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Nau mai, haere mai - welcome

We believe that by helping learners and education practitioners keep alive their joy of learning we can contribute to the important cultural work of challenging the current status quo in results-driven education.

With its flexibility and rich wealth of resources, technology (when informed by education principles that recognise human learning as social and contextualised), can empower learners to collaborate fruitfully, using new information and ideas to build on what they already know.

In turn, education practitioners can use rich multimedia resources to create opportunities for transformative learning experiences, to give learners of diverse needs, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds a voice, to enable students with various life commitments to study, and to find new ways of enabling learners to reach their desired goals.

The aim of this site is to share effective practice, resources and ideas by encouraging discussion around the design, facilitation, assessment and evaluation of online communities and how they impact learning in all education sectors. We are also sharing resources and ideas around ePortfolios and Green ICT in Education.

Because collaboration and openness are two of our guiding principles, we choose to use this Ning as the forum for projects in which we are involved.

Blog Posts

Teachers’ metacognition: the influence of changes from a deficit to a developmental approach to assessment

Posted by Hazel Owen on May 25, 2017 at 9:00 0 Comments

Alejarndra Martinez is a psychologist has been working with teachers, initially in rural Chile. She is interested in how teachers view themselves as learners. Currently working on her PhD at the University of Melbourne  Alejandra has been working in professional learning teams, to investigate links between courses and students' outcomes.

One of the focus was to move thinking about…


Yes I can...who would you be?

Posted by Hazel Owen on May 24, 2017 at 10:00 0 Comments

Who would you be? What would you do?

Channel 4 in the UK have released this video for their Paralympics coverage ahead of the Games in Rio. The video features a variety of people playing musical instruments, taking part in sporting events, and completing everyday tasks.

I found it a strong statement about…


Happiness is what you think life gives you...

Posted by Hazel Owen on May 23, 2017 at 10:28 0 Comments

Shared by the wonderful Leigh Hynes, I watched this video on a day when I most needed it. As well as being incredibly moving, it also shares the tough journey of how one man came to terms with the loss of his young son. He focuses on being grateful - and on the idea that “Happiness isn't about getting what you want all the time. It's about loving what you have and being grateful for it".

Watching the video turned my day around (thank you Leigh xx) - see what it does…


Untapped Resource

Posted by Kern Kelley on May 23, 2017 at 9:00 1 Comment

In the book I'm Feeling Lucky, Douglas Edwards relates the…

Designing learning that matters? How might shift in understanding be captured?

Posted by Hazel Owen on May 22, 2017 at 14:00 0 Comments

Sarah Martin (Principal) and Chris Bradbeer (Associate Principal) have been with Stonefields School since it opened (it is pretty new, and only opened its gates in Feb 2011). One of their key foci has been the curriculum and with an aim to measure shift when changes are…



E-Learning: It's Not Just About Technology!

Started by Kamal Bouskri in Theories and principles. Last reply by Paul Keown Mar 13. 2 Replies

As a technology-integration-in-education advocate and co-founder of learning management system, I had the opportunity during the past few years to research the main hindrances to e-learning…Continue

Tags: LMS, e-learning

Applying 'The Chaos Monkey' to your life

Started by Sarah Whiting in Professional Development. Last reply by Tessa Gray Mar 4. 1 Reply

I am currently completing the whole life challenge and every few days, I get sent emails around practices that support improving my life from the inside out. Most of the time, I just flick the…Continue

A quick reminder about passwords and how to create an awesome one.

Started by Catriona Pene in Facilitation Feb 28. 0 Replies

Got 3 minutes? Well worth a watch of this video to get some tips on creating awesome passwords.Continue

Does ESOL teaching pay?

Started by Adon Kumar in Learning (e.g. preferences, styles, requirements). Last reply by Lorraine Makutu Jun 10, 2015. 1 Reply

I want to share my exciting…Continue

Tags: PrivateTutor, Sociolinguistics, ESOL



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