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  • Enabling e-Learning 15 Feb 2012 1:36pm () in Video conferencing and the NEN Trial schools

    If you are interested in checking out what the NEN trial has been up to, pop into the NEN Trial group. They have posted an update this week, and shared two reports:

    • What is happening in classrooms? Teaching and learning in ten NEN Trial primary schools.
    • Evaluation update Report 1
  • Enabling e-Learning 31 Jan 2012 4:10pm () in Personalised Learning and Flexible Learning Spaces

    Check out these two new EdTalks videos of our community members  - Anne Keneally and Chris Bradbeer - exploring the way their classroom environments can be adapted to focus on the learning. What can you take away for your own school this year?

  • Enabling e-Learning 24 Jan 2012 11:39am () in How will you lead PD in your school this year?

    Here's a new video just uploaded to EdTalks - Jo Wilson exploring ways to lead school-wide professional learning:

    How will you be working with your colleagues this year as part of your school's professional learning?
    Share an idea or approach from your plan....
  • Enabling e-Learning 21 Dec 2011 10:38am () in Personalised Learning and Flexible Learning Spaces

    This is a great question, Alice - and a BIG question ;-). It's a quiet time at the moment, so people may jump into this thread in January - and I'll share it via our weekly digest too.

    Your school as a whole will have a strategic approach for curriculum development and the use of technology which will provide useful direction. In the meantime, you might find the following resources practical starting points:

    What does it mean to have Personalised Learning in your classroom? from Fleur Kukler on Vimeo.

    As a general rule, your starting point for planning will be the curriculum, what your students' strengths and needs are, and the appropriate pedagogical approach to help them engage with the learning area content, from where they are currently at, allowing them to bring prior knowledge and cultural experiences. Then, you select the appropriate technology to support and enhance that learning process. It is useful to know what tech you will have available, but the learning process is the most important thing to start with:-)

    In many ways, a personalised classroom is not about the technology at all, but about the pedagogy:-)

    Hope this helps. Anyone else got any thoughts to support Alice for 2012?


  • Enabling e-Learning 19 Dec 2011 9:35am () in Appraisals and technology

    Thank you so much for taking the time to reflect and articulate how you integrate technology into your professional learning process, Gerard. I like the way you talk about the reflective nature of blogging - and it's interesting that, even when posts aren't published, the actual act of writing is sometimes enough.

    I know there will be others - perhaps after Xmas;-) - who will be interested to read your account, and I'll make sure it's shared with our wider community, too:-)

    I'm interested in the way you use the blog and MyPortfolio differently....One question I did have: did you deliberately choose to separate your blog from your e-portfolio (because the blog could do both..) or did their use simply evolve?

  • Enabling e-Learning 16 Dec 2011 11:56am () in Using Google tools...ideas, help, questions....

    Does your school use Google apps for education?

    If so, add your school's details to this shared doc:


    This information would help schools considering the move understand the benefits (in case they had only thought of free email), identify others they can ask and work together on getting even more value from this service. It would be helpful to vendors and maybe the Ministry in thinking about what to integrate with / provide support for. Thanks to Paul Seiler for kicking this off:-)

  • Enabling e-Learning 12 Dec 2011 10:02pm () in Game-based learning: Are you playing?

    Thought I'd just share this resource (via Derek Wenmoth's blog) > The Gameit Handbook: A Pedagogy for Game-Based Learning (Poulson & Kober). Derek suggests that:

    "For those unfamiliar with games-based learning, this provides a pretty useful introduction, particularly the early chapters. For those who are more familiar with the concept, the book provides some useful case studies that unpack the ideas more and illustrate a range of contexts in which games-based learning approaches might be used."

  • Enabling e-Learning 12 Dec 2011 9:43pm () in Transforming education globally: A short video

    Have you seen this video from the PLANE educators' network - A Global Transformation for Education?

    They are happy for this to be shared under Creative Commons, and provide the following overview....

    "The Global Transformation in Education addresses the forces of change that are causing educators globally to rethink what education for today’s students should involve. Mark Treadwell, author of The Perfect Storm, discusses the collision of three “storms” that are now rocking the world:

    1. The arrival of new technologies and a shift to the internet.
    2. Changes to how we learn.
    3. Ability for people to use their own creativity to do their own learning.

    In a world where we can’t predict what what will come next, people need to become life-long learners – and teachers need to make changes in the classroom to prepare their students for this."

    [Source: http://plane.edu.au/2011/12/global-transformation-in-education/]

    Thansks to Jane Nicholls for the link:-)

    What do you think? Does this strike a chord?

  • Enabling e-Learning 12 Dec 2011 9:30pm () in What happens to a cluster webspace once the ICTPD contract ends?

    A fascinating discussion, which I guess is as much about sustaining professional learning as it is about keeping a space alive online.

    To keep a space thriving (if it was thriving before;-) it needs to be part of a shared sense of group practice. If it's just down to one person, it's not really an online community space that looks into practice.

    So, I wonder if the question is: to what extent does a teaching team want to keep on working together to sustain the way they have been inquiring and exploring?  And if they do, how can the online space complement and extend the face-to-face reflection and connection?

  • Enabling e-Learning 12 Dec 2011 9:22pm () in Using Google tools...ideas, help, questions....

    Just thought I'd share a post from Hamish Chalmers, that he posted in the ICTs in English mailing list, a forum he facilitates. He shares his enthusiasm for Google docs, which they use extensively at Albany Senior:

    "Google docs is totally awesome! Particularly for English teachers. It’s been designed (I think) primarily for people to collaborate on documents. We use it a lot for school-wide and departmental-wide collaboration but have also found it a great way of tracking and giving feedback on student’s writing standards / folio work. Here’s the main awesomenesses of google docs divided into handy bullet points:

    • You can leave feedback for specific sections of text in neato-looking boxes separate from the text itself, kinda like “track changes” in word. Students can click “resolve” or they can ask questions by replying to the comment that the teacher (or another student - shock horror!) has made. You can then control whether you get emails about how these comments are being addressed - ie: whether they're resolved or replied to.
    • Revision history for tracking authenticity - You can check exactly when a document has been edited and by who.
    • Filing - It’s easy for a whole class to share their google docs with a teacher who can them file them in a folder/collection to keep them from getting mixed up with other google docs.
    • Keeping up with feedback. After all the students' writing is in one folder/collection, any documents which have been changed since you last opened them are in bold. This makes it easy-as to figure out which pieces a teacher needs to give feedback on and/or check.
    • Markbooks - Particularly cunning teachers might also create a google doc spreadsheet to keep track of marks and put this in the same folder/collection as the class’s writing. Fancy!

     We still have some teachers who prefer to keep track of students writing on paper and while I think this is total madness, I endeavour to be respectful of the wide and varied methods others use to organise their classes. The main drawback with google docs is that is doesn’t provide any fancy formatting abilities and it can be a bit confusing to start with to have two sets of menus (file, edit etc) one for your browser and another separate one for google docs.

    Oh, there’s also an awesome google docs app that google have finally gotten round to making for Android. It’s much nicer than the browser interface. Very occasionally ;), I’ll take some time in particularly long, inefficient meetings to peruse a bit of student writing or other exciting school-wide documentation."