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e-Learning round-up | 11 August 2016

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

Don't miss out on the next up-coming hosted webinar next week:

cool LIVE WEBINAR: Understanding collaborative inquiry, 15:45 - 16:45, 17 Aug 2016. As more schools start to cluster as communities of learning, we ask, what is collaborative inquiry, what does it look like and how can it impact on teaching and learning outcomes? Come join us as we talk with guest presenter Rebbecca Sweeney (CORE Education) about this more in-depth. Support threads will take place in the Professional Learning group. REGISTER NOW!

Check out the online learning opportunities available for the rest of 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.

Don't forget to check out the latest news in the Enabling e-Learning Newsletter (TKI) as well.

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

Hei konā mai

Tess & Nathaniel smiley 

This year in Enabling e-Learning we are going to be inviting members to be put In the Spotlight and share a bit more about themselves so that we can get to know them. 

In the Spotlight this week is Barbara Reid. Find out more about Barbara here >>>


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FORUM: Wicked problems and real world issuesWicked problems and real world issues are all around us, so can we afford to ignore them in education? In this forum we invite you to join us to discuss: 

  • What could be a good starting point when weaving wicked problems into learning that enables our students to make a difference, rather than be rendered powerless?
  • What kinds of skills, dispositions and competencies do you think our students will need to engage with real world issues, while also being culturally responsive?
  • What might this look like with the effective use of e-learning tools and pedagogies?
  • Can you share examples of approaches you are planning or have trialed with your own learners (primary, secondary)?

Building Digital Connections with your Community: The Connected Learning Advisory has shared some stories of how schools are using technologies to connect with parents and whānau. Missed the webinar? You can watch the recording in this thread.

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


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FORUM: New technologies and collaborative processes | An Enabling e-Learning event: Whaea Merenia adds some reflective thoughts of her own to this forum and 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. Do you have any thoughts or reflections to add of your own?

How might we support teachers with digital change? It is fast becoming a cliché to say that we now live in a time of ‘hyperchange’. In this discussion starter, Philippa Nicoll Antipas (Connected Learning Advisory) touches on change management models and asks some key questions for supporting teachers.

NZQA and assessment online: This thread has been reignited as we discuss what support senior students get when scribing (by hand) in external exams. 

Higher order thinking and the Olympic Games 2016: Here are some ideas for authentically integrating the Olympics games as higher-order learning tasks, beyond factual recall. We invite you to share some rich concepts and learning processes as well.

Teacher Aide Role in ILE: Community members share the different supporting roles teacher aides have in an innovative learning environment. Do you have any examples to share?

Student workshops in an ILE, MLE etc: Adele is about to move into a collaborative space with three other teachers and is keen to try cross grouping the students but doesn't want to compromise abilities or learning needs. Can you help with Adele's inquiry?

Putting the learning outcome firstWhy instructional design must focus on learning outcomes, not learning activities highlights. Here's some useful things to consider when designing and planning learning experiences for students. Find out more here >>>


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Why are innovator’s mind-sets and in-depth collaboration and cooperation crucial in resourcing ILEs? | NAPP Kōrero 6 2016: NAPP and Enabling e-Learning community members continue to discuss and debate their opinions, views and experiences in the four themes derived from this question.

FORUM: What does innovation look like in your school? | An Enabling e-Learning event: More great stories of innovation have been shared in this discussion. 

Make sure you don't miss out the FREE live event: LIVE WEBINAR: Innovation in your school with Vicky Crawford and Alexia Hilbertidou, Y13 student from Albany Senior High School. They have some truly innovative stories to share from a secondary student's perspective. REGISTER NOW!

Here's another gem from Enabling e-Learning: Planning for success – Be clear about your purpose (2.47sec)

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


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No school is an islandInteresting times for NZ education in a system that has historically seen self-managing schools sometimes competing for students, limiting possibilities for fostering collaboration. But now we’ll see schools cluster together, where teachers and leaders learn from each other to help drive quality shifts in education. Find out more here >>>

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?


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


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Literacy support in Google Apps for Education (GAFE): Lynne Silcock shares a selection of her favourite Apps, Extensions, Add Ons and tools that provide literacy support in the Google Chrome and Google Apps for Education (GAFE) environment.

Chromebook - why the student brought a chromebook as part of the schools BYOD programme: Vreddy has reignited this thread by adding their own experiences to; availability, affordability and accessibility of using Chromebooks in the classroom.


Equity devices in BYOD schools: Community members continue to share strategies for building up stock and providing accessibility  to multiple devices across the school. 

BYOD - Challenging old school beliefsLarissa Hogan has shared a little bit about her BYOD journey so far. Other community members are keen to know more about collaborative teaching and whether or not collaborative learning strategies assist in students' motivation to learn and to what extend. Do you have any teaching and learning experiences that can enrich this discussion?

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

CalendarFor your calendar...


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  • Enabling e-Learning webinars: On this page, you'll find the recorded webinars from 2011 to current. These include; teacher portfolios, innovative learning environments, 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

​Connected Learning Advisory webinars and events

​​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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