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February 2015 Blog Posts (20)

My Journey: A four part series of my journey in developing our School Curriculum

Part 1


Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere.

Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao.

The bird that partakes of the miro berry reigns in the forest.

The bird that partakes of the power of knowledge has access to the world.

We are living in a knowledge and information society…


Added by Rick Whalley on February 27, 2015 at 12:04 — 1 Comment

Do you have a class blog?

Crossblogged from Hynessight

When you have a class blog, it is often about a "showcase" - showing your parents what their children are doing in class and celebrating their achievements. 

If you are ready to take the next step, it can be very empowering for your students and will help them raise their literacy levels through more…


Added by Leigh Hynes on February 26, 2015 at 7:50 — 1 Comment

Experts in K-12 online and blended education - Reviewers Wanted

Sharing this request from a colleague, please contact Jason if you can contribute:

'My name is Jason Siko, and I’m currently an assistant professor of educational technology at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.  My research interests included K-12 online and blended learning.  I am looking for teachers, administrators, and researchers to review a series of modules that promote readiness skills in online…


Added by Rachel Whalley on February 25, 2015 at 9:16 — 1 Comment

Ethos - A year in reflection

So, it being that time of year and all - it seems appropriate to reflect upon what has now been just over a year for me as a member of the Ethos community. I joined the community in late 2013, and have been doing a little bit of work with Hazel, as well as just generally enjoying observing all the great things that are contributed to the community. When I joined the community I was just entering my final year of a communications degree - something that is…


Added by Charlotte Caines on February 23, 2015 at 21:56 — 2 Comments

See, Think, Make, Imagine!

Cross posted from BardWired

I was very excited to hear from Emma Sherie from the West Coast who, while currently on sabbatical and studying for her Masters, has volunteered to teach with us. Yes a word we don't hear so much in this busy day and age VOLUNTEER - 'a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.'

I was very impressed with Emma's attitude in stepping up to the challenge to further her knowledge and experience in becoming an…


Added by Rachel Whalley on February 23, 2015 at 12:52 — 1 Comment

Apple tools Smacdown - some inspiring ideas?

iPad with on display keyboard Image via…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 17, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Interested in the Learning Activity Management System (LAMS)?

If you are interested in finding out more about how LAMS (Learning Activity Management System) is being used in education institutions around the world you are likely to enjoy the presentations and recordings from the 2014 9th International LAMS and Learning Design Conference that was held at the…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 16, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Involved in research around underrepresented minorities and early career scholars the US? Check out this great opportunity...

This amazing opportunity was shared with me by the lovely whaea Yo

Dear Colleagues:

We are excited to inform you of our 2015 summer Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute (IQRMI) for underrepresented minority…

Added by Hazel Owen on February 16, 2015 at 12:24 — No Comments

The Compassionate Classroom: Strategies for Communication

At the end of 2011, Clarence Yates blogged about the session facilitated by Fiona White around The Compassionate Classroom: Strategies for…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 15, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi

2015 marks the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi with many commemorative events happening through out 2015. 

Check out this new portal where your students can publish their Treaty of Waitangi projects and ideas. There are lists of activities happening in your region and a really great timeline including events, biographies and articles. 

A useful resource for all of us!…


Added by Heather Eccles on February 14, 2015 at 21:03 — 1 Comment

And this is Taldykorgan (Kazakhstan)

After much debate and playing with the camera, the following files got uploaded to the web.  They were taken towards the end of August 2011, all of the costumes are from the Constitution day parade.  The statues and school are just there from whenever.  I'll add a few more life in Taldykorgan shots over the next months.

I used to use Picassa…


Added by Peter Breach on February 14, 2015 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Consider this Student Made Video about Oceans

I'd like to recommend this video.

Notice how well the students did in making this and how well they spoke.

Here is the description

Meet students in the Bay Area who are finding ways to improve the health of our seas based on the book "50 Ways to Save the Ocean." This documentary was sponsored by Oracle on behalf of the DigitalOcean project out of University of California, Santa Barbara, and was produced by Outhink Media. The DigitalOcean Network connects scientists…


Added by John S. Oliver on February 12, 2015 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Out now: NMC Horizon Report - 2015 Higher Education Edition

Recommended by Richard Elliott in an eLearning Watch 'extra' (which you can subscribe to on his site), is the The NMC…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 12, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

There's an App for that! NCEA Pal App

The wonderful Leigh Hynes has just shared the following:

"I am forwarding some info about NCEA Pal App which was in the…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 11, 2015 at 10:54 — No Comments

Quality connections: No 8 wire, wool and 'sure to rise': New Zealand icons and distance education pioneers

Rendering of human brain. Image via Wikipedia

Exploring some key New Zealand icons, and drawing parallels between these icons and the distance education pioneers,…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 11, 2015 at 10:43 — No Comments

MLE reflection - my thoughts

Yesterday I had cause to think about 'learning environments' and innovative teaching and learning. As various school embark on new buildings and look towards what that may look like as well as the challenges and questions faced. I thought I would share some thoughts based on my experience as a classroom teacher at St Andrew's College (StAC) and based on my inquiry on MLE.

  • It is not about the shiny…

Added by Tamara Yuill Proctor on February 6, 2015 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

The idea of certainty is the most dangerous thing (keynote by Nigel Latta)

I think there there are few in New Zealand and beyond who will not be aware of Nigel Latta. He has been involved in a few TV series and documentaries, including around education. 

Starting with a discussion about science, Nigel talked about his experience of doing a session about gravity hanging out of a window, and then another about hyperthermia...and what it's like to hang out a window in an uncomfortable harness, and then standing in a freezer for an hour and 15 minutes in a…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 3, 2015 at 10:01 — 3 Comments

Microsoft Office Tool

As more and more teachers are using Microsoft tools for their teaching and learning I thought I would post some links to some sites I find useful for my teaching practice.

On a side note if you are not on Twitter you should - the best, free professional development tool.








Added by Tamara Yuill Proctor on February 1, 2015 at 20:42 — 1 Comment

Recording my Professional Learning and Development

Recording my professional learning in one place

This year I have resolved to try to record my PLD (professional learning and development) a little more conscientiously, as I have ended up storing it all over the place in other years and it has been messy to retrieve. I have made a page on my 2015 Appraisal Site in…

Added by Leigh Hynes on February 1, 2015 at 15:19 — 1 Comment

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