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e-Learning Round-up | 19 February 2016

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome!

School's back and so is the e-Learning round-up for 2016. In this round-up we bring you the latest e-learning news and updates from across the VLN.

Make sure you check out the Enabling e-Learning Calendar of events for Term 1. The PDF flyer can also be downloaded and printed for your staff rooms.

inspireFORUM: Have you got one word you would use to describe what you would like your school to be like this year? What do you want your students and the visitors to your school to notice, to experience, to recognise when they are on site? Contribute to the discussion:
One word to define your school | An Enabling e-Learning event 11 Feb - 3 Mar 2016>>>

In subsequent editions, we'd like to start a new initiative, In the spotlight - a blog post series spotlighting a community member each pānui. This is an opportunity to find out a bit more about the amazing people you're interacting with online.

Here's the latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter (TKI). Enjoy the read and don't be afraid to respond to any of the discussions. If you need any help feel free to contact one of us.

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 Crus021 for his contributions to various discussions, sharing his personal experiences.


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


Involving your community in curriculum design: Catriona Pene shares a new blog post on New Zealand Curriculum Online, highlighting stories from New Zealand schools as an impetus for discussion of curriculum design.

Using social media to connect with your community: The Connected Learning Advisory has produced a guide for schools around using social media to engage your community.

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


Teaching logo Learning and Teaching

NZQA and assessment online: The new EDtalks video is shared in which Richard Thornton, Deputy Chief Executive of Qualifications and NZQA describes the move towards digital assessment.

LIVE Webinar: e-Learning tools in Literacy - writing using digital tools: crus021 describes how they have used Google Docs to engage students in writing, including connecting with parents and the community.

Unit Link: Allanah King has shared a site that she describes, as a collation of open Google Doc for people to share their unit planning based on NZ Curriculum.

Using technology to support effective feedback - what works?: crus021 shares an insight as to how he is giving feedback and feed forward to his students.

Chrome Apps for Literacy: crus021 would like to hear suggestions from anyone around useful Chrome Apps for improving literacy. Can you help?

Using Chromebooks to record student Voice: Katarina Moore continues the discussion by describing how she has used Hapara Workspace to easily share tasks/activities with students.

collaborationCollaborative Planning - What does it look like on screen?: Denise Welsh asks if anyone has any templates or plans they would be willing to share to help students track or self manage the way they work.

Maker culture, is it really all that new?: The discussion continues with Robyn Sinclair sharing a valuable resource, Making an Educational Makerspace.

Smart Motorways Field Trip: The second and final part of the Smart Motorways LEARNZ field trip is taking place on 1-3 March.

Effective methods of collaboration between students: Teejay would like to hear from anyone that has had success with digital and collaborative tools that have aided students during their inquiries.

Teaching in ILE: Manny Horua shares how her school has planned collaboratively in various ways with technology.

Chromebooks and collaborative learning: Jonny Zondagh is experimenting with collaborative learning strategies on Chromebooks and would like to know if anyone else has done this before?

Digital tools and mathematics: Donna GoLightly is looking at how they can better use digital tools to support the development of 21st century skills, with an emphasis on mathematics.


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Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning 


New ways to reimagine PLD in 2016: A timely post on personalised PLD for connected schools. So how might we reimagine PLD for 2016?
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Personalising PLD using social networks: The #EdBlogNZ website and 2016 challenge is shared as a way to personalise PLD through professional blogging.
I missed out on PLD these last holidays...: A follow up post to Grant Lichtman's EDtalks video in which he asks teachers a number of probing questions about our classrooms and schools.

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


red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  


Collaboration and PLD across the Katote cluster

Part 3: Personalising learning: A strategy for review | An Enabling e-Learning event: The discussion continues with references to a blog post by Heemi McDonald on The Networked Curriculum Design.

TKI logoCheck out Leadership and e-Learning >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.


 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  


Schools around Auckland using Google classroom: Angela Stonestreet is wanting to connect with other schools in the Auckland area using Google classroom. Is that you?

Asynchronous online forum discussions for secondary students in a blended class: Linda Hill would like to talk with anyone who has had experience using asynchronous discussion forums with secondary students.

Creating Multiple Student Blogs: Jody Garland is asking for help around creating multiple student blogs.

smartphonesEnabling e-Learning FORUM: Mobile digital devices: What's working, what's not?: Kim Pewhairangi shared how their kura has used technology as a hook into learning - especially for boys and writing.

Badges/digital badges and gamification: Rebecca Ronald is interested in hearing from anyone who has used digital badges in their school.

Stop Motion: Aaron MacKinnon asks if anyone has suggestions for stop motion apps for students.

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Check 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! 

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Check out what is on offer from Learning Architects to power up your professional learning - there is something for school leaders, office staff and class teachers.

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

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