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May 2014 Blog Posts (27)

Learning through Online Manuals

Did you notice something when you bought your new techy gadget? You open the brand new box and with it comes a hard copy manual. You find it very useful because you are excited with your purchase and want to know how to use your new tablet or electronic device. After the first use of that paper manual, you file it away and it rarely gets used and you…


Added by Adon Kumar on May 31, 2014 at 19:48 — 3 Comments

An overlooked learning environment

In education, the most important, primary, and over-looked 'modern learning environment' is the space between our ears. How we think, what we think, and why we think it, catalyses and forms functional and inhabitable learning spaces wherever we present ourselves as educators.

How I cultivate my mindset with a focus on growth, and how I choose to nurture my neurons, will ultimately shape the physical, virtual, and energetic spatial fields that will take shape around…


Added by Madeline Campbell on May 30, 2014 at 12:08 — 1 Comment

Redeeming My Time While Driving

Recently living in the now has helped me while driving.

I can invest some time during driving to use my mind to solve problems, plan and review my priorities. But there is only so much I can accomplish while there.

There have come times when I ran out of items to mentally process. But my brain was still in gear. It was processing useless considerations or going around in…


Added by John S. Oliver on May 30, 2014 at 5:22 — No Comments

Bed Stretches

This morning I woke up naturally on time.

I always like waking that way instead of the rudeness of an alarm clock.

Previous mornings I would do a few hand stretches before getting out of bed.

But this morning I did many stretches for my whole body.

Years ago I went to a stretch class twice a week.

As I was stretching this morning I recalled those…


Added by John S. Oliver on May 30, 2014 at 5:21 — No Comments

Adding some TEC-VARIETY

At the DEANZ conference early May in Chch, Curtis Bonk and Elaine Khoo launched their new book online. If you haven't seen it yet, it's worth reading.

Downloadable for…


Added by Karen Haines on May 26, 2014 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Recent study shows lectures aren't effective: Active learning approaches come out on top

It's official..."A new study [April 2014] finds that undergraduate students in classes with traditional stand-and-deliver lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes that use more stimulating, so-called active learning methods" (Bajak, 2014, …


Added by Hazel Owen on May 23, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Ramping up e-Portfolios

Hi everyone,

On the back of Hazel's visit [a couple of years ago] and inspiring presentation to our Polytechnic, I've been looking at how other institutes are approaching and implementing e-Portfolio's for their students.

Here is a link to an article about a provider in the States and how they go about it.


I was interested in the…


Added by Janet Reddy on May 23, 2014 at 4:30 — 1 Comment

Strengths-based assessment: A way of developing inclusive assessment

Assessment is always a hot topic, whether you are involved in formal education or other forms of learning and upskilling. This webinar session, facilitated by Manu Faaea-Semeatu and Nadell Karatea-Kokiri, focussed on how we can re-think and re-shape assessment. In part this is through re-defining what constitutes…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 21, 2014 at 17:40 — No Comments

Bullying in Schools

 We have seen many cases of school bullying splashed across the media over the past months, creating a hotbed of discussion. If not handled constructively early on in life, these behaviours and their effects become embedded and continue on to permeate not only the home life, but also the workplace.…


Added by Fiona White on May 21, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Read / write tool designed to increase accessibility with Google Apps

I remember having a discussion with a dear friend and colleague, Chrissie Butler a couple of years ago. At the time, and I cringe as think back, I posited that while, of course, accessibility was a key aspect of designing inclusive learning experiences in online spaces, that there was research that…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 20, 2014 at 16:56 — No Comments

The proof of the pudding: Students using social media in class improve contributions, comprehension and literacy

Often the question arises - should mobile devices be banned from classrooms? I guess for many teachers it it the proof of the pudding that answers that question - much better than someone 'telling' them that there are myriad benefits...if meaninful use of the devices is built into the achievement of learning outcomes.

This article…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 20, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Make your Moodle visual

Internet Map. Ninian Smart predicts global com... Image via Wikipedia

While it's…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 17, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Digital Citizenship and Online Safety (a session facilitated by Nancy Groh)

Netsafe beta community space Image by hazelowendmc via…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 17, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Engaged and motivated students: Learning Japanese

Chitose - VPD

Image by hazelowendmc via Flickr

I first 'met' Chitose Izuno online via Skype on March 9th 2010 as part of the…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 16, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Technology: Helping with health and building community in the Far North of New Zealand

For every drawback that laid at the feet of technology (have a wee look at this video and the discussion that follows for a critique), there are examples of how people are using technology for positive purposes (see for example, the improvement of health care in Africa that harnesses the…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 16, 2014 at 8:16 — No Comments

Have traditional teaching methods outlived their usefulness? And how do children learn best?

Following close on the heels of Rachel Roberts' post on the Virtual Learning Network Community (VLNC) in New Zealand (see the comments for the latest updates), is this podcast from the BBC recommended by…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 15, 2014 at 15:55 — No Comments

Virtual Learning Network Community - Online learning K1-12 NZ


Note from Hazel: This post originally appeared in 2011, but still remains extremely relevant as the Virtual Learning Network grows, as does the interest in virtual learning opportunities.

The Virtual Learning Network Community (VLNC) is an association of schools and…


Added by Rachel Whalley on May 15, 2014 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Blended Learning reviewed in New Zealand

An article published in 2011 in the Computers in New Zealand Schools Journal, gave the details of a study that examined a teacher’s first implementation of online learning in a Learning Management System (LMS). The programme of learning was Home Economics, and the students and teacher are based in a New Zealand high school. The article, entitled…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 14, 2014 at 5:30 — No Comments

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