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    Ethos Consultancy NZ


    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

    Inequality in society the biggest obstacle to education reform?

    Posted by Hazel Owen on July 2, 2015 at 18:00 0 Comments

    Through a rather circuitous route of recommendations (podcast) and links, I located the post below. The points that Susan Ohanian highlights were pretty much what I was also hoping to consider, so I have posted her comments (…


    Social media in learning and teaching and professional development.

    Posted by Lorraine Vickery on July 2, 2015 at 12:44 0 Comments

    Why do I use Social Media?

    The above diagram summaries the key features that benefit myself and my students as I become more connected with other professionals from across disciplines, when accessing and using social…


    The influence of educational trends in NZ Education

    Posted by Lorraine Vickery on June 25, 2015 at 10:30 1 Comment


    The idea of student agency is simple and familiar in the sense that it is about trying to build learning around the needs of individual pupils, something that has been practised in many forms. Agency is when learning involves the activity and the initiative of the learner, more than the inputs that are transmitted to the learner from the teacher, from the curriculum, the resources etc. However, it is much more…


    Large-scale school change: Changing pains

    Posted by Hazel Owen on June 25, 2015 at 10:00 0 Comments

    What happens when a school isn't working - for the learners, the community, and the teachers? Sometimes it's a case of bringing in the broom, working with leadership, and then starting again.

    Gavin Clark shared his story from the Board resigning, the Commission coming in, and the subsequent changes in leadership. The school is now undergoing a process of…


    Teachers Do Stuff

    Posted by Leigh Hynes on June 24, 2015 at 11:54 0 Comments

    Crossblogged from Hynessight

    Monday, 22 June 2015

    Teachers do stuff.

    I like primary school…

    A Reflection of Learning and Practice

    Posted by Lorraine Makutu on June 22, 2015 at 19:49 0 Comments

    Well, the last 28 weeks of Study have been an eye opener in some aspects and inspiring in other aspects. They have affirmed and created reflective practice at its best. I have seen changes not only in my practice but also in the practice of students and in the attitude of my colleagues. 

    In the past, my attitude towards my colleagues has been quite negative in terms of the barriers they put up when trying new technology and trying new practices. I would pose questions and scenarios…



    Does ESOL teaching pay?

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

    I want to share my exciting…Continue

    Tags: PrivateTutor, Sociolinguistics, ESOL

    Online glossary

    Started by Sylvia Hach in Tips and Tools. Last reply by Allanah King May 1. 7 Replies

    Hi everybody,I teach a first year blended, flipped Anatomy & Physiology paper at a tertiary institution in Auckland, New Zealand and we have struggled to find a good platform for an online…Continue

    Tags: Glossary

    Ethos and exploitation

    Started by Adon Kumar in Theories and principles. Last reply by Hazel Owen May 1. 4 Replies

    I recently attended a meeting where the key topic of discussion was the exploitation of migrant workers by their migrant employers. The plight of some migrants both on shore and on the oceans was…Continue

    Tags: Exploitation, Students, International, Migrants

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

    Started by Kamal Bouskri in Theories and principles Aug 8, 2014. 0 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



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