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e-Learning round-up | 26 May 2016

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

Here are some up-coming events not to be missed.

smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Open tour of Enabling e-Learning15:45 - 15:15, 1 Jun 2016

This short virtual tour will showcase current and trending resources that can help leaders and teachers as they continue to harness the potential of e-learning tools and pedagogies to help make a difference for all learners. The open tour includes sections within the Enabling e-Learning website and Enabling e-Learning (TKI) community groups (VLN) and a chance for Q&A with Jane Armstrong, Project Manager & Content developer for Enabling e-Learning. This event will be hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa Gray and Nathaniel Louwrens. REGISTER NOW!

smiley FORUM: The power of networked organisations, 17 Jun 2016 - 17 Jul 2016

What do networked organisations mean to busy educators? This forum will discuss the potential for communities of learning (and the use of technologies) to help raise student achievement. This conversation will take place in the Professional Learning group.


Find out more about another one of our amazing community members, In the Spotlight - Karen Gilligan.

Also check out the newsletter from Enabling e-Learning with updates on the latest material published in TKI.

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 thank everyone who helped contribute to the FORUM: What does innovation look like in your school? | An Enabling e-Learning event.

This includes, Maurie AbrahamvickycrawfordJulie MillsAlexia Hilbertidou, Tony CairnsLeanne StubbingStuart KellyStephen EamesAnnemarie HydeGraham YoungDi CavalloGerard Macmanus and Leisha Barnes who all offered a compelling debate and examples of innovative practice in schools.

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

Ideas for engaging parents through blogsRosemary Thorpe shares how her students use Google Sites, rather than a blog to keep their parents informed about their learning by posting documents from Googledocs, videos, photos etc and sharing current learning goals.

Using Seesaw as an eportfolio for student engagement, collaboration and reflection with year 3 students: Whaeasarah shares how her students are uploading photos with written comments into an online journal to share their learning with family and whānau. Whaeasarah also wants to know if e-portfolios are increasing student engagement, collaboration and reflection and more about whānau input in other schools.

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


Teaching logo Learning and Teaching

Are you using technology innovatively in your school? Got a new idea to trial? Email the Grass Roots Ideas Initiative http://bit.ly/1RiChBS

People-based learning design: New discussion post on the definition and clarification of design thinking as a learning model or framework for learning. We ask, how could you use the design thinking process in your classroom with your learners? If you're already using the design thinking process, what has been your experience with your learners? 

Enabling e-Learning forum: Collaborative projects for NZ students: Educators from all around New Zealand share how students are negotiating learning criteria, collaborating on learning tasks, and in some cases; collaborating to make a difference and influence change both online and off. How are your student’s collaborating? We’d love to hear more in this thread and in our Twitter slow chat #eelslow.

Where are We - a virtual field trip on navigating and positioning on sea, land and air Shelley Hersey invites you to enroll your students to join the LEARNZ field trip as they sail across Cook Strait, navigate parts of Wellington by train and fly with the Life Flight Trust; to discover more about how technology is changing the way we find our place in the world.

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


red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  


Why are innovator's mind-sets and in-depth collaboration and cooperation crucial in resourcing ILEs? | NAPP Kōrero 6 2016: In this latest discussion for the National Aspiring Principals Programme, 4 themes are brought out of this key question with separates discussions to contribute to.

The strategic thinking roadmap - supporting development of your digital technologies action plan The Connected Learning Advisory has published an online guide that will help your leadership team implement a strategic direction that ensures technologies are integrated into a school-wide drive for effective teaching and learning.

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


Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning 

How do schools ready themselves for modern learning pedagogies?: Lisa Cuff shares a rich story of how Whakarongo School has implemented flexible learning environments, from physical changes of buildings, community consultation through to implementing the school-wide philosophy and vision. Any other schools stories to share? 

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

 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

How the CLA supported Glen Eden Primary School: Nathaniel Louwrens shares an example of how Connected Learning Advisory – Te Ara Whītiki (CLA) has supported Glen Eden school with e-learning strategic planning processes and decision making when choosing digital technologies.

e-learning pathways: Shannon9 has been considering developing an e-learning pathway in her school and asks how people are deciding on which technologies to introduce into their classrooms. Are you able to offer some more ideas to this discussion?

GAFE Used for Gamification: Whitney is interested in hearing how teachers are using GAFE for gamification in their classrooms/schools. Have you seen or heard of any good examples to share?



Lightspeed Tracey Simons is keen to make contact with schools that are using Lightspeed and is wanting some ideas on how schools are using this system, and how to set up iPads. Any pitfalls or quick tips appreciated. 

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Check out e-Learning and Technologies >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.

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EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

  • Enabling e-Learning webinars: On this page, you'll find the recorded webinars 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

​​Free online learning series - 23 Teaching things

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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