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e-Learning round-up | 25 May 2017

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei everyone and welcome to the e-learning pānui, bringing you the best of your e-learning conversations from across the VLN/EEL community groups.

Don't miss these upcoming events, including this afternoon's webinar. Register today!

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.

and tomorrow's conversation starter...

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.

Check out the rest of the Enabling e-Learning community events planned for Term 2.

See you online! 

Hei konā mai,

Tess smiley 


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Homework and authentic learning: In this short video, Michael Moore shares how Finland is ranked one of the successful education systems in the world, and yet they have the shortest school year, shortest school days, no homework and top educational outcomes. How come?

LEARNZ People and Water virtual field trip on now: Barrie Matthews shares a post highlighting the upcoming People and Water virtual field trip. Check it out @ http://rata.learnz.org.nz/summary.php?vft=water172 Water is a hot topic in NZ, why not leverage this with your students?

Introduction to People and Water from LEARNZ on Vimeo.

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Invitation to join the pilot of Netsafe's Capability Review Tool: Karen Melhuish gives us the latest updates on Netsafe's Capability review tool. If you wish to continue to use the draft version during Term 2, Netsafe still welcomes your thoughts via the survey.

smiley Enabling e-Learning forum: Digital technologies in the national curriculum:

Anaru White shares how he is working alongside kura and schools developing Digital Fluency and building the possibilities for tamariki with Hangarau Matihiko (Digital Technologies). Find out more about how this looks >>>

Getting ready for Digital Technologies Curriculum: Connections are made with today's Enabling e-Learning webinar where we see how students from Pakuranga College are getting inventive with robotics, coding, 3D printers and more.

Blogging: Merryl asks, with easyblogger junior going and the iPad blog app gone, how are people posting to their blogs using iPads? Is there another app for iPads?

Evaluating e-learning implementationNew research on Digital Technology in Schools released May 16th, 2017 prepared by Research New Zealand for the 20/20 Trust that shows digital technologies are having a positive impact on student achievement. 

Periodic Videos: Phil Martin shares in addition to sharing Periodic Table of Videos for science, he's also used videos from Scishow, Veritasium, Smarter Every Day and Numberphile for Maths - which is run by the same guy who makes Periodic Table. Great resources for flipping the classroom?

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Chrome extension 'Select and Speak' and Help please? What digital tool would I use? Lynne Silcock shares some resources and ideas on how 'Text to speech' is a useful tool for helping students edit their work. Any other great tools/ideas to support struggling writers?


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FORUM: 7 principles of learning | Building horizontal connectionsHere's an article, 6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns with usable classroom translations. For example, make regular changes in your classroom, such as seating arrangements, wall displays. Do you have to add of your own?

Modern Learning Learning outcomes: Avi Reddy is asking if there's research to show increased/improved learning achievements in modern learning environments compared to traditional environments. Avi wants to know if MLE's actually raise the academic achievement of students. Can you help Avi?

Planning for success for Māori across the Katote cluster (1:38)

Graeme Barber, Principal at Woodend School, explains one of their cluster goals – supporting Māori learners to be successful. He discusses the process of inviting feedback from whānau to gauge where they are at in terms of supporting Māori learners and where they would like to go next. 


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Virtual reality Allanah King is looking to trial Android apps in the classroom with year 1- 6 students. She wants to know what apps she should download first that can help offer rich learning for students. Can you help?

New Features to Google Classroom: Emma asks, how would you manage Google class in a school where you have many different wireless networks? They have a BYOD wifi, a chromebook wifi, and a general teacher wifi and are stumped on how to make this work so, suggestions from anyone would be great.

http://textproject.org/ Allanah King endorses this post about wealth of reading resources on the site, including some read-aloud audio texts. Could this be useful in your literacy programme?

Sharing Aurasma videos: Philippa Nicoll Antipas shares a blog post that profiles some creative ways to use Aurasma in the classroom with the offer of connecting with other interested educators. Do you have examples of your own to share?

Enabling e-Learning event | What will we see in technology and e-learning now and in the future? Here's a gool graphic found on Twitter on Humans and the future of work. Do you think these capabilities are what our kids will need now, and in the future?

Touch screen chromebooks??? Karen is looking to purchase Chromebooks for their year 4-8 classes. Before they make this big purchase, the team wants to know whether to go with touch screen Chromebooks or not. What sound advice would you add to what's already been shared?


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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! 

New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

  • 2017 LEARNZ virtual field trips: Barrie Matthews Hi all Information about the first 6 of an expected 12 LEARNZ field trips for 2017 is on the LEARNZ Field Trip Chooser at http://www.learnz.org.nz/fieldtrips There are more details in the latest newsletters...

  • DigiTech Roadshow - a series of six one-day events held across New Zealand for primary and secondary, exploring key themes such as:

    • Coding, robotics and makerspace

    • Computational thinking

    • Digital fluency across the curriculum

    • Design thinking

    • Game-based learning/gamification

    • Digital citizenship and safety online

  • Feel free to contact Tessa Gray to add your e-learning events here >>>

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