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e-Learning round-up | 28 September 2017


Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei everyone and welcome to the last pānui for Term 3 highlighting all the news, events, discussions and developments related to e-learning across the VLN.

More news to come in Term 4, as we publish the calendar of events offering FREE PLD events coming your way soon. As always, we'd love for you to get involved and would welcome any suggestions.

In the meantime, have a fabulous break everyone and treat yourself.

See you again next term. Hei konā mai,

Tess smiley 


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


Barrie Matthews shares two new virtual learning events you can access with your students:

LEARNZ Spirit of Adventure field trip. Watch the intro video. Find out more about this virtual field trip with your students on the sailing ship Spirit of New Zealand. Explore hauora during this virtual sailing adventure and connect with our history. More info in this link.

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Help please? What digital tool would I use? Suzanne Harris shares Storyjumper, an easy digital story maker that is motivating her students to, "use richer vocabulary because other people are reading their books and they want their books to be like real books. This is making them really work on spelling, capital letters, and full-stops too". Want to know more?

Gaming in education

Gamification in an ILE/MLE - what does this look like? Tracy Barker wants to know more about different interpretations of what gamification of learning looks like. She is interested to hear from teachers who are teaching in an ILE/MLE who may have implemented aspects of gamification or gamified their teaching. Can you help?

Gamification: Tracy Prout is looking for stories from teachers about successful aspects of gamification in the classroom. She is particularly interested in how effective it is for motivating primary aged boys for a Teacher Inquiry Project. Your thoughts would be much appreciated. 

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori: Sam McNeill adds another dimension to the resource sharing in the thread and asks, Wouldn't it be wonderful if a resource like a Kuia Cloud (Granny Cloud) existed to help our ākonga become more fluent? Is this already happening in your school/kura?


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What's working well in the early stages of CoLs development and what will need more time and focus for collaborative goals to be realised within and between schools? Two threads exist but we'd love to hear your stories also:

FORUM: Collaboration in Kāhui Ako and Event: Collaboration in Kāhui Ako

What's your role and goal/s in your community of learning?

Do You or Are You Linking Teaching as Inquiry and Appraisal? Rosemary Murphy is looking for ways to link teaching as inquiry, appraisal and the PTCs (Codes and Standards) together using a digital platform. Is this something you and your colleagues do already? Thoughts anyone?

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red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction

What will New Zealand look like in 2037? In this video OECD’s Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher made the reference to teaching young children coding, and cautioned us to think about how rapidly things can change, including jobs and encouraged us to have an open mindset - for openness to new concepts and skills in learning. Bigger concepts/skills/processes like resilience, problem solving, collaborative learning need to be an important focus. What implications do these considerations have on what we teach, how much we teach and what we assess?

Do we need to question the way we assess? In this video OECD’s Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher talks about assessment and learning and how PISA results are looking more to publishing skills, concepts and elements (global competencies, social skills, problem solving skills, collaborative skills) of learning rather than contentAndreas makes a passionate plea for teachers to be designers and disrupters for this change. What do you think?


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3D gaming and virtual reality Pakuranga College shares how their extension students are learning from each other and beyond to collaboratively problem solving while creating 3D Virtual Reality games. Compelling stuff. Want to know more?

Text to soundFree iOS app to help visually impaired students/staff learn Sam McNeill shares the exciting potential of the app Seeing AI and its capability for visually impaired users, where the reading text aloud feature could be useful for those who find accessing text a challenge. Find out more >>>

New Curriculum for Computer Science from Kodable Warren Grieve From shares a new release Computers Science curriculum in his presentation and asks, what will we develop to flesh out the NZ strands of Digital Technologies and make it easy to see the skeleton of progress under integrated or inquiry topics?

Enabling e-Learning forum: Digital technologies in the national curriculum Some recent resources and schools stories from Technology Online have been published to help us unpack and trial the new draft Digital Citizenship | Hangarau Matihiko.

From eLearning Post A cross post update from the Forum: Learning with Digital Technologies. Do you have any current resources, blogs ideas to add?


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CalendarFor your calendar...


EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

  • Check out the remaining Term 3's 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, digital teacher portfolios, computational thinking, ILEs, robotics, gaming and more! 

New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

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Follow the hashtags or users to find out details of each Twitter chat.

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