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e-Learning round-up | 3 February 2017

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome back to the first week of school and the very first pānui for Enabling e-Learning 2017. Every three weeks we provide a summary of what everyone is talking about.

We have a whole series of new online learning opportunities (forum discussions and live events) on offer for you this term - all in response to school needs, educational trends and commonly shared wonderings. We also love to hear more of what YOU are interested in, so feel free to either leave a comment below or private message me. 

First event on offer:


Next Tuesday, 7th February, 3.45pm Karen Spencer is joining us for Safer Internet Day and will be sharing the latest developments from Netsafe that can help schools manage and maintain safer Internet practices at school and beyond. We'll be coming together in a Google Hangoutso please feel free to register your interest here or simply turn up on the afternoon. This session will also be recorded for those who can't attend on the day.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Coordinated in New Zealand by Netsafe, the day is an opportunity for people, schools, industry and organisations to unite together to raise awareness and start conversations about online safety.


Please Note: Google Hangouts on air/Youtube link: https://hangouts.google.com/call/3hlhqexmyfasdeoujqfqi5lotme

More on these calendar events coming soon. Also keep an eye out for the next e-learning newsletter (TKI) and the Enabling e-Learning calendar of events for Term 1. 

Hei konā mai

Tess smiley 

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

My Social Book- Facebook: Allanah King shares a resource, My Social Book – an old school version of your Facebook postings that becomes a printed record of your online activity. Any ideas on how this could be useful if your school has a Facebook page too?

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Safer Internet Day 7 Feb: Updates from Netsafe with Karen Spencer: Welcome back everyone! To kickstart the year, it's a pleasure to have Karen Spencer, Director of Education at Netsafe come and join us on Tuesday afternoon, 7th February, 3.45 in an informal Google Hangout to celebrate Safer Internet...

Online learning - what happens when it doesn't work? Karen is keen to hear people's thoughts about online learning in the classroom/home and what happens if students have difficulty accessing learning. Karen asks, must all learners use the same spaces/websites? What do you think?

Writing progressions: Stephanie Mowat is looking for an ongoing learning assessment tool where students can track their progress in literacy. Has anyone got any ideas, tools or templates to share?

Schoolkit Free Writing Resource: Allanah King shares a free writing resource - New Zealand Writing Project Box. Want to know how to get this amazing resource pack for your classroom writing programme?

Flexible Timetables: Bronwyn Gibbs is wanting to implement a flexible learning timetable in her class. She would love to hear from anyone with ideas, advice, how to's. Any experiences, top tips or 'aha' moments to share with Bronwyn?

Kicking off a New Year: Ngaire Shepherd-Wills shares her blog post "Reflect and Reboot" with some good ideas for starting the year. Ngaire would also love to hear what people are trialling in their learning environments and collaborative classrooms this year.

Planning & Teaching collaboratively: Kerri Thompson and her colleagues we are moving into an Innovative Learning Environment 2017 and would appreciate any teachers sharing stories about beginning to plan/teach collaboratively. Is this you?

Warren Grieve has been busy getting his head around the addition of digital technologies to the Technology curriculum. He's created:

Best Class Blog Posts of 2016Allanah King comments that it's always fun to see what others are blogging about in their classes. and invites you to share your blog and/or pop into other classroom blogs to see what's happening around the motu.

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Apps for special needs student: Jamie De La Haye is looking for apps/programmes for a student with an Assistive Tech iPad to support reading, writing, maths - an app/programme to be structured, sequential, purposeful and engaging. Do you know of any digital resources that would suit this learner's needs?

Making the connect between Maori & Pasifika learners and tech. Karla Lister asks a curly question, "How can I use the technology I have available to the students to enhance their learning." Karla is particularly interested in successful suggestions for Maori learners with a priority on 'relationships'". Any advice for Karla?


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How many inquires are too many? As more and more of us engage in professional inquiry, Mark Maddren asks, how many inquiries can you have in progress at the same time (individual, collective, on-going)? What are your thoughts?


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red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  

Breaking news: Teacher beliefs determine effective technology integration: It starts with you! This piece of research observes how teachers’ pedagogical beliefs are strong predictors for the effective use of technology in the classroom. Do you agree or disagree?

FORUM: What does innovation look like in your school? | An Enabling e-Learning eventYvonne Catherwood shares the challenges of innovating in a small school environment and comments on the value of reading what other people are doing in their classrooms in the VLN/EEL community groups. Have you had similar experiences from the VLN as well?

Individual Learning Plans ILPTim Thatcher asks, can anyone share how they use ILP's digitally across an entire school? Can you help Tim?

Enabling e-Learning (TKI) Planning for building staff capacity (2:49) 

Hampden Street School principal, Don McLean describes their approach to professional development where they began by identifying: barriers for teachers, expertise within the staff, successful methods for teachers to share their practice and inquiries. 


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 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

i-pads or Chrome Books in the juniors? Reynolds asks about the potential benefits of introducing chromebooks across the school. Some community members have responded with some invaluable tips.

Google Voice Typing on an iPad: Allanah King provides a solution for making voice to text work on tablets. 

Book Creator Update Coming Soon Updates and examples shared for how Book Creator now allows teachers to publish books directly to the web or via an embed code. 

Apple Distinguished Educator Applications- Class of 2017 Allanah King updates us with the latest processes for becoming an Apple Distinguished Educator. Is this something that might interest you?

Apple Teacher Programme: If you don't want to go as far as applying to be an Apple Distinguished Educator you can now be part of the Apple Teacher Programme. Find out more >>>

Any technical tips to help the following?

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CalendarFor your calendar...


EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

  • Safer Internet Day is coming up next week. To get involved, check out the resources and ways to support the day.

  • Enabling e-Learning events for Term 1 coming soon...

  • 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! 

New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

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

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