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William Noel: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hazel Owen Jun 7, 2012. 1 Reply

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Occupy Your Brain: On Power, Knowledge, and the Re-Occupation of Common Sense

In "Occupy Your Brain," Carol Black states, "[a]s our climate heats up, as mountaintops are removed from Orissa to West Virginia, as the oceans fill with plastic and soils become too contaminated to grow food, as the economy crumbles and children go hungry and the 0.001% grows so concentrated, so powerful, so wealthy that democracy becomes impossible, it’s time to ask ourselves; who’s educating us? To what end?" In “developed” societies, we are so accustomed to centralized control over…See More
Mar 14
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Relax, Breathe and #LetGo

"Iʻm so relating to this video while still operating in the competitive "Iʻm busy therefore I am" spaces. Mindfulness coupled with positive psychology are now important in my life. Itʻs important in this world of discontinuities, rapid…"
Sep 11, 2015
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Sep 11, 2015
Merryn Dunmill commented on Lorraine Vickery's blog post The influence of educational trends in NZ Education
"What a wonderful post, Lorraine! You share such clear approaches to enhancing agency for students, teachers and communities. Special Education is leading the way at your school and the inclusive learning design methods you share are so important for…"
Jul 1, 2015
Merryn Dunmill liked Lorraine Makutu's blog post A Reflection of Learning and Practice
Jul 1, 2015
Merryn Dunmill commented on Charlotte Caines's blog post Ethos - A year in reflection
"Wow, thanks Charlotte for this beautifully crafted summary of activity and key thinking/ideas shared here in Ethos. Really got me excited to see your passion, and to see you comment on things I too hold dear. This particularly resonated: but where…"
Feb 27, 2015
Merryn Dunmill commented on Hazel Owen's blog post Unpacking Professional Development: Where next?
"So true Eddie! Kids as mentors, beaming out across the nation/the world, telling their stories, teaching and learning in reciprocal arrangements are exciting projects along with industry people working as role models with kids and teachers…"
Oct 22, 2014
Merryn Dunmill commented on Hazel Owen's blog post Unpacking Professional Development: Where next?
"The notion of shifting thinking around hierarchies in schools, of principals as learners and as all teachers as leaders is powerful. There is work to do in NZ to get true collaborations and trust happening across staff and across schools. Silos are…"
Oct 21, 2014
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Collaborative Student Driven Learning in #music education

"Since my last post, I have been thrilled to see James Catterall's research resurface on Why Music Education. THis blog is worth a read and picks up on some of my previous blathering! Any classroom teacher can include music, really they…"
Mar 4, 2014
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Collaborative Student Driven Learning in #music education

"Ah, this makes my heart sing! It's great to see other music educators sharing the joy of musicking as students 'start listening, being creative and helping each other out'. Through the iPad apps Zoltan demonstrates with his own…"
Feb 28, 2014
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Our own body language changes how we see ourselves

"Wonderful. Stepping into role is the basis of drama education and process drama relies on these techniques to shift thinking and understanding of human response and situational learning. Great to hear (and see) a scientific lens on body language and…"
Sep 6, 2013
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Sep 6, 2013
Merryn Dunmill commented on Adam Fletcher's blog post The Meaninglessness of Students as Blank Slates
"Excellent article which I wholeheartedly concur with. And, I'd like to add, that meaningfulness means something different to each individual. Making meaning is part of the creative thinking process, therefore, what meaning we do take from…"
Sep 4, 2013
Merryn Dunmill commented on Hazel Owen's blog post Twelve practical tips for positive participation in online communities
"This collation is incredibly useful. Thanks Hazel for taking the time to contextualise and give examples.  I do recognize many of those names! Lol"
Aug 22, 2013
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Jul 17, 2013
Merryn Dunmill replied to Eddie Reisch's discussion Blended Learning Community Approach
"Yes, exactly re community engagement. 'Teachers' come in all shapes and forms- the workforce, the creative industries et al. On Arts Online we had a strong relationship with community artists engaging online with teachers and f2f in…"
Jun 7, 2013

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Occupy Your Brain: On Power, Knowledge, and the Re-Occupation of Common Sense

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 10:30 1 Comment

In "Occupy Your Brain," Carol Black states, "[a]s our climate heats up, as mountaintops are removed from Orissa to West Virginia, as the oceans fill with plastic and soils become too contaminated to grow food, as the economy crumbles and children go hungry and the 0.001% grows so concentrated, so powerful, so wealthy that democracy becomes impossible, it’s time to ask ourselves; who’s educating us? To what end?"



In “developed” societies, we are so accustomed to centralized control…

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Māori and Pasifika Education Resources

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 15:30 1 Comment

Kia ora koutou. Talofa lava. Kia orana. Malo e leilei. Fakalofa lahi atu. Ni sa bula vanaka. Aloha. Kam na mauri. Kaselehlia. Yokwe. Hafadai. Halo olgeta.  Namaste....

I've set up a Google Doc which hopefully people will contribute to so we grow and share knowledge and good practice as we engage with our Māori and Pasifika students. 

Online Assessments

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 9:30 5 Comments

Kia ora 

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is considering how to implement online assessments for external examinations in the senior secondary school (years 11 - 13, 15 - 18 year olds) by the year 2015. Although the tertiary sector leads the way in this regard, including development of copyright and plagiarism-detecting software, the school sector has been slow to adapt to the world of e-learning and online engagement most of our students are increasingly engaged in.…

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"Better Digital Citizens" - NZ Law Commission on Cyber Bullying

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 10:30 1 Comment

"Better Digital Citizens" - Law Commission on Cyber Bullying August 15

This draft report defines harmful digital communication as forms such as threats, harassment, dissemination of…

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At 17:44 on April 2, 2012, Hazel Owen said…

Awesome that you've joined, Merryn. Looking forward to your rich insights, and invaluable observations. There are a few resources I'd recommend you jump into (and please feel free to comment / add to):

And welcome :-) Cheers. Hazel 

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