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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the latest e-Learning pānui from across the VLN. 

    There has been a lot of great questions, discussion and posts contriubuted across our community over the past two weeks. Check the discussions out below.

    Don't forget to also register for the live Enabling e-Learning webinars coming up soon.

    Check out this month's LIVE FORUM:

    imageSmile FORUM: Network 4 Learning: Managed Network - what it is / learning and teaching, 4 -29 August

    The N4L Managed Network offers free, ultra fast broadband for schools. With more than 500 schools now connected, it’s a good time to hear how the managed network has affected their practice. Come join us now to share your experiences and more.


    Looking forward to seeing you online - hei konā mai,

    Nathaniel (on behalf of the Enabling e-Learning online team).


     

    Badge for e-Member of the Week

    Each fortnight, we like to say thank you by nominating a community member for active participation in the Enabling e-Learning / VLN Groups.

    This week we’d like to acknowledge the following members for their dedication to the 5 day challenge increasing their presence in our community:

    Robyn McDougall-Winchester, Fiona Robertson, Sam Hocking, Vanitha Govini, Mike Thornley, Judith Smallbone, Pat Lewis, Phil Giddens and of course our overall challenge winner Marnel van der Spuy.

     


     

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    TKI logoCheck out the new Māori Medium e-Learning Planning Framework (MMeLPF), now available for all kura/schools to download from the Enabling e-Learning website. 



     

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    TKI logoCheck out the latest resources and stories in Beyond the Classroom on the Enabling e-Learning website.



     

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    • Flipped Classroom for Younger Students: MrsB30 is considering trialling a flipped classroom style for teaching numberacy to Year 2/3 students. She would love to here your thoughts and ideas.

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    • ePortfolios: Marnel van der Spuy would like to hear experiences from anyone who has used ePortfolios with their junior students.
    • International Dot Day: Allanah King invites us and our students to a day of international collaboration coming up in September.
    • Google Classroom: Hēmi Waerea would like to hear more about Google Classroom and any stories/experiences anyone has had with it so far.
     

    Digital citizenship

     

    Using digital technologies with Māori and Pasifika learners, and students with special educational needs 


    • iPads vs Samsung Tablet: Merryl is asking for thoughts and experiences of using iPads or tablets as assistive technology. What experiences have you had with your students?
     

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    • Punctuation Grammar Check for Docs: Lynne Crowe was searching for an punctuation/grammar check addon or extension for Google Docs. Check out the range of extensions that have been suggested or suggest another one to try.

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    • Summarising tools: Tessa Gray has shared a range of tools for creating a succinct summary of text.
     

    TKI logoCheck out more e-Learning & Professional Learning >>> Enabling e-Learning website.


     

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


     

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    • iTunes GST receipts: An interesting discussion about whether GST receipts are available for iOS apps as well as the best ways to manage licenses and multiple devices.

     

    TKI logoCheck out this research on, Disrupting the boundaries of teaching and learning: How digital devices became a resource for transformative change in a time of crisis from e-Learning and Technologies >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.


     

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    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: Find the recorded sessions here from 2011 to current. These include using digital resources, digital learning spaces, BYOD, iPads in junior classes, registered teacher criteria, appraisal and e-learning, gaming and many more!

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

    • Connecting readers,11 August to 19 September. Creating a reading social network - 6 week online course with the National Library service.
    • ULearn14: 8-10 October, Rotorua – earlybird registration until July 11.

     

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    • #edchatNZ: The original education Twitter chat for New Zealand educators. Fortnightly on a Thursday at 8:30 pm.

    Subject specific Twitter chats occur on the alternate Thursdays to #edchatNZ at 8:30 pm. These include:

    • #scichatNZ: For Science educators.
    • #engchatNZ: For English educators.
    • #mathschatNZ: For Mathematics educators.
    Get the community involved with:
    • #ptchatNZ: A parent and teacher Twitter chat with the aim to bring parents and teachers together to discuss education. Fortnightly on a Tuesday at 8:30 pm

    And for our students:

    • KidsedchatNZ: A weekly Twitter chat linking students, classrooms and schools. Thursdays at 2:00 pm.
    And just getting off the ground for beginning and pre-service teachers:
    • #btchatNZ: Follow @btchatNZ and #btchatNZ for more details.
     

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  • Congratulations to everyone who dived into our 5 Day Challenge and became Challenge Winners. Wear your community badges with pride!

    Several of you have now updated your profile page, joined new groups, liked a discussion post, made new friends and left a comment online.

    This short presentation gives a quick overview about how these activities can help us (as community members), to get the most out of this professional learning community Smile.

    The Ultimate 5 Day Challenge winner is >>>> Marnel van der Spuy

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    A big congratulations to all those who participated and for some - everyday this week.

     

    Comments included:

    Allanah King

    I'm gonna be on to it tomorrow. Teaching all day today got in the way of accepting the wero. My competitive streak is kicking in when I see other friends winning something!!! 

    ROFL

    Phil Giddens

    Thanks for the challenges and the polls. A great idea, and a fun way to ease the transition from lurker to contributor.


    Judith Smallbone

    Funny!! My Year 9's think it is great that I have got wee badges!! :) Just goes to show you are never too old for stickers!!

    This challenge has been great, have loved looking around a bit more - this is a fabulous resource. Nice to find likeminded people...a virtual staffroom!

    Anne Kenneally

    Woohoo... new friends = MAGIC!!!

    Really enjoyed the whole experience. Re engaged me on the VLN.
     
    Until next time, hei konā mai,

    Tess and the online team. 

  • Here's the last one folks and it's the ultimate challenge to end them all!

    Today's wero/challenge is >>>

    Day 5: Read, reflect and respond (leave a comment or query) in a discussion thread of your choice. Note: You will need to join a group before you can leave a comment.

    There are several current conversations in Enabling e-Learning's sub-groups and you can find more discussions (latest, popular, unanswered) HERE >>> 

    Register completion in this POLL >>>

    Who will be the ultimate 5 Day CHALLENGE WINNER?

  • This is a nice one!

    Today's wero/challenge is >>>

    Day 4: Find two new friends, read their profile, click ADD friend and await their reply. You can use the search feature Search feature or find all members (newest, popular, online) HERE >>>

    Register completion in this POLL >>>

    Challenge prizes for the first 25 people who register completion of this task.

    Tomorrow is the last day. Who will be the ultimate 5 Day CHALLENGE WINNER?

  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the latest e-Learning pānui from across the VLN. 

    It might be Day 3 of our 5 Day challenge, but there’s still time to get a CHALLENGE WINNER prize. Watch out for daily prompts in the Enabling e-Learning blog and polls.

    Also check out this week's LIVE FORUM:

    imageSmile FORUM: Network 4 Learning: Managed Network - what it is / stories / experiences, 4 -29 August

    The N4L Managed Network offers free, ultra fast broadband for schools. With more than 500 schools now connected, it’s a good time to hear the stories and experiences that schools have had in connecting to the managed network, and how it has affected their practice. Come join us now to share your experiences and more.

    imageThere’s a new group created under Enabling e-Learning’s Professional Learning group called, Tertiary Track. This is one of the fastest growing groups with 102 members and growing. Have you studied, currently studying or planning to do so? Then this group is for you. Jump in, introduce yourself and share a little about your study interests or respond to others already in there.

    Also, check out the latest e-learning newsletter from Enabling e-Learning. As usual, it showcases new Minsitry initiatives, resources and up-coming events.

    Looking forward to seeing you online - hei konā mai,

    Tessa (on behalf of the Enabling e-Learning online team)


     

    Badge for e-Member of the Week

    Each fortnight, we like to say thank you by nominating a community member for active participation in the Enabling e-Learning / VLN Groups.

    This week we’d like to acknowledge Doug Drysdale. Doug often leaves comments across the community conversations, reminding us that community members (like Doug) continue to appreciate the on-going news and views.



     

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    TKI logoCheck out the new Māori Medium e-Learning Planning Framework (MMeLPF), now available for all kura/schools to download from the Enabling e-Learning website. 


     

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


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    • #ptchatnz NZ Parent/Teacher chat forum: Karla Hull shares a Twitter chat forum #ptchatnz, which has been set up to invite parents teachers/educators to discuss topics of interest, using social media. Interested in this for your parents?  
     

    TKI logoCheck out the latest resources and stories in Beyond the Classroom on the Enabling e-Learning website.


     

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    • Digital Citizenship & Literacy: Johan Schnetler shares a little bit about their school and wants to know how other schools are handling digital citizenship & literacy – in formal or informal instruction. 

    Using digital technologies with Māori and Pasifika learners, and students with special educational needs 

     

    • The real reason children fidget: MeganCroll1 shares how she is trialing swiss balls in her classroom – to support those who need to rock. Do you have more ideas on ways to support those students who fidget? 
    • Examples of Inclusion - Everyone's In | Part 1: Roxy Hickman shares a video series that shows how school communities are coming together to ensure diversity is fully embraced and nurtured within a safe learning culture. Some valuable stories and questions worth exploring further here.

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    •  24-7 professional learning: Nathaniel Louwrens enlightens us about the uprising of professional learning, that is occurring online across NZ in Twitter. Are you part of this movement?
    • Professional Learners: In this post, Cathiesten shares two great resources on how to plan and use visual images authentically, as well as valuable understandings around engaging adult learners (androgogy).
    • Teachers Accessing Pond: Louise Tredinnick is wondering what the next steps are for accessing Pond. Anyone else in the same position?
     

    TKI logoCheck out more e-Learning & Professional Learning >>> Enabling e-Learning website.


     

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    • MLEs: Learning spaces and resourcing | NAPP Kōrero 6Geoff Childs sums up the recent activity in this discussion as, ‘really interesting and quite challenging as they have questioned some things I have taken for granted around MLE.’ Anything else strike a chord for you?

    Check out this video on, Technology supporting the school vision 

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


     

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    • Connecting Ipad to a IWB or laptop: Kate Crawford shares how the reflector app is working for her in the classroom. How else have you found the reflector app useful in instruction, consolidation or collaboration?

     

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    • Collaborative iPad app: Leigh Hynes wants to know if there’s an app that students and teachers can use collaboratively synchronously (live), like a collaborative whiteboard? Is there something you use with your students, that might be useful to share?
    • App Creation: Mike Boon is looking for any good online app creating tools for his students? Have your students created new apps and what have you successfully used to do this?




    • Apple TV, Airserver, Chromecast... Jane is wanting to purchase digital media players to use to wirelessly to project information from our laptops (PCs) and iPads onto our classroom projectors. Have you found solutions for both platforms in your school?
    • Flash: Roomone Ladysnows is looking for a safe and appropriate alternative to using Flash in an iPad browser. There are some welcome experiences and solutions on offer here. Do you have any to add?

    Bookmarks

     

    Amanda OConnell has added a new bookmark:



    • Latest research on Manaiakalani: This site provides summaries and resources related to Manaiakalani research and evaluation conducted by the Woolf Fisher Research Centre in partnership with the Manaiakalani Education Trust and the cluster schools. 

     

    TKI logoCheck out this research on, Disrupting the boundaries of teaching and learning: How digital devices became a resource for transformative change in a time of crisis from e-Learning and Technologies >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.


     

    CalendarFor your calendar...


    EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

     

    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: Find the recorded sessions here from 2011 to current. These include using digital resources, digital learning spaces, BYOD, iPads in junor classes, registered teacher criteria, appraisal and e-learning, gaming and many more!

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

    • Connecting readers,11 August to 19 September. Creating a reading social network - 6 week online course with the National Library service.
    • ULearn14: 8-10 October, Rotorua – earlybird registration until July 11.

     

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  • Here it is!

    Today's wero/challenge is >>>

    imageDay 3: Find, read and LIKE a discussion thread of your choice by clicking on the 'thumbs up' button in the top right-hand corner of the post.

    All discussions can be found HERE >>>

    Register completion in this POLL >>>

    Challenge prizes for the first 25 people who register completion of this task.

    One challenge a day. Who will be the ulitmate 5 Day CHALLENGE WINNER?

  • Are you up for it? It's only for 5 days. One challenge a day. 

     

    Popular VLN groups Today's wero/challenge is >>>

    Day 2: Join two new groups of interest. You can find the popular or newest ones HERE >>>

    Register completion in this POLL >>>

    Challenge prizes for the first 25 people who register completion of this task.

  • Dare to join our 5 day wero or challenge?

    It's only for 5 days. One challenge a day. 

    Today's wero/challenge is >>>

    Challenge 1: Update your profile

    Day 1: Update your profile page with more details about yourself. Add an image if need be. Instructions can be found HERE >>>

    Register completion in this POLL >>>

    Challenge prizes for the first 25 people who register completion of this task.

  • The Future-focused learning in connected communities report from Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye's 21st Century Learning Reference Group was released on Friday 30 May 2014. If you haven't already, you can download the full version of this report from the Ministry's website:

    http://www.minedu.govt.nz/theMinistry/EducationInitiatives/UFBInSchools/FutureFocusedLearning.aspx


     

    I’ve finally dived into this report and phrases like, maximising the potential of “… transforming teaching and learning, enabled by technologies that are now widespread in our society” (p4) and “A strategy for learning with digital technologies is critically important for New Zealand's future economic and social prosperity” (p2) makes sense when,

    “There is a growing body of evidence that the thoughtful integration of digital technologies with effective teaching practices can significantly improve learning outcomes (Greaves et al., 2010).” (p6)

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    This report has a nationwide perspective, with recommendations from the reference group - for those at the policy level. In addition to this, some of the key ideas could translate as useful reminders to us all - as we make headway in our own school/kura contexts. 

    Here are some tentative questions to consider, that align to the ten strategic priorities for 21st Century skills and digital competencies. You might be interested to see how far your own school/kura has progressed towards achieving these goals already. 

    We can ask ourselves:

    1. Commit to meeting the needs of 21st century learners

    • Are we actively supporting students to develop digital literacy and information skills and to make wise, responsible and calculated decisions when using technologies?
    • Have we defined deliberate acts of teaching to support and model Digital Citizenship?
    • Do we provide opportunities for students to develop technological literacy skills, such as programming and coding skills?

    2. Achieve equitable access to digital devices for every learner

    • Are we making the most of the access to ultra-fast broadband and mobile technologies?
    • Have we taken into consideration; inclusive, safe access to suitable digital technologies, regardless of location, background, abilities or socio-economic status for all our learners?
    • Have we actively sought to address the digital divide – between those who can afford devices and those who can’t?

    3. Invest in people and innovation

    • Do we model PLD that supports a focus on effective e-learning pedagogy/practice for all teachers in our school (including support staff, part time staff and relievers)?
    • Does our school culture encourage, acknowledge and celebrate innovative practices and practitioners?
    • Do our compliance procedures (appraisal, RTC) have clear expectations around effective e-learning practice for teachers?
    • Do we encourage collaborative practice within and beyond our school?

    4. Create future-focused learning environments

    • Are we providing technology-rich, cyber-safe learning environments, flexible enough to serve multiple learning contexts, including one-to-one, small groups, collaborative and community learning, regardless of time and place (flexible learning spaces, smart libraries)?
    • Are we providing digital access beyond the classroom – to whānau and the wider community?
    • If we have ultra fast broadband or are part of the N4L managed network rollout, are we making the most of these opportunities?

    5. Invest in high-quality digital content and systems to make content easily accessible

    • Are we aware of the many NZ digital resources and content available and are we using these resources regularly in the classroom?
    • Do we have a smart way of collating these resources (LMS, web spaces, Intranet) and making them readily available within (or beyond) our school?
    • Are we active in creating or collaborating with other educators to on-share valuable resources across local and global networks (VLN)?

    6. Build regional capability through collaboration

    • Do we as educators invest in local and regional networks to create, foster and spread innovative practice?
    • Do we cluster and pool resources to address common issues/trends locally and wider afield?
    • Can we celebrate leaders in our schools - who are proactive about building networks and being professionally visible online?

    7. Build a robust evidence base

    • Do we actively reflect on 'teaching as inquiry' with an e-learning lens?
    • Have we put ourselves forward (visibly) as exemplars of effective teaching (digital stories, case study, research, e-fellowships, online professional learning network)?

    8. Implement a coordinated, system-wide effort to align curriculum, digital technologies, property, infrastructure, funding and legislation

    • Are we happy we integrate the core elements of digital learning in safe, authentic ways throughout the curriculum?
    • Do our future-focused environments demonstrate an effective use of technologies, property and infrastructure?
    • Are we confident effective teaching and leadership practices enable technologies to make a difference and an impact on our students’ learning?

    9. Design a coherent, flexible and robust funding structure to support 21st century learning

    • Have we sought all funding opportunities and partnerships (mass procurement, clustering) to enable #1-8 to come to fruition?

    10. Implement a comprehensive five-year plan from 2014

    • Do we have a strategic policy in place, so that an implementation plan or action plan is underway for these digital learning opportunities to come to fruition?
    • Do we have the tools to map where we are, where we’re going to in the future and measure our success?
    • Do we have access to additional resources (experts, networks, MoE) to support us in this journey?
     

    What do you think? Anything else to consider, rethink, add?

    If you have any queries or want to dive into these questions further, there's a labyrinth of valuable resources across the VLN/Enabling e-Learning Community groups and in Enabling e-Learning (TKI).

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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the first e-Learning pānui for Term 3.

    We trust you have had a refreshing break and managed to catch up on some great discussion and learning within the VLN/Enabling e-Learning groups.

    He rau ringa e oti ai te mahi.

    With many hands (rau ringa) the job will be finished.

    If we consider this whakatauki within education, it promotes collaboration between teachers, students and whānau to improve learning outcomes. We are reminded to engage with the whole school community to help our students to learn, much like the Tātaiako competency—Whanaungatanga.

    It’s Māori language week, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2014. To celebrate and find some great resources for supporting the learning and teaching of te reo Māori have a look at this discussion: Whakanuia te wiki o te reo Māori - Celebrate Māori language week.

    Looking forward to seeing you online - hei konā mai,

    TessaNathaniel & Jason


     

    Badge for e-Member of the Week

    Each fortnight, we like to say thank you by nominating a community member for active participation in the Enabling e-Learning / VLN Groups.

    This week we’d like to acknowledge Camilla for taking the plunge and making her first post in the VLN. She said, “This is my first ever post in the VLN, long time listener (reader) first time caller (blogger).” Camilla asked some great questions around the use of LMSs in Primary Schools, as well as how student blogging is being used in the junior school. We look forward to seeing more posts in the future!

     


     

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

     

     

    TKI logoCheck out the latest resources and stories in Beyond the Classroom on the Enabling e-Learning website.


     

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    • Support for Priority Learners: Ros is looking for suggestions of online tools and resources to support Year 9 and 10 priority learners. What online tools are you using in your school to support priority learners?
    • Ebooks for low readers: Adele was looking for some digital texts/ebooks for a low reader, who was obsessed with their tablet. Check out the ideas that were suggested and add any of your own.
    • Maori boys achievement in writing: How do you encourage boys, especially Māori boys to achieve in writing? How can technology help? Read the discussion to see what others are suggesting and add your own experiences.

    Improving boys’ writing using Google Docs

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    • Classroom Planning: Louise Tredinnick is interested to hear from others, who do their classroom planning in GAFE. She would love to share examples of planning with others.
     

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    red spiral logo  Leadership & strategic direction  

     

    • June ERO report - Raising secondary achievement: Manu Faaea-Semeatu encourages you to read the latest ERO report, “Raising achievement in secondary schools” and consider how your school compares to the references about Māori and Pasifika learners in the report.
    • imageMLEs: Learning spaces and resourcing | NAPP Kōrero 6: The discussion around MLEs continues with Ragne Maxwell exploring the ideas of personalising learning. She explains that she is having many more full-class discussions than she had been - as they are more meaningful, bringing in the views of a wider range of students than smaller groups.
    • MLE's and the evidence: Grace questions the perception that only some teachers are capable of teaching in 'open learning spaces'. She says that there needs to be clear expectations, that MLEs are the “norm of the future”. What do you think?
     
    TKI logoCheck out Leadership and e-Learning >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.
     

     

    Green swirly logo  Technologies & Infrastructure  


    Mobile devices

    • Uploading work from apps to an edublog: Debbie Couper has been investigating iPad apps and looking to get the results of her creations onto her blog. Allanah King has posted a useful link to help.

    Assistive Technology

     

    • Using QR Codes to Support Accessibility: Roxy Hickman explores using QR codes, realising they can be used for much more than bringing up a website. She wonders about how QR codes can be linked to accessibility features within the iPad.
     
    TKI logoCheck out e-Learning and Technologies >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.

     

    CalendarFor your calendar...


    EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

     

    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: Find the recorded sessions here from 2011 to current. These include using digital resources, MLEs, BYOD, iPads in junor classes, registered teacher criteria, appraisal and e-learning, gaming and much much more!

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

    • Connecting readers, 11 August to 19 September. Creating a reading social network - 6 week online course with the National Library service.
    • ULearn14: 8-10 October, Rotorua – earlybird registration until July 11.

     

    Images courtesy of Flickr and Creative Commons.