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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the last e-Learning pānui for Term 2 celebrating all things e-learning from across the VLN.

    We trust you have had a fabulous term and are beginning to wind down to a well-deserved break. Have a great holiday and stay warm and safe.

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

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    Check out our new Webinar recordings page and enjoy some great, free PD over the holidays.

    Then jump into the relevant discussions and add your thoughts, comments and reflections.

     

     

     


     

    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 TK Tony. Tony is currently on sabbatical and is researching Innovative Learning Environments, collaborative teaching and change management. He has shared some of his findings on his website. Thanks for your contributions, Tony.


     

     

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    School Facebook Query: MareeThomas has a question around whether school Facebook pages should be public or invite only. What does your school do?

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    How do students select workshops? Steve Trotter would like to hear from anyone who has come up with a solution for students booking workshops with multiple teachers, preferably using Google Calendar.

    E-Learning books for senior readers eg, 12 years plus: Shannon9 would like to know where the best places are to access ebooks for senior readers.

    Online Teacher Planners (getting rid of the black folder): Carly Kidd has shared a range of her teaching planning over the years using Google docs.

    Invent 2Learn - Maker Culture: Hamish McLean has shared some more examples of what his students are doing in their 'Invent 2Learn' space.

    Movie making: Nicki Fielder has asked what is the easiest way for students to make movies using Chromebooks and Google Apps.

    How to down load you tube clips: This conversation started with Kate Crawford asking a question of how to download YouTube videos so that students can add voice over, and ended up in a bit of a discussion regarding copyright laws.

    Forum: Universal Design for Learning: You can find the link to the UDL webinar and presentation shared within this discussion.

    Meeting the needs of all students using a UDL approach

    Self Directed Learning in MLE: Sam Harrison adds to this discussion by sharing what they do at their school to have students plan what they are going to do each day.

    Matariki: Anaru White has shared that the Matariki and Puanga page has been updated with new resources.

    CS-First - Google Backed Computer Clubs Promoting Scratch Programming: Robbie McGougan explains how he has seen great motivation and response to the Google Computer Science First programme.

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    Collaborative teaching in ILEs - Research and findings, and Change Management/Leadership required: TK Tony has shared some of the findings of his research into Innovative Learning Environments during his sabbatical.

    'MLE, MLP is it just learning?' Marnel van der Spuy has shared a blog post written by Daniel Birch. She states that he has written some interesting questions that are worth a ponder.

    Forum: How do schools ready themselves for modern learning pedagogies? Kylie Gorrie has described what her school did to prepare for their move into an MLE.

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    How do you choose the best digital resources in your school? Tessa asks, "after your teachers have defined the learning outcomes they want for their students, how do you and your staff go about choosing digital resources to enhance learning experiences and achieve learning outcomes? 

    Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015: This continues to be a great discussion with a number of contributions in the past few weeks as well as a link to the webinar recording and presentation.

    Digital literacy: Debra Wood has shared some resources she likes to use when teaching both coding and digital citizenship.

    Student Management Systems: Community members continue to share student management systems (online and off) for primary and secondary schools such as Kamar, ETAP. Any recommendations for an effective SMS in a secondary school?

    Cybersafety agreement - mobile devices: Hamish McLean is asking if schools are willing to share ideas or examples of cybersafety agreements, and has shared the one from his school.

    Evaluating e-Learning implementation: Keir Whipp is looking for academic articles on the evaluation of e-learning implementations in secondary schools. Several references have been shared along with some interesting discussion.

     

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

     

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    Uploading Videos to Blogger: Tracy is looking for some advice on uploading videos to Blogger while keeping them good quality and not having to cut them short. Can you help?

    iPad storage: Do you have any suggestions for KateJ around storing iPads?

    Saving videos in a GAFE school: Bronwyn Gibbs is interested in how other schools store student videos.

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    Devices for coding: MrsB30 would like to know what devices would be best to teach coding to Y3/4 students, with particular focus on designing games. Jacqui Sharp has responded with a website she is putting together on coding.

    Short Throw Projectors: MrsB30 would like some advice on the type of projector needed in her school hall.

    Editing a table in Google Sites: Jared Holden has asked for advice around editing tables in Google Sites so that teachers can only edit certain parts of a table. Some useful suggestions have already been given.

    

 

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    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 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.

    • EduCampBOP 2015Sat 8 August, Tahatai Coast School.

    • Google Educator Group for New Zealand, 12 August, Hobsonville Point Primary School, Auckland. GEGNZ invites NZ educators to support groups of students to present at the inaugural student summit. This special event involves a face to face event for students, as well as the opportunity for students to provide a virtual workshop/presentation.

    • Hamilton EduCamp, #EduCampTheTron, Sat 15th August, Tamahere Model Country School. 

    • Learning@School Roadshow 2015: Details to come
    • ULearn15: 7-9 October, Auckland. Abstracts now open.
    • 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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  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to week 7 term 2, and the latest e-Learning pānui celebrating all things e-learning from across the VLN.

    Don't miss out on our next up-coming LIVE workshop next week.

    Smile LIVE WEBINAR: Resourcing e-Learning (June 10, 3.45-4.45pm)

     

    Audience:  Primary and secondary school leaders, e-learning leaders, aspiring principals interested in effective resourcing of e-learning.

    If, “best practice e-learning enables accessible, relevant, and high-quality learning opportunities that improve student engagement and achievement” (Enabling e-Learning), how might resourcing  ensure e-learning capacities (for both teachers and learners) get the best chance to grow? Come join us as we discuss the implications of effective e-learning with NAPP participants and invited guests (eLPF, CLA). A support discussion is now live in the Enabling e-Learning | Leadership group. REGISTER NOW!

    All other up-coming online events for Term 2 can be found in our Enabling e-Learning Term 2 events flier. Also, check out the latest newsletter (May 29) from Enabling e-Learning (TKI).

    Tess  smiley (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 Keir Whipp for numerous posts and thought-provoking contributions about e-learning in education. Keir is the Head of English at Aorere College and is interested in building e-learning at their school, beginning with the implementation of a BYOD policy. Why not drop Keir a message if you have similar interests in implementing BYOD in a secondary school.

     


     

    Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship

     

    Cyber Safety - How safe are we? Tane Bennett is looking for safe and appropriate ideas when it comes to students loading material onto personal blogs. He asks, is there a set of safe/unsafe ethics or etiquette rules we should be adhering to?

    E-portfolio templates: Erana Kihi is looking at starting some student e-portfolios this year and is looking for some templates either in English or Te Reo if anybody has any free to share.

    Modern Learning Practices and Maths: SteveHT1971 is the Maths Curriculum Leader in an intermediate school, that is developing modern learning practices. Steve is looking for some sound examples in maths, so he can on-share ideas with the rest of his staff. Do you have any to share?

    Self Directed Learning in MLE: Community members offer ideas with Sarah Quinlan about how young students can manage and self direct their own learning in a modern learning environment. All other ideas greatly appreciated.

    Check out our latest VLN Primary newsletter! 
Rachel has published the latest VLN Primary newsletter, updating the community on what’s happening in the virtual network for students.

     

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

     

    Text to Speech: 
Lynne Silcock shares how Text-to-speech tools allow students to access text above their current reading age, as well as support students with learning or reading difficulties, those with some visual impairment, or those who prefer to hear rather than read.

    Universal Design for Learning: This blog post supports the live event with the same name, which summarises UDL and invites you to share how you’re applying the principles of Universal Design for Learning in your classroom practice.

    Don't miss out on our LIVE workshop TODAY!

    Smile LIVE WEBINAR: Universal Design for Learning - applying the framework to create an inclusive classroom (June 4, 3.45-4.45pm) 

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    Audience: Primary and secondary teachers interested in ways to reach and teach all students.

    Teachers really want every student to succeed. But for some students it is sometimes hard to know where to start. That’s where Universal Design for Learning (UDL), coupled with technology, can be so powerful. In this webinar Lynne Silcock (CORE Education) and Linda Ojala (CORE Education & Silverstream School) will explain what Universal Design for Learning is and why it's important in your classroom. Hosted in Adobe Connect. Live link for the webinar >>>

    Check out the eight new guides for school leaders and teachers that have been published on the Inclusive Education website.

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    Blogging Teaching as Inquiry as Appraisal: Michelle shares how her staff are trialing reflective practices that also reference Registered Teacher Criteria, using digital tools like Hub Blog. How are your teachers engaging in Teaching as Inquiry in a digital realm?

    Check out the Teaching as inquiry - new snapshots of learning in Enabling e-Learning (TKI).

    Research to support your MLE journey: Carolyn Crow is working towards her Masters and would like to collect data on schools transitioning from a traditional single teacher classroom to team teaching in a MLE. Carolyn would like to hear from any schools who might be interested in collecting data during the transition.


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    red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  

    Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015: In this thread, NAPP and Enabling e-Learning community members comes together to reflect on what is needed for school leaders to resource, “widely and wisely to help grow e-learning capacities.

    Learning leading in a digital world: Keir Whipp writes, 
Educators in New Zealand, and around the world, are working in exciting times. We're on the brink of a revolution and no one is going to get hurt.
 Want to know more?

    Modern Learning Pedagogies, Practices and Places: Is a collaborative google presentation (compiled  by Te Toi Tupu facilitators). All of your ideas and input is also welcome.

    Digital literacyKeir Whipp shares an article on the growing importance of developing digital literacy skills and is particularly interested in how schools are teaching coding, creating games and websites using html; CSS, and java script. Is this practice happening in your school? How is it happening and what are the results?  

    Expanding our digital tools: MrsB30 is the ICT co-ordinator in her school and is looking for some advice on how to make the best use of the digital resources in her school. Do you have any top tips for MrsB30?

    Student Management Systems: Community members share student management systems (online and off) for primary and secondary schools such as Kamar, ETAP. Any recommendations for an effective SMS in a secondary school?

    Modern Learning Quotes: Community members shares some thought-provoking and interesting quotes to invite conversations about modern learning. Do you have any to share?

    Digital Dark Ages - keeping track of photos: Suzanne Pidduck shares strategies they use in their school for managing images in Google drive. What is working for you, your teachers and students?

     

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

     

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    Trello: Tanya asks if anyone knows how to use the app Trello, specifically for setting up independent timetables, for a week, in a ML setting. Tanya also wants to know the logistics for setting this up, the pitfalls and benefits.

    Mim eee OOOOOO: Got any ideas about what to do with old smart boards or unused Mimio boards. There's a few new ideas in this thread. Any more alternative ideas?

    My students want to create a website? Community members offer some web design tools that students can use to create websites such as Weebly, Wix, Google Sites and Editey. Do you have any preferences to share with NicolaC, that also shows the process of learning? 

    Some more top tips for Chromecast, Google and cloud storage:

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    Ipad MicrophoneBrendon Anderson asks if anyone can recommend an plug-in iPad mic for better sound recording when creating videos.

    Ipad apps to support questioning skills: Hamish McLean shares how coding offers excellent questioning and problem solving skills for students and mentions the app Codify as an option to do this. Any other great coding apps for students?

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    BYOD - on-selling VPP apps: Michelle Simm’s school is interested in passing on cheaper VPP apps to their students as part of BYOD, but is concerned about Apple’s terms and conditions for on-selling VPP apps. Are you aware of how this can work?

    Pilot Study on BYOD: Jason C. is a PhD student researching 'secondary science teacher instructional design for BYOD in NZ' and is looking for feedback to improve the data collection survey. All comments & suggestions welcome.

    Training for teachers - Needs analysis: André Basel is looking for any existing ‘needs analysis’ questionnaires that can be used to help structure PLD for groups of teachers with varied needs. Do you have you have used with your teachers?

    BYOD at Wairakei | An Enabling e-Learning event: This post summarises the 'BYOD at Wairakei' live event with Kate Friedwald. There are also links to presentation material and a direct link to the webinar recording.  

    Bookmarks

     

    Allanah has added the following bookmarks

    Barbara Reid added a new bookmark

    

 

    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, 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.

    • EduCampBOP 2015Sat 8 August, Tahatai Coast School.

    • Google Educator Group for New Zealand, 12 August, Hobsonville Point Primary School, Auckland. GEGNZ invites NZ educators to support groups of students to present at the inaugural student summit. This special event involves a face to face event for students, as well as the opportunity for students to provide a virtual workshop/presentation.

    • Hamilton EduCamp, #EduCampTheTron, Sat 15th August, Tamahere Model Country School. 

    • Learning@School Roadshow 2015: Details to come
    • ULearn15: 7-9 October, Auckland. Abstracts now open.
    • 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.

    Twitter image Twitter Chats 

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

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

    Don't miss out on our next up-coming LIVE workshop.

    Smile LIVE WEBINAR: Universal Design for Learning - applying the framework to create an inclusive classroom (June 4, 3.45-4.45pm) 

    UDL webinar image

    Audience: Primary and secondary teachers interested in ways to reach and teach all students.

    Teachers really want every student to succeed. But for some students it is sometimes hard to know where to start. That’s where Universal Design for Learning (UDL), coupled with technology, can be so powerful. In this webinar Lynne Silcock (CORE Education) and Linda Ojala (CORE Education & Silverstream School) will explain what Universal Design for Learning is and why it's important in your classroom. Hosted in Adobe Connect. REGISTER NOW!

    The up-coming online events for Term 2 can be found in our Enabling e-Learning Term 2 events flierFeel free to print this off for your staffroom and add the Enabling e-Learning calendar events into your own calendars.

    Tess  smiley (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 Michelle (Deputy Principal at Beckenham School) for sharing her experiences of using Blogger as a reflective tool, to collect evidence against the Registered Teacher Criteria and through Teaching as Inquiry, as part of the school's appraisal process. Michelle invites us to share what digital platforms we're using to collect evidence.

     


     

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    Digital Citizenship | Keeping our community digitally savvy at school and at home: Schools are increasingly proactive about informing parents about digital citizenship language, programmes and expectations. But what happens when the parents don’t use technologies appropriately?

    Digital citizenship video resources: André Basel shares a collection of links to some good videos, and news clips in his website. Does anyone else have any video resources that help to teach students about Digital Citizenship?

    Online Teacher Planners (getting rid of the black folder!) Naomi Laycock adds an innovative spin on using a shared Google calendar to create colour coded sessions with learning intentions and hyper links. Any other digital modifications on the old teacher's planner to share?

    Effective methods of collaboration between students: Teejay is asking if anyone has had success with any digital and collaborative tools that have aided students during their inquiries?

    Making the move from single cell teaching: Tanya shares some initial experiences of trialling Modern Learning Pedagogies where it's important for teachers to make time to discuss learning, have common understandings and work collaboratively to plan and assess students’ learning. What else have you found is vital as we move into more collaborative models?

    Self Directed Learning in MLE: Abbie shares some unique and successful strategies for mentoring and monitoring students to become more self-paced, self-directed learners. Some wonderfully practical ideas here.

    The Leamington Learner

    New Entrants in a Year 1-4 MLE: Catherine Lynagh shares how her school is about to open up their single cell classrooms and transform them into MLE space and asks, what can/does this look like for new entrant students?

    School Visits: Lynne Thomas recommends a school worth visiting -  Leamington Primary school and shares their future-focused story, The Leamington Learner in Enabling e-learning.

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    Blogging Teaching as Inquiry as Appraisal: Michelle shares how her staff are trialling using Blogger to collect evidence through their teaching inquiries. This is forming the basis of their appraisal process. How is your school looking at non-traditional ways to use e-tools as part of teacher appraisal?

    What's the buzz? Teaching as Inquiry! Here’s a quick overview of Teaching as Inquiry, with references to a new group in the VLN and examples of schools sharing their reflective practice. How are you and your colleagues unpacking 'Teaching as Inquiry'?

    WEBINAR: Inquiry Circles: Collaborative Learning in Guided Inquiry 

8:00 - 9:00, 28 Apr 2015


    Presented by: Leslie Kuhlthau Maniotes, NBCT, MEd, PhD – International consultant focused on inquiry learning and curriculum design.

    Overview: We know that learning how to collaborate is an essential skill for college and workforce readiness. How are we engaging students to meaningfully collaborate through inquiry?

    Leslie will field questions from participants submitted throughout this webinar. Join her for an interactive session that will help you implement inquiry circles as a collaborative learning tool and a platform for rich student assessment of learning.

    REGISTER NOW!, organised by edWeb. 

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    red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  

    Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015: In this thread, NAPP and Enabling e-Learning community members comes together to reflect on what is needed for school leaders to resource, “widely and wisely to help grow e-learning capacities.”

    MLEs: That’s just a classroom with a beanbag isn’t it? Several community members have reignited this thread with wonderings about the meaning of modern learning environments, examples of teacher Inquiry into modern learning spaces, as well as considerations for appropriate infrastructure. Well worth a read.

    Digital Dark Ages - keeping track of photos: Robyn Wood raises a good point about what happens to file storage and photos when schools move from localised servers to cloud-based solutions. What do you do to keep track during change-over?

     

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

     

     Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

    BYOD at Wairakei | An Enabling e-Learning event: This thread highlights and summarises the live webinar with Kate Friedwald as she talked about the pilot scheme to trial BOYOD at Wairakei School. You’ll find the complete presentation and webinar recording here. Feel free to share with others.


    Help with Creating a Blog using Blogger: Allanah King shares her blog post ob how to use blogger. All helpful tips if you’re starting out with this tool.

    My students want to create a website? André Basel shares Wix, a free, visually appealing web-based tool for creating websites.

    Mim eee OOOOOO: Got any ideas about what to do with old smart boards or unused Mimio boards? Surely there’s still some life left in these interactive tools?

    School Phone System: MrsB30’s school is looking to upgrade their school phone system and is wondering what systems other schools are using - if they're cloud based and any pros/cons. Do you have any recommendations to share?

    Google threads:

    Mobile

     

    • Best apps to support literacy & numeracy: SherylC asks if anyone knows of any good reading/writing & numeracy apps for students working at or below level 1 of the curriculum and range in age from 6 to 10 years old. What works for your students?
    • App options on different platforms: Anya Kendal is looking for appropriate apps that are not solely for iPads in their BYOD programme. Can you help?
    • Explain Everything Issue, can you help? Merryl had some technical difficulties with inserting video into Explain Everything on an iPad. The community came to rescue, and the solution is there for all to see.
    • iPads in the Junior Classroom: Allanah King shares her favourite app, Book Creator and elaborates on this further in her blog.
    • Wireless Mirroring: Rachel Thorpe is looking for some technical advice about mirroring iPads to the data projectors/tv's or PC laptops. Can you help?
    • Creating timelines: Helen Kennedy wants to know what suitable apps are available that can create historical timelines. She wants to do this based on a school journal story with her Year 5/6 class. Great idea. Do you know of any apps that would be appropriate?
    • Ipad Microphone: Brendon Anderson is looking for some recommends for a plug-in iPad mic. Any tips?

    Bookmarks

     

    Barbara Reid added a new bookmark:

    Bring-your-own-device-byod-in-schools-considerations/  Address: Who gets to access the devices and is it equitable?

    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, 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

    • CMA E-Learning Day 2015, 29 May, Middleton Grange School. CMA are proud to invite you to a 1 day event, E-Learning in Mathematics professional development event.
    • Google Educator Group for New Zealand, 12 August, Hobsonville Point Primary School, Auckland. GEGNZ invites NZ educators to support groups of students to present at the inaugural student summit. This special event involves a face to face event for students, as well as the opportunity for students to provide a virtual workshop/presentation.

    • EduCampBOP 2015Sat 8 August, Tahatai Coast School. 

    • Learning@School Roadshow 2015: Details to come
    • ULearn15: 7-9 October, Auckland. Abstracts now open.
    • 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.

    Twitter image Twitter Chats 

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

    Image sources: image 2image 4, image 5

  • Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome back to Term 2 with the latest e-Learning pānui from across the VLN.

    Don't miss out on our next up-coming LIVE workshop.

    smiley WEBINAR: BYOD at Wairakei, April 30th, 3.45 - 4.45pm

    Audience: Primary and secondary school leaders or e-learning leaders with an interest in introducing BYOD into the classroom or wider organisation.

    Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to technology models where students and staff bring a personally-owned device to school for the purpose of learning. Come join Kate Friedwald from Wairakei as she talks to us about all the wonders, whys and wherefores of trialing BYOD at Wairakei School. Kate will also be joined by a representative of the Connected Learning Advisory (Te Ara Whītiki)Please feel free to bring your own BYOD stories to share during this webinar.

    This webinar is supported with further discussions in the Technology group. REGISTER NOW

    The up-coming online events for Term 2 are now published in, Enabling e-Learning | What's on in term 2 2015? Feel free to add the calendar events Enabling e-Learning calendar. Feel free to add the Enabling e-Learning calendar events into your own calendars.

    For other e-learning news, check out Enabling e-Learning's latest newsletter. Looking forward to seeing you online - hei konā mai,

    Tess :-) (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 several active members over the holidays: Jonas Malmanche, Janelle Riki, Manu Faaea-Semeatu, Barend, Lynne Silcock, Anne Kenneally, Mike Malcolm, Belinda Buchanan, Mark Edwards, Monika Kern, Mike Shorter, Lucy Miller, Oscarsranch, Derek Wenmoth, MeganCroll1 and Catriona Pene. Your contributions help to ignite new thinking, answer queries and keep our professional online learning network humming. A big thank you from the Enabling e-Learning team.

     


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    Virtual environment and tikanga Māori: Jonas Malmanche shares how tikanga is modeled and shared with all students, in both formal or informal, online and face-to-face ways of working. What does tikannga Māori look like for your students as they engage with others online?

    Pakiwaitara - Inquiring into our practice: Janelle Riki shares her thoughts about ‘Teaching as Inquiry’ and using frameworks like Te Rangitukutuku to review teacher practice and valued outcomes for students. Janelle invites you to share ideas any practices you have in place to critically evaluate teaching and learning practices.

    If you liked this, you might also be interested in Enabling e-Learning's new page on, Using Spirals of Inquiry to transform practice and raise literacy levels for boys.

    Check out the e-Learning Planning Framework on the Enabling e-Learning website. 


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    Digital citizenship interactive story: Common Sense Media have recently released a new online digital citizenship resource that teaches students the fundamentals of digital citizenship through animated, choose-your-own-adventure interactive experiences.

    Connecting and collaborating - getting the 'ins' with the families of our Pasifika learners: Manu Faaea-Semeatu shares a blog post from Togi Lemanu about, Pasifika ways of connecting and collaborating.

    You might also like Enabling e-Learning's digital story, Parent technology sessions.

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


     

    Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship

     

    Once again, it’s exciting to see how many e-learning related conversations are emerging about teaching and learning, especially with a focus on Modern Learning Pedagogies. We have listed some of the main conversations here.

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

     

    Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou - We will remember them. Here you’ll find a wealth of material being shared that helps us all to commemorate and remember the important part Māori played during WW1.

    Dyslexia awareness: In support of Dyslexia week, Anne Kenneally shares some valuable support for teachers and asks, what resources are you using to support Dyslexia?

    Video Modelling: Lynne Silcock shares how video modelling is a very effective way to support learning for students, especially those with autism spectrum disorders.



    Differentiated Instruction, Understanding by Design and Universal Design for Learning: A stable planning approach: Barend shares a robust approach to planning that incorporates Differentiated Instruction, Understanding by Design and Universal Design for Learning.

    New Resource: Solving 25 Problems in Unit Design: How do I refine my units to enhance student learning? Barend shares an additional resource in this thread, about ways to support and enhance learning for all. Do you have any valuable resources to share?

     

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    red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  

    Blended learning checklist: As more schools are moving towards using e-learning or blended learning in the classroom, there are a number of considerations they need to make in preparation for this. Here's a handy checklist. Take the test, we’d love
 to hear your thoughts on this.

    Establishing the “Why” of MLE: Mike Malcolm shares a Google doc to help schools identify the types of experiences / task design / classroom organisation they want to magnify through MLE for both children and teachers – to help address the why of MLEs. Feel free to interact with this resource.

    Up and running MLE philosophy: Mike Malcolm is looking for a list of primary schools in Auckland (preferably west) that have MLE running effectively? Please feel free to add details to the Google doc provided.

    Collaborative models for collecting anecdotal evidence: Belinda Buchanan shares how student goal reflections and digital evidence of learning is shared with parents and whānau. How does collecting evidence work for you in a collaborative teaching and learning scenario?

     

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

     

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    Connected Learning Advisory in the Education Gazette: Nathaniel Louwrens highlights the new Connected Learning Advisory
 feature in the April 20 edition of the Education Gazette.

    Google sites: Mark Edwards shares some top tips and trick for planning, developing and designing Google sites. Any more top ideas to share?

    Google literacy support extensions and apps: Monika Kern shares her Ulearn14 presentation for Supporting Universal Design for Learning with GAFE. All other examples, reflections and resources welcome.

    Gallipoli in Minecraft: Mike Shorter shows us a digital map of the landing at Gallipoli, that students can interact with in Minecraft. Any other Minecraft gems to share in time for Anzac Day commemorations?

    Mobile

     

    Edmodo questions: Lucy Miller wants to know how teachers are using Edmodo to engage with parents. Do you receive parent feedback and is this the best way to share what the children are doing in class? Lucy would love your feedback.

    I-pad storage: Oscarsranch shares a nifty storage idea in her MLE classroom - a two drawer filing cabinet with holes cut in one side, big enough to fit the older iPad 2 charger through. Any other economical, smart ideas to share here?

    BYOD

     

    5 strategies for building a powerful BYOD classroom: Derek Wenmoth shares an interesting US blog post on, Five strategies for building a powerful BYOD classroom. 

Might be useful for anyone starting out with this initiative.

    Care of device: MeganCroll1 has a parent asking about the logistics of storing and transporting BYOD devices to and from school. What advice are schools offering their parents about this?  

    You might also like Enabling e-Learning's digital story on, BYOD – Information and support for parents

    Bookmarks

     

    Catriona Pene has added a new bookmark: 100’s of Android App Recommendations for Teaching and Learning  

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


     

    CalendarFor your calendar...

     

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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, getting to know our learners, MLEs, gaming and many more!

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

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  • Term 2 Enabling e-Learning Calendar of Events 

     

    Ipad webinar inviteTēnā koutou, talofa lava and welcome to another term full of FREE online e-learning opportunities on offer. We've tried to target some hot topics for you this round, so don't miss out! 

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

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    Smile DISCUSSION FORUM: Resourcing the how and why of e-Learning | NAPP kōrero 6 2015 (April 22)

     

    Come join us now in the live discussion as we unpack what school leaders need to do, to lead resourcing widely and wisely to help grow e-learning capacities. We ask, Why do New Zealand Schools need to resource “widely and wisely in growing e-learning capacities and How do principals lead “resourcing widely and wisely in growing e-learning capacities? This forum is currently live in the Enabling e-Learning | Leadership group.

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    Smile DISCUSSION FORUM: Digital Citizenship | Keeping our community digitally savvy at school and at home (May 7 - April 7) 

    As we move towards resourcing schools with more e-tools, the access to web-based resources also increases. Providing safe and appropriate digital learning opportunities becomes an integral part of planning and implementing 'learning with digital technologies'. We ask, What policies, systems, strategies and resources are schools using to ensure students are safe on the Internet at school and at home?

    And what about the parents? What is the role of the school when it comes to parents and Digital Citizenship? We'd love to hear how your school is addressing these important issues. This conversation will be hosted in the Digital Citizenship group.

    Smile DISCUSSION FORUM: How do schools reading themselves for Modern Learning Pedagogies? (June 3 - July 3) 

     

    Conversations about planning, resourcing, trialing and implementing Modern Learning Environments are hot topics trending across the VLN and the wider web. Which leads us to ask, What do leaders and teachers need to do to establish common understandings and expectations around Modern Learning Pedagogy? This conversation will be hosted in the Enabling e-Learning Professional Learning 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: BYOD at Wairakei (April 30, 3.45 -4.45pm) 

     

    Audience: Primary and secondary school leaders or e-learning leaders with an interest in introducing BYOD into the classroom or wider organisation.

    Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to technology models where students and staff bring a personally-owned device to school for the purpose of learning. Come join Kate Friedwald from Wairakei as she talks to us about all the wonders, whys and wherefores of trialing BYOD at Wairakei School. Kate will also be joined by a representative of the Connected Learning Advisory (Te Ara Whītiki)Please feel free to bring your own BYOD stories to share during this webinar. For more about the BYOD trial at Wairakei, visit http://www.elearning.tki.org.nz/Technologies/Mobile-technologies/BYOD-trial/Wairakei-School-BYOD-pilot-Next-steps

    This webinar will be supported with thread in the Enabling e-Learning Technologies groupHosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa GrayREGISTER NOW!

    Smile LIVE WEBINAR: Universal Design for Learning - applying the framework to create an inclusive classroom (June 4, 3.45-4.45pm) 

     

    Audience: Primary and secondary teachers interested in ways to reach and teach all students.

    Teachers really want every student to succeed. But for some students it is sometimes hard to know where to start. That’s where Universal Design for Learning (UDL), coupled with technology, can be so powerful. In this webinar Lynne Silcock (CORE Education) and Linda Ojala (CORE Education & Silverstream School) will explain what Universal Design for Learning is and why it's important in your classroom. They will share their experiences on how they have applied the UDL framework to create an inclusive classroom environment. A support discussion will feature In the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group. Hosted in Adobe Connect with Nathaniel Louwrens. REGISTER NOW!

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    Smile LIVE WEBINAR: Resourcing e-Learning (June 10, 3.45-4.45pm)

     

    Audience:  Primary and secondary school leaders, e-learning leaders, aspiring principals interested in effective resourcing of e-learning.

    If, “best practice e-learning enables accessible, relevant, and high-quality learning opportunities that improve student engagement and achievement” (Enabling e-Learning), how might resourcing decisions define processes required to ensure e-learning capacities get the best chance to grow – e.g: establishing priorities across all school resourcing, confirming a process for teacher capacities to grow, confirming processes for inclusion of student voice and community voice and involvement? Join us as we discuss the implications of effective e-learning with NAPP participants and invited guests (eLPF, CLA). A support discussion is now live in the Enabling e-Learning | Leadership group. Hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa GrayREGISTER NOW!


     

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    The e-Learning Round-Up: Every 3 weeks

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

     

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  • I would like to hear from other year 2 teachers as how they use e-blended learning in their classroom programmes.

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

    Congratulations and well done to everyone who has participated in our 5 Day Challenge. You can see the challenge winners here.

    Congratulations also to the iPod/iPad user group which has now tipped over 2000 group members. Having this many community members contribute online, helps to make this one of the biggest virtual staff rooms in the country.

    Here's something to read over the next few weeks - the latest Enabling e-Learning newsletter

    Have a wonderful break everyone and look forward to connecting again in Term 2.

    Hei konā mai,

    Tess smiley (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 Thomas Biggie (Senior Teacher at Oratia District School) for a number of valuable contributions in e-learning related conversations of late.  This community thrives when community members respond and interact. So again, thank you Thomas.


     

     

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    Virtual environment and tikanga Māori: Daphne Papuni gets us thinking  about expected Māori protocols when connecting face to face - like hui, karakia and waiata. Daphne also poses the question, how can tikanga transpose naturally in an online environment? What are your thoughts around blended Māori tikanga in a digital world?

     

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    Check out the e-Learning Planning Framework on the Enabling e-Learning website. 


     

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    Using digital technologies to communicate with whānauChris McLean asks, what social media/apps are schools using to communicate with parents/ community? Has anyone done away completely with paper newsletters? Have you surveyed parents to find out what works best for them? If so, what was the response?

    FORUM: e-Learning plans/goals for 2015 (February 26 - March 26) | An Enabling e-Learning event: As part of this week's 5 Day Challenge, community members have been encouraged to share their e-learning goals for 2015. Check out what people are trialling this year. Why not share your own plans/goals and find someone else you can connect with, relate to or support? 

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


     

    Teaching logo Learning and Teaching  |  Digital Citizenship

     

    We're excited to announce, lately there has been a large increase in community activity across the Enabling e-Learning and Enabling e-Learning Teaching groups (and beyond), hence we've listed the links only below.

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

     

    Use of digital technology in culturally responsive practice: Ros L asks how might we interpret the statement, 'digital technologies are embedded in learning and reflect culturally responsive practice', as written in the e-Learning Planning Framework. Do you have any specific examples of your own to share?

    Dyslexia advocacy week 16-22 March: Jane Armstrong shares a rich resource from Enabling e-Learning supporting Dyslexia advocacy week. We can keep this awareness going beyond 22nd March. 

     

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    Study/research in 2015: Anjela Webster shares a little bit about her M.Ed. studies and her thesis on preteens and a cyber-related focus. Anjela adds a 'shout out' for anyone in Auckland who might be interested in connecting more with Anjela about their studies.

    Improvement and how to get it: Here’s an article that reflects on powerful PLD, when barriers don’t get in the way. Pam Redpath also comments that PLD won't change anything in a school unless there is clear vision related to student outcomes for change to happen! What are your thoughts about powerful PLD?

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


     

    red spiral logo Leadership & strategic direction  

    MLEs: That’s just a classroom with a beanbag isn’t it? JMKellow shares a blog post from Karen Boyes about putting the MLP before the MLE.

 How has your school unpacked the theory and practice around effective Modern Learning Practices in a Modern Learning Environment?

    Using google drive for internal school management effectively - advantages and challengesCommunity members continue to help Natasha Furness think through some strategies for organising admin documents/folders with considerations for cloud-based solutions. What are your recommendations for Natasha?

     

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

     

     Green swirly logo Technologies & Infrastructure  

    Loading video onto youtube: Anne Bunton is looking for some technical support with uploading video clips to YouTube but is having trouble with the file type. Do you have some experience in this area to help Anne?

    Literacy Support - Comparing software for word predictionCommunity members discuss the pros and cons of word prediction tools in the Assistive Technologies group. This might be something you’re interested in too?

    Interactive Whiteboards: Susan Feron is looking for any second-hand interactive whiteboards that schools might be interested in selling. 

    More conversations around Google docs, apps and Chromebooks include:

     

    Conversations about mobile devices:

     

    BYOD

     

    Managing device use in a BYOD classroomCommunity members continue to support Rebecca with resources and examples for helping to manage a classroom full of devices to ensure students are on task. Do you have anything to add?

     

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


     

    CalendarFor your calendar...

     

    EEL logo Enabling e-Learning events

     

    • Keep an eye out for our up-coming Enabling e-Learning calendar of events for Term 2. To be published soon.
    • 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, getting to know our learners, MLEs, gaming and many more!

    New Zealand mape-Learning events around NZ

     

    Twitter image Twitter Chats 

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

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  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the 5 Day Challenge. It was great to see the interest and discussion that took place around each of the challenges.

    Everyone who participated in the 5 Day Challenge, whether you completed 1 challenge or 5 can download the following badge and display it proudly on their profile page.

    5 Day Challenge participant badge

    The winners of each challenge (those who voted first) are:

    • Day 1: Nicole
    • Day 2: BecPower
    • Day 3: Nicole
    • Day 4: BuffyT
    • Day 5: Steph Kitto

    We have two Ultimate Challenge Winners. These two completed every challenge. They are:

    • Jo Maguire
    • Steph Kitto

    Congratulations to all our winners!

    Looking forward to seeing further discussion and other engagement across the community.

     

    - Nathaniel

     

  • It's the final day of the 5 Day Challenge.

    Today's challenge has two parts:

    1. imageJoin a new group - You can find the popular or newest ones HERE >>>
    2. Like or thumbs-up a post by clicking on the 'thumbs up' button in the top right-hand corner of the post.

    Register completion in this POLL >>>

     

    Who will be the ultimate challenge winner?

  • Enabling e-Learning is here to support you.

    Your challenge for today is to complete the Enabling e-Learning Community Survey 2015 to help give us more information about your needs so we can support you further.

    Register completion of the challenge in the POLL >>>

     

    If you've missed any of the previous challenges, you can find them and still complete them on the Enabling e-Learning group blog.