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e-Learning round-up | 16 June 2017

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

Next week we're proud to host the following webinar with Nicki Tempero.

smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Simple coding in Scratch, 21 June, 3:45-4:45 pm

Scratch code

In this hands-on webinar, we invite to you join us to explore the programme Scratch - the look/feel, tools and potential for your students. We'll also share some practical examples, top tips for educators and talk about how simple programming in Scratch can help digital literacies and digital fluency.  

Please note: Instructions on what is needed for this session will be made clearer closer to the live webinar.

Due to the high volume of interest, registrations for this event have now closed. The recording for this webinar will be made available @ Enabling e-Learning on Demand.

We've love to hear more of what you'd like to see hosted/shared/presented, or what you'd like to share and present to the rest of the community, so please feel free to contact meOtherwise, see you online! 

Hei konā mai,

Tess smiley 


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

Learnz field trip with a twist on sheep, mussels and timber: Barrie Matthews shares the introduction video and support material for the latest virtual field trip. Why not join in and go beyond the classroom?

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smiley FORUM: Assessment in a digital age

AssessmentWhat does assessment for learning look like 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?

Come join in this discussion and tell us what's happening at your place.

Handwriting, that old chestnut: Some great responses to some meaty questions/debate here around what we know and understand about the role of handwriting and other tools to aide literacy. What is the role of handwriting and/or digital tools for now and the future? What do you think? 

Modern Learning Learning outcomes: Avi Reddy is looking for research that shows a difference to learning between the Modern learning spaces and traditional classrooms. For example, do MLE's actually raise the academic achievement of students? Any experiences, thought-leaderships or research to share?

Literacy in Innovative Learning Environments: Yubin is looking for alternative ways to group students (60) to better meet their differing learning needs for reading and writing. Any ideas about ways to develop student independence and interdependence in this modern learning environment? Any ideas, experiences, or advice would be appreciated!

Voice typingHelp please? What digital tool would I use? Dave Knapman shares the benefits of using tools like Voice Typing in Google docs to help those students who would normally struggle with legibility, ideas and punctuation in their writing.

Goal Based Learning BMills is interested in finding out how teachers of Year 3 and 4 are enabling their learners to select their learning goals across the curriculum. Are you trialing new ideas to enable students to build agency and ownership of their learning? We'd love to hear from you. 

Developing school wide student agency in primary schools: Shane reignites this discussion from Justin Hickey, where he originally asked if anyone knows of any literature or research on developing student agency in a primary environment? Can you help Shane and Justin?

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Feedback on Teacher Inquiry please? Am I on the right track? Pam Dacey has been brave enough to openly share her thinking/planning of her teaching inquiry process with us. You're invited to share any constructive feed-in that might help to inspire Pam as she undergoes her inquiry. 

Professional learning – Teacher inquiry (Enabling e-Learning TKI) 2.35min

Pakuranga College principal, Michael Williams describes their intensive PLD programme. Students have a late start every Friday morning with that time dedicated to professional learning. Teachers have time and support to focus on their inquiries, which are based creating better learning opportunities for students using digital technologies as a tool to support this.


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HELP! How do I reply to this comment made by a staff member? Suggestions please! :) Pam Dacey has shared a teacher comment about change and future-focused teaching and invites us to share any experience, advice in this regard. Has something similar happened to you? How would you nurture and support this colleague?

Here's something different, what exactly are the skills that prepare us for a world that's constantly changing and what should we be concentrating on in education?


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 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

Enabling e-Learning forum: Digital technologies in the national curriculum: Digital technologies (Hangarau Matihiko) are about to become part of the New Zealand curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. What's happening in your school in this area, for all ages? We'd love to hear what you're trialing - what's working, what's not.

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 touchscreen Chromebooks or not. What sound advice would you add to what's already been shared?

Stylus Options: Allanah King is looking for an appropriate stylus pen to use with an iPad. Any suggestions?

Best and Brightest Android Apps and Activities: Jan-Marie Kellow shares a resource she has compiled about useful android apps to use in the classroom. Any stand outs for you or is there anything else you'd like to add?

RoboticsRobotics for Intermediate: Lynne Crowe has asked for some specific support around using VEX IQ which has inspired some members to respond with individualised support. If there's anything else you think Lynne (or us) should know about VEX IQ, please feel free to share.

Using Family Sharing: Fraser has asked for some advice about overcoming difficulties when using Family Sharing to manage a pod of iPads. Any technical tips to share?

Equivalent of Spellosaur: Leigh Hynes asks, Is there an android equivalent of spellosaur that you can add your own words to? Do you have any android apps you'd recommend, as well as any ideas on how these might be beneficial for students?

Book Creator for Chromebooks: Allanah King shares how the popular Book Creator app will become a web based version very soon. If you're a Book Creator fan, you'll love this.

Blogging: Community members are sharing some good advice in response to Merryl's request about easy ways to post to blogs using iPads. Do you have any other tips, tricks or apps to share with Merryl?


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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

  • NZCER: Games for Learning Conference 2017Join us for 2 days of gameful thinking. Key themes for the conference include:

  • learning through game design
  • educational/serious games,
  • equity, social impact and citizenship.
  • building young people’s digital capabilities
  • adult learning
  • Māori and/or other indigenous perspectives
  • complexity/complex systems
  • gamification
  • post-school pathways

NZCER Games conference

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

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