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e-Learning round-up | 17 March 2017

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei everyone and welcome back to the latest pānui of e-learning related conversations and events across the VLN/EEL community groups. 

The following upcoming webinars are coming up over next two weeks, so don't miss out!

smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Authentic learning across the curriculum, 23 March, 3:45-4:45 pm

Students outsideIn this webinar, two teachers (primary, secondary) share how authentic learning has become part of their specialty curriculum areas (Digital Citizenship, Science) and how the learning experiences are making a difference for their learners. We'll also highlight some new resources developed in Enabling e-Learning. Still spaces, so REGISTER NOW!

This webinar will also be supported by a thread in the Teaching group and hosted in Adobe Connect.

smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Diving into Seesaw, 29 March, 3.45-4.45pm

How exciting, we have a very full webinar, thank you to everyone who has registered so far. Due to high numbers, registrations for this webinar are now closed.

Not a problem, we will be recording this event and another follow-up session is planned for Term 4; showcasing examples of how teachers have used Seesaw with their students. Keep an eye out!

For more calendar events, see the Enabling e-Learning calendar and Enabling e-Learning Term 1 events flyer.

We'd love to hear more about virtual learning events that YOU'D be interested in attending or leading, so please feel free to message me with your ideas.

See you online everyone! Hei konā mai,

Tess smiley 

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What’s happening at your place? Mike Perry is passionate about student inquiry and wants to know what’s happening at your place. What does ‘inquiry learning’ look like in your practice; in your school? If student inquiry is underway at your school, why not share an 'aha' moment, snippet or respond to Mike's wonderings? 

What does LT Planning in a collaborative learning space look like... Carly Kidd shares how planning is collaborative and meets the needs of learners at her school. Her wondering is, does long term planning have a place in an innovative learning environment? And if so how does it fit- without planning overload? Carly asks if anyone has mastered this, any advice/ideas welcome. Can you help Carly?

Online learning - what happens when it doesn't work? Barrie Matthews offers a practical and exciting solution for online learning for students - LEARNZ virtual field trips, and shares some feedback from teachers about the value of these learning opportunities. Why not find out more for yourself?

Robotics for Intermediate Stephan van Haren offers his experiences for using VEX and VEX IQ for robotics, and invites community members to make contact with him if they want to know more about the purpose and potential for these digital tools.

Enabling e-Learning event | What will we see in technology and e-learning now and in the future? Now we have realistic bike riding robots that can take off, balance, steer and stop. What will robots be able to do next? 

Justin Hickey shares some heartfelt concerns about learning experiences for his students and the effective role of assessment in the following threads. What are your beliefs about assessment practices in an innovative learning environment? Feel free to dive in and share your deepest thoughts.

Coding Sophie Hudson is investigating coding at her school and asks, where does one start? Sophie is after any useful links or resources as well. Any top tips or great places to start for Sophie?


Invitation to join the pilot of Netsafe's Capability Review Tool Karen Spencer Netsafe’s Education Team have been kind enough to share their resources and update to the Netsafe Kit for Schools. Now they're wanting our help to test and trial the new resources. Can you help Netsafe trial and test their resources?


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What is collaborative inquiry? Spiral of inquiry: leaders leading learning is a new resource in Educational Leaders with a video of Linda Kaser talking about the phases of spirals of inquiry. She asks, what’s going on for our learners, broadly and specifically? How do we know what’s going on with them? Why does it matter in each case?

FORUM: Connecting Communities of Learning through technologies Schools are collaboratively addressing PLD goals to improve learning outcomes for all students. What tools are you using when you're working face to face? What technologies are you using when you're not face to face and how are these working for you? We'd love to hear how digital technologies can help your CoL|Kāhui Ako to achieve collective goals.

New online community for financial capability Catriona Pene Kia shares a new community created for teachers interested in tools, resources and discussions around financial capability. You're all welcome to join. Good timing in relation to Nigel Latta's TV series!

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


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Chromebooks Offline: Roimata Nicholas asks if anyone has any suggestions about which Chromebooks works best offline. Some sound advice is being shared in this thread. Any other technical advice for Roimata?

Shared Chromebook Screen SIze Clive Francis shares how a school is looking to purchase 8 or so Chromebooks per class. The price difference between screen sizes is significant. What has worked best for your students, in terms of 14" vs the 11" screen size options? Clive would love to know.

BYOD – Selecting devices (2:54)

Dominic Killalea, Deputy Principal at Wellington High School, discusses their key considerations for selecting student devices. Rather than saying students need a particular device, they identified set minimum specifications. Dominic highlights the different needs of junior and senior students and how this informs which devices and programmes are most appropriate. For more, see Enabling e-Learning (TKI).


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

CalendarFor your calendar...


EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

  • Enabling e-Learning events for Term 1

  • 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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