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September 2014 Blog Posts (23)

Being a connected student - my learning experiences with technology.

This month Hazel asked me to do a reflective piece about my own experience as a connected student. When I first started brainstorming the things I could write about, I found it unexpectedly difficult. On further reflection I put this down to the fact that technology has become something that is so absolutely ingrained in my life, and my education, that I almost don't notice or appreciate it anymore. So having this chance to truly analyse how technology has, and continues to,…

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Added by Charlotte Caines on September 30, 2014 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

Consider These Aspirations from School Administrators in Texas

I noticed that the TASA http://www.tasanet.org/ was having a convention in downtown Dallas. I did not know what that stood for so I looked it up and came on this document that I thought might inspire, challenge and encourage those of this community.

The highlights of the document are in this blog post. The link to the full text is here …

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Added by John S. Oliver on September 27, 2014 at 3:30 — 1 Comment

Technology for Emirati teacher trainees: Thoughts and opinions

This blog post was written by Glenys Henry (whose bio is below). Glenys is currently working with Emirati women who are enrolled on the Bachelor of Education Programme at Dubai Women's College in the United Arab Emirates.

Dubai Women’s College a brief overview

Dubai Women’s…

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Added by Hazel Owen on September 26, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

‘e’ in workload

Innovation is great isn’t it?

I mean it fires up the brain cells, gets the creative juices going and tests how many hours there actually are within a day!

It’s interesting that within education at the moment e-this and e-that are everywhere - except it would appear within discussions around workload and the impact of moving to…

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Added by Nicola Dunham on September 26, 2014 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

What does learning look like in your class?

Crossblogged from Hynessite

I can't say enough how much I value the work of researchers, Bolstad and Gilbert et al who wrote the report for the Ministry of Education on "Supporting future oriented learning and teaching".

The report focuses on…

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Added by Leigh Hynes on September 25, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Educamp Minecraft 20/09/14 (cross-blogged from thebelbird.blogspot.com)

Minecraft is a term more and more frequently heard in education in New Zealand and overseas. I was introduced to Minecraft about 3 years ago by my oldest son who abandoned his Lego for Minecraft. But where's the learning in this? 27 educators plus some lovely minions = students explored just that on the weekend at …

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Added by Monika Kern on September 22, 2014 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Embracing constant transformation

 

If change is happening on the outside faster than on the inside, the end is in sight - Jack Welch. 



Although this quote was originally about the world of commerce, and how organisations must constantly transform to keep up with an ever-changing world, it equally applies to us, as humans.  We easily get stuck in old patterns of…

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Added by Fiona White on September 20, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Using Assessment Data

(Cross posting from Literacy online and http://annekcam.blogspot.co.nz/)

 

Here we are in the penultimate week of term and life is increasingly chaotic.  Enjoy the final days as you head towards the spring holiday…

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Added by Anne Kenneally on September 19, 2014 at 15:54 — 2 Comments

Farah: A Scenario of a Pre-Literate Learner

I shared this first in 2011, but felt it was worth dusting off out of the archives. Hope you find it useful.

This document contains a hypothetical scenario of a pre-literate learner that demonstrates 1) how a learner might be inducted into an online course (in this case English Language Learners In New Zealand (ELLINZ) online); 2) how she would progress through the units; 3) the scaffolding and developmental nature built into the design of the ELLINZ online course; and 4) how she…

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Added by Hazel Owen on September 18, 2014 at 8:30 — 2 Comments

From the eLearning Watch: Emerging Practice in a Digital Age & mLearning InfoKit

Richard Elliott has a wonderful resource that he labours every month called the eLearning Watch (which you can subscribe to here), in which he selects a range of emerging trends,…

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Added by Hazel Owen on September 17, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Don't have the technology in your classroom? Some tips on BYOD

For many teachers the lack of technology in their physical classrooms is the biggest hurdle to engaging students in active learning online. I, like so many public school teachers, do not have any technology in my classroom beyond my desktop and a roll around transparency machine. If I want to get students researching, problem solving and collaborating using technology, I have to leverage the mobile devices they bring into the classroom.

The use of…

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Added by Catlin Tucker on September 17, 2014 at 2:30 — 1 Comment

3 of My Favorite Mobile Apps

For many teachers the lack of technology in their physical classrooms is the biggest hurdle to engaging students in active learning online. I, like so many public school teachers, do not have any technology in my classroom beyond my desktop and a roll around transparency machine. If I want to get students researching, problem solving and collaborating using technology, I have to leverage the mobile devices they bring into the classroom.

The use of…

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Added by Catlin Tucker on September 17, 2014 at 2:30 — 1 Comment

Fourteen top tips: The perks and pitfalls of social media in business

Free twitter badge Image via…

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Added by Hazel Owen on September 16, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Have you been using Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is the new kid on the block, perhaps offering a (currently free) option to Teacher Dashboard. I have explored Google Classroom, and have spoken to a couple of people who are using it, but I would love to hear more from folk who are using it a lot with their learners (of any and all ages :-p). What do you think of it (overall impression)? What do your learners think of it? Any really positive…

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Added by Hazel Owen on September 13, 2014 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

Consider This an Online Tool for Vocabulary Building, Reading and Writing

I just bumped into this because I was seeking a synonym here http://thesaurus.com

I also use this site to clarify definitions and spelling here  http://dictionary.reference.com/

Their flash card facet has been upgraded to this http://dynamo.dictionary.com/ 
It says it will help with…
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Added by John S. Oliver on September 13, 2014 at 3:30 — 1 Comment

No bells or interruptions to learning times....

Teacher Roles in Learning Image by hazelowendmc via…

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Added by Hazel Owen on September 12, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Street Corner

I was in downtown Dallas, Texas.

I had walked across the street.

At the street corner I stepped from the street up to the sidewalk.

 

There at the corner I noticed the three different projects.

There was the asphalt of the street.

There was the concrete of the curb.

There were the bricks of the sidewalk.

 

In this section of downtown many sidewalks and streets use bricks.

 

Then I asked, “What is…

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Added by John S. Oliver on September 12, 2014 at 3:00 — No Comments

Social curation: Its implications for learning and formal education

From the awesome Joyce Seitzinger (@catspyjamasnz) is a visual feast that helps capture some of the key concepts of social curation, online identity, and what these can mean for learning going forward.

The implications for formal education are fundamental...as Joyce observes "I don't think that education is about centralized instruction anymore" (Slide 10).…

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Added by Hazel Owen on September 10, 2014 at 8:59 — No Comments

Five characteristics of an effective 21st-century educator

 Here are simple guidelines with a brief article. (You might need to register to read the whole article.)

 

Here are the headings:

1. Anticipates the future.

2. Is a lifelong learner.

3. Fosters relationships.

4. Can teach and assess all levels of…

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Added by John S. Oliver on September 10, 2014 at 6:30 — 1 Comment

Teachers open the door; but you must enter by yourself.

Added by John S. Oliver on September 7, 2014 at 1:55 — No Comments

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