The Ethos community offers a place for anyone interested in learning to share conversations and ideas, and to build an online identity.
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.
I am often asked - what is a mentor? Or, what is the difference between a mentor and a coach...and does it matter?
Conor Neill, in the video below, outlines his thoughts about what a mentor comprises, and why we might need them in our lives.
Conor suggest that there are 3 types of mentor:
He goes on to describe 5 types of role that…Continue
Are you ever pulled into that cycle of anxiety - that 'what if...' cycle that makes your stomach churn and your heart beat faster? If yes, you may well find the following resource of interest.
Dr Neha frames the video up as something that "will give you the structure you need to transform your anxiety and take your life back!", especially if you are trapped in the cycle of…Continue
Our brains are amazing organs that allows us to sort, organise and build information in such a way that makes planning and doing things easy.
However, even this incredible system needs a bit of TLC from time to time. If we don’t give ourselves time to close one box before we open another, then things can get mixed up, misinterpreted and even lost. If this continues, we…
While under discussion between coaching theorists and practitioners, there are some core competencies that most will agree contribute to being an effective coach. These core competencies are the ‘things a coach does’ before, during and after a coaching session, and comprise coaching knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviour (Southern Institute of Technology,…Continue
Kia ora koutou katoa
Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi - Akonga Aka Mariko. Welcome to the VLN Primary School
Our goal is to:
Create Connected, Passionate, Purposeful Learners
Welcome back to Term four. A busy time for our rural schools with Calf & Lamb Day season in full swing. I am enjoying all the pictures from…Continue
As a technology-integration-in-education advocate and co-founder of myVLE.com learning management system, I had the opportunity during the past few years to research the main hindrances to e-learning…Continue
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
Got 3 minutes? Well worth a watch of this video to get some tips on creating awesome passwords.Continue