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e-Learning round-up | 5 May 2017

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

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smiley FORUM: Digital technologies in the national curriculum, 12 May - 12 June

Enabling e-Learning has published some new resources on, Digital Technologies in the national curriculum - what's it all about? In this forum we'll unpack some of the key ideas and resources around understanding computational thinking page, digital technologies, digital fluency and more. We invite your input and would love for you to share how you're unpacking digital technologies in the curriculum in your organisation, school or kura. This conversation will be held in the Teaching group.

smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Using the VLN and Enabling e-Learning groups scavenger hunt, May 17, 3:45-4:45 pm

Treasure huntAre you a school or CoL leader, or want to get more out of your own PLD online? In this interactive webinar, we invite you to join us on a series of online adventures around the VLN. We'll use some gaming techniques to help you familiarise yourself with what is available and what's currently waiting for your input. A VLN tour with a difference. REGISTER NOW!

This webinar will also be supported by a thread in the Professional Learning group. 

Check out the latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter (TKI), especially the new content published, such as Project-Based Learning page. Check out the Enabling e-Learning community events planned for Term 2.

See you online! 

Hei konā mai,

Tess smiley 


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


Finish this sentence: This year I plan to...Gaving H shares how he's using new Google sites to communicate with whanau and using Google forms to enable them to leave comments. Want to find out more or share ways you're connecting with parents and whānau?

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Teaching logo Learning and Teaching


smiley FORUM: Assessment in a digital age, 26 May - 26 June

AssessmentAuthentic, project-based learning and collaboration are growing trends in education - all for good reason. But what about assessment for learning? What does this look like for both primary and secondary in a digital age? What tools do we have access to and how can data be shared within and beyond schools/kura (CoLs) and why would we? This forum is an opportunity to discuss current needs/issues/trends for both students and teachers. We'd like to hear what works for you and how your ideas can help others with similar needs and interests. This conversation will be facilitated in the Teaching group.

Netsafe education update — April 2017 Karen Spencer updates us with Netsafe's initiatives, trials and resources for education including the upcoming Bullying-Free Week NZ 22-26 May.

Learner Agency Heather Harper asked, what does learner agency look like? Mike Perry and others have added to the discussion, providing some thinking around the importance of the key competencies and self management skills. How do you know your students are taking more ownership of the choices they make in their learning?

What does LT Planning in a collaborative learning space look like...Carly Kidd wants to know, does long-term planning have a place in innovative learning environments and if so, how does it fit - without planning overload? Community members have started to share some rich responses, which in-turn have helped to provide some clarity. Do you have some experiences/thinking of your own to offer Carly?

smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Robotics, coding and 3D printers, 25 May, 3:45-4:45 pm

RoboticsWhat do you think of this? Here are some secondary students designing and printing parts for moving vehicles using a 3D printer and then creating some code to make them move. Inspiring! In this webinar, we talk to those involved  at Pakuranga College and find out why and how the students were able to get inventive with robotics, coding and 3D printers. REGISTER NOW!

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

Getting ready for Digital Technologies Curriculum Katrina Curtus is thinking of doing a literature review looking at various coding programmes and their effectiveness in years 1- 3. Does anyone have any research or resources to support Katrina in this area?

Team teaching / co-teaching Tania shares some research and resources (school stories) in response to Cassandra Reyburn's request about, key components that make team teaching effective in an innovative learning environment. Do you have any more ideas about essential elements of collaborative teaching?


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red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  


FORUM: 7 principles of learning | Building horizontal connectionsHere's an article, 6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns, that links scientific understandings about the way the brain works (neuroscience) with usable classroom translations. Do you find these connections between theory and practice useful?

New video in Enabling e-Learning (TKI): Building culturally responsive practice schoolwide

Duration: 4:33

Principal, Roger Hornblow describes their two and a half year journey to build culturally inclusive practices at Pegasus Bay School. They began by involving whānau and the community to develop their place-based approach to learning. Consultation with the Ngāi Tūāhuriri Education Committee (Ngāi Tahu) was ongoing from the early stages of designing the new school.


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

 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

Does technology stifle creativity? Here's a lovely wee video about not 'losing our colour'... a nice reminder to continue to celebrate creativity in the arts. Originally shared by Sarah Whiting.

Sharing Aurasma videos: Heather Harper is looking for some technical advice. How can the class share their Aurasma videos? Do these need to be QR Codes? The students have GAFE accounts and are on Google Classroom. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.


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

CalendarFor your calendar...


EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

  • Look out for Term 2's community calendar of events.
  • 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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