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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

    Questioning as a Path to Learning

    Posted by John S. Oliver on April 23, 2014 at 9:50 0 Comments


    When I ask myself a question that interests me, then that leads me to seek my answers.


    For many years I used the public library as my resource bank to investigate and explore.

    There was a journey to the destination of finding a satisfactory answer to my questions.

    Along the way I would often encounter other inspirational and informative materials.

    They may have been in the books on the shelves beside the book the catalog…


    Google Apps For Education Summit in Auckland

    Posted by Leigh Hynes on April 23, 2014 at 8:00 0 Comments

    Crossblogged from my blog Hynessight.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to present at the Google Summit in Auckland (29th and 30th April) about the many apps, add-ons and extensions to Google Drive and Chrome.  There are so many awesome extras that many GAFE (google apps for education) and even casual users of Google docs do…


    Information Literacy and Web 2.0 – the Scenario of Susie

    Posted by Hazel Owen on April 22, 2014 at 10:30 3 Comments

    The Scenario

    Susie is studying at Unitec NZ for a Bachelor of Architectural Studies. She is in her second year and has just received the rubric for her next…


    All the Projects

    Posted by John S. Oliver on April 18, 2014 at 10:37 1 Comment

    All the projects will never be completed.

    Even as one is done more spring up.

    So the grand challenge of life is to just accept that there will always be more to do than time to do it.

    Meanwhile I organize and prioritize the projects and tasks within each project.

    Then I apply relaxed discipline to keep doing the most important ones one day at a time.

    Plus I take great care to weave into the week…


    One page guide to getting started with Voicethread

    Posted by Hazel Owen on April 17, 2014 at 7:00 0 Comments

    Or if you need a little more Voicethread have this Getting started guide for educators, and this resource offers a pretty comprehensive 'how to' guide.…



    Instructional Design Portal

    Started by rustica in Facilitation. Last reply by Hazel Owen Mar 20. 5 Replies

    A place to curate all great web based information, tools and resources on Instructional Design…Continue

    To Host or to be a Guest?

    Started by Adon Kumar in Professional Development. Last reply by Hazel Owen Mar 4. 1 Reply

    To be a good teacher, one learns by being an observer. Then on that dreaded day, you become the novice teacher with someone observing every move you make. You get lots of critical feedback and with…Continue

    Tags: eLearning, Radio

    Is radio a good medium for teaching English?

    Started by Adon Kumar in Learning (e.g. preferences, styles, requirements). Last reply by Adon Kumar Feb 4. 2 Replies

    This year I decided to give back something FREE to the migrant community. So I am hosting my own Radio program called…Continue

    Tags: elearning, Radio, Migrants, English, ESP



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