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June 2014 Blog Posts (24)

Help celebrate Matariki (Māori new year)!

Ka puta Matariki ka rere Whānui. Ko te tohu tēnā o te tau e!

Matariki re-appears, Whānui starts its flight. Being the sign of the [new] year!

Every year, in winter in New Zealand, just before dawn, if you turn your eyes to the sky you…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 29, 2014 at 8:26 — No Comments

Open pedagogy under discussion

Bronwyn Hegarty recently contacted me with a heads up about the great open pedagogy blog series she is currently putting together (and I am hoping to persuader her to cross-blog some of her posts to this community too :-p).

I popped across to her blog and checked out the first in the series, Open Pedagogy - …


Added by Hazel Owen on June 28, 2014 at 21:37 — 1 Comment

What are students using their tablets for in Higher Education?

While the data is based on students in Higher Education in the US, I suspect that similar trends will be observable in several other countries. I found the data at the bottom of the infographic of particular interest as it showed what students are using their tablets for...your thoughts?

Tablets and Education



Added by Hazel Owen on June 28, 2014 at 21:15 — No Comments

Golfing and Teaching

Crossblogged from Hynessight

To help teachers understand the concept of teaching as inquiry, I use the analogy of golfing. When you start golfing, it takes a while to learn how to hit the ball and send it in the general direction you want it to go. After the first few months you start to get the hang of it and then you start trying to refine and hone your…


Added by Leigh Hynes on June 26, 2014 at 15:57 — 1 Comment

Truly integrated learning???

Image via WikipediaWe have all heard the discussions around integrated, cross-curricular…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 24, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

So What Are You Afraid Of?

Crossblogged from

I was a cautious child. As I have grown older, I have taken more risks in my life (not the least of which is flying, my least favourite pastime) and, with every risk I take, come more great spin-offs. Admittedly, they are not the kind of risks like going over Niagara Falls in a barrel but risks in my personal and professional life have had much greater…


Added by Leigh Hynes on June 21, 2014 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Taking it mobile: The mobile learning portal

The advent of the printed word, as well as more recent innovations such as television have challenged educators through the ages to ensure their approach is relevant to students and the world they are going to inhabit. It might be argued that print it portable. However, it is the cross-contextual way of communicating and interacting that surely must…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 21, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

The Virtual Revolution - Homo Interneticus

Clarence Yates shared this prodigious post with another community we are both members of, and kindly agreed to share it with the Ethos community. He has watched all of the 5 documentaries that he links to, and pulls out the key points from them…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 20, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Top Ten Online Workload Management Strategies

Recently the University of Waikato Teaching Development Unit published their magazine TDU Talk with articles focused on the theme Towards the University of the Future. 

All the articles have some sort of connection with elearning and if you're interested, the magazines' online version can be found 

here: …


Added by Stephen Bright on June 20, 2014 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Online resources for Exceptional Children

Linda Ojala shared this site (Exceptional Children Resources) via another community of which I am a member. The resource looks great, and I really like the combination of general assistive tools, as well as a great range of links to resources. I'm just digging in to some of the audio books for the vision impaired learners...really good range to choose from :-)

I came across this…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 19, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Ideas for working with gifted and talented learners

AFINS logo. AFINS is a non-profit assciation f... Image via…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 18, 2014 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Should iPads be compulsory?

The post is from 2012, but the conversation continues, so I felt it would be useful to re-visits Clarence Yates' post,…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 17, 2014 at 14:30 — 4 Comments

The conversation prism: Visual way of representing social networking

Sometimes, once you have worked through your design stages (and this could be for a whole programme or for an activity), you may then be left wondering what tool would be suit your needs, given the approaches and interactions you have planned for. You might, for example, have decided…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 16, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Constructivism and inquiry in secondary schools (Florence Lyons)

Florence Lyons (@froggieflo) shared this great reflection on constructivism, inquiry learning, and reflecting on how she might apply these concepts in her classroom.…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 15, 2014 at 6:30 — 2 Comments

Zeenah – Learning in a social world: A social learning scenario

A while back I shared a scenario of a tertiary learner and how they may use Web 2.0 and social learning as a student. This month, I would like to share the scenario of Zeenah.

This is a hypothetical scenario of a student's learning journey and it suggests: 1) how a learner might be inducted into a blended learning programme; 2) how she could progress through the programme; 3) the scaffolding and developmental nature that would be built into the design of the programme; and 4) how…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 14, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

How well do we address the needs of learners?

The wonderful Diana Ayling wrote up this summary of a workshop she attended a couple of years ago. However, the key points she makes remain relevant, and it would be good to hear your thoughts and experiences around how well we address the needs of our learners.

Now, to Diana's post: 



Added by Diana Ayling on June 13, 2014 at 11:41 — 1 Comment

Professional Learning and Development is frequently part of the problem in schools

It may seem to be a no-brainer that more Professional Learning and Development (PLD) is likely to lead to improvements in teaching practices, and, in theory have a positive impact on student learning experiences. However, in this article Linda Bendikson suggests that "Our observations in schools lead us to believe that PLD is frequently part of the…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 11, 2014 at 16:36 — No Comments

Investing in Educational Success - Systems change in the making?

Crossposted from  This is an initiative that i really think NZ educational community should be making their voices heard on as it is potentially the next biggest schooling system change since 'Tomorrow's Schools'! What are your thoughts?

Last week this Working…


Added by Rachel Whalley on June 11, 2014 at 14:40 — 1 Comment

Just Sat


Recently I had a long gap between errands.

I was waiting more than an hour at a city park.

I went around the walking trail circle.

Then I just sat.

It only took a little while for my body to recover.

Then I noticed my internal mental chatter.

I had done all the important planning and praying.

I had…


Added by John S. Oliver on June 6, 2014 at 5:46 — No Comments

Learning from Failure

In the United States there is a phenomenon called “failing schools.” The mainstream media here causes Americans to conjure up the worst images of these places: Crumbling ceilings, stacks of decrepit old books, and growling, ancient teachers. We see slouching, apathetic students who are hand-tied by their own intransigence, and indifferent parents who are incapable of raising…


Added by Adam Fletcher on June 6, 2014 at 2:31 — 1 Comment

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