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  • Nathaniel Louwrens 11 May 2016 10:09am () in The strategic thinking roadmap - supporting development of your digital technologies action plan


    The Connected Learning Advisory has published an online guide that will help your leadership team implement a strategic direction that ensures technologies are integrated into a school-wide drive for effective teaching and learning.

    For more information about the guide, head to The strategic thinking roadmap discussion in the Connected Learning Advisory group.
  • Nathaniel Louwrens 22 Apr 2016 8:45am () in Partnering with the community - Enabling e-Learning slow chat #eelslow

    Hi Ed

    There has been one running this week on inclusive education. Feel free to join in.


  • Nathaniel Louwrens 15 Apr 2016 2:34pm () in Virtual learning spaces

    In the following video, Stephen Collis, from Sydney Centre of Innovation in Learning, talks about the terms Cave, Campfire and Watering Hole as different spaces within a learning environment. He discusses how they can be in a physical space or a virtual space.

    Learning spaces - Different spaces and their purposes

    Stephen states that:

    • a cave is a reflective space
    • a campfire is a space for expertise
    • a watering hole is a collaborative space.

    He then suggests that:

    • a virtual cave could be a blog
    • a virtual campfire could be flipped learning
    • a virtual watering hole could be any of the Web 2.0 tools.

    Where are your virtual learning spaces?

    • In what virtual spaces do you go to get into your cave, campfire or watering hole?
    • What do you appreciate about those spaces?
    • How do they support your learning?
    • Where else do you like to learn?
  • Nathaniel Louwrens 07 Apr 2016 9:37am () in Forum: How do schools ready themselves for modern learning pedagogies?

    We were really privileged to be a part of a great webinar yesterday where Adrienne Simpson and Graeme Barber from Woodend School, and Don McLean and Scott Mackenzie from Hampden Street School shared their stories of getting started in and ILE. There really was something for everyone in this webinar.

    If you couldn't make it, you can Watch the recording.

    The presentation is embedded below, as well as a Storify of the key points that were shared on Twitter.

  • Nathaniel Louwrens 05 Apr 2016 2:36pm () in FORUM: What does innovation look like in your school? | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Thanks for all the stories and thoughts shared so far!

    Gerard stated that while he was ICT Innovator at one school he was,

    always looking at what is happening next, having that future focus look

    • What steps are you taking to see what is happening next? To stay future focused?

    • How do you find/come up with that next innovation for yourself, your class or your school?

    • Who/what inspires you to keep being innovative?

  • Nathaniel Louwrens 01 Apr 2016 10:16am () in Posting photos of children online

    It seems that this is quite topical at the moment. George Couros has recently written a post entitled, Getting proper permission for posting student pictures online.

    In the post, George highlights 3 reasons why we should always ask permission before posting photos online (even if we already have a signed formed to say it's okay):


    each day is different and there are days where maybe a student is not up for you sharing their picture to the world

    This one is so true. I've taken photos of my children at home before and on some days they love the idea of me sharing their photo online, but on others, they really don't want it. We need to respect this.


    we need to model that if we are going to post something online of someone, that we should ask permission​

    If we're not doing it... why would our children/students?


    how comfortable would many teachers be of students just taking a picture of them with their phone and posting it online without permission?

    I certainly don't always like my photo shared.

    I know I'll certainly be making more of an effort to ask permission of those I want to share photos of online.


    What processes do you have in place in your classroom or at home to ensure your children/students/visitors/yourself feel safe in regards to sharing online?

  • Nathaniel Louwrens 01 Apr 2016 6:17am () in Choosing the right digital device

    The Connected Learning Advisory — Te Ara Whītiki has recently published a guide on Choosing the right digital device.

    This guide will provide you with information that will help you as you decide which devices to buy for your school.  It is important to consider not just the devices but how your students use them and which device is best for which sorts of activities for effective teaching and learning. It will also be useful for schools providing advice to parents about which type of device to purchase for a BYOD environment.

    A webinar was also held recently in which Brian Sheedy of Te Totara School, and John Creighton of Burnside High School, shared alongside CLA advisor, Anne Robertson, about their experiences with digital device choices in school.

    You can find the webinar recording, slides and key points in the Connected Learning Advisory group discussion: Choosing the right digital device.

    The Connected Learning Advisory website also contains a rich guide on Planning for and managing 1:1 digital devices in your school. This guide offers schools starting points and a brief roadmap to support planning for, and managing, a 1:1 digital programme.


  • Nathaniel Louwrens 01 Apr 2016 6:02am () in FORUM: What does innovation look like in your school? | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Thanks everyone for your comments so far. There have been some really great points raised and innovation shared. 

    Stephen says,

    Is ‘Influence’ the driver of innovation in schools.

    Who is influencing you to be innovative?

    This is a really good question. I would maybe add to this, Who should be influencing you to be innovative? Should it come from leadership, colleagues, students? 


    And then the questions of How? and Why?, that Stuart raised.

    • Why do we need to be innovative in schools?
    • What is the purpose?
    • How do we go about it?

    Leanne stated,

    For me innovation is about being courageous and taking risks. It is about re-framing ideas and pushing the boundaries.

    • What support do you need to re-frame ideas and push the boundaries?
    • As leadership, what support do you give? And how do you show your teachers that the support is available, and they can safely take those risks?
  • Nathaniel Louwrens 31 Mar 2016 12:21pm () in Key ideas filtering through on Stuff

    Thanks for sharing this, Tessa. 

    Your question is an important one I think.

    While reading articles in the media about education, I inevitably end up down in the comments section and find myself thinking that those who are outside of the education system don't understand how it. There are often comments comparing "then" and "now" and I believe it's important to continue to educate the wider community around what goes on in school (and the education system) now and why. Eg. an understanding of how the NZ Curriculum works and why it has been put together in this way.

    We know that we need to communicate in many ways to reach as far and wide as we can. I wonder what are some of the important big messages we need to get across?

  • Nathaniel Louwrens 30 Mar 2016 2:32pm () in Student Email accounts

    Hi Angela

    You might like to contact the Connected Learning Advisory — Te Ara Whītiki to ask advice around the use of student email accounts. The CLA is a free, Ministry of Education service which gives advice around integrating technology with teaching and learning.

    You can contact them through the link to the online form found on the website, www.connectedlearning.org.nz

Nathaniel Louwrens

Connected Learning Advisory Facilitator, Enabling E-learning Online Facilitator; Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator