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  • Meri Kirihimete!

    Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the final e-Learning round-up for 2015. Once again, we bring you the latest e-learning updates from across the VLN. It has been a privilege bringing these updates to you throughout the year and we look forward to continued participation from you in the Enabling e-Learning events in 2016.

    We wish you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a safe, relaxing and refreshing summer break.

    Tess & Nathaniel smiley 



    Badge for e-Member of the WeekEach pānui, we like to say thank you by nominating a community member for active participation in the Enabling e-Learning / VLN Groups. 

    In this edition, we’d like to acknowledge everyone who has contributed to the Enabling e-Learning groups in 2015. Your input into the discussions, webinars and other events has continued to make the community a success.


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    Connecting with the whole community - Social media webinar: Viv Hall shares the key points and recording of the Connected Learning Advisory webinar with guest presenter Sean Lyons from Netsafe. Questions posed by Sean include, "How do I effectively use social media in class?" to "Why should I use social media in class?"

    Connecting with people: Clare Jordan and Campbell Potter suggest that we need to evolve in regards to how we interact with people face-to-face while still allowing the use of technology.

    Using Periscope to connect our community with school events: Carol Kendall continues to share school events with the wider community through Periscope.

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    The Lie of the Land in 2015: MrsB30 talks about her year and her passions. She outlines how she has supported staff in e-learning and in their inquiries.

    Part 2 - The Realities of Teacher Inquiry: In this second part, MrsB30 shares her own inquiry for the year and would like to hear about how your inquiry has gone.

    An Enabling e-Learning forum: Coding, digital literacy or a new kind of language?: Vicki Hagenaars shares about the Hour of Code and her experience with Scratch and Kodu.

    Creative Commons Clinics: This new video from Creative Commons Aotearoa, CC Pukeko, explains how teachers can share resources openly.

    Maker culture, is it really all that new?: Vicki Hagenaars adds to the discussion by sharing an Edutopia post: Making makerspace - Top 20 tools.

    Distinguishing sounds - Māori medium: Several app suggestions have been made in response to Lynne's Silcock's request for web resources, apps or software to help students to develop listening skills and the ability to distinguishing sounds in a Māori medium setting.

    Text to speech and Voice typing blogs updated: Lynne Silcock has shared links to updated blog posts for text to speech and voice typing.

    Best Blog Post of 2015: Allanah King is curating a site to promote people's class blogs.

    Sharing our practiceIf you had to share something from your day, each day, what would you share?

    Computer Science in Primary Schools: Tracyh shares information about upcoming Computer Science workshops focused on coding in primary schools.

     

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    Teaching as Inquiry | projecting and reflecting online: Tessa Gray brings together several resources around teaching as inquiry including blog posts and webinars.
     
     

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    Leading e-Learning and responsive PLD at Primary School | Where to from here? PT 3: In the third part of this series, we find out about how Principal Neil Fraser models with his staff the expectations he has for them as well as how teacher PLD has changed over time to meet the needs of teachers and leaders.

    See also Part 1 and Part 2.

    MLEs: That's just a classroom with a beanbag isn't it?: A link to a blog post with some really smart tips on pedagogical foci on student-centred learning, curiosity and collaboration and more, has been added.

    2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14: This discussion continues with Pam Redpath sharing her thoughts on how a principal needs to demonstrate leadership.

    Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015: Steve Conroy brings various parts of the on-going discussion together while adding his thoughts on the topic.

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    Google groups seamlessly populated from Kamar data: Johan Schnetler is looking for help in populating Google Groups with Kamar.

    Minecraft on Chromebooks: Rachel asks if it's possible to play Minecraft on Chromebooks. There have been several helpful responses.

    Google! Give me my stuff!!!: Angela Sime asks how she can migrate files and folders from Google Drive to outside of the school domain. Some great suggestions have been made including Google Takeout and Drive Migrator.

    How to transfer voice memos from iPhone to computer: S7yiler has asked for help in transferring voice memos from iPhone to computer. Several suggestions have been made.

    Chromebooks: An ongoing discussion around school experience with different Chromebooks.

    Minecraft Plugins: hamishwadsworth is setting up a Minecraft server and would like to know what plugins people are finding useful.

     

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    • Keep an eye out at the beginning of the year for the Enabling e-Learning calendar of events for Term 1.
    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: In this new look webinar page, you'll 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, getting to know our learners, MLEs, gaming and many more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

    • Google Education Roadshow: Google Education Roadshows are happening around the country over the next month. Check out an event near you.

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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the latest e-Learning round-up for Term 4. Once again, we bring you the latest e-learning updates from across the VLN.

    The use of social media in schools - A Connected Learning Advisory webinar - 9 Dec, 3:45 pm

    Digital citizenship informs the way all members of the school community use digital technologies to effectively participate, contribute, and be critically reflective.

    “There is a growing emphasis on promoting safe and responsible behaviours and ways of managing the inevitable challenges online.” says NetSafe. For example, what does honesty, integrity and ethical behaviour look like at your school?

    Join Sean Lyons, from NetSafe, as he discusses  the use of Social Media in education and the key points to consider to help schools when making related decisions. <<Register here>>

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    If you've missed a live event, you can still access the recordings In Enabling e-Learning on demand, on our Webinar recordings page

    We look forward to your views and news in all other dedicated threads and forums this term.

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



    Badge for e-Member of the WeekEach pānui, we like to say thank you by nominating a community member for active participation in the Enabling e-Learning / VLN Groups. 

    In this edition, we’d like to acknowledge Cassandra Heilbrunn for her rich and varied contributions and queries around collaborative learning and teacher inquiry goals. If you have similar wonderings or interests to Cassandra, why not drop her a line?


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    Connecting with people: Nathaniel Louwrens quotes an article and asks, are parent behaviours with their use of technology having an impact on their child’s development? As a parent and an educator what do you think? Is technology impacting on the way we’re interacting with people and special events?

    Connecting With the Whole Community: Viv Hall shares some resources on ways schools are communicating with their community and asks, do you have a successful example about positive engagement of your community via social media to share?


    Using Periscope to connect our community with school events: Carol Kendall shares her experience with using Periscope, a tool for broadcasting events to parents and the wider community. Can you see the potential for this tool?

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    Gamification of Self Management: Tara Fagan shares some thinking behind the development and use of digital badges to promote motivation and incentivising self management online. Any ideas and examples of your own to share?

    School Phone System: Hamish McLean and other community members share some experiences with cloud-based school phone systems.

    Workshops and ILP (Innovative Learning Practice) or MLP (Modern Learning Practice: terrywithers has asked about workshops in a modern learning paradigm and is specifically asking for details on how these can be structured and delivered in innovative learning practice.

    Collaborative Practice - mixing up the way we do things: Cassandra Heilbrunn shares how her syndicate is planning on collaborating learning at all levels in learning spaces that are single cell with connecting doors. Cassandra would love your feedback on how this might work.

    Collaborative Learning research: Cassandra Heilbrunn is looking for some research on the pros/cons/benefits of collaborative learning within Australasia. Can you help?

    Developing a collaborative learning environment in partnership with students

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    Distinguishing sounds - Māori medium: Lynne Silcock asks if anyone knows of web resources, apps or software to help students to develop listening skills and the ability to distinguishing sounds in a Māori Medium setting. Can you help?

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    I missed out on PLD these last holidays...Connected Educator Month, EdBlogNZ challenge, on-going Twitter events and more. Do we really miss out on learning if we haven’t attended planned events?
    Google Education Roadshow: Saunil Hagler shares where all the Google Education Roadshows are happening around the country over the next month. Check out an event near you.

    Teaching as Inquiry goals: Cassandra Heilbrunn is thinking about inquiry goals for 2016 and asks, how does your school come up with inquiry goals? Do you look at achievement data and decide on improving practice as an individual, syndicate or school-wide? 

    Teaching as Inquiry and Teacher Bias: Mark Maddren shares some thinking around reflection and ponders; when we go through the process of teaching as inquiry, how do we ensure we are learning from these experiences and not just taking aspects from them to confirm our existing thinking? What do you think? Does personal bias matter in an inquiry cycle?

    Hereoa: Clarifying goals and plans using Spirals of Inquiry

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    Smile BLOG SERIES: Part 2 What did they do?

    In part one of this 3 part blog series, we shared how Ngatea Primary School saw a need to meet the vision for their learners by creating personalised, authentic and responsive professional learning opportunities for staff. The first installment introduced the future-focused ideas and clarified the school’s needs. In this post we unpack inquiry intentions and interventions while the final post will touch on outcomes for teachers (and learners) at Ngatea Primary School.

    Threads, Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015 and Sustainable strategies: Integrating e-Learning, leadership inquiry and classroom practice | Kōrero 14 2015 continue to grow as leaders share how they are trialing and implementing technologies, while also debating the complexities, successes and further considerations when leading e-learning across a school.

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    Smile DISCUSSION FORUM: Mobile digital devices, what's working, what's not? (November 5 - December 5) Community members share some thinking around what works best for learning on mobile devices, laptops or desktop computers. What do your students use and what is the rationale for the choices made?

    Making the Right Choice: Procuring Digital Technology for Learning: Viv Hall summarises the Connected Learning Advisory’s webinar with Trevor Storr and Tim Harper, where they explored the challenges schools face in procuring digital technologies for learning. Some key ideas and wonderings here in relation to procuring digital technologies.

    How can i set things up so that I have access to my students shared google sites, without using Hapara? Johan Schnetler shares how he’d like to access his students' ePortfolios created in Google sites using a dashboard type option to gain quick access. Any ideas for Johan?

    Google Sites help needed: PetraWaiouru has created a google site with basic links, so that 6 year olds can easily access their blog and google classroom and wants to make this a home page on each of their devices. Any quick, handy tips for Petra?

    Strategic Leadership - Leading Digital Technologies for Learning Professional Development Day: Viv Hall asks, as a school community can we clearly articulate how our effective pedagogy can be enhanced by digital technology to better meet our students' current and future needs?

    SMS: Hamish McLean is looking for an alternative to the 'Pupil Enrollment Form' and is wondering if eTap can provide an easy, filtered solution for collecting the data? Has anyone started, or completed a digital enrollment form or similar?

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    Allanah King added a new bookmark: AED Locations on the App Store: If someone needs a defibrillator, time is critical. This app shows were the nearest ones are.

     

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    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: In this new look webinar page, you'll 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, getting to know our learners, MLEs, gaming and many more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

    • Google Education Roadshow: Google Education Roadshows are happening around the country over the next month. Check out an event near you.

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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the latest e-Learning round-up for Term 4. In this edition, we bring you the latest updates from across the VLN as well as upcoming events.

    Check out the next up-coming live event and all of the planned events in the Enabling e-Learning Term 4 calendar of events.

    Smile LIVE WEBINAR: Maker space and Maker movement, what is it and why do we do it? (November 11, 3.45-4.45pm) 

     

    Technology has now become inaccessible in terms of maintenance and modification. There's an ‘open hardware movement’ – designed so we can, “open stuff up and find out how it works” like we used to do in Granddad’s shed. Here we can share a space and our knowledge together to solve problems – with open-sourced materials, software and hardware (free, low cost computers). “Let’s create kid-centric autonomous zones, where we’re taking back control of our technology."

    Come join Leanne Stubbing (Kelburn Normal School and presenter in our last unconference webinar) and Nicki Tempero (LwDT facilitator) as they talk about the philosophy that's driving their creative, problem solving learning activities in their schools. We'd also love to hear your experiences with 'tinkering', 'maker space' or the 'maker movement'. A support discussion will feature In the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group. Hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa Gray. REGISTER NOW!

    Also, check out what's new in the latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter http://eepurl.com/bzmBLv.

    We look forward to your contributions to the discussions and webinars this term.

    See you online.

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



    Badge for e-Member of the WeekEach pānui, we like to say thank you by nominating a community member for active participation in the Enabling e-Learning / VLN Groups. 

    In this edition, we’d like to acknowledge Tony Cairns for sharing his extensive knowledge of professional learning opportunities on offer in NZ and beyond. His contributions can be viewed in, I missed out on PLD these last holidays. Well worth adding to your own professional learning networks. 


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    Blog commentEncouraging Blog Engagement: Becksnewton has reignited an older, but still relevant thread about encouraging blog engagement and shares a great twitter hashtag #comment4kids.

    Reporting to Parents in MLE: Angela Pettersson’s school is currently reviewing how they report to whānau and is interested in hearing how other schools manage learning conferences in an innovative learning environment. What role does the child/teacher play? How many teachers are involved in a child’s learning conference? Where do you hold them? Please feel free to share what works for you.

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    WARNING: You won’t want to see this: But you need to see this! Anjela, Hamish and Allanah share some valuable resources to this post on how our young people have the potential to access and engage the deep, dark web. Its easier than you think to access.

     

    Online planning templates: Cass Reyburn is in the early stages of putting her teacher planning on Google Docs. Does anyone have Google Doc/Slides templates they are willing to share with Cass?

    Google Apps for Education (GAFE) in Maths: Donna Golightly shares how they have been using Google apps for a variety of strands in Maths including shapes, patterns, graphs and statistics as well as using video tutorials and making their thinking in maths visible using 'virtual manipulatives'. Any more ideas to share?

    Enabling e-Learning: Raising student writing levels using Google docs

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    LIVE WEBINAR: Digital portfolios for teachers recording available herePart of this thread: Appraisal, registered teacher criteria and your e-learning goals.
     

    Connected Educator Aotearoa New Zealand, is a global professional learning online event that has run from 28 September-16 October 2015. If you've missed some of the events or would like to re-watch some of them, check out the Archives page.

    I missed out on PLD these last holidays... Tony Cairns has added a huge plethora of up-coming opportunities and archived links to professional learning and development opportunities. No missing out now.

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    Smile BLOG SERIES: Leading learning and responsive PLD at Ngatea Primary School | A leadership inquiry: 

    This three part blog series shares how Ngatea Primary School has created flexible learning pathways, so that staff can have ownership of their own professional learning and development. A blended approach to accessing PLD (face-to-face and online) means that professional learning can be responsive, timely and relevant to both adult and student learners' needs. 

    The first instalment kicks off by introducing the future-focused ideas around:
    • Leadership in a future-oriented learning system
    • Responsive culture for PLD
    • Personalising learning through the use of technologies
    • Virtual learning opportunities (VLN, Twitter, Facebook, Pond)

    Threads, Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015 and Sustainable strategies: Integrating e-Learning, leadership inquiry and classroom practice | Kōrero 14 2015 continue to grow as leaders share how they are trialing and implementing technologies, while also debating the complexities, successes and further considerations when leading e-learning across a school.

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    Smile DISCUSSION FORUM: Mobile digital devices, what's working, what's not? (November 5 - December 5) 

     

    How do you make device decisions in your school? When is it appropriate to use desktops, laptops or mobile devices? Who's making these decisions and how are they informed? We'd love to hear more, maybe even crowd-source a resource to help others with these pivotal decisions - about what's appropriate when it comes to decisions about what devices to purchase, when to use them and why. This conversation will be hosted in the Technology group.

    Enabling e-Learning event | What will we see in technology and e-learning in 2015? Great scott it was Back to the Future day on October 21, 2015. So how close is our reality to the predictions made in the movie? And what other great fictional pieces have helped to influence technologies?

    PLD for Google Admin: Allanah King shares the directory for the Google For Education Trainers and Certified Innovators in New Zealand @ https://edudirectory.withgoogle.com/en

    File management: Kararaina Luke is having trouble transferring teacher ownership of files over to the File Manager as it duplicates the copies. Can anyone help Kararaina with this issue? 

    Mobile

    Posts on iPad implementation and volume purchasing:

    Barbara Reid has added a new bookmark: Quadblogging Reflections - Sylvia Tolisano

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    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: In this new look webinar page, you'll 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, getting to know our learners, MLEs, gaming and many more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

    • Educamp Kaikoura - 7 November
    • TeachMeetNZ Presenter for National Science day - 10 November
    • Connected Learning Advisory one-day workshop for school leaders and/or leaders of digital technologies, to come together and explore effective ways to manage and plan the ways your school/community of schools uses digital technologies for learning. Whangarei - 6 Nov; Hamilton - 18 Nov; Christchurch - 25 Nov.

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  • For all those community members who have registered for tomorrow's webinar, apologies - there appears to be a glitch with the email field in the Google form. So we'd like to say instead:

    Kia ora and congratulations, you have successfully registered for tomorrow’s LIVE Enabling e-Learning event scheduled for Wednesday, 28th October, 3.45pm.

    LIVE WEBINAR: Digital portfolios for teachers, 3.45-4.45pm 

    More and more teachers are creating professional spaces online for; teacher inquiry, goal setting, reflections, appraisals, Registered Teacher Criteria, CVs and more. Come and join Leigh Hynes and others and together we'll explore the potential of online tools to create digital portfolios for teachers. We’d also love to hear how you archive your teaching journey as well. This webinar is currently supported by the thread, Appraisal, registered teacher criteria and your e-learning goals in the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group

    Access: This webinar will be held in Adobe Connect. You can access the webinar through the following link: http://connect.vln.school.nz/eelwebinar/

    Select Enter as a Guest, enter your name and click Enter Room to log in.

    The link will be live from 3:00 pm on the day for you to connect and ensure your sound is working properly. We recommend you access the room early to sort out any technical issues you may have. 

    Please feel free to bring your own digital portfolios stories or bring a friend, we’d love to hear from you throughout this webinar.

    I look forward to connecting with you during this time.

    Ngā mihi nui,

    Tess smiley (on behalf of Enabling e-Learning)

  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the first e-Learning round-up of Term 4. In this edition, we bring you the latest updates from across the VLN as well as upcoming events.

    Check out all of the planned events in the Enabling e-Learning Term 4 calendar of events.

    Connected Learning Advisory webinar: Are you a connected leader? - 21 October 3:45 pm.

    The Connected Learning Advisory is exploring what it takes to be a connected leader. When the connected educator effectively uses social media and builds a strong personal learning network, the world is literally at their fingertips. Come and join our panel discussion as our connected educators share the purpose, potential and practicalities on how to become a connected Leader.

    Our panelists are: Annemarie Hyde, Rachel Boyd, Justine Driver, Stephen Lethbridge and Marnel van der Spuy. Register here >>>

    We look forward to your contributions to the discussions and webinars this term.

    Have a relaxing break everyone. Nathaniel  smiley (on behalf of the Enabling e-Learning online team).



    Badge for e-Member of the WeekEach pānui, we like to say thank you by nominating a community member for active participation in the Enabling e-Learning / VLN Groups. 

    In this edition, we’d like to acknowledge Neill O'Reilly, Principal of Watakiri School, for his ongoing, well referenced contributions to many discussions across the VLN.


     

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    A graduated response to self management and learner independence within a hub system: Paul is looking for some insights into what would be reasonable expectations of self-management at different levels of school.

    LEARNZ Antarctic field trip: Shelley Hersey invites you and your class to participate in the virtual field trip to Antarctica from 28 October - 2 November.

    Smile LIVE WEBINAR: Digital portfolios for teachers (October 28, 3.45 -4.45pm) 

     

    More and more teachers are creating professional spaces online for; teacher inquiry, goal setting, reflections, appraisals, Registered Teacher Criteria, CVs and more. Come and join Leigh Hynes and others and together we'll explore the potential of online tools to create digital portfolios for teachers. We'd also love to hear how you archive your teaching journey as well. This webinar will be supported by the thread, Appraisal, registered teacher criteria and your e-learning goals in the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group. Hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa GrayREGISTER NOW!

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    Schools, parents and social media: How to manage those online comments: Viv Hall asks how you have managed difficult responses on school social media accounts, and is looking for positive stories of engagement from your school community through social media.


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    Smile BLOG SERIES: Leadership as inquiry | Responsive PLD (October 27 - December 20)  

    This three part blog series highlights how one school leader has helped to create flexible learning pathways, so that staff can have ownership of their own professional learning and development. A blended approach to accessing PLD (face-to-face and online) means that professional learning can be responsive, timely and relevant to both adult and student learners' needs. Find out more. Join us once this thread goes live in the Enabling e-Learning Leadership group.

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    Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015: The conversation continues with Lara Nemet sharing what her school has been doing to resource e-Learning.

    Sustainable strategies: Integrating e-Learning, leadership inquiry and classroom practice | Kōrero 14 2015: A number of people have contributed to this thread sharing stories around their schools journey of integrating e-Learning.

     

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    Explain Everything for Chrome: This discussion continues with JMKellow explaining how Explain Everything can be used for flipped learning and Jace7 describing how her students use the app to show evidence of meeting learning outcomes in mathematics.

    GAFE linking with reporting/management systems: Emma Woolford asks if anyone is using a student management system that links with Google Apps for Education.

    Upgrading teacher laptops / issues with TELA: The discussion continues with several suggestions on what would be most appropriate laptops, including specifications, to get for teachers.

    Google Drive accounts for staff leaving: agilchrist is looking for some ideas of procedures schools use with staff who are leaving in regards to Google Drive.

    YouTube restrictions: Lynne Crowe has received several suggestions to help solve the problem of YouTube videos not playing on devices at school.

    Reflector App and IOS9: Allanah King explains some issues of using the Reflector app since updating to iOS9.

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    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: In this new look webinar page, you'll 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, getting to know our learners, MLEs, gaming and many more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

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  • Term 4 Enabling e-Learning Calendar of Events 

     

    Tēnā koutou, talofa lava and welcome to Term 4's FREE online e-learning opportunities on offer. Whatever's trending, we've got it covered again this term!

    We'd also also love to hear your ideas and experiences, so feel free to get involved in our dedicated forum discussions and live webinars/seminars. You may wish to book the following events from the Enabling e-Learning calendar into your own calendars.

    Feel free to tell your friends and colleagues! smiley


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    Smile BLOG SERIES: Teaching as inquiry with MrsB30 (September 18 - December 16)

     

    The Lie of the Land in 2015: In this three part blog series, community member MrsB30 opens up and shares a bit about herself, her teaching and leadership roles and provides an insight into her role as an e-learning coach and mentor in her school. Up-coming blog posts in Term 4 will unpack MrB30’s 'leadership as inquiry' journey. Come join Sarah, asks some questions or just follow her story to see what happens. Sarah would love to hear back from you, so please feel free to leave some encouraging comments as we follow Sarah's reflective journey.

    Smile BLOG SERIES: Leadership as inquiry | Responsive PLD (October 27 - December 20) 

    This three part blog series highlights how one school leader has helped to create flexible learning pathways, so that staff can have ownership of their own professional learning and development. A blended approach to accessing PLD (face-to-face and online) means that professional learning can be responsive, timely and relevant to both adult and student learners' needs. Find out more. Join us once this thread goes live in the Enabling e-Learning Leadership group.

    Smile DISCUSSION FORUM: Mobile digital devices, what's working, what's not? (November 5 - December 5) 

     

    How do you make device decisions in your school? When is it appropriate to use desktops, laptops or mobile devices? Who's making these decisions and how are they informed? We'd love to hear more, maybe even crowd-source a resource to help others with these pivotal decisions - about what's appropriate when it comes to decisions about what devices to purchase, when to use them and why. This conversation will be hosted in the Technology 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. 

     


     

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    Smile LIVE WEBINAR: Digital portfolios for teachers (October 28, 3.45 -4.45pm) 

     

    More and more teachers are creating professional spaces online for; teacher inquiry, goal setting, reflections, appraisals, Registered Teacher Criteria, CVs and more. Come and join Leigh Hynes and others and together we'll explore the potential of online tools to create digital portfolios for teachers. We'd also love to hear how you archive your teaching journey as well. This webinar will be supported by the thread, Appraisal, registered teacher criteria and your e-learning goals in the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching groupHosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa GrayREGISTER NOW!

     

    Smile LIVE WEBINAR: Maker space and Maker movement, what is it and why do we do it? (November 11, 3.45-4.45pm) 

     

    As Mark Osborne shared in the Ulearn showcase,

    "Technology has now become inaccessible in terms of maintenance and modification. There's an ‘open hardware movement’ – designed so we can, “open stuff up and find out how it works” like we used to do in Granddad’s shed. Here we can share a space and our knowledge together to solve problems – with open-sourced materials, software and hardware (free, low cost computers). “Let’s create kid-centric autonomous zones, where we’re taking back control of our technology."

    Come join Leanne Stubbing (Kelburn Normal School and presenter in our last unconference webinar) and Nicki Tempero (LwDT facilitator) as they talk about the philosophy that's driving their creative, problem solving learning activities in their schools. We'd also love to hear your experiences with 'tinkering', 'maker space' or the 'maker movement'. A support discussion will feature In the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group. Hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa Gray. REGISTER NOW!


     

    Connected Learning Advisory webinars:

     

    • Ipad webinar inviteLIVE WEBINAR: Leaders are you connected? 21st October, 3.45-4.45pm REGISTER NOW.
    • LIVE WEBINAR: How do I make the right choice when procuring digital technology for learning? Wednesday 19th November, 3.45pm-4.45pm REGISTER NOW.

     

    The e-Learning Round-Up: Every 3 weeks

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

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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the latest round up in the last week of Term 3. In this edition, we bring you the latest updates just in time for the holidays.

    Here’s something a little bit special for this month.

    The Lie of the Land in 2015: In this three part blog series, MrsB30 opens up and shares a bit about herself, her teaching and leadership roles and provides an insight into her role as an e-learning coach and mentor in her school. Up-coming blog posts in Term 4 will unpack MrB30’s 'leadership as inquiry' journey. Come join Sarah, asks some questions or just follow her story to see what happens.

    Thank you to everyone who got involved in our online events this term. There’s more planned for Term 4, that will no doubt touch on interests and possibly concerns of your own, so see you there.

    Have a relaxing break everyone. Tess  smiley (on behalf of the Enabling e-Learning online team).


     

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

    In this edition, we’d like to acknowledge Mia for starting a lively debate around parent views vs educational understandings around modern learning practices in, Help!!- Research against MLEs- the most scathing please! Mia describes herself as, "...a teacher/team leader/ GATE coordinator/ ICT lead teacher at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School. I have an interest in all things current best practice, with a particular interest in MLP and E-Learning." Why drop Mia a line and debate these issues further?


     

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    Apps for planning in a collaborative environment:  Leigh Hynes adds some tops tips for using Google docs on an iPad. For example, using the iPad speech to text feature in Google docs. Imagine the accessibility for all kinds of learners with these voice activated tools?

    How digital technologies support learning outcomes: Nathaniel Louwrens promotes the Connected Learning Advisory, where every week they will be sharing commonly asked questions about e-learning related issues and will also offer thoughts on the next steps schools might want to consider. This week’s wondering, How do we know that digital technologies support learning outcomes?

    Collaborative Teaching: Stuart Priddy asks if anyone is happy to share any agreements or expectations they have written for staff, when working in a collaborative space.

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    Connected Educator Aotearoa New Zealand 2015: Tara Fagan gets us thinking about what it means to be a connected educator in New Zealand and shares an EduIgnite presentation, where Karen Melhuish talks about educators taking control of their own professional learning. Why not get involved in personalized, FREE PLD during Connected Educator Month?


    New discussion post: Best Practise Schools overseas: Catherine Kelsey is wanting to visit schools overseas, to specifically look at the implementation of MLP in more traditional environments. Does anyone have any good suggestions for Catherine? 

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


     

    red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  

     

    Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015: This conversation continues to grow with some deep reflection on ways to sustain effective learning through the use of digital technologies. Why not jump in and share your own leadership experience in this area? 

    Sustainable Strategies: Integrating e-learning, leadership inquiry and classroom practice | Kōrero 14 2015: This exciting new NAPP thread invites all school leaders, e-leaders to engage in conversations about leadership as inquiry. What are your driving goals for 2015, who do you want to target, how have you initiated change, what has been the result of your actions so far. Why not come and join in and share your progress so far?

    MLP or just Effective Pedagogy: TK Tony adds a passionate plea to this lively debate, that it is “…ABSOLUTELY about effective pedagogy, and how this can be supercharged on steroids through a strong collaborative teaching approach, in a purposefully designed (which I prefer to flexible) environment.” Why not join in and tell us what do you think.


    Help!!- Research against MLEs- the most scathing please! Here's another lively and active debate, where community members get to weigh into an argument about the benefits afforded by flexible learning spaces and modern learning pedagogies.

    Modern learning environment at Russell Street School
    In this Edtalks, Nic Mason shares the experience of exploring a modern learning environment at Russell Street School in Palmerston North, with four teachers, four classrooms and 120 students. Nic believes that it benefits both the teachers and the learners, and allows teachers to cater for the students' learning better now that there are more people involved in their learning.

    Nic Mason from EDtalks on Vimeo.

     

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

     

     Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

     

    "Deprecation of web hosting in Drive" Steve Trotter is looking for some clarification that hosted webpages in Google Drive will soon be removed. Can anyone shed some light on these developments?

    Secondary Schools using Hapara: Allanah King has received a request from a school wanting to connect with other secondary schools who are using Hapara Teacher Dashboard. If you are happy to be contacted, you can let Allanah know.

    Presenting student work on big screen: Lynne Crowe is looking for some practical ways that students can share their Google presentations or videos with the rest of the class. Any ideas to share?

    New voice typing in Google Doc's: Lynne Silcock invites us to try the new voice typing (speech recognition) in Google Docs - so easy to use with 97% accuracy. Imagine the world of possibilities for students who may struggle processing ideas in Literacy?

    Google sites; using a Google calendar: Jace7 is constructing a Google school website, but Google calendar isn’t displaying the correct details. Anyone with experience in this area, that can help Jace7?

    Google Apps for Education vs Office 365: Jan-Marie Kellow asks on behalf of a school if anyone is running both GAFE and Microsoft 365 and if two domains are needed. Can you help?

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


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    EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

     

    • Look out for the Enabling e-Learning calendar of events for Term 4. Out soon! 
    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: In this new look webinar page, you'll 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, getting to know our learners, MLEs, gaming and many more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the lastest e-learning pānui. There's something for everyone in this latest edition.

    Don't miss out on the last Enabling e-Learning webinar for Term 3:

    Smile UNCONFERENCE WEBINAR: E-Learning in your classroom - Your voice 2015, 9 September, 3.45-4.45pm

     

    This webinar is an open/unconference event. Each year we create a space for community members to informally share how e-learning activities are impacting on you as teachers and your students' learning. You determine the contexts and content (fast snappy 4 minute presentations). What's been working for you so far and why?

    Guest presenters: YOU! 

    Audience:  Anyone interested in sharing or hearing about the impact of e-learning in both primary and secondary schools. This webinar will be supported by a thread in the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group. Hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa GrayREGISTER NOW!

     

    Make sure you don't miss out on Enabling e-Learning's calendar of events for Term 3. Feel free to bookmark the events, print the flyer for your staff rooms and come and join us online.

    See you online, Nathaniel  smiley (on behalf of the Enabling e-Learning online team).


     

    Badge for e-Member of the Week

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

    In this edition, we’d like to acknowledge Nic for being so willing to share what she is doing in her classroom around inclusive education and Universal Design for Learning.


     

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

     

    Teaching and Learning with Māori tradition and modern technology

    The trouble with parents is...: Tessa shared a blog post about Building relationships through the use of technology and asks how your school has used technology to engage with students and the community.

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    Check out Beyond the Classroom >>>  Enabling e-Learning website.


     

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    Pakirehua: Teacher inquiry with a Māori world view: Tammy Gardiner and Marama Reweti-Martin shared in this webinar on Pakirehua. You can watch the webinar recording and view the slides by following the links in this discussion.

    FORUM: Inclusive education: What does this mean? 19 Aug-18 Sept: Nic has shared the acronym PEE that her students came up with to describe the principles of UDL and Lynne has asked how teachers are using technology to support students to be creative, tell their own stories and socialise with their peers.

    FORUM: e-Learning plans/goals for 2015 (February 26 - March 26 | An Enabling e-Learning event: At the beginning of the year a number of community members shared their e-Learning goals for 2015. Now is a good time to look back at these goals and consider sharing your experiences, learning or stories.

    Is there a Sumdog for Writing?: Petra is looking for a programme/app to support writing that allows Year 0-3 students to track their own learning, move up skill levels and access from home.

    iPad apps to support questioning skills: Anne makes a suggestion to have students recording their question on an iPad using the camera and microphone and then analysing progress with their questioning.

    Three upcoming Global Connection projects: Barbara has shared three great Global Connection projects to encourage collaboration amongst students.

    Personalising learning: Isn't there a worksheet for that?: Here's a video showing the possibilities for success as a result of personalising learning, from Stonefields School.

    An Enabling e-Learning forum: Coding, digital literacy or a new kind of language?: Here's an insightful video from Enabling e-Learning, Using games to support learning, featuring Rachel Bolstad (NZCER) and Dan Milward (Gamelab).

    Using games to support learning

    Remote class access to laptop: Lynne is asking for ideas on how to remotely control her laptop from another place in the classroom.

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    Personalising PLD using social networks: The recording and slides are available from the webinar featuring Sonya van Schaijik from TeachMeetNZ and Danielle Myburgh from edchatNZ.

    The impact of using the Virtual Learning Network on professional development

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


     

    red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  

     

    e-Learning leadership: what does it take in a digital age?: The recording and a Storify of the tweets/key points from the webinar with Richard McLaren are available. Richard shared his experiences in leading e-Learning at Shirley Boy's High School.

    Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015: The conversation continues with Carl stating that even with great infrastructure, without good knowledge, training and experience, we can we setting up teachers for a job they are not prepared for.

    Help!!- Research against MLEs- the most scathing please!: Mia is asking for information around the negatives of MLEs to help with answering questions of her BOT who want to hear positives and negatives. Some great discussion, explanations and thoughts have been shared around this. 

     

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

     

     Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

     

    Connected Learning Advisory logoQuestions to consider when choosing a cloud-based system: The Connected Learning Advisory has published advice on what to consider when choosing a cloud-based system for your school.

    WordQ equivalent for use on Chromebooks: Lynne shares about the WordQ app that can be downloaded from the Chrome store. She states that it works just like the WordQ we know from other environments.

    Teacher Microphone Headsets: Steve is looking for some cheap options for a teacher microphone headset for use in the classroom. Do you have any suggestions? 

    Upgrading teacher laptops / Issues with TELA: Vincent is interested in thoughts around upgrading the TELA teacher laptops.

    BYOD for all: Natalie would like constructive criticism around the site she has set up to help provide devices to students.

    Robotics: Chris is looking for ideas/suggestions around good robotics kits to start with for intermediate students. Some great ideas have already been shared. Do you have anything to add?

    Printing from Google Photos: Natasha is looking for advice around how to print multiple photos at once from Google Photos.

    Password recovery for students: Steve would like to know how other schools manage password recovery for students using Google Apps for Education.

    Can a school have a centralised school owned Google Drive?: Carmen has asked for advice on how to set up a school owned Google Drive. There are a number of comments with ideas to help set this up.

     

    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: In this new look webinar page, you'll 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, getting to know our learners, MLEs, gaming and many more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

    • Creative Commons Clinics: Creative Commons is holding weekly Google Hangouts for those working in the schools sector who are keen to discuss and learn more about copyright and CC.

    • ULearn15: 7-9 October, Auckland.
    • Connected+ Event, The Ministry of Education’s science, technology, maths, and literacy series is now available on Google Slides. Most of the quality content including images, text, videos, audio, and graphic elements for Connected+ are available for teachers and students to download and reuse for educational purposes. Find out how you and your students can mix, mash, and share the digital versions of Connected+ articles and additional digital content to support teaching and learning.

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  • Enabling e-Learning has another webinar coming up 9th September, but this time we need YOU!

    Smile UNCONFERENCE WEBINAR: E-Learning in your classroom - Your voice 2015, 9 September, 3.45-4.45pm

     

    This webinar is an open/unconference event. Each year we create a space for community members to informally share how e-learning activities are impacting on you as teachers and your students' learning. You determine the contexts and content (fast snappy 4 minute presentations). What's been working for you so far and why?

    Guest presenters: YOU! 

    Audience:  Anyone interested in sharing or hearing about the impact of e-learning in both primary and secondary schools. This webinar will be supported by a thread in the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group. Hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa GrayREGISTER NOW!

    When you register your interest, we'll make personal contact and mentor you through the very easy process of sharing in an online webinar. smiley

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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the lastest e-learning pānui. There's something for everyone in this latest edition.

    Don't miss out on this afternoon's webinar:

    Smile LIVE WEBINAR: Personalising PLD using social networks, 12 August, 3.45-4.45pm

    Want to use a growing teacher network to help meet your professional learning needs? Come and join Danielle Myburgh (EdchatNZ founder) and Sonya Van Schaijik (TeachMeetNZ fame) as they share the purpose, potential and practicalities for how Twitter and Google Hangouts can make the most of a professional learning network. Simply click here to join >>>>>>>>> http://connect.vln.school.nz/eelwebinar/

    Make sure you don't miss out on Enabling e-Learning's calendar of events for Term 3. There are live webinars and forums for you to participate in over the next term. Feel free to bookmark these events, print the flyer for your staff rooms and come and join us online.

    See you there. Tess  smiley (on behalf of the Enabling e-Learning online team).


     

    Badge for e-Member of the Week

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

    In this edition, we’d like to acknowledge Steve Trotter, who has been an active contributor in the VLN/Enabling e-Learning community groups over the past several weeks. Steve (Google Certified Teacher with Chromebooks) describes himself as, "Currently full time Dad and part-time e-Learning Coordinator at Tamahere Model Country School". If you see Steve online, why not drop him a friendly line?  


     

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    School-whānau relationships report released: Clive Francis comments on the relevance of this report. Do you have any thoughts on this document as well? 

    Parenting with iPads - Top tips: Mike Malcolm generously shares a resource developed by Leamington School, to help support parents with information about iPads. All contributions are welcome in the shared Google doc.

    How are you using technologies to both report to parents and encourage them to engage with their students learning? Steve Trotter is looking for a solution that allows schools to communicate with parents (in bulk) in an emergency situation? Do you know of any notification apps that could do this for schools?

    Building connections with parents and whānau at Wairakei School

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    cool WEBINAR: Pakirehua, Teacher Inquiry with a Māori world view, 19 August, 3.45-4.45pm.

    When we talk about Teaching as Inquiry, we immediately think about Spirals of Inquiry and the work of Timperley, Kaser and Halbert. From a Māori perspective Inquiry/Pakirehua has always been and is what we’ve always done, it's part of our DNA. Ancestors, tipuna show the way for us; their stories, experiences and knowledge are a natural part of understanding how we (as Māori) inquire, are curious and solve problems.

    Using this approach, kaiako and tumuaki (in kura) have been engaging in cycles of inquiry to improve student achievement and the results have been hugely successful. Come and join Tammy Gardiner and Marama Reweti-Martin (Te Toi Tupu facilitators for Assessment, Management and Tumuaki projects) as they share the story and success of Pakirehua. REGISTER NOW.

    An Enabling e-Learning forum: Coding, digital literacy or a new kind of language? Community members have been sharing resources and ideas for trialing coding in primary and secondary classrooms. This is an emerging area of digital literacy. Do you have anything to add?

    Self Directed Learning in MLE: Elicia Pirini shares an innovative way to manage noise in an active modern learning environment - an app called Silent Light, which sounds an alert when the noise levels are too high.

    Collaborative Planning - What does it look like on screen? Paul Tyson asks, how do you record and share assessment within a collaborative space (anecdotal notes, general assessment information) and what kind of digital tools do you use? 

    LEARNZ webinars for teachers in Term 3: Barrie Matthews shares up-coming LEARNZ webinars in Term 3. Don’t miss out.

    Wellington 'Mac' and ipad schools... Leah is looking for schools to visit in the Wellington area who are using Apple devices for teaching and learning. Can you help?

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

     

    Help with Maori tuition in class: Community members offer Andrew some support with ways to use communication technologies between schools - to help support Māori learners with Te Reo. Is this something your students would be interested in too?

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    Appraisal, registered teacher criteria and your e-learning goals: This older thread has been revived and community are sharing their resources that can help teachers collect evidence against the Registered Teacher Criteria, Tataiako for appraisal, using digital tools.

    Effective PLCs for inquiry: JMKellow shares a resource from Edutopia that lists essential elements of a good team and asks, what would you add/remove from this list if we are focusing on teaching as inquiry?





     

    The impact of using the Virtual Learning Network on professional development

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    Smile LIVE WEBINAR: e-Learning leadership, what does it take?​ 26 August, 3.45-4.45pm

    Future-focused schools acknowledge the important role of technologies as we prepare our students for a world beyond school. What does it take to be an e-leader in a future-focused educational environment? What needs to be taken into consideration when resourcing and supporting all learners within and beyond the school? How can we help each other as e-leaders to support the work we do in school? Come join Richard McLaren (Assistant Principal, Shirley Boy’s High School, Christchurch) as he shares his experiences of e-leadership in a secondary school.

    This webinar will be supported by a thread in the Enabling e-Learning | Leadership group. REGISTER NOW.

    Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015: Rigorous and valuable ideas, links, resources and experiences continued to be shared in this thread. It would be interesting hear if any of these ideas have challenged or changed practices in your school?

    MLE: Shaun Cantwell puts a spin on how we view modern learning environments and shares how his class is experimenting with including external environments (national and local parks) as part of the learning environment. How big is your learning space?

    Student Management Systems: Anjela Webster wants to know if anyone has any knowledge/feedback regarding SchoolBox as a SMS/LMS? Can you help?

    MLEs: That’s just a classroom with a beanbag isn’t it? Steve comments on the virtues of Universal Design for Learning principles and asks wonders about the complexities of collaborative planning in an MLE. Does this resonate with you?

     

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     Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

     

    Introducing 1:1 devices to your school: Nathaniel Louwrens shares an article from the Connected Learning Advisory on, How to introduce mobile digital devices to your school. If you’re in a similar situation, this might be a timely resource for you.

    Etherpad...Jill Hammonds elaborates on the benefits of Etherpad vs Google docs, these include coloured highlighted text, time slider and the chat box facility for collaborative comments.

    Lease or Buy???? Cameron Lockie shares how his school leases technology over a three year period. The payments are spread out over this time and the technology is upgraded at the end. If you lease or buy at your school, tell us why that option works for you.

    SMS: Edge vs Kamar: Rebecca Ronald is looking for some advice about Edge and Kamar and is also interested in any further information about the decision-making processes when choosing an SMS. All comments and considerations welcome.

    Movie Making – Windows: Luke shares some insights into using Wax for movie making on a Windows device. Any other suggestions for Steve Trotter?

    Mobile

    Community members are asking and offering support with:

    Graphs on mobile

    Google, Chromebooks and Google apps

     

    Community members are looking for practical tips and support for:

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    CalendarFor your calendar...

     

    EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

     

    • Enabling e-Learning webinars: In this new look webinar page, you'll 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, getting to know our learners, MLEs, gaming and many more! 

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

    • Creative Commons Clinics: Creative Commons is holding weekly Google Hangouts for those working in the schools sector who are keen to discuss and learn more about copyright and CC.

    • EducampTheTron: Tamahere School, Saturday 15 August 

    • ULearn15: 7-9 October, Auckland.
    • Connected+ Event, The Ministry of Education’s science, technology, maths, and literacy series is now available on Google Slides. Most of the quality content including images, text, videos, audio, and graphic elements for Connected+ are available for teachers and students to download and reuse for educational purposes. Find out how you and your students can mix, mash, and share the digital versions of Connected+ articles and additional digital content to support teaching and learning.

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    Follow the hashtags or users to find out details of each Twitter chat.

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