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  • Melanie Matthews 11 Feb 2016 8:43pm () in FORUM: One word to define your school | An Enabling e-Learning event (11 Feb - 3 Mar 2016)

    Feels like whanau and reeks of whanaungatanga without a doubt. 

    To make things happen you need to model it, believe in it, never give up on it and trust it. 

    Great way to start the year.

  • Melanie Matthews 02 Nov 2015 2:19pm () in Sustainable Strategies: Integrating e-learning, leadership inquiry and classroom practice | Kōrero 14 2015

    Hi Jill 

    I totally agree with your points about eLearning being a big part of what we do each day. Being connected and collaborative are skills we should be encouraging and mindful that our students are workings as good citizens in the digital world and the real world. 

    I was recently in an IEP where it was mentioned that the students spent too much time on their device and this needed to be reduced or removed. I asked the question would we do the same with pens and books, take them away because they spend too much time on them. The focus needs to be on the learning not the device.

    A big part of our job is to encourage our teachers to become connected and collaborative in the digital world so they can be more knowledgable about the potential and purpose of the devices our students love to use. We can't do this if schools are banning devices or giving them out as rewards.

    I enjoyed listening to Chris Allen and Mike Wilson on how their school used the teaching as inquiry model for professional learning. Mike Wilson mentions that teachers wanted to have more control over their PD. To build capacity of our own staff, to enable eLearning the teachers as inquiry model is an excellent format for everyone to wok at their own pace and with their own needs in mind. We should be allowing the same for our students, giving them control over their learning and the pace of their learning using their own inquires of learning.

    We use the teaching as inquiry model in our school and is required by all staff to complete a project and present to their peers. At the moment we are in the process of reviewing our eLearning and presenting this to our BOT. During the review with the eTeam we will discuss the need to include eLearning in the teaching as inquiry model to strengthen what we are already doing. 

    Great conversation here, challenging and so so pertinent. 

  • Melanie Matthews 15 May 2015 3:48pm () in Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015

    Korero 6


    Thank you everyone for the great input in here. It is this type of connectedness we have in environments like the VLN that we need to develop within our own schools and amongst out wider community of schools. What a powerful situation that would be. Does anyone have good examples or have started a journey like this within their school? I find the VLN, Twitter, Facebook very inspiring and interesting and have some connectedness and would like to see this happening within our school and our community of schools. 


    Keeping up with the pace of technology is the biggest hurdle for most educators. When I first started my teaching journey in 2003 we had no devices and a paper roll. In 2004 I became part of an ICT cluster of schools and started integrating technology into the classroom with one computer in the corner of the room and programs like publisher, paint and Carmen Sandigo being something we were told to integrate. In 2005 a video camera became something I liked to use in class because the students became very engaged and professional when the camera was rolling. Kidpix was also a favourite publishing tool of the time. In 2007 I was fortunate enough to join another cluster of schools with a more dynamic lead teacher. I was soon integrating animation into my literacy program and started my first class blog. My students and I also presented at Learning @Schools in Rotorua and a cluster conference in Tauranga. We introduced iPods into the learning by 2009, netbooks and by 2012 we started using Teaching for Inquiry to investigate the use of the iPad mini to make a difference with learning.


    Our Inquiry with the iPad mini was a time of powerful conversations around the importance of collaborative learning and gathering student voice to empower our students and our inquiry with the eLearning.


    I have since stepped back in time in a new school and starting at ground level with the eLearning Planning Framework and the schools vision. Right now we have devices in all classrooms iPads and laptops which are being used as Substitutions to ‘the way we have always done it’. Our major focus as a team of educators is to form an understanding around new pedagogies that will help lead our students into a future focused educational institution. As we grow in our understanding we will be discussing this with our community. This is exciting for me because in the past the devices drove the change and focused the Professional Development. 


    Connectedness, Collaboration and Creativity seem to be some key elements to leading ourselves and our students into this Digital Revolution. Resourcing widely and wisely is essential to keep up with this fast paced changing world. Leading it requires an understanding of why there is a need to change, researching widely and becoming a connoisseur of dynamic change and losing ‘the way we have always done it’ is essential. 


  • Melanie Matthews 06 Apr 2015 9:34am () in Connected 5


    I hope the holidays have started with lots of rest, relaxation, hot cross buns and chocolate.

    Please add the digital tool, idea, question or whatever it is you wish to share into a new slide on our Connected 5 Google Slide Show.

    This will be on display during our meeting for everyone to add to. The Google Slide Show will also become a permanent resource that you can look back on.

    Leigh and I look forward to seeing everyone.








  • Melanie Matthews 23 Mar 2014 1:52pm () in Chrome Books

    I havent set one up but I know that Leigh Hayes has one. Message her.

  • Melanie Matthews 08 Mar 2014 8:46am () in Help

    Hi everyone help make Taupo a Gigatown http://gigatown.co.nz/ signup and vote for Taupo. We are sitting at number 27 would love to reach  the top 10. Send it out to all your staff at school and get them to vote too.

    Hope you have had a great week since our inspiring first met. I am looking forward to more inspiration at our next meeting.

    Now get voting! 


  • Melanie Matthews 02 Mar 2014 8:39pm () in Tellagami

    https://tellagami.com/ Tellagami is free on the app store today. This is the app the Steve Katene was speaking about where you can animate yourself. 

  • Melanie Matthews 25 Feb 2014 7:27pm () in First Connected Meet-up for TCT

    Welcome to our connected page really looking forward to meeting connected teachers to start some conversations, share, collaborate and connect. 

    Waipahih School 1 March, 10am to 3pm

  • Melanie Matthews 27 Nov 2013 7:16pm () in Appraisal, codes and standards and your e-learning goals

    I read Stephanie's and hadn't noticed the links to the RTC. I will be re thinking the tags on mine. 

  • Melanie Matthews 06 Nov 2013 5:54am () in Do we want another f2f? Is so, why? How?

    Kristin this is looking to be a great Taupo Peeps f2f meet.