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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

    New Resources on Assessment Online

    Posted by Anne Kenneally on November 21, 2014 at 18:00 0 Comments

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    Kia ora,

    It has been a quieter week on the mailing list.  Report writing seems to be consuming you all currently.  What a wonderful time to celebrate the learning journey of 2014 and begin to think about your…


    Learning as Submission?

    Posted by Madeline Campbell on November 20, 2014 at 20:59 0 Comments

    I've been challenged to think a lot about agency, or epistemic agency (and even shared epistemic agency) through my Knowledge Building Communities research over the last three years. I listen to the frustration that those who embrace future focused education and modern learning practices and pedagogies express, about those teachers who hold back, or for whatever reason don't engage.

    I think too about my own initial difficulties with taking risks with all aspects of my teaching…


    Grappling with staying safe online? Try the Grapple Challenge game.

    Posted by Hazel Owen on November 20, 2014 at 14:00 0 Comments

    Derek Wenmoth shared the following online safety, interactive game, writing:

    It's a cyber-safety resource developed by an Australian company that I linked with in Tasmania....They have produced a number of…

    Visual History of the Evolution of Communication Between Couples

    Posted by John S. Oliver on November 19, 2014 at 16:30 0 Comments

    I am coming to like infographics more and more each month. They communicate MUCH visually and QUICKLY.

     I like this one because it deals with two of my favorite subjects HISTORY and COMMUNICATIONS.

    Be sure to click on the middle of the graphic to cause it to enlarge: …


    By teachers – for teachers sites: A new way of providing peer support and professional development?

    Posted by Hazel Owen on November 17, 2014 at 14:00 3 Comments

    Paul Keown has written about his personal experiences with, as well as his research into, virtual communities of practice (VCop). It makes great reading as Paul…


    A slice of life in revisited: Teaching in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan

    Posted by Peter Breach on November 16, 2014 at 0:30 1 Comment

    A quick note from Hazel first...this is a post that Peter first made in 2011. However, I feel that it's well worth visiting, as it offers a glimpse of a slice of life, and teaching, in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan.

    After finally getting the invite and finding time to sort out the application along with developing the implementation of new syllabus, getting to…



    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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