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January 2013 Blog Posts (10)



I was reading from photocopies of pages in a book.

Then I noticed what I was doing.

On the white pages were black markings.

The markings were letters arranged in words and sentences.

Those images are just there passively.

The ways the ink is arranged can trigger understanding in my mind.

These are just characters on a page.

Yet the collections of characters contain meanings.


I grew…


Added by John S. Oliver on January 30, 2013 at 5:57 — No Comments

Winter Silhouette


Dark tree branches are standing out starkly in contrast to the overcast sky.


These stalwart parts of the plant have endured the harsh weather conditions.

Notice that the skeleton of the tree that is revealed for all to see.


Today the branches are naked of green coverings and exposed to the elements.

These spidery stalks are rarely idolized in fancy photos online.


Just wait six months and that same bit of space will be…


Added by John S. Oliver on January 29, 2013 at 4:04 — No Comments

Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes

The following was copied from Facebook.

Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It's time we put thing in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for minimum wage. That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That ...would be $19.50 a day…


Added by John S. Oliver on January 26, 2013 at 19:00 — 6 Comments

Creative and Critical thinking: Creating space for innovation

Ewan McIntosh's session on Monday was so inspirational we rocked up 45 minutes early to ensure we have a seat for his second session today. The room is completely packed with people sitting on every available floor space, propping up the room at the back and around the sides, and standing outside the double doors craning their necks to see in. The place is a sea of mobile devices, and the…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 25, 2013 at 12:32 — 1 Comment

Radical Innovation for Learning (Simon Breakspear)

Simon Breakspear opened by saying that "that there is something about learning that is deeply personal". The challenges we face are worthy of our brightest minds and leadership. It has to be radical change, with a global perspective, that will enable us to explore the pressures and opportunities for systemic innovation in education systems in order to provide…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 23, 2013 at 12:25 — No Comments

The life of PII (Public Interest Index) – Harnessing the Tiger (Government)

Mai Chen, the keynote for day 3 of the ICOT conference, is an energetic, provocative professional, who, again, I have seen only on video previously.

Today she is speaking about thinking keeps you ahead of the wave, which includes

  • Nobel prize winner thinking
  • The power of being discriminated against
  • Throwing a rock at a tiger
  • Changing…

Added by Hazel Owen on January 23, 2013 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

The Problem Finders: Design Thinking for Genuine Epic-Scale Problem-Based Learning (Ewan McIntosh)

I have seen and heard Ewan McIntosh speaking on many occasions, but all on videos or podcasts, so I am really looking forward to seeing him live in this keynote session. The description of the session reads:Project-based learning…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 22, 2013 at 21:39 — 1 Comment

Ultimate Race

I am in a deadly competition with my own mortality.

Grim Reaper … will win … but … when?


For the meantime, I seek to optimize each day.

I mindfully use my five senses to elevate the ordinary.


Decades ago I consumed street drugs to get high.

These days I desire love, joy and peace without toxic substances.


Writing creatively and publishing online have proven to be part of the path for me.

I hope my handiwork will be…


Added by John S. Oliver on January 21, 2013 at 8:58 — 3 Comments

Latest version of Distance Education Association of NZ Magazine (DEANZ) is now available (Jan 2013)

The latest version of the DEANZ magazine celebrates the joint winners of the Poster Award from the 2012 conference. There are also some updates about DEANZ, news about the webinar programme, and some interesting articles about Web 2.0 in uptake in tertiary education, and Bring Your Own Device policies in schools. You can access the new edition of the DEANZ magazine from the…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 15, 2013 at 13:55 — No Comments

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