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June 2013 Blog Posts (16)

Our Only Hope: Students on Fire

The world is on fire tonight.

As I sit at my computer in a diner in Olympia, Washington, in the Cascadia region of North America, I'm reading about a new round of protests erupt around the world. In one day, there are reports of students in Chile, the working class masses of Brazil, the dissatisfied citizens of Egypt, and angry protests against the American president's visit in South Africa.

These proverbial fires have been burning for a while now. Countries around the world…


Added by Adam Fletcher on June 30, 2013 at 16:14 — 5 Comments

Report - Life changing results: High student success and retention outcomes at Tauranga PTE Hair to Train

This publication describes three practices that have delivered high student success and retention outcomes at Tauranga PTE Hair to Train. (To access the original on the Ako Aotearoa site please go to:…

Added by Hazel Owen on June 27, 2013 at 17:34 — No Comments

A challenge around the roll out of Ultra-fast broadband to schools: How agile are education systems?

A fellow community member recently posted a comment about the roll out of ultra-fast broadband to schools throughout New Zealand. He suggested that while "cheaper access to international data is important and useful" there is…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 25, 2013 at 19:00 — 2 Comments

Students creating activities and resources for peers: Easy to use, free tools

Created by Jason Hise with Maya and Macromedia...

Image via Wikipedia

If you are keen on encouraging your students to create activities, demonstrations, explanations, and content for their peers, and other people around the…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 25, 2013 at 18:30 — No Comments

Tombstones as Reminders

I visited an historic cemetery a few times recently.


I went there a few times during the day and never at night.

It was a generally peaceful setting.

I did not feel morbid or scared.


I reflected on what I saw and felt between visits.


I was seeking another perspective on humanity and mortality.

I was seeking what I could learn and teach based on this place.


This cemetery is located near downtown Dallas…


Added by John S. Oliver on June 25, 2013 at 7:18 — 2 Comments

Modernising assessment in the age of Web 2.0


Added by Hazel Owen on June 24, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Connecting differentiated teaching and teacher professional learning

The data presented in the previous post (Closing which gap?) leads me to further investigate the extent to which the challenges of differentiated teaching are being connected with teachers’ professional learning.

The implementation of differentiated teaching strategies, recognising and incorporating the diversity that students show in their learning…


Added by Alejandra Arratia-Martinez on June 21, 2013 at 14:00 — 4 Comments

Explore the world from the comfort of your chair: The Virtue of Virtual Fieldtrips (LEARNZ) for students

Barrie Matthews (LEARNZ Project/Technical Manager) facilitated this session (with Vicki Hagenaars - a classroom teacher extraordinaire with a focus on digital based learning - also sharing some of her experiences). The session  covered the benefits of Virtual Fieldtrips, looking at pedagogies, and encouraging…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 19, 2013 at 17:09 — No Comments

As many questions as answers: How do we design and facilitate for 'learning'?

Something I have been meaning to share since January, and it has remained on my 'to do' list, is a super session facilitated by the wonderful Ewan McIntosh at the ICOT conference. I live-blogged the session (Creative and Critical thinking: Creating space…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 17, 2013 at 13:35 — No Comments

Minecraft and the classroom (cross-blogged from

Minecraft  In a household with three boys it is almost inevitable to come across the online game Minecraft. My boys are spoilt for choice really as the BeLchick aka Push-over-Mother has given in to the purchase of the Pocket Edition, the Pi Edition (that was free thank goodness), the Xbox Edition and now two copies of the Premium Edition for PC. Am I turning my children into hopeless, gaming addicted geeks???…


Added by Monika Kern on June 16, 2013 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Identity, exclusion, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness: A personal reflection

I have been delaying writing up this reflection for a long time...more than a couple of months in fact - the notes I took during the session have sat in draft format and I have 'mulled' over what happened and why.

Part of the reason, I guess is that it is connected to those gnarly subjects 'cultural appropriacy and responsiveness', which can lead to some strong,…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 13, 2013 at 19:19 — 5 Comments

MOOCs and their impact on jobs for academics (or maybe not)

I was recently approached by some students from a University in the US with the following questions, and I thought, due to the interest in the community around MOOCs, I would share the questions...and my responses. It would be great to hear if you agree. disagree, or have something to add :-)

1- Can you tell us about your experience with…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 12, 2013 at 19:32 — No Comments

Have you designed a space where you like to work and learn?

Merryn Dunmill shared the following video:

"Kevin Honeycutt has a video of kids' constructed classrooms using ordinary materials, imagination, flexibility to create spaces that can be moved outside, reshaped, remodeled, and are inexpensive to make. Pockets in the shower curtains?! Check it out".

Do you have experiences of students shaping their own learning spaces? Or have you designed a…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 11, 2013 at 21:00 — No Comments

Timetabling: A tyranny or a necessity?

The whole notion of the tyranny of the timetable and how it can stifle learning is quite a popular one - see for example Enslaved by timetable tyranny. There are many ideas discussed in the article, a couple of which included:

A primary head said to me recently: "Wouldn't…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 6, 2013 at 18:27 — 2 Comments

Something students could use to create superb resources? Open Tapestry

You may remember Folksemantic (a social platform for finding and sharing open content), and mourned its passing. Apparently the developers have been working on something a wee bit different called Open Tapestry. The application helps users find content for learning, and then re-structure it, mash it up, and build new pages from open content to create…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 5, 2013 at 17:19 — No Comments

Time flies when you are having fun! (cross-blogged from

This old saying is certainly true in my role, I can hardly believe it is week 5 and the start of June already! This post is all about my work as Blended e-learning facilitator in primary schools in the rural Far North of New Zealand and really more for my own benefit to record my thoughts :-) You're welcome to navigate away from here or read on...

The start of term 2 has changed my focus in a number of my schools. In Term 1 it was all about getting to know each other, gathering the…


Added by Monika Kern on June 5, 2013 at 11:30 — 8 Comments

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