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Effective coaching questions

Questions are part of our everyday lives, and it’s a challenge to communicate without them. If you have ever played those games where you have to communicate without any questions you know what a fundamental role they play. There are many types of questions, each of which has a different purpose, including (but not limited to) probing,…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 22, 2018 at 22:13 — 1 Comment

What is the difference between blogs, wikis, and discussion forums?

Screenshot of phpbb in use on a games forum.

Image via Wikipedia

I was recently asked what the difference was between…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 22, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

On the shoulders of giants: Creative Commons and commercial use

A post by John Owen

Creative Commons (CC) provides the…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 20, 2018 at 23:30 — 3 Comments

First time principal...setting targets in a post NS world!!

So NS has gone...and I couldn't be happier...and nor could my team.

But this has left a bit of a dilemma that we have wrestled with all summer...what to do...I personally get the feeling ( and from my online communities of principals I don't think it is just me) that we are all having mixed feelings...we are ebullient to have the freedom to get back to what we know is best for kids and their whanau..but we also are a bit like sheep that have escaped the paddock..we are bouncing around…


Added by joanna Wheway on February 20, 2018 at 20:13 — No Comments

Looking at student success through a cultural lens: Iwi and whānau speak

Melanie Riwai-Couch works tirelessly with iwi especially around iwi and whānau 'voice'.

Melanie is from a bicultural marriage at a time when it was unusual, and when her parents split, her father brought her up. Growing up with strong Māori roots gave her an interesting perspective on life. She lives and works in Ngāi Tahu, but does not claim Ngāa Tahu in her…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 18, 2018 at 12:00 — No Comments

Media literacy

From the 1980's media educators in New Zealand, without government sanction but with very strong collegial support, focused on helping students develop the skills to analyse and critique a rapidly proliferating mass media. As media production…


Added by Helen Martin on February 15, 2018 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

Padlet Walls (cross-blogged from

One of my schools has experimented with embedding a Padlet wall onto their blog, so I thought this is a good opportunity to post about this very versatile tool.


What is Padlet?

Padlet ( is a free web-based application, you might have known it as Wallwisher previously. It is an online wall where you can place sticky notes. Depending on what privacy settings you choose you can have…


Added by Monika Kern on February 14, 2018 at 17:30 — 4 Comments

The Real Costs of Higher Education

Job markets continue to become more and more globally connected. College students today need to be aware that not only do they need to compete with job seekers locally but internationally as well. Thanks to technology we are becoming more and more connected with one another and companies located in one country can easily manage employees in a country thousands of miles away. Many college students choose to attend higher education because that can be that thing makes them stand out from other…


Added by Maxine Wells on February 12, 2018 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Time got away from me!

So it is term 1 2018....I haven't posted since mid term 4 2017...I have no idea how we have sped through the months...but we have!

Last year i started my dream job...leading learning at my own school..a huge honour since I have only been qualified for 7 years.

In my teaching career I have health with huge highs and severe be honest more lows than highs...and I think it is the lows that taught me the most....they taught me about the huge dedication and passion that…


Added by joanna Wheway on February 7, 2018 at 20:38 — No Comments

My Students ePortfolio

You always expect a lot and have to be happy when even not a lot is what comes out.

I recently used a video from the University of Idaho about OWN: Outcomes Within Navigation, a device from the blog provider Wordpress that allows students and other people interested to create their own eportfolio.

Well, of course, the students did not quite understand the whole video…


Added by Walter Ruhlmann on February 7, 2018 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Screens damage young brains

Here's an interesting article in discussing the impact of screens on the developing mind. Dr Aric Sigman, a psychologist who talks about the dangers of TVs for children, is quoted as saying, "... ideally, quite frankly, with children, wait as long as possible before they use technology for too many hours. There will be intellectual advantages…


Added by John Owen on February 5, 2018 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

To keep moving forward effectively then I must keep finding the graceful balances between these

being proactive and being responsive

pushing the round boulder up the hill and riding the raft down the river

knowing what the next graceful step is and sorting through the too-many alternatives

soaring along on the currents of wind like a hawk and chopping down trees like a beaver…


Added by John S. Oliver on February 4, 2018 at 15:39 — No Comments

Untapped Potential

As a big believer in strength based approaches to living and working, I decided to catch up with a bit of 'light' reading and took a wee peek at the Gallup 'State Of The Global Workplace'Executive Summary. 

As with similar reports, it beings with an overview of the lay of the land, talking about how we are in a stage of unprecedented change caused by the increase in:

  • digitisation and…

Added by Sarah Whiting on January 29, 2018 at 14:49 — No Comments

Using data to build better education systems plus a belief that all learners are capable of success

This post was written by and posted by Helen Walters (27th June 2012) on the TED blog here |…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 29, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

Have you noticed how, when you articulate things - either in a verbal or written form - it feels clearer in your head?

Have you noticed how, when you articulate things - either in a verbal or written form - it feels clearer in your head? Sometimes you may write or say something that you weren't expecting. There is also evidence from psychology and neuroscience that talking through traumatic experiences, issues, and challenges, shifts it from the amygdala to the frontal lobe; in other words from the instinctual part of your brain to the processing part of your brain - which is on of…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 28, 2018 at 13:05 — No Comments

The art of asking

Amanda Palmer at TED proposing that artists can survive in an online world where everything is sharable - by making it free and simply asking to be paid. It works on me, but I have been a fan of hers for a few years now and more than willing to pay to download her music

It is an interesting talk, and it is clear that she (and others) are making this work. It is a great example of how our digital environment creates new opportunities for expression and learning and earning. Far more, I…


Added by John Owen on January 23, 2018 at 20:30 — No Comments

Promoting the rights of youth

Olympia, WA (January 2018)—The Freechild Project is now Freechild Institute. In order to accurately…

Added by Hazel Owen on January 21, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

Answers to tough questions about eLearning

I was emailed recently (by John S Oliver) with the following: "I have heard of star on the stage into guide on the side. What are the other phrases? What are the ways to communicate in a sentence the impact of edutech?"...and so I thought about it a few days, and then did some research around it. I couldn't find any equivalent 'sayings' - so if you know any,…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 20, 2018 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Designing learning spaces...some thoughts and resources

English: The media suite at Albany…

Added by Hazel Owen on January 20, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

Māori and Pasifika achievement at secondary school

This post was shared by Karen Melhuish Spencer (originally here):

Great story here that was shared this morning on Radio NZ National,…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 19, 2018 at 19:00 — No Comments

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