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Kia ora and welcome back to school for Term 2. In this newsletter we keep you up to date with the latest updates from the Enabling e-Learning website and online community in the Virtual Learning Network.
Professional learning

Professional learning

Enabling e-Learning webinars and events

We have some great webinars and online discussion forums planned for Term 2.

Register now for these free webinars:

  • The people share – 23 May, 3.45–4.15 pm – In this live event, we invite you to share a tip/trick/digital tool that helps your students to think differently, creatively, or analytically.
  • Q&A with CLA – 6 June, 3.30–4.00 pm – Got a digital query? Not sure who to ask? You might find others looking for the same solutions. Join us in a Q&A with Clive Frances and Trevor Storr from the Connected Learning Advisory as we talk about your digital needs.

Spotlight webinars:

We are making the most of the rich resources and conversations in the Enabling e-Learning community. This term we are revisiting webinar recordings that relate to: digital technologies, CLA, and Makerspace. Watch these webinars in your own time and join the corresponding discussions.

Full calendar of events

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko – The Digital Readiness Programme 

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko is a Ministry of Education funded support programme designed for NZ educators. Central to the programme is Te Tokorima-ā-Mahuika – The Online Self-review Tool, which will support educators to identify their current level of "readiness".  The tool will suggest a personalised learning pathway for educators to grow their confidence and ability to implement the new Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matahiko curriculum content.

Te Tokorima-ā-Mahuika, the self-review tool will be made available to teachers and school leaders mid-Term 2, 2018. Sign up to receive updates on the Digital Readiness Programme.

New – Sharing teacher practice

In this video, principals, Tracey Simeon and Lee Whitelaw describe the professional learning systems between the schools in their cluster to develop consistent teacher practice and approaches.

Enabling e-Learning: Teaching


New Zealand Sign Language Week

New Zealand Sign Language Week is 7 – 13 May. 

Use our collection of online resources to celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week in your classroom.

Supporting students who are deaf or hard of hearing »


Samoan Language Week 

Samoan Language Week/Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa is 27 May – 2 June. 

Use our Gagana Samoa resources to celebrate Samoan Language Week in your classroom.

Pasifika resources »

New – STEAM page

STEAM learning applies meaningful maths, science, and technology content to solve real-world problems through hands-on learning activities and creative design.

This new page provides information and resources on what STEAM learning looks like and how you can get started with STEAM learning in your classroom.

Read more about STEAM »
Enabling e-Learning Leadership


New videos from Kaikohekohe cluster

Take a look at the six new videos now up in the Leadership section.

How the Kaikohekohe Cluster works together
Convening principal, Lee Whitelaw describes how the Kaikohekohe cluster principals and lead teachers collaborate.


What makes a cluster successful
Lee Whitelaw, Convening principal at Ohaeawai School, explains how to create a successful cluster and the importance of having clear processes and systems in place.
Learning pathways
Tracey Simeon, Principal at Tautoro School, talks about how the primary schools and high schools in their cluster work together and the importance of doing so. 
Cluster inquiry
Lee Whitelaw, Convening principal at Ohaeawai School, talks about the layers of inquiry that they have within their cluster and how the inquiries are presented.
Collaboration and student agency
Tautoro School principal, Tracey Simeon describes how they have enabled the students to have more agency and more collaboration with each other. 

Setting up the Kaikohekohe Trust
Lee Whitelaw explains why they set up a Trust for purchasing their Chromebooks and the process they went through to do that.


Beyond the classroom

Engaging with parents, whānau, and the community

See the updated information on this page for ways that you can connect with your community. 

Connected Learning Advisory | Te Ara Whītiki

Connected Learning Advisory

The Ministry of Education’s Connected Learning Advisory | Te Ara Whītiki is committed to supporting schools, kura, and communities of learning plan for, manage, and use digital technologies for learning.
Check out the Connected Learning Advisory's free resources »

Contact the Advisory

The Advisory has answered hundreds of queries from principals, teachers, and leaders of schools, kura, and Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako covering a range of technology related topics, including:

  • using digital technologies in the classroom
  • developing an e-learning action plan
  • engaging your community through digital technologies
  • adopting cloud services
  • procurement of ICT devices and other equipment
  • digital citizenship
  • preparing for BYOD
  • getting ready for the Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko curriculum changes
Phone 0800 700 400 or submit a query by completing the online form.
Enabling e-Learning: Ministry initiatives

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