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August 2014 Blog Posts (24)

Interested in enrolling your primary school students in an extension literacy project? Project Huia

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Project Huia - Book Study - Extension Learners…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 31, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Controversial video about the influence of unions in education in the US: Thoughts?

The mere mention of unions often provokes strong reactions, and if you watch this video, Teachers' unions vs. students (narrated by Terry Moe, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University), you are likely to come away with an opinion! 

Personally, I feel it is positive that educators have such a strong union, and essential they have meaningful representation. However, some…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 27, 2014 at 21:38 — No Comments

Collaboration and Networking with a future focus

Kia ora

I've just joined the Ethos community and thought I would introduce myself. My key interests and experience are around, effective teaching as inquiry, school leadership, collaboration within and between schools, school improvement, research and evaluation, feedback loops between research, policy and practice, administrative systems, developing relational trust, and partnerships. 


In 2014 I have…

Added by Rebbecca Sweeney on August 26, 2014 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Traffic Passing By

I sit in the library writing.

I look out the second floor window at the traffic passing by.

The one way street passes from my right to my left.

There is a traffic light to the left of my field of view.

Many cars and a few trucks are part of the stop and go parade.

When there is a convention in town then there are lots of buses too.

Each vehicle has left Point A and is moving to Point B.

Each driver…


Added by John S. Oliver on August 26, 2014 at 5:14 — No Comments

Using Make the Future

The video Make the Future worked a treat to introduce a presentation I gave on Future Focused Learning at Ashcoll - why enable elearning - moving to BYOD.  many asked me to onshare the link an dI've also reshared it in our google community: e-cited.  Here's the link to the prezi I made ot support the presentation.…


Added by margaret macpherson on August 24, 2014 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

5 Tips for Managing Mobile Devices in the Classroom

An increasing number of students are returning to school after the winter break with shiny new mobile devices in hand. This excites me as I rely entirely on my students devices and a BYOD policy to integrate technology into my classroom. That said, I’ve trained lots of teachers who are hesitant to embrace mobile devices. Many teachers fear that allowing students to use their devices in…


Added by Catlin Tucker on August 23, 2014 at 7:57 — 4 Comments

Driving teacher change through brokering in an online community ecosystem

Online or virtual communities of practice were a theme that appeared in many of the presentations in the Research stream of ULearn in 2011 (and you can access the papers from the research stream by clicking here).

One such…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 22, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Concrete Truck


I was standing at the busy downtown intersection.

I was walking to my workstation in the morning alone.

Then a concrete truck made a turn and passed in front of me.

The huge mixer was turning and the name of the company spun around.


I considered, “What was that?”

It was a vehicle with a load of wet concrete.

It was in route to off load the contents soon.

Surely some workers had prepared the final destination.

They were…


Added by John S. Oliver on August 21, 2014 at 2:39 — No Comments

Now out: Latest issue from the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning

Always packed full of great articles, the latest issue of the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning is now available, having been shared by Niki…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 19, 2014 at 20:56 — No Comments

Relationships, literacy and team spirit: Janey Nolan talks about her work with Te Kura

Janey Nolan, has crafted a wonderfully engaging read that looks into the importance of building relationships, how animals can help build trust, literacy, and the essential ingredient - team spirit. Please leave Janey…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 18, 2014 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Mind the gap: A digital repository of resources to support reflective teaching and learning

In 2011 the Ako Aotearoa Southern Educational Developers’ Group  invited folks to join them in developing a repository (funded by Ako Aotearoa’s Southern Hub) - Mind the…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 17, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Tangible Benefits of e-Learning

The question often asked is...where is the evidence that eLearning makes a difference?

In 2008,  JISC infoNet, the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and the Higher Education Academy worked together to attempt to help answer this question. They supported the development of "37 detailed online case studies available...supported by an…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 16, 2014 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Practical guides rolling off the press

Over on the Onlignment blog, I've been posting up a series of practical guides for digital learning content designers. These guides are not really meant for those who design content full-time, but for the increasing numbers of learning professionals who are occasional designers.

Anyway, so far I have completed the following guides:…


Added by Clive Shepherd on August 15, 2014 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

Know where you are going? eLearning roadmap

There are a number of eLearning frameworks and roadmaps gaining in use and popularity. This one from The National Centre for Technology in Education (@ncteireland) offers a good example, although it is contextualised to the UK.


To view the mindmap full size, please click this link: eLearning%20Roadmap.png…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 15, 2014 at 8:30 — 3 Comments

Infographic on Decline in Confidence in Public Schools

This infographic relates to the public schools in the USA. But I expect that the reality is similar all over the globe.


It is helpful to click on the graphic to cause it to enlarge and then used the slider to move around it. You can find the sliders at the bottom and side of the computer screen.



Added by John S. Oliver on August 14, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

Education future scenarios: Insight into different futures potentially facing education and learning

Yvonne Hynson shared this post and resource with another community of which I am a member, and it looks so good, I thought I would…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 13, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Calm was Shattered


The morning calm was shattered.

The choppy racket of the helicopter pierced the peaceful start of the day.

Another patient was being delivered to the roof of the hospital.


There is hope that healing will be found there.

People, machines and computers are lined up to save this life.


Every week amazing stories of healing come from that hospital.


Just a few decades ago the seriously sick and injured died…


Added by John S. Oliver on August 13, 2014 at 2:05 — No Comments

Sharing Screen and Group Calling Using Skype

Technology has brought about changes in the way we do things and is changing rapidly. One of the reasons I use skype is that it is free and I can talk to my children and see them face to face as they live in different parts of the world - England, Germany, Canada, Scotland, Japan, Australia and Fiji. Part of traditional and cultural proposal for marriage, the girl has to be present and also asked if she was willing during the presentation.

About a month ago, as parents of growing…


Added by litiana yabakivou on August 11, 2014 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

Inquiry Learning: getting kids out of the box (Jill Hammonds)

Inquiry Cycle Image by istlibrary via…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 11, 2014 at 11:34 — No Comments

Rail Road Crossing

The cross arms came down.

Then the commuter train sped past.

The motorist waited a short while.

Many humans crossed paths safely.

The plans of the clever engineers worked well again.

The patterns of the busy city continued like clock work.

Citizens interacted in the city like they have done for decades.

The essential machines and computers were fueled by electricity.

We glide through life unaware of what is happening around us.



Added by John S. Oliver on August 11, 2014 at 2:01 — 1 Comment

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