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May 2015 Blog Posts (20)

Beyond the Classroom

Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls  Crossblogged from Hynessight

When looking at the …

Added by Leigh Hynes on May 31, 2015 at 18:00 — 1 Comment


One of the things that I’ve enjoyed about being a facilitator in CORE Education and also studying as a doctoral candidate in Education is the opportunity to have my work inform my research and my research inform my work.  


I wanted to pay tribute to a colleague Lillien Skudder and acknowledge her for the term - polygogy.  She described this term as being about the teaching and learning of Polynesian (Pacific /…


Added by Manu Faaea-Semeatu on May 31, 2015 at 10:20 — 1 Comment

Reflection on learning in practice

The last 24 weeks of study have challenged, affirmed and revised my pedagogy, leadership and practice. 

Three things I've learnt about myself as a learner

I love being able to read other peoples research but I need time to be able to process, analyse and revise what I have read so I can make a more informed conclusion. That is why doing the literature review was so rewarding and provided the opportunity to explore answers to the following…


Added by Lorraine Vickery on May 31, 2015 at 9:30 — 3 Comments

All about me

I have been teaching as a special needs teacher since 1991 at my school. My role is to prepare the students with special education needs for life after school whatever that may look like for each individual. This Chinese proverb sums up the teaching philosophy in my classroom.…


Added by Lorraine Vickery on May 30, 2015 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Pasifika students lead the way: Ceilidh style!

Students who identify as Pasifika, whose cultural background is one of the many the Pacific Islands - what is their experience of learning in a school around Ashburton, Christchurch - Ashcoll to be exact? And if you take a large pinch of Ceilidh, a heap of enthusiasm, and a wide range of…

Added by Hazel Owen on May 30, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Lost In Translation

At this point in time, thoughts are running rife with the upcoming Three Way Conferences next week. So, its time for me to reflect as an educator. Giving a voice to the voiceless has always been an interest for me specifically because growing up, I felt that I was one of those who were voiceless. As an educator you try to empower learners with the opportunity to take responsibility for their learning and their self identity or their turangawaewae. You also try to close the gaps for families,…


Added by Lorraine Makutu on May 26, 2015 at 21:03 — 4 Comments

Commentary -"Why technology will never fix education"

Toyama says that technology amplifies the benefit of good education, but does little for mediocre educational systems - "rigorous research fails to show much educational impact of technology in and of itself, even when offered…


Added by John Birnie on May 21, 2015 at 14:58 — 3 Comments

Innovation, bees, reciprocity and learning: Some key lessons

We are so lucky to live for as much of our time as possible in a place up in the north of New Zealand, that we love.

Over the last 5 or so years (and after doing a lot of homework) we have planted over 20,000 trees and plants (see pic on the left to see what it looked like in…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 19, 2015 at 19:30 — No Comments

Has the internet sparked an educational revolution?

John Owen shared this video "Has the Internet sparked an educational revolution" from the BBC. It is interesting in that that the initiative described is driven by the community…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 19, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Agency and Culturally Proficient Practice

On my journey to discover the true meaning of agency and the use of it in education, I have taken a slight, but highly important detour into cultural responsive and proficient practice. A person's culture forms an extremely significant part of who they are and how they interact with day to day life. This being said, surely in makes sense that through acknowledging and respecting a person's culture leads to engagement and success in education? For this reason, it is not only necessary but…


Added by Sarah Whiting on May 18, 2015 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

Accessing the Internet in North Korea: What's it really like?

While many folk might think that access to the Internet is pretty much ubiquitous, there are still areas of the world where access is either not possible due to infrastructure, cost, or political circumstances. One of these areas is North Korea. Michael Winter shared the link to…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 15, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments

Inquiry learning - from knowledge to understanding

Jane Nicholls recommends, "another video for your toolbox, this time one from NZ Curriculum Online".…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 15, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Designing an ecology that supports students to be critical thinkers, engaged in problem-solving

The spaces that we exist in have an effect on our learning. When you are comfortable, the noise is low (or is the noise that you like to listen to such as waves breaking or music), the limbic system in your brain dials down the stress (fight or flight for example). Also part of the limbic system, the Hippocampus (required for the formation of new memories and the maintenance of…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 13, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

Spirals of inquiry: Some examples of what the approach can look and feel like in action

Teaching as inquiry, in particular, Halbert and Kaser’s Spirals of Inquiry (2013) have been inviting a lot of interest over the last few years. However, it is one thing to read the theory and get your head around the approach, and another to see it in action.

So it is great that …


Added by Hazel Owen on May 8, 2015 at 12:36 — 1 Comment

How the brain works...and how emotional stability at home is the single greatest predictor of academic success!

DK shared this video of a keynote from ISTE 2011 by Dr John Medina. Dr Medina is an entertaining definitely won't fall asleep!! :-) He starts by exploding myths such as right brain / left brain 'ways of thinking'. And "the emotional stability of the home is the single greatest predictor of academic…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 8, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Learnings from the Ironman

How do you eat an elephant? Ironman style!…


Added by Josie Evans on May 6, 2015 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Authentic and applied: A guide to assessment through capstone projects

Recommended by Richard Elliott in an eLearning Watch May 2015 (which you can subscribe to here), is the resource,…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 5, 2015 at 20:37 — No Comments

MOOCs, flipping and a guide to 3D Printing: What's really changing?

A new book that was just brought to my attention called: Leading Issues in e-Learning Research MOOCs and Flip: What’s Really Changing? (Volume 2, edited by Mélanie Ciussi), looks as though it is getting into the why a lot more, rather than focussing on the how.

Of particular interest is the framing of the students' expectations as being a motivation to change…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 4, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Looking to the future: Ten Trends 2015

We're a little into 2015, but it's always worth thinking about emerging trends and how they influence education. CORE Education (a professional learning and development, and consultancy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand) has worked with their staff of researchers, education facilitators, and experienced technology experts pool their knowledge and expertise, and through a thorough process put together and publish CORE’s prognosis on…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 2, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

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