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    Ethos Consultancy NZ


    We believe that by helping students and teachers 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, Web 2. 0 (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 Web 2.0's rich resources (see this glossary) to create opportunities for transformative learning experiences, give learners of diverse needs, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds a voice, enable students with various life commitments to study, and find new ways of connecting learners with content and each other, empower learners to create their own content and enable them to reach their desired learning goals. It can also empower education practitioners to engage with students more, moving away from the front of the room to a shared space where they too become learners.

    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.

    The models underpinning Ethos Consultancy's work are:

    Blog Posts

    Pondered Pondering

    Posted by John S. Oliver on August 1, 2014 at 8:06 0 Comments

    I was sitting at the breakfast table sipping on some coffee. It was not the best or worst coffee I have had.


    Then I noticed myself pondering the challenges that have been put along my path. There are some important choices that must be made soon. I find myself at a critical crossroads. My thoughts were going over, under and around these matters. Sometimes new insights occurred but mostly it was a mental stroll around familiar landmarks.


    Then I noticed myself…


    Growing our community

    Posted by Charlotte Caines on July 30, 2014 at 20:30 0 Comments

    Last month we mentioned the exciting arrival of our 300th member. Building the community is something I personally celebrate as it presents many opportunities. The larger the community grows the more hope is held that members are experiencing the sharing of knowledge among a large,varied group. Ethos is all about the coming together of like minded people to share and discuss ideas. This dialogue only works if there are others to share with. The…


    Text Messages Transforms Learning in Africa

    Posted by John S. Oliver on July 27, 2014 at 3:00 3 Comments

    There are moments when I wonder how thick headed can some leaders be when it comes to resistance to the use of digital tools for the advancement of education. Then I come on a dramatic story of how a simple tool like text messaging has radically and rapidly transformed lives.

    If this works in rural Africa then can a system be adapted for first world countries?

    How can parents, community leaders and business leaders ignore the statistic that 25 percent of high school…


    Brain development, tips for parents and whānau, all in one bilingual app!

    Posted by Hazel Owen on July 24, 2014 at 12:56 0 Comments

    There's a new bilingual app for iPhone and well as an online version. I really enjoyed the narration combined with the graphics and background sounds that were redolent of New Zealand. Definitely recommend taking a look.

    The overview of Whakatipu reads:

    Whakatipu is releasing a new bilingual app for iPhone and iPad in time for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

    ‘Māui and his first journey’…


    Chromebooks (cont.) - cross-blogged from

    Posted by Monika Kern on July 23, 2014 at 13:30 0 Comments

    The lovely +Alyx Gillett asked some really good questions following my last blog post so I thought I share them and my answers with you here:

    "I'd be really interested in the ways teachers…


    Authentic Learning and Mobile Web 2.0

    Posted by Vickel Narayan on July 23, 2014 at 13:00 0 Comments

    Integration of Web 2.0 and mobile technology in Learning and Teaching

    I thought I would do something a bit different rather than posting a blog 'blog'. I thought I'll get this community to help me unpack this. Not that I have not done it already, I guess what I am envisaging in posting this blog is a good discussion. I…



    Anatomy Resources

    Started by Liz Huff in Tips and Tools. Last reply by Hazel Owen Jul 7. 5 Replies

    One of the core objectives of Anatomy Warehouse is to educate medical students about the best resources in updating their knowledge about the human anatomy. Beginning our series about online…Continue

    Tags: resources, education, anatomy, human

    Flipping classrooms

    Started by Peter Breach in Theories and principles. Last reply by Leigh Hynes Jun 26. 3 Replies

    Hello all I'm heading off on leave in a few days.  I was going to be lazy and just post a question, but decided that Search was worth a visit - and it was.  There is a lot of interest in flipped…Continue

    Anatomy Resources:

    Started by Liz Huff in Tips and Tools. Last reply by Hazel Owen Jun 19. 1 Reply

    Continuing our series of anatomical study aids, we’re excited to introduce, a site full of exciting games to help…Continue

    Tags: games, anatomy



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