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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

    Vygotsky lives: A Knowledge Bank from Imaginative Minds

    Posted by Hazel Owen on February 5, 2016 at 17:27 0 Comments

    I remember reading Lev Vygotsky for the first time. It wasn't so much as a light bulb moment for me, it was more like someone had opened a door and showed me a whole new landscape. For example, "Vygotsky believed that all cognitive development happens through social learning, and thus is inextricable from one’s social-cultural context" (…


    Devices off, please!

    Posted by Leigh Hynes on February 5, 2016 at 17:23 1 Comment

    Devices off, please.

    Cross blogged from Hynessight
    A couple of years ago, I was talking to a large group of teachers about using digital devices for learning in their classes.  The session was for the whole staff and…

    A fan of backchannels? Want your own? Twijector might be what you are looking for

    Posted by Hazel Owen on February 4, 2016 at 14:30 0 Comments

    I've been meaning to share this resource for ages (and thanks to Jedd Bartlett for sharing this way back).

    You may be a fan of the backchannel at conferences, meetings, sessions that you are facilitating etc...or you may not be sure what a backchannel is. Educause (…


    MOOCs - returning to questions of assessment and why we learn...

    Posted by Hazel Owen on January 23, 2016 at 14:30 0 Comments

    Massive open online courses (MOOCs), have been under discussion, and it seemed that in 2012 you couldn't escape the flurry of courses (free on the whole, although many provided with a for-profit model seemingly in mind further down the track).

    There is also some controversy around…


    An industrial model - batches of learners

    Posted by Leigh Hynes on January 20, 2016 at 17:09 0 Comments

    Cross blogged from Hynessight

    A controversial discussion - the first for me in 2016.

    A recent post in the Facebook NZ Primary Teachers Group got me wondering about whether some teachers would ever get over the industrial model of schooling.  The post started with a question as to whether it was acceptable…

    Learning Analytics 101: Leveraging Education Data (Infographic)

    Posted by Hazel Owen on January 20, 2016 at 16:00 0 Comments

    To access the full size infographic please click here.


    An Infographic by Open…



    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

    Online glossary

    Started by Sylvia Hach in Tips and Tools. Last reply by Allanah King May 1, 2015. 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, 2015. 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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