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e-Learning round-up | 18 August 2017

Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei everyone and welcome back to our fresh pānui highlighting all the news, events, discussions and developments related to e-learning across the VLN.

Next upcoming FREE online events you won't want to miss:

smiley FORUM: Project-Based Learning, 24 August - 24 September

Proble solverWe profile some more exciting resources and practical examples of project based learning with key themes around; solving real world problems, collaborative communities examples of financial capability, enterprise and PREP. Where to start? If you're wanting more support or have your own ideas to share in this area, we'd love for you share some practical ideas and examples of PBL in this dedicated forum. This conversation will be hosted in the Teaching group.

smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Diving into Seesaw 2 Teacher eportfolios, 6 September, 3.45-4.45pm

SeesawCome and join us for our second hands-on experience to find out (in more detail) how Seesaw can be used as a digital ePortfolio for teachers. Katrina Laurie will take us on this hands-on tour and show us how the Seesaw tools can easily be used to showcase the new PRT criteria in action. This webinar is interactive, so REGISTER NOW and see what you'll need prior and during this live event. This webinar will also be supported by a thread in the Teaching group and hosted in Adobe Connect.

See you there! Hei konā mai,

Tess smiley 


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

Barrie Matthews shares two new virtual learning events:

  • LEARNZ Kiwi field trip. Watch the intro video: During this virtual field trip you will work alongside DOC staff and the team at New Zealand's largest kiwi hatching facility, to help save the North Island brown kiwi. Click to find out more.

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Handwriting, that old chestnut: Gretchen Cocks shares why she has removed handwriting as a stand-alone lesson for her students, because she questioned, is this the best possible use of my students' learning time? What alternatives to traditional handwriting lessons have you introduced and why?Smartphone use

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? All screen activities are linked to less happiness...We share a research-based article that highlights how teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy than those who spend more time than average on non-screen activities. What do you think of these findings?

WARNING: You won’t want to see this: The Herald recently posted an article that young people are doing more than exploring the dark web and are being seduced by a world hidden in plain sight, while parents have no idea what their children are doing. Is this just a problem outside of school?

Inclusive education


smiley FORUM: Snapshots of Universal Design for Learning, 25 July - 25 August

Some great food for thought from these Inclusive Education videos. For example, wrong socks, hats in class... are we lowering our standards if we ignore these distractions? What does inclusion look like for you? We'd love to hear your views.

Tapasā cultural competencies framework - have you heard of it? Aiono Manu Faaea-Semeatu shares the latest updates with this framework for teachers.


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Appraisal, practicing teacher criteria and your e-learning goals: New resources are created and shared by community members that transition from the old Practising Teacher Criteria to the six standards for the teaching profession from the Education Council.

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

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smiley FORUM: Learning with digital technologies, 14 August - 14 September

School reportIn this forum we take a look at some of the 20/20 Trust survey findings in their report, Digital Technologies in Schools 2016-17 about the impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning. We look at the key findings on how NZ schools manage access to, and the use of, digital technologies as a medium for curriculum delivery and student learning, and invite your feedback about these developments in your school. This conversation is hosted in the Leadership group.

What will New Zealand look like in 2037? Community members discuss transferable skills for careers (now and the future) including computational thinking - as another relevant tool, but not a solution to the world's issues. Some great debate there. What are your thoughts on the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for our future?

Digital Technologies in Schools 2016-17 report - NZ: Warren Grieve shares a cross-post to the research on Digital Technologies in Schools 2016-17, a report that includes a focus on strategic planning, digital tools and the impact on student learning and more. 


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 Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

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

Digital technologies webinar screenshot

Yesterday's informal discussion ended up being hosted in Adobe Connect. It wasn't part of the consultation process, rather a chance for us to chat about the drivers for change and implications/challenges for teachers and organisations as we introduce and implement the newest parts of the Technology curriculum.

Thank you to all those attended (big thank you to Tim Bell for attending as well), a rich discussion ensued where we realised being part of a bigger learning community is invaluable as we lead changes in this area. Feel free to watch the recording, The People Share: Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko draft discussion and on-share to others who couldn't attend.

Also feel free to add your own comments in this thread - we'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences as well as we dive deeper into Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko draft.


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EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events


  • Check out Term 3's calendar of events for free online PLD 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: Check out the next LEARNZ Field Trips. Dive in and book now.

  • 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 2017 31, Aug - 1 SeptJoin 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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