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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

    Next time you are introducing someone...

    Posted by Catriona Pene on March 31, 2015 at 16:00 1 Comment

    Next time you are introducing someone - think about this...

    Cross posted from the FeverBee blog for growing thriving online communities.

    Love the personal touch and the idea of sharing why the person is important to you. 

    Pushed out of Comfort Zone: Is this the best way for change?

    Posted by Angela Vermeulen on March 30, 2015 at 11:00 1 Comment

    "Change can not be made without inconvenience or loss, even from worse to better" Richard Hooker

    With this paradigm shift in education into Modern Learning Practices (MLP) and Collaborative teaching, what are the pros and cons of jumping head first into MLP? I myself have been through the change into collaborative teaching and learning, and was very eager to be pushed out of my comfort zone to change my practice and focus directly on how learning is changing.  



    Part2. Developing a Shared Vision

    Posted by Rick Whalley on March 29, 2015 at 15:30 1 Comment

    You can read Part 1 first, if you haven't already done so :)

    In part 2 we explore how we developed a shared vision for the curriculum, how we went about building a shared mental model of what our vision meant to us.  To help build our school curriculum we used the principles of Daniel Kim’s levels of…


    Google Sites

    Posted by Jan Pickett on March 27, 2015 at 22:30 1 Comment

    I am so thankful to Leigh Hynes for her enthusiasm for using GAFE. I took up the challenge and have used many of her 'How to's'.

    I am storing most of my work on My Drive now and it was so easy to bring up my learners' data and work examples, discuss my professional goals etc. using Google docs and my sites as evidence, during my recent appraisal meeting.

    I was at first dubious about using Google…


    Sonia Foote's students get into Moodle: Experiences and evaluation

    Posted by Hazel Owen on March 27, 2015 at 21:30 0 Comments

    Sonia Foote was a teacher at the Mangakino Area School in New Zealand, where she taught Science, Biology, and Human Biology to years 9 to 13.

    Sonia worked on and trialled with Junior Science and Level…


    The Why and How of Projecting - cross-blogged from

    Posted by Monika Kern on March 27, 2015 at 18:02 1 Comment

    I was just reading a few posts on the VLN that mentioned projectors / Interactive Whiteboards. I felt this is an opportune time to have a look at projecting in general, not just at the tools that make it happen. I have talked about some of the options in previous posts (Apple TV and reflector app, …



    Ethos and exploitation

    Started by Adon Kumar in Theories and principles. Last reply by Adon Kumar 2 hours ago. 2 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

    Anatomy Resources

    Started by Liz Huff in Tips and Tools. Last reply by Hazel Owen Jul 7, 2014. 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



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