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Enabling e-Learning.

English and e-Learning

e-Learning enables learning opportunities to be tailored to students’ individual needs and interests, improving achievement and engagement. In English, this may mean using e-Learning to raise literacy levels; using devices or software to engage reluctant learners with texts; or creating self managing learning opportunities to suit different learning pathways.

Pedagogy and e-Learning:

  • e-Learning and collaborative/co-constructive pedagogies appear to be linked.
  • Using these pedagogies – that also foster interaction and co-operation - appear to lead to effective learning and better teacher/student relationships.
  • Learning in an e-Learning-rich environment may make peer and collaborative learning opportunities easier, thus supporting students’ cognitive, affective and social interactions. These ways of working may lead to improved educational outcomes.
  • The prevalence of e-Learning technologies as natural ways of working in technologically-rich New Zealand schools point to ways in which traditional learning (literacy, numeracy) can be achieved in highly motivating ways. Some of these schools demonstrate both the power of an authentic audience for students’ work, and how a school’s prevailing ethos about the social and pedagogical frameworks important to learning, becomes a critical factor for success.

e-Learning and implications for New Zealand schools: a literature review (2010)

e-learning in the classroom

Creating iBooks
Teacher, Mihi Morunga, and students describe the process of creating iBooks and the benefits these have in the learning process. Once completed students can share their books with whānau.

Teacher inquiry into improving NCEA learning outcomes
Teresa Cargo, Sacred Heart Girls College, shares her teacher inquiry into using video with her Year 13 students to improve students' ability to present social and informative speeches. Teresa found using video cameras to support student reflection led to a large shift in student achievement. 

Twitter at school
Tamara Yuill Proctor is the teacher in charge of English and Social Studies at Tuatapere Community College. In this talk Tamara explains her plans for incorporating Twitter into her classrooms. She explains that Twitter is a technology that appeals to students which makes it ideal for supporting and extending learning.

Is there an app for that?
Paula Eskett is the school library manager at Riccarton High School in Christchurch. Paula is a 2012 CORE Education eFellow and has spent the year investigating increasing student engagement in research and learning through the use of mobile devices. 

Polyfest as a learning context
Mangere College students describe e-posters they designed as part of their visual arts NCEA assessments to reflect their identity and culture. 

Video gaming as a context
This snapshot describes how a teacher used the creation of a video game as the context for a year 11 English programme. Students developed their English language skills at the same time as they learned how to create their own video game.

Stop motion animation to promote literacy
Sue Martin uses stop motion animation with her students to promote narrative skills, particularly sequencing and retelling. After teaching them how, her students now work independently during reading time in the animation corner. She encourages student self and peer reflection by asking questions at the end of each session.

Using blogs and wikis

Blogs and wikis: Information about what blogs and wikis are, what they do, and how you can use them as a tool in teaching and learning.

Improving student writing using blogs: An authentic audience giving specific feedback
Teacher Kate Friedwald and a student discuss how blog writing encourages students to write more, to write better, and to produce better quality work because it is being seen.

Beyond the virtual classroom – Developing literacy through the use of online communities in English
How student blogs and class wikis can be utilized to raise literacy levels in the context of formal writing (AS 90053) preparation and practice.

Increasing engagement through Blogger
Students at Epsom Girls Grammar School improved their writing ability and their understanding of assessment standards through the use of blogging.

Useful resources

ICT in English NZ
A blog open to all teachers of secondary English and other interested educators, and is a place to air views, share ideas, request help and resources, and establish professional relationships.

School Journals
Available in digital form as well as print, giving you more ways to use these resources with your students.

School Journal Story Library
Available in digital form as well as print, giving you more ways to use these resources with your students. 

Ideas for integrating ICTs in English - tools and strategies
From the enabling e-learning group on the VLN

Professional readings

Exploring the potential of the digital language experience approach in Australian classrooms: The purpose of this research was to try a Digital Language Experience Approach in an Australian context, to find ways of helping primary grade teachers incorporate technology into their literacy curricula. This article demonstrates the process and its outcomes. Levels 1-4

Reading comprehension on the internet:Expanding our understanding of reading comprehension to encompass new literacies: The Internet provides new text formats, new purposes for reading, and new ways to interact with information. Electronic texts introduce new supports as well as new challenges, which can have a great impact on an individual's ability to comprehend what he or she reads. Levels 1-8

Guidelines for computer-assisted reading instruction: This article provides guidelines on how teachers can meaningfully integrate computers into reading/writing as opposed to computer-based drill and practice software. Levels 1-8

Enabling e-Learning

View school stories, snapshots of learning, and resources that show how schools are using technologies to support collaboration, personalised learning, and authentic learning experiences within the English learning area.

Updated on: 01 Aug 2019