New from Enabling e-Learning, the Ministry of Education’s online ICT resource hub, CLA has recently gone live, and offers many learning opportunities for educators and a place for people to be able to seek advice around tech, at no cost.

The CLA section aims to support schools, kura and communities of learning to plan, manage and use digital technologies.

CLA combines resources and advice to offer a hub of information to help increase schools’ digital offerings.

There are CLA team members based across the country, with a wide range of experience and expertise to help schools, and educators can contact the advisors via a hotline, or helpdesk.

With advisors covering topics such as developing e-learning plans, adopting cloud services, procuring ICT equipment and digital citizenship, the resource reaches out to administration and leadership as well as teachers.

The CLA section keeps educators up-to-date with news and events regarding all aspects of e-learning and digital technology.
CLA runs free professional learning events for teachers and leaders throughout the year, and there is an online calendar with learning events and webinars coming up over the next months.

Forums taking place include Digital Technologies in the National Curriculum from May 12 until June 12, which looks at key ideas and resources around understanding computational thinking page, digital technologies, digital fluency and more.

On May 17, there is a free professional learning development webinar leading up to LEARNZ Opera virtual field trip, where educators can find out how taking part in the upcoming LEARNZ Opera virtual field trip can integrate with planning, while saving time and also benefit student learning.

Also on May 17, a live webinar is scheduled on the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) and Enabling e-Learning groups scavenger hunt; while on May 25, Pakuranga College’s Nick Booth will share how students are getting inventive and innovative with robotics, coding and 3D printers.

CLA is an important tool for educators who require advice on integrating digital technologies with teaching and learning, and it is a tool that is too good not to be utilised as educators prepare for digital technology to be fully integrated into the New Zealandand Te Marautanga o Aotearoa in 2018.