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Enabling e-Learning | What's on in Term 1 2019?


Term 1 Enabling e-Learning Calendar of Events


Calendar March 2019 Tēnā koutou, talofa lava and welcome back to your Enabling e-Learning community 2019. This year we're wanting to offer a variety of PLD events (live webinars and threaded discussions), which will enable you to lead and teach with, through and about Digital Technologies; some of which you'll be able to use yourselves to support others in your school.

We'll strongly align with the Ministry of Education's Strategic Intent, including a focus on localised curriculum, culturally responsive and evidence based practice as well we linking closely to the Technology Learning areas; Computational Thinking and Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes and we'll do this by highlighting key resources and school stories in Enabling e-Learning (TKI).

As always, there's an invitation for you to share what you'd like see more of or be part of, so please feel free to make contact directly or leave comments below. You may also wish to print off the flyer for your staffroom and feel free to tell your friends and colleagues! 

See you online! smiley


Join our discussions


smiley DISCUSSION POST: Who's sparking up your localised curriculum? 4 February - 4 April

The Ministry of Education has released three guides to help schools design their curriculum and assessment review processes to strengthen a localised curriculum. The tools will help decision makers to assess progress that is informative, and strengthen the partnerships you have with parents and whānau. More on this to come. In the meantime, we ask, how do you design rich tasks with and for your learners? We'd love to hear more. This discussion is currently live in the Teaching group

smiley DISCUSSION POST: Snapshot: An Integrated Investigation; Science at Taita College, 20 February - 20 April

If you enjoyed our interview with Sujata Rajagopal last year, you'll really like this Enabling e-Learning snapshot highlighting how, at Taita College (Lower Hutt), learning is authentic, future-focused, multidisciplinary, and culturally responsive and students are gaining multiple NCEA credits this way. Learn more about the benefits to students in the Enabling e-Learning blog.

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smiley SNAPSHOT HIGHLIGHT: STEAM at Te Kura o Matapihi​, 7 March - 7 May

We take a closer look at authentic learning at Te Kura o Matapihi where tamariki are taking ownership of their thinking while creating in new ways using Digital Technologies to support learning, collaboration, and connecting with the wider world. Join us when this discussion goes live in the Teaching group.

smiley DISCUSSION POST: Collaborative Inquiry​, 11 March - 11 May

We've all heard of professional inquiry and are no doubt engaging in evidence-based teacher inquiry practices in our schools, but what is collaborative inquiry and how can examining and reflecting on our practice together make a difference to our learners? Join us in this discussion thread to share our practice and find out more. This discussion will be hosted in the Professional learning group.

smiley DISCUSSION POST: Leading Digital Technologies, 14 March - 14 May

Technologies are a major influencer in our education, so there's always been a need to lead change with an e-learning lens. Now with the expectation to be ready to implement Digital Technologies (revised Technology Learning area) in 2020, we ask, what's needed for leadership and support in this area? Join us in this thread as we discuss implications for teacher and leadership capability to lead this change. This discussion will be hosted in the Leadership group


smiley DISCUSSION POST: Tomorrow's School reform Trends and feedback, 3 April - 28 May

You may be aware of the changes proposed by the Tomorrow's Schools Taskforce. What are some of the key implications and proposed changes arising from the report and how does this effect us and our communities? This discussion will be hosted in the Leadership group

Your input and ideas are valued and welcome in all of these forum discussions. This is your community, so please feel free to add your ideas, experience, expertise or wonderings. 



Plan to view our free online workshops 

All events can be found in the Enabling e-Learning calendar


Technology Online Webinar: Engagement through authentic learning experiences, Wednesday, 20 March: 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm


Come along and hear Deidre Senior (Principal, Waitaki Valley Primary School) and Cheryl Pym (Accredited Professional Learning and Development Facilitator, Otago University) talk about the work they have been doing together with classroom teachers developing integrated programmes of learning using local curriculum that aligns with the technology learning area.

At the webinar, there will also be time for you to ask Deidre and Cheryl your questions about their project. Register here. This webinar will be recorded and made available in Technology OnlineAlso see Online Webinar Recordings from Technology Online for previous webinars.

smiley SPOTLIGHT WEBINAR: Simple coding in Scratch: Simple coding in Scratch, March 13 00 - 11.59pm

Check out this previous hands-on webinar on how to use Scratch (plugged and unplugged in Scratch). We'll be doing a series of hands-on workshops to teach block coding and the language of coding to support teachers implementing Computational Thinking and Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes. Part of this thread: Scratching our heads for ideas with Scratch

Scratch webinar screenshot

smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Using Scratch in the primary classroom: Part 2, 10 April, 3.45pm - 4.45pm


Sign up for this live session as we take another look at Scratch in the primary classroom with Nicki Tempero. We'll share some primary school examples and discuss the implications for coding using block code with links to other text-based programming languages. There will also be an opportunity to try this yourself, so bring your computer or a device to tinker as we go. You'll be coding before you know it. REGISTER NOW.

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The e-Learning Round-Up: Every 3 weeks

Enjoy our regular digest of e-learning from across the VLN groups communities. Published every fortnight - straight to you!  Every member of the Enabling e-Learning group receives this via email.

Image sources: 2019 calendar, Enabling e-Learning Snapshot Taita college Integrated Science,  Matapihi ākonga by Tessa Gray,