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e-Learning round-up | 22 July 2016

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the latest e-learning related pānui from across the VLN - just in time for the new term ahead.

CalendarCheck out the FREE online learning opportunities available for Term 3 in the Enabling e-learning community calendar. The Term 3 flier can be downloaded and printed for your staff room walls as well.

We're looking forward to working with you more closely over the next term.

Hei konā mai

Tess & Nathaniel smiley 


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


Children on Facebook: Vic is a principal of a small semi-rural school and wants to know how other schools are educating parents and children around the effective use of Facebook. Can you help?

Connecting with your community through social media: There are a number of different social media platforms that can be used to engage with your community from Blogs to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. Here is the Connected Learning Advisory's guide on Using social media to connect with your community.

Building Digital Connections with your Community: The Connected Learning Advisory also shares some stories of how schools are using technologies to connect with parents and whānau. Check out the link in TKI.

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FORUM: New technologies and collaborative processes | An Enabling e-Learning event: Whaea Merenia share her understanding about the pedagogy behind effective use of e-learning and collaboration. She writes, 'collaboration with e learning are a strong partnership because they lead to student agency, dispel the notion that learning is contained in four walls, and that learning stops after 3pm'. Any more reflections of your own to share?


Social Media in Secondary Schools: Jan Kumar has secondary students accessing their social networks during learning time, and the teachers are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain focus in class. Are there any strategies you can recommend for Jan and her colleagues?

3 things students should have before they leave high schoolIt is becoming more and more important to ensure we have a professional online presence (LinkedIn, blogs, Twitter and more). Nathaniel Louwrens asks, how are you developing your professional image online?

Power to the students: Teachers often spend a lot of time researching resources for their students, so have we missed a valuable opportunity to give students the power to interact with a range of resources that support them best, in the ways they prefer to learn? What do you think?

Using Seesaw as an eportfolio for student engagement, collaboration and reflection with year 3 studentsWhaea Sarah shares how Seesaw is being used as individual student portfolios, linked to the classroom blog - where children share their learning journals via iPads to their parents. Whaea Sarah wonders if this will eventually replace the paper reporting formats.  

Managing learning in Innovative Learning Environments has attracted some interest of late, some conversations include:



Te Wiki o te Reo Māori: Māori language week may have come and gone, but keeping te reo alive is the responsibility of us all. The links shared by Anaru White are useful any week of the year.

Supporting learners with assistive technologies: Nathaniel shares a video from a student at Wairarapa College who reflects on his technology use, effective partnerships with teachers, and the need for self-advocacy skills and asks, have you got any stories of creative ways you are using technologies to support students? 

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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 thread, NAPP participants and community members share some rigorous insights into what makes for collaborative and innovative practice. The thought leadership in this thread, is just too good to miss.

FORUM: What does innovation look like in your school? | An Enabling e-Learning event: Natasha Furness shares how her school is investing time and resources into thinking about the skills their students need to thrive in their future. Their focus has been on developing learning dispositions that allowed students to drive their own learning. Find out more >>>


Equity devices in BYOD schools: This thread has been reignited of late, with community members sharing a number of innovative ways to ensure their students and teachers have equitable access to digital, connected resources to support quality teaching and learning.

BYOD - Challenging old school beliefsLarissa Hogan shares the challenges and potential for implementing a collaborative learning environment with 54 year 7 and 8 students while introducing BYOD. Does this story sound familiar?


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


Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning 

smiley FORUM: The power of networked organisations

What do networked organisations mean to busy educators? This forum date may have come and gone, but the discussions around the potential for communities of learning (and the use of technologies) to help raise student achievement continue in the Professional Learning group.

Forum: How do schools ready themselves for modern learning pedagogies? NAPP and Enabling e-Learning community members continue to share points of view, experiences, current research and theory associated with implementing ILEs and modern learning pedagogies. How are you trialing or implementing innovative learning practices in your school?

New ways to reimagine PLD in 2016: Philippa Nicoll Antipas elaborates on preferred blended synchronous and asynchronous tools for professional learning. Do you have any preferences of your own to share?


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


 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

Some technically-related on-going threads that may interest you are:

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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, teacher portfolios, innovatative 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.

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

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