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August 2017 Blog Posts (21)

Compelling Reason

I recently read a post from George Couros. If you don't already subscribe to his newsletters then I'd recommend you do, they don't take long to read and are inspiring and informative. This one resonated with me because it contained this reminder: "when you have a compelling reason, you can learn anything". There was also a delightful video, an advertisement for whisky but with a strong…


Added by Jan-Marie Kellow on August 29, 2017 at 9:08 — 2 Comments

Māori and Pasifika learners: To make change it has to be a tide rather than a wave

I was going back through the archives, and came across this overview of a webinar where participants discussed some thoughts around working with Maori and Pasifika learners (recording can be accessed here). The ideas are still really current, so I thought it was worth dipping into it again...enjoy :D

The session…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 28, 2017 at 14:30 — 3 Comments

A rubric for testing the longevity and impact of iPads and other technologies

Greg Carroll shared the following really useful PLSA (Probability of Large Scale Adoption) Predictors rubric - developed by Doug Johnson (you can click through to his …


Added by Hazel Owen on August 27, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

What Parents Look for in a School

Have you wondered what is going on in the minds of parents who are considering a school for their child?

It could be a private, charter or public school. It also could relate to preschool or after school program.

Note that a parent needs to consider this each time the family moves. And they might consider it if not pleased from year to year.

The top 3 considerations according to this study are safety, quality teachers and academic…


Added by John S. Oliver on August 27, 2017 at 4:32 — No Comments

Finding really useful images for eLearning from Stock Photography Sources

If you are involved in eLearning development, and / or instructional design, you are likely to find this article, What's Wrong with Traditional Stock Photography Sources for eLearning, by Tony Karrer really useful. In the article, Tony reflects on what stock photography…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 26, 2017 at 15:00 — 3 Comments

Described myself in 50 words

 Joining an online business association that asked to describe yourself in 50 words and here are mine.

Here is the video where the founder describes the value of this…


Added by John S. Oliver on August 25, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Made it to week 5....where did the time go!

So holy moly...I fact I really have to be the luckiest human ever! It is week 5 and I have no idea how we got to halfway through the term already. 

It has been a rollercoaster of a ride...with huge highs and some moments of whoah..this is too much!

From dealing with a school in debt and then realising that yes I have inherited debt...but unfortunately I need to get more in debt as some systems aren't in place and some health and safety needs action NOW!



Added by joanna Wheway on August 24, 2017 at 17:21 — No Comments

ICTs in the daily lives of Australian students

While Matt Riddle's research is from 2008, the highlights are definitely worth revisiting (and you can find out more by clicking into his overview).

Matt Riddle starts by giving a bit of background to the study (which was funded by…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 24, 2017 at 17:02 — No Comments

The end of digital collaboration - or is it? ACEL e-Teaching 25 (cross-blogged from

Image Source

Earlier this year I was approached to write an article for …


Added by Monika Kern on August 24, 2017 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Increasing student agency for students with special education needs.

"Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon."

E.M. Forster (1908)

What is student agency?

Student agency is when learning involves the activity and the initiative of the learner, more than the inputs that are transmitted to the learner from the teacher, from…


Added by Lorraine Vickery on August 20, 2017 at 16:45 — 1 Comment

Adapting social media as a scaffolding tool for teaching health informatics

Health informatics is an applied hybrid discipline of health and life sciences, computer science and business.

Karen Day and Stewart Wells used their university’s learning management software "as a form of social medium to stimulate discussions in preparation for 2 assignments, while creating an environment in which scaffolding could occur…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 20, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Cultural competency in a business context

Given the opening up of the world and a shift to globalisation, it is important, especially in business contexts to be culturally competent - to be sensitive to differences and know how to work within a multicultural context.

The following is a brief vignette (based on experience, but using fictional characters) of how the…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 16, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

Old meets Modern (cross-blogged from

A good six months into my new role as Education Manager at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a good point for me to take some stock. We have come far, but every time I reach the peak of a mountain, I can see the next mountain range I want to climb:) Looking back over the last six months, there has been lots of learning

  1. of the necessary historic content (and there is always more to learn)
  2. how to run experiences outside the classroom for different ages, topics,…

Added by Monika Kern on August 14, 2017 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

In the clouds: Some tools explored

There is an ongoing discussion around what  the benefits of cloud computing for education and professional development potentially are.

John Pearce has developed a useful PBWorks resource site that looks at various cloud solutions, that may help you…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 8, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Writing A Book And Everything You Need To Know

Is it true that everyone has a book inside them, waiting to be written? Perhaps not, but you may well think you have a great idea for a story, how to guide, or memoir, just begging to be put down on paper. However, writing is book isn't as easy as it looks. Here's everything you need to know about writing a book yourself.

You need to decide why you want to write

The reason for writing a book will be different for everyone. You need to decide what your reasoning is, as it…


Added by Jennifer Scott on August 3, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

How do Aotearoa NZ startups compare?

NZ Entrepreneur have put together this infographic, which - whether you are thinking about setting up a business, already have one, are interested in supporting one ... or are just curious - offers some interesting insights.

Based on data from the 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem Report, NZ Entrepreneur were keen "to take a closer look to see how we [Aotearoa NZ] compare to ecosystems drawn from similar size populations" (…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 2, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

we have lift off

Wow...what happened there!

It is now go plus 4 days and I think I have lost 4 days of my has all blurred into what feels like only a couple of hours!

Monday was my first official day and the first thing that happened in the morning was the most lovely Powhiri I have ever attended. The students at my school have such a clear understanding of their heritage and connection with their area...I am very lucky to be leading a school like this!



Added by joanna Wheway on August 1, 2017 at 18:59 — 2 Comments

T- minus 6 days

So there is 6 days to go till I legally take over the reins....and at the moment I am running around trying to get up to speed with budgets, property works, planning, organisation and a completely lacking H and S system

I feel a lot like a thunderbirds puppet...wanting to focus on the big aim...teaching and learning....but some puppeteer is pulling strings that mean I need to focus on admin a lot at present!

Still, I guess once I have knocked these systems on the head we can…


Added by joanna Wheway on August 1, 2017 at 18:58 — 1 Comment

T-minus 16 days

The thunderbirds seems to represent how I feel at the moment as I start the 16 day countdown to officially leading learning at my first school as principal! Though the paperwork has started already!!

I've been at my new school twice this week to begin connecting with my team, meeting students and joy of joys writing contracts! It was the contracts that caused me to finally realise, holy heck, I'm a principal... when I finished the contracts and went to turn to my principal to…


Added by joanna Wheway on August 1, 2017 at 18:57 — No Comments

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