 2.

MLEs: That's just a classroom with a beanbag isn't it?: A link to a blog post with some really smart tips on pedagogical foci on student-centred learning, curiosity and collaboration and more, has been added.

2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14: This discussion continues with Pam Redpath sharing her thoughts on how a principal needs to demonstrate leadership.

Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015: Steve Conroy brings various parts of the on-going discussion together while adding his thoughts on the topic.

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 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  


Google groups seamlessly populated from Kamar data: Johan Schnetler is looking for help in populating Google Groups with Kamar.

Minecraft on Chromebooks: Rachel asks if it's possible to play Minecraft on Chromebooks. There have been several helpful responses.

Google! Give me my stuff!!!: Angela Sime asks how she can migrate files and folders from Google Drive to outside of the school domain. Some great suggestions have been made including Google Takeout and Drive Migrator.

How to transfer voice memos from iPhone to computer: S7yiler has asked for help in transferring voice memos from iPhone to computer. Several suggestions have been made.

Chromebooks: An ongoing discussion around school experience with different Chromebooks.

Minecraft Plugins: hamishwadsworth is setting up a Minecraft server and would like to know what plugins people are finding useful.


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CalendarFor your calendar...


EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events


  • Keep an eye out at the beginning of the year for the Enabling e-Learning calendar of events for Term 1.
  • 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

  • Google Education Roadshow: Google Education Roadshows are happening around the country over the next month. Check out an event near you.

Twitter image Twitter Chats 

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

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