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e-Learning round-up | 9 November 2017

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

It's another brief update this term, as teachers are busy in their mahi working towards the end of 2017 and making exciting new plans for 2018. Don't miss out on the following events to help you with those developments:

smiley The Great 4min Smackdown: What about the fringes? 16 November, 3.45pm - 4.45pm

Time limit: 4 minutes! Bring along one good piece of software, app or idea to share for an audience that may not always have their learning needs met. For example, any Te Reo Apps, assistive technologies? This will be a fast and furious smackdown sharing session. We'd love for you to share your resources/ideas/experiences during this webinar as well as in a shared Google presentation. REGISTER NOW!

This webinar will be hosted in ZOOM and supported by a thread (and shared presentation) in the Technologies group.


smiley RESCHEDULED WEBINAR: Online learning and the benefits for students, 30 November, 3.45pm - 4.45pm

Online learningDo you have students, that for whatever reason, it's a challenge to meet or extend their learning needs in the traditional sense? Then join us in this webinar as we hear from Anne Williams and Nicky from Ashburton College, Darren Sudlow, one of the eDirectors from NetNZ and e-Principal Rachel Whalley as we find out more about how online learning services and programmes are providing successful, personalised learning pathways for students. REGISTER NOW!

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

Also check out the latest newsletter from Enabling e-Learning (TKI) for more e-learning news and resources.

Hei konā mai,

Tess smiley 


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


LEARNZ "Life at the Boundary - investigating natural hazards" virtual field trip. Watch the intro video. Barrie Matthews shares a virtual field trip where students learn about natural hazards, where they'll see dinosaur fossils, fault lines, plus evidence of past and recent earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides that all helped to create the landscapes we see today. You'll explore the difference between a natural hazard and a disaster. You're invited to come along. Find out more>>> 

Introduction to Life at the Boundary - investigating natural hazards from LEARNZ on Vimeo.

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smiley FORUM: Online Learning – Benefits for students, 24 October - 24 November

More and more schools are integrating online learning programmes (including NetNZ and Te Kura) that utilise multiple modes of communication, are self-paced and personalised to better meet the individualised needs of their learners. 

Are your schools making the most of online learning opportunities, we’d love to hear more?

A little can be huge when colouring in white spaces: Here's a recent blog post from Dr Ann Milne with some interesting statistics and provocations from about white privilege – also something urgent for Pākehā teachers (and parents) to be challenged by. What’s the one little thing that could be huge when colouring in the white spaces?

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smiley FORUM: New Codes and Standards for Teaching, 14 November - 14 December

Codes and standardsThis forum looks at the new codes and standards for NZ teachers and looks at how this can align with the models of professional practice in your school. In this forum, you'll be invited to interact with a collaborative resource. Your ideas and experience are welcome here. This conversation will be hosted in the Professional Learning group. 


Research around Learning Tools - improving literacy in reading and writing: Sam McNeil invites us to review his review of a recent research paper around whether or not Learning Tools (free via Microsoft) can support the literacy of students. What are your thoughts on these findings?


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

Some new school stories are shared from ere’s a great update from Rotorua Central Kāhui Ako leader, Nancy Macfarlane about the developments in their CoL in regards to a 'theory of  improvement. What's your strategy for improvement in your community of learning?

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red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction

smiley COLLABORATIVE CHALLENGE: Recruiting new staff 2018? Add your top tips here, 20 October - 20 November

We need your help: In 2018, what kinds of skills, knowledge and attributes do you think a future-focused teacher needs to bring to a new teaching role, and how might this be best presented in an interview/application process? Please feel free to add your top tips here:


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

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smiley SPECIAL LIVE WEBINAR: Exciting updates in Seesaw, 6 Dec, 3.45pm NEW


Technology moves rapidly, Seesaw has released some new updates that are exciting new updates in the platform now. Why not get ready for 2018 and see the new features in a class set up?

Katrina Laurie will initially share some quick updates and then there's a chance for you to stay on and explore the function and features of Seesaw more if you choose to. REGISTER NOW! This webinar will be hosted in ZOOM.

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

CalendarFor your calendar...

EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

  • Check out the Term 4 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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