Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei and welcome to the last Enabling e-Learning community pānui for 2016.
It has been a privilege being part of your conversations and collating these for you in our regular e-learning round-up. Thank you to everyone who has stepped up as guest presenters, guest bloggers and shared their e-learning stories either formally or informally throughout the year. We'll be highlighting those special people in a dedicated blog to follow.
Please feel free to contact me, we'd love to hear from you - especially about the things that interest or provoke you in regards to e-learning in teaching and learning. You might be embarking in a Teacher-led funded programme, a new CoL (Community of Learning) or a dedicated teacher inquiry focus for 2017. Either way we'd love to know how we can support each of you, support each other with your own learning.
We'll be having a break in this community over the holidays and will be back on board from mid-January. In the meantime, have a deserved rest and quality time with your whānau over the holidays.
See you in the New Year! Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa,
Learning and Teaching
An Enabling e-Learning forum: Coding, digital literacy or a new kind of language? STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is a multidisciplinary way of looking at curriculum with the understanding these form a sound basis for learning and now seen a minimum requirement for entering the workforce. Read more >>>
Facebook Guidelines: Community threads from across the VLN have been shared here. Do you or your school/kura have any guidelines for teachers regarding how to use Facebook; protocols; rules; best practice etc that you can share?
Collaborative Planning - What does it look like on screen? Carly Kidd is looking for some ideas for collaborative teaching plans as she heads into into a larger team with 5 teachers and 150 students. Does anyone have any templates or resources to share?
Individual Learning Plans ILP: Lenva Shearing clarifies some helpful tips on how Hapara student notes can be shared with students. Any other practical advice for Tim Thatcher in this thread?
Pasifika dual language books for your Pasifika new entrants and their fanau: Catriona Pene shares a new resource in TKI. Pasifika dual language resources (PDF and MP3 files) are designed to support the early language and literacy learning of Pasifika new entrant students in English-medium classrooms.
Check out e-Learning and Teaching >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.
Enabling e-learning forum: Look how far we've come | NAPP Kōrero 14 2016: It's not always easy to know what impact you can have on others online or visa versa. Sometimes it's a take-a-way, a thought to ponder, a resource to revisit, an idea to implement or an experience or understanding to share.
Either way, having a network where you can go (beyond your immediate professional community), means you're part of a bigger learning community, like a national staffroom for educators. Some recent NAPP stories 2016 capturing the impact and influence of engaging online worth reading are:
Check out more e-Learning & Professional Learning >>> Enabling e-Learning website.
Leadership & strategic direction
Why are innovator's mind-sets and in-depth collaboration and cooperation crucial in resourcing ILEs? | NAPP Kōrero 6 2016: For all those who missed it, Alexia's webinar presentation (30/11) was very inspirational. For a group of young women to have this much vision, passion and energy to grow an important project like this across NZ is truly inspiring. View the recording and find out more about GirlBossNZ, and the push to help girls into more areas of STEM education and careers in New Zealand.
BYOD Model: Nic asks, as we embark on BYOD in schools, are schools rushing headlong into the BYOD or 'connected' environments without pause for a coordinated and reflective response to a fundamental question - is it causing learning? How has your school initiated a BYOD programme, based on effective pedagogies and student learning needs?
Wellington High School teacher, Ben Britton describes the differences and opportunities to planning and teaching as a result of using online resources and students bringing their own devices. Working in a one-to-one classroom, "makes it much easier to find activities that cater to different ability levels".
Technologies & Infrastructure
Transitioning accounts from primary school to junior college? Tim Harper shares the services of the Connected Learning Advisory in this thread. Anyone else in charge of migrating GAFE accounts between schools?
Robotics for Intermediate: Chris Coomes, Emma Scobie-Jennings and Linda Baran have shared their experience, opinions and insights into ways to set up learning with robotics for year 7/8 students. Any more ideas to share with Lynne?
Check out e-Learning and Technologies >>> the Enabling e-Learning website.
LEARNZ PLD and webinars: See website for details.
The United Nations Association of NZ is pleased to announce the launch of a new project to help Kiwi educators and students explore the complex issues of our times - UNwebquests.nz
This project aims to raise awareness of the variety of local and global issues that the United Nations champions. To learn more about the vision behind this project and how it works, please visit this link.
1. Undertake a webquest with your class - the list of webquests will grow over time.
2. Contribute the learning from your students to the site.
3. Create webquests for this important project and use these with your class - we have an incentive scheme to support you in this.
If you would like to contribute we are asking for expressions of interest from NZ educators.
Follow the hashtags or users to find out details of each Twitter chat.