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e-Learning round-up | 24 November 2016

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

Here's an up-coming event not to be missed!

smileyLIVE WEBINAR: Innovation in your school, 15:45 - 16:45, 30 Nov 2016

blue orangeWhat does innovation look like when it’s student-driven? In this webinar, we’ll hear from Alexia Hilbertidou (Y13 student at Albany Senior High School, Auckland) and her mum Vicky Crawford as they talk about Alexia’s initiative GirlBossNZ. GirlBoss was founded with one key mission in mind - to inspire, empower and equip New Zealand girls to become the change-makers of the future. This webinar will be hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa GrayREGISTER NOW!

Also check out the latest e-learning gold in final Enabling e-Learning TKI newsletter for 2016 with updates on current resources and additions such as:

Planning an innovative learning environment – this new guide on the Inclusive Education website provides school leaders with practical strategies and suggestions to support comprehensive planning, PLD, and preparation for an ILE that is flexible and inclusive of diversity.

Looking forward to seeing you online.

Hei konā mai

Tess smiley 


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smiley FORUM: Designing inclusive, innovative learning environments, 14 Nov 2016 - 14 Dec 2016

What does designing an inclusive innovative learning environment using digital technologies look like in your school? Come join us in this discussion, as we explore the potential for meeting the needs of all learners.

Half ILE and half single cell: Lee Austin has added to this rich conversation by sharing comments like, 'a focus on the pedagogy and developing a vision for the school of what learning for the 21st Century looks like. Then treat the team teaching and flexible space as a way to facilitate this vision'. Magic. Do you have more to add from your school's perspective?

Enabling e-Learning forum: How can we foster digital fluency? Margaux Hlavac has shared ways her teachers are providing digital opportunities for students who might have previously been disadvantaged from being on the fringes of learning. Do you have examples of how digital learning opportunities are removing barriers for learners?

Facebook on a mobile deviceFacebook Guidelines: Giles Panting, principal of a small rural school wants to use Facebook to connect with parents/whānau and wondering if any schools have guidelines for the teachers regarding how to use Facebook; protocols; rules; best practice etc to share. Can you help Giles?

Digital assessment practices in secondary schoolsUpdates from two live events with Steve Bargh have now been added to this VLN thread. All comments and feedback about NZQA and digital assessment initiatives, school trials and practices welcome.

Using digital technologies to support learning in a senior secondary context: Philippa Nicoll Antipas has shared a webinar recording showcasing the Connected Learning Advisory's new guide: Using digital technologies to support learning in senior secondary.


Individual Learning Plans ILP: Tim Thatcher asks if anyone has implemented or investigated digital platforms for ILP's and invites you to share how you have used ILP's digitally across an entire school.


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Enabling e-learning forum: Look how far we've come | NAPP Kōrero 14 2016: Rich sharing and feedback from progressive leaders in our schools continues in this thread. The benefits of engaging online have also been acknowledged, where open and honest sharing has resulted in a deeper reflection of similar and different pedagogical perspectives. Anything else to share?

Forum: How do schools ready themselves for modern learning pedagogies? Keriata Kuiti shares some exciting new MLE/ILE developments in their kura, where students and staff love the changes. Keriata attributes this to hard work and three top tips. Find out more >>>

What is collaborative inquiry? Gretchen Cocks shares how her school is embarking on the Spirals of Inquiry to address the needs of children who stand out for whatever reasons or are not making the kinds of progress they should be. Are you and your colleagues engaging in Spirals of Inquiry, if so, would you be willing to share any outcomes observed so far?

Here's a clever way to integrate teacher inquiry with an SMS system - journalling progress and professional learning development for both teachers and students. Connected Learning Advisory video: SMS – Facilitating teacher inquiry

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Why are innovator's mind-sets and in-depth collaboration and cooperation crucial in resourcing ILEs? | NAPP Kōrero 6 2016: PaulaHay responds with some compelling questions around innovation vs reimagining in education, asking how we can be innovating in a disruptive way. She asks, are we implementing tech to substitute what we are currently doing, or are we implementing tech in ways that is disrupting what our current practice is? What do you think?

FORUM: What does innovation look like in your school? | An Enabling e-Learning event:  Sophie Ralph adds to this thread by sharing her school experiences as well as a thought provoking professional blog about being a 'Reimagineer'. More fantastic sharing thank you.


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Jolly Phonics: Nicky Crawford wants to know if anyone has used the Jolly Phonics app with their class. Is it worth $10? Does anyone have an alternative recommendation for teaching phonics? She is also interested in any recommendations around sight words. Can you offer Nicky some advice?

Bulk send photos from computer to iPad Jannbhy has offered a fresh solution to this original request posted a while back. Just goes to show people are still reading and responding, even if the discussion has gone quiet for a wee while. Thank you Jannbhy.


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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, ILEs, digital assessment, gaming and more! 

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Calling Kiwi Educators - Want to help kids engage in complex issues?

The United Nations Association of NZ is pleased to announce the launch of a new project to help Kiwi educators and students explore the complex issues of our times - UNwebquests.nz

This project aims to raise awareness of the variety of local and global issues that the United Nations champions. To learn more about the vision behind this project and how it works, please visit this link.

The project is designed and led by Rob Clarke from Learning Architects in his role as Special Officer Education for UNANZ. We are seeking educators who are keen be involved in the following ways:

1.     Undertake a webquest with your class - the list of webquests will grow over time.

2.     Contribute the learning from your students to the site.

3.     Create webquests for this important project and use these with your class - we have an incentive scheme to support you in this.

If you would like to contribute we are asking for expressions of interest from NZ educators.

Please visit this link to complete the expression of interest form.

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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