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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.

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Three types of mentor, and five types of role they play

Posted by Hazel Owen on November 18, 2017 at 18:00 0 Comments

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:

  • Sponsor,
  • Guide and
  • Coach

He goes on to describe 5 types of role that…

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Caught in the anxiety cycle? Find out what to do...

Posted by Hazel Owen on November 17, 2017 at 10:43 0 Comments

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…

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The myth of 'remote working'

Posted by Hazel Owen on November 16, 2017 at 10:30 0 Comments

It is the goal of many people to work from home (aka telecommuting), while others revel in the opportunity to interact face-to-face. Both ways of working have their benefits, and both have their drawbacks.

In the blog post, There's no such thing as a…

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Brain Overload- How We Can Help Our Minds in Busy Times

Posted by Sarah Whiting on November 15, 2017 at 17:00 1 Comment

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…

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What are two things coaching really needs?

Posted by Hazel Owen on November 15, 2017 at 11:11 0 Comments

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,…

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What's new online learning in NZ primary schools

Posted by Rachel Roberts on November 8, 2017 at 16:22 0 Comments

Here is our latest newsletter:

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…

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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 myVLE.com 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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