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Criterion 4

Fully certified teachers demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional learning and development of personal professional practice.

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Key indicators:

  • Identify professional learning goals in consultation with colleagues.
  • Participate responsively in professional learning opportunities within the learning community.
  • Initiate learning opportunities to advance personal professional knowledge and skills.

Guiding question

How do I/can I utilise e-learning to further my professional learning and development?

Teacher, Kate Friedwald, explains how whole-school PD at Wairakei School, based on the Teaching as Inquiry model, is being applied to ICT or some form of technology.

The SAMR model
Use this framework to assess and evaluate technologies used in the classroom.

e-Learning as inquiry
The e-Learning as Inquiry framework is an adaptation of the Teaching as Inquiry framework. The school stories and resources on this page support your understanding of using the e-Learning as Inquiry framework. Explore integrating e-learning contexts into your practice, evaluating whether your teaching practices produce better outcomes for your students.

Enabling e-Learning: Teaching
This section of the website provides stories, information, and resources that explore teacher practice using e-learning across the curriculum, for assessment and pedagogical approaches.

Teaching as inquiry
Practical NZ classroom examples of teacher inquiry.

Software for Learning: Snapshots
A national collection of learning snapshots showing New Zealand educators using e-learning tools effectively to support student learning.

Teachers from Paihia School talk about the benefits of implementing a blended approach to e-learning professional learning and development (PLD).

Teacher inquiry snapshots
These snapshots provide examples of teachers using an inquiry model to trial blended practises and new pedagogical approaches.  

SMS – Facilitating teacher inquiry
Principal at Konini School, Michael Malins, shares how they facilitate and keep record of teacher inquiry using their SMS.

There are a range of networks that teachers can join and contribute to in order to share ideas on best practice and to share a range of useful teacher resources.

Connected educator
A collaborative calendar connects thousands of educators so they can engage in free (and freely given) online professional learning.

Professional learning communities
Use the information, resources, and school stories to identify and develop professional learning communities (PLCs) that share e-learning understandings and practices focused on improved student learning outcomes. Use the links on the Learning communities  section of this page to join PLCs relevant to your role.

The Virtual Learning Network
The Virtual Learning Network (VLN), He kōtuinga ako ā-ipurangi, is an interactive resource provided by the Ministry of Education for all New Zealand educators. Members are able to create groups in order to build communities of practice around common areas of interest. Join the Enabling e-Learning community  within the VLN.

A simple comprehensive guide on the use of personal learning networks in education
Use this guide for teachers by Med Kharbach, author of Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, to find and participate in professional learning networks.

8 characteristics of connected educators
Steve Anderson discusses what it means to be a connected educator.

OZ/NZ diigo network
A group of New Zealand and Australian educators contribute to this online collection of shared bookmarks. 

10 ways teachers can use Twitter for professional development
This post by Educational Technology and Mobile Learning outlines how to make the most of Twitter to connect with the wider educational community.

Professional development
Find out how you or your school can participate in these professional development programmes and courses funded by the Ministry of Education.

Enabling e-learning community: Group calendar
Sign up for the free webinars aimed at school leaders and teachers accessed through this community. The calendar also provides links to e-learning conferences and other learning opportunities for educators.

Online numeracy PD
There are online modules and tutorials for teachers to upskill in teaching numeracy. They are Online numeracy PD  and numeracy content tutorials.

K12 online conference
This free annual conference focuses on innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning.

VLN webinar recordings
There are a range of webinars for professional development on a range of topics that teachers can access online via the Enabling e-Learning group in the VLN.  Information about upcoming events can be accessed via the Enabling e-Learning group calendar .

EPIC provides New Zealand schools with free access to a worldwide range of databases containing thousands of international and New Zealand magazines, newspapers, biographies, substantial reference works, and images. You will need to apply for a username and password providing proof that you are teaching in a New Zealand educational institution. 

Subscribe to TKI online newsletters

An initiative by CORE Education providing video interviews with a range of educationalists and other experts in relation to teaching and learning.

There are always events such as conferences, courses, and seminars for teachers being held in New Zealand. Sign up for alerts on the Education Gazette website to get email notifications for these events. 

Kathy Schrock’s guide to everything
This site is a portal to all of the materials, links, and resources that Kathy Schrock (an American educator) has gathered together about technology in schools.

The amount of content on the web can be overwhelming. Use e-learning tools to organise content for your own use and to share it with others.

Cool tools for schools
Lenva Shearing (DP at Bucklands Beach Intermediate) has created this wiki to provide support and guidance for other teachers around the use of Web 2.0 tools.

Larry Ferlazzo outlines the best new web 2.0 tools for education, updated annually.  

Content curation tools
This page from the University of Alaska website explains what content curation is and lists a number of relevant products used in education.

e-Learning community discussions

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