The Ethos community offers a place for anyone interested in learning to share conversations and ideas, and to build an online identity.
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.
I hear a lot of questions from teachers about how they can develop learner agency and also how to foster an inquiry disposition in students. On the flipside, and surprisingly sometimes from the same teachers, I hear questions along the lines of:
What should I call my reading groups?
Our big topic next term is change. What should I do around this?
We're doing inquiry next term, what are some topic ideas?
I find myself saying 3…
My black marker makes a daily X on my wall calendar.
I like to know at a glance where I am in context of the month.
Days and weeks seem to blur together.
This simple action makes time become my personal graphic.
Rationally I know each day has 24 hours.
But emotionally time seems to change pace.
Some days and weeks seem faster than others.
That steady addition of another X is my objective pace car.
The truth is…Continue
Kerry Spackman advises that if nothing changes you are wasting your time - and making a tiny difference, even if you don't know about it, is more important than winning a gold medal. So, what is the biggest dent you could possibly make in the world? (remembering that changes can be from the bottom up, or from top down).
Thoughts, beliefs, and ideas are the most powerful forces in…Continue
How do you feel when someone mispronounces your name? Peeved? Upset? Annoyed? Disappointed? At the end of the day most people are likely to prefer it when someone pronounces their name correctly, or, at the very least, makes an effort. These students at at Holy Family School in Porirua (Aotearoa New Zealand) would like their teachers - and everyone else - to make the effort to say their names correctly.
What are your thoughts? Up for the challenge?
Thanks to Aiona…Continue
Aotearoa New Zealand is a bicultural nation, with a growing multicultural population. It is essential that business owners and managers actively use the principles of cultural diversity as a basis for decision making and growing company culture in a way that affirms employees’ cultural identities.
That is not to say that a person who identifies as…Continue
As a technology-integration-in-education advocate and co-founder of myVLE.com learning management system, I had the opportunity during the past few years to research the main hindrances to e-learning…Continue
I am currently completing the whole life challenge and every few days, I get sent emails around practices that support improving my life from the inside out. Most of the time, I just flick the…Continue
Got 3 minutes? Well worth a watch of this video to get some tips on creating awesome passwords.Continue