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e-Learning round-up | 31 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:

smiley LIVE WEBINAR Curriculum for the Future, 3.45 - 4.45pm, 7th September. A webinar with senior researcher NZCER and now game developer Rachel Bolstad.

Curriculum for the Future is a set of three resources designed to stimulate open-ended conversations about learning and curriculum today and into the future. The resources can be used separately or together, and in any order. Find out more here>>>.

Better yet, come and join us LIVE as Rachel Bolstad shows us the potential for using these resources (as well as the interactive game) to help shape the future of education. We're not just going to look at the game, we'll be playing ourselves! See you there.

Feel free to REGISTER YOUR INTEREST in our calendar event and tell your friends.

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.

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

Hei konā mai

Tess & Nathaniel smiley 

C KiddIn the Spotlight

This year in Enabling e-Learning we are 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 Carly Kidd. Find out more about Carly 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 trialled with your own learners (primary, secondary)?

Homework and authentic learning: Here's some American-based research on homework for primary-aged students and the results say there is little benefit to it. What do you think? Does your school do something different for homework?

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


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FORUM: 7 principles of learning | Building horizontal connections, 16th August - 16th September: Several community members have shared how they build horizontal connections through different opportunities for their learners. What are you doing to support your learners to connect further with the content as well as locally and globally?

FORUM: New technologies and collaborative practices | An Enabling e-Learning event: Join the discussion on how you are using digital technologies to promote communication and collaboration.

Maori student achievement and ILE's: Vianney Douglas is looking for ideas, both about the design and the innovative ways of teaching, collaborating that is really successful with Māori students who are learning in te reo.

Waterview Connection - going underground with New Zealand's biggest road project 2014-2017: Shelley Hersey invites you and your class to join her on the next instalment of the Waterview Connection LEARNZ field trip taking place on 13-15 September.

controllerGame-based learning and gamification in the ESOL classroom: Lauren Briggs is looking to hear from ESOL teachers about what game-based learning or gamifiied sites or apps they use with their ESOL students and if it improves collaboration and communication. 

Gifted Pasifika podcasts - young, gifted and brown: Manu Faaea-Semeatu has shared a range of podcasts about the identification process for gifted Pasifika students.

Learning for all - using technology to enrich learning for every student: Lynne Silcock asks, "How are you using technologies to support a diverse range of learners?"

Planning for inclusive learning
e-Learning teacher at Ashburton College, Nicky Lewis explains how and why content is presented in a variety of ways to make it accessible for all students to engage with.


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FORUM: What does innovation look like in your school? | An Enabling e-Learning event: Neil Penfold continues the discussion by suggesting that "real innovation should come from our pedagogy and the effect that it has on the student's learning".

BYOD model: Kane Boulton would like to hear about the "effect on our students education with them being 'continually connected' on their own devices" when in a BYOD environment. What have your experiences been? iPad

BYOD - Challenging old school beliefs: This interesting discussion continues with the sharing of Enabling e-Learning resources looking at BYOD policies, rules and understandings.

The strategic thinking roadmap - supporting the develop of your digital technologies action plan: Where are you currently on your digital technologies journey? This resource, along with support from the Connected Learning Advisory can help you on your way.

SMS - LMS etc: Check out the Connected Learning Advisory guide on Making the best use of your student data.


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


Professional Learning yellow logo Professional Learning 


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?

How to help the 'technophobes'...: Here's a blog post by Steve Wheeler who talks about the three biggest fears of teachers and students in using technology.

What is collaborative inquiry?: In this discussion you will find the recording and slides from our recent webinar with Rebbecca Sweeney, "Understanding collaborative inquiry".


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


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cableAdobe Spark: Allanah King informs us that Adobe Voice is now Adobe Spark and is available on Chromebooks. "It delivers very slick presentations and video narration of slides".

How to transfer voice memos from iPhone to computer: Jannbhy and Xisisi share two more ways to transfer voice memos from your iPhone to your computer.

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

Images source: Image 1, other images from Pixabay