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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

    Unpacking RSS: The who, why and how

    Posted by Hazel Owen on December 20, 2014 at 18:30 0 Comments

    Rachel Roberts, in this post, gives an overview of a webinar session facilitated by Florence Lyons (@froggieflo).…


    Collaboration online - a great idea, but easier said than done

    Posted by Kath Danaher on December 19, 2014 at 20:16 0 Comments

    We hear a lot these days about the benefits of collaboration. It’s one of the characteristics of authentic learning (Herrington, Herrington et al. 2009). It lends itself to task based learning, and it helps to develop vital skills for the all-important ‘real world out there’. Here are some nice things…


    Google offers this collection of short videos about the basics of using computers and the Internet

    Posted by John S. Oliver on December 18, 2014 at 9:30 0 Comments

    These are very short video tutorials that could help those you know that struggle with computers and the Internet. There is also the option for younger learners to send their parents a "Tech Support Care Package"!
    On the left side of the page is a list of the kinds of lessons. Each kind of lesson has a few short videos.
    Below is an example of one of the…

    Update 11 December 2014 - Reading through Summer

    Posted by Anne Kenneally on December 17, 2014 at 21:30 0 Comments

    Update 11 December 2014 - Reading through Summer - cross posted from Literacy Online and ;

    Kia ora,

    Here we are in the penultimate week of the 2014 school year.  Now is the time for us to focus on ways of reducing the summer reading drop off!  We have started a Crowded Sourced Doc -…


    Update 15 December 2014 - The year in Review

    Posted by Anne Kenneally on December 17, 2014 at 21:03 0 Comments

    Cross posted from literacy online and

    Update 15 December 2014 - The year in Review


    Kia ora,

    Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete ki a koe.


    Well here we are in the closing days of…


    Great Science lesson - The Species Problem

    Posted by John S. Oliver on December 17, 2014 at 15:30 0 Comments

    Description of the video

    These days the term 'species' is thrown around as if it were a definite unit, but the realities of defining a species are much trickier, and more contentious, than they seem. Biologists have been arguing over the definition of a species since the dawn of humanity, but have yet to come up with a single species concept that works for all…



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

    Started by Kamal Bouskri in Theories and principles Aug 8. 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. 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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