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December 5, 2017

Happy Holidays From The CENZ Team!

One for my Kiwi readers.

Stay connected in education with Connected Educator NZ.

Kia ora Michael

Thank you to everyone who has been such a vital part of Connected Educator New Zealand (CENZ) this year, contributing to and participating in our collaborative calendar.

Over the year we have hosted free professional learning events, created communities, and shared resources, connecting educators across New Zealand and beyond. We’ve also shared focus topics, webinars, and online learning opportunities available for educators to dive into over longer periods of time.

CENZ is a celebration of how we can support each other’s professional learning in a connected world, and it is for YOU! We look forward to connecting with every one of you in the new year.

Best wishes to you all for a relaxing end of year and holiday season. Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa.

– Anne Kenneally and the CENZ team

What’s new in Connected Educator NZ?

Updated Starter Kete
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Have you tried out our new Starter Kete? To help get you connected, we have prepared 30 days of online activities that you can start anytime! Try one or two activities, challenge yourself to complete all 30 days, or mix and match these activities with any of those listed on the CENZ calendar.
Jump right in with the Day 1 activity to find out what a connected educator is. Try new things, and grow personally and professionally!
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Daily releases of free online videos, resources and more
We have recently introduced some regular slots in the CENZ calendar:
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Monday – EDtalk of the week 

Tuesday – Online resource of the week

Wednesday – Book of the week

Our Thursday slot is currently blank so we’re looking for ideas from you! What would you like to see shared on the CENZ calendar every Thursday?
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Earn while you learn
CENZ badges
CENZ 2017 badges spotlight a variety of possible pathways, so you can credential your participation. Whether you are learning to use online networks and technologies for the first time, championing connected professional learning in your school, kura or early childhood service, or offering events in the CENZ calendar, we want to recognise your contribution to CENZ.
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CENZ now on Instagram
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Check out the new CENZ Instagramaccount where we’ll be sharing quotes and images to motivate and support you in your online professional learning journey.
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Shawn Rubin & Fuse RI Fellowship Featured on Getting Smart Podcast

This episode, entitled “Network Effect Fuels Personalized Learning in Rhode Island,” features a discussion between Tom Vander Ark and Shawn Rubin, Chief Education Officer at Highlander Institute and recipient of the iNACOL Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning Award. Listen in to hear more about Shawn’s work and why networks are such a powerful catalyst for change.
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EdTechRI November Meetup Recap

On Wednesday night, 50 educators and 5 companies came together to showcase and discuss the latest and greatest in edtech during November’s EdTechRI Meetup. The event featured a STEM after-school program, a kindergarten math curriculum, a 3D animation app for students, and more, along with free beer, wine, and food. The evening rounded up with prizes won by Donna Perotta, Benjamin Concepcion, Devon Allen, and Joseph Porrazzo — congratulations again on winning free product licenses, VIP packages, and a Pebble watch. If you’d like to learn more about the November presenting companies, please visit Learn Create BuildPlotagonWriting WhateverMazefire, and Math Shelf.

Please be sure to save the date and join us for the next EdTechRI Meetup on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 4-6 PM!

Project Based Learning RI Meetup December 11th from 6 – 8pm

Are you an educator looking for new formative assessment strategies and tools?

Are you looking for ideas to enhance student voice, feedback, and reflection in your classroom? 

Join us at Tech Collective on Monday, December 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm for the fourth Project Based Learning (PBL) Rhode Island Meetup! This month we will be having a panel discussion about formative assessment and documentation in the classroom. We will also be facilitating a roundtable discussion about formative assessment, reflection, and storytelling in #PBL. Free wine and food will be served. Be sure to make your calendars for this great night of learning, collaboration, and fun.
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Showcase of Teaching and Learning, Sponsored by BEF

Are you interested in learning more about the great teaching and learning that happens throughout Barrington Public Schools? Barrington Education Foundation is sponsoring a Showcase on Teaching and Learning on Saturday, December 9th from 2:00-4:30 pm at Barrington High School. All are welcome to come to see presentations by teachers and students. Join us!
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Meet Highlander Institute’s Latest Intern: Zack Charette!
Zack joined the Highlander Institute team through an internship with Brown University, where he is a current A.M. candidate in Urban Education Policy. During his assignment as research intern, Zack will focus on exploring alternate ways to train and certify educators within the Rhode Island frameworks. He will also support the development of strategies and digital platform solutions for observing, assessing, and supporting teachers in our community. Zack’s research will be centered on expanding and maximizing the quality of alternative certification pathways and streamlining the walkthrough and feedback processes for Educational Strategies Specialists and their cooperating teachers. Zack first developed his eagerness to explore these innovations as a traditional pathway program completer at the University of Rhode Island School of Education, where he also received his B.A. in Secondary Education and History. After completing his teacher preparation, he spent the last school year teaching Grade 6 Geography in the Fall River Public Schools, where he both attended school and worked as a substitute teacher during his undergraduate studies. In addition to teaching, Zack draws on his experience as an administrative associate for BMC Durfee Summer Programs and an audio-visual engineering supervisor for the district to inform his intuition about how urban districts function from multiple points of view. He continues to fuel his passions for teaching and studying history as a researcher and presenter at King’s Chapel, a national historic site on the Boston Freedom Trail. When he is not exploring topics in education, Zack enjoys performing and recording music, and he can be seen playing his guitar in local pit bands and at several venues in the South Coast. He also loves playing basketball and golf, networking in his community, and spending time at home with his four younger siblings.

To read five fun facts about Zack click here!

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Canadian eLearning Network – November Newsletter

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Hello Michael, welcome to November CANeLearn News.

This newsletter provides event updates, links to several archives worth reviewing, news and announcements, along with a curated list of research and articles relevant to leaders and practitioners of blended and online learning.

Also, this month we welcome David Porter, CEO of eCampusOntario to the CANeLearn Board of Directors.  David brings years of experience from his work in post-secondary and K12 across Canada.  David was the keynote at the CANeLearn August Leadership Summit.  Welcome, David!

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Featured Events

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Canada Moodle Moot 2018

February 21-24, Toronto YorkU

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BC Digital Learning Symposium

April 18-20, Richmond, BC

Annual Digital Learning Symposium brought to you by the BC Partners in Online Learning and the Canadian eLearning Network

Frontiers of Innovation: Curriculum Change in Online Learning Environments. 

Dialogue, networking, sharing, creating, and learning


Adventures in Archives

2017 Leadership Summit

Check out presentations, curated documents & video recordings!


2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Conference

Presentation Padlet archives here:


blendED 2017: Alberta’s Blended & Online Learning Symposium

Links to Curated Notes in Program Session Descriptions:

Video Archive of Selected Presentations:

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In the News

Blended Learning School Directory

From Blended Learning Universe

  • A searchable catalog of K–12 blended-learning programs worldwide.
  • Search to learn how other schools are innovating.
  •  Join the BLU to feature your school on the directory.

2017 iiE Gathering Highlights

  • Jeff Stewart, principal of Navigate/NIDES, opened with an inspiring keynote detailing the district’s history and story of innovation
  • Six incredible storytellers told of when they learned from play – full recording is here.
  • Participants joined together with others in a playful collaborative activity where they worked on a task to “create a prototype of a playful monument, or a monument to play.” Check out the results of the activity here.
  • Photos & all highlights onFacebook and on Twitter under the hashtag #iiEPDX2017.

H5P Interactive video

  • is an open source site that makes it easy to create interactive content offering a range of content types for various needs.
  • Preview and explore these content types on their website here.
  • You can create interactive content by adding the H5P plugin to yourWordPressMoodle or Drupal site, or you can create content directly on and embed it on your website.

The Global Education Conference – Archives & Recording

  • The Global Education Conference is a world-wide community initiative involving students & educators.
  • It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.
  • Click here for a list of recordings from the 8th annual event…


Blended Online Learning and Distance Education (BOLDE) Research Bank

  • BOLDE contains details of books, articles, conference papers and reports on various aspects of distance and online education, from publishers in Australia and overseas.
  • Material is drawn from the Australian Education Index, produced by Cunningham Library, with additional material sourced from a variety of international organisations and publishers.
  • There are currently 11,847 records in the research bank.
  • Click here to find out more…

ICDE’s World Conference for Online Learning – Abstracts & Presentations

  • The World Conference on Online Learning, organized and hosted by Contact North | Contact Nord, featured some 150 plenaries, concurrent sessions, concurrent workshops, panel discussions, special briefings and poster presentations over a 4-day period presented by some 500 presenters.
  • For the benefit of the 1,400+ delegates attending the World Conference on Online Learning and the broader online learning community, Contact North | Contact Nord published a summary document of the presentations, including links to the Abstract submitted, as well as the PowerPoint presentations for each of the sessions.
  • The summary document is available in an Adobe PDF format (English only) and is searchable using the Find option from the Edit menu or the Find icon in the toolbar.
  • Click here to access the PDF summaries…


Bookmark for your holiday reading…


Personalizing Literacy Through Blended Learning

  • Simply adding technology to the classroom will not instantly garner engagement between teachers and students or improve the quality of learning; it is all about how that technology is applied to your instructional goals.
  • In this online guide, best practices for instructional leaders looking to personalize literacy instruction through blended learning are reviewed.
  • Written by Eileen Murphy and Kavita Venkatesh, Ph.D
  • Read more here…

How employers view an online education

  • By Daina Lawrence, Special to The Globe and Mail
  • “While employers are not balking at a candidate’s online education if it is from a recognizable source, they may question if the person has the interpersonal skills that many jobs require”…
  • Link to the Globe and Mail article here…

‘Why does Canada have so much online learning?’

The Blended Learning Ecosystem: Taking Control And Orchestrating Learning Pathways

  • Ebba Ossiannilsson, Vice President of the Swedish Association for Distance Education, Vice President of the Swedish Association for e-competence, ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, ICDE Focal Points of Quality, ICDE_ON_BOLDIC, EDEN EC, EDEN Fellow, EDEN SIG on TEL Quality Enhancement, Open Education Europa Fellow and Ambassador
  • This ICDE Insight Paper on blended learning, state of the nation, targets a broad audience, especially practitioners, policy makers and leaders. It provides awareness, inspiration, insights, and dialogues into blended learning and the current debates.
  • The report explains that blended learning is based on a pedagogical approach rather than on technology.
  • Full paper (PDF) here…

Where is OER now and where is it going?

OLTD/MEDL Major Project and Process Papers

  • Recent Masters papers on topics related to blended and online learning from Vancouver Island University
  • Read more here…

From the MVLRI Library

Happy reading!

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