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e-Learning Round-up | 9 March 2016

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the latest e-learning related pānui from across the VLN. 

Enabling e-Learning logo Enabling e-Learning Survey 2016
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Here are some upcoming events worth sharing amongst your networks.

smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Digital teaching planners, 17 March 2016 @ 3:45-4:45 pm

More and more teachers are moving away from the traditional paper-based teacher planners towards digital solutions such as Google Docs and Office 365. In this webinar we will hear from classroom teachers Tam Yuill Proctor (St Andrews College) talking about OneNote and Bernice Swain (Lyttleton School) talking about how GAFE tools can help with digital planning. They will discuss how they have gone about their planning; why they chose the digital platform they are using; and share their experiences thus far. We'd also love to hear more from you in this event as well. This webinar will be hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa Gray and Nathaniel Louwrens. REGISTER NOW!

Enabling e-Learning Twitter slow chat: We thought we'd try something new this year and offer a week-long chat within Twitter. These facilitated discussions will run from Monday through to Sunday with a new question posted each week day (no questions in the weekend, but the discussion can continue). You can respond to the questions as you can and follow along with the discussion using the hashtag #eelslow. Our first chat will start on Monday 14 March. The topic is: Partnering with the community.

For more information about the slow chat, have a look at Twitter slow chats.

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.

Looking forward to seeing and hearing more from you over the next few weeks.

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 showcase our new initiative, In the spotlight - a blog post series spotlighting a community member each pānui. This week: In the Spotlight - Allanah King.

This is an opportunity to find out a bit more about the amazing people you're interacting with online. Keep an eye out, you might be shoulder-tapped to be next. smiley


Teaching logo Learning and Teaching

FORUM: Digital Teacher Planners - an Enabling e-Learning event, 3 March - 3 April:

plannerEvery teacher needs their own planning systems. In this forum you're invited to share what digital planners you use, why you use them and the pros and cons. Find out what others are using and why. In this forum, Tony Cairns has already shared part of his journey using digital planners (using Excel, Google calendar, Black Book Planner) and encourages more teachers to model collaborative ways of working – terms of sharing planning, scheduling, lessons and resources etc. What systems are you currently using and why?

Chrome Apps for Literacy: Several community members share some very useful Google apps, add-ons, tips for making websites more accessible particularly using text to speech conversion tools. A variety of other e-tools are also shared to help literacy for all learners.

Digital tools and mathematics: Vanitha Govini shares some strategies and tools that may deepen understanding in maths in relation to SOLO taxonomy levels ‘relational’ and ‘extended abstract’. Any other digital resources to recommend to Donna Golightly?

An Enabling e-Learning forum: Coding, digital literacy or a new kind of language? A powerful TED talk video (11mins) shows Linda Liukas talking about coding with students and the correlations made to coding as language of new possibilities. ‘Create something out of nothing with the pure power of logic.’

Digital citizenship


Kiddle Safe Search: Some recommendations from community members for safe search tools including a Kiddle Safe Search browser from Allanah King. How does your school keep students safe when browsing the web?

Posting photos of children online: Sharon Nolan reminds us of this very important discussion highlighted recently in the news – where parents need to be educated about safe practices and appropriate use of social networking sites and the implications of sharing too much information. How does your school keep parents informed of cyber safe practices?

Digital citizenship at Apiti School (Enabling e-Learning in TKI)

Staff and students from Apiti School explain some of the practical strategies they have put in place to ensure they are safe and responsible digital citizens.

imageCheck out e-Learning and Teaching >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.


red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  



FORUM: One word to define your school | An Enabling e-Learning event (11 Feb - 3 Mar 2016): Community members have dived into this one-month challenge whole-heartedly making it hard to choose ‘one word’ to define education for 2016. It might be over, but there's still time to add your own thoughts here.
TKI logoCheck out Leadership and e-Learning >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.


 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  


WEBINAR: The Connected Learning Advisory — Te Ara Whītiki: How we can support you 15:45 - 16:45, 9 Mar 2016. In this introductory webinar you can find out how the advisory can and is supporting schools and kura. Resources and school stories will also be shared. REGISTER NOW!


The Connected Learning Advisory — Te Ara Whītiki is a free, Ministry of Education service which gives advice on support on integrating digital technologies with learning.

Punctuation Grammar Check for Docs: Nathaniel Louwrens rekindles this older discussion and asks, has anyone found a suitable punctuation checker for Google docs? 

Ready to Read Series: Community members note the loss of Blogger app but celebrate the reinstatement of the Ready to Read series in iTunes.



Managing iPad discussions have trended of late including…

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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! 

New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

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.

Twitter image Twitter Chats 

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

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