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September 2015 Blog Posts (25)

Many Dozens of Ideas for Teachers on My Pinterest Boards

My mother was an elementary school teacher before I was born in 1953. Then she became a stay-at-home mom with me and my brother that came 3 years later. Some of my best years were when she helped me gain the love of learning at that formative stage. She took me and my brother often to the library and bookstore. Our house was full of books.

I enjoyed the many ways that she brought arts and crafts into my world.

I always knew that she was creative and expressive. During this last…


Added by John S. Oliver on September 25, 2015 at 16:00 — 6 Comments

Online resources designed for teaching development

Teaching issues tend to be similar across schools, and the 'solutions' are transferable between disciplines, where a shift in pedagogy applies to all.

The JISC publication that looks at Emerging practice in a digital age is used by David Snell  and Jane Terell to highlight the question 'is there is a new paradigm for tertiary education?'. At Massey there is a new model of Professional Development, which is a shift away from the generic workshop model. The new model looks to fully…


Added by Hazel Owen on September 24, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Teaching as Inquiry evaluations – Are we paddling the same waka?

 Kaua e rangiruatia te hāpai o te hoe; 

e kore tō tātou waka e ū ki uta.

Don’t paddle out of unison;

our canoe will never reach the shore.


An important goal for me as Leader of School-wide PLD this year has been building a culture of team work and…


Added by Charlotte French on September 24, 2015 at 9:00 — 3 Comments

Khan Academy revisited

I know it's not new, but I thought it was worth having a look at the Khan Academy (a not-for-profit organisation started by Salman Khan) to see how it's going. There are now over 2,500 videos on a range of subjects including "math, science, computer…


Added by Hazel Owen on September 20, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Vital to education: Non-cognitive skills

Depression 4

Added by Hazel Owen on September 19, 2015 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Computers 'do not improve' pupil results...It's not the computer, it's what your students do with them!!

It is frequently said, but seems to be lost in translation - computers alone do nothing to improve's what the students do with them!! Underpinning that is the assumption that, if students are learning skills such as problem solving, inquiry, evaluation, and collaboration, we actually assess them on those skills rather than ones that were required 10...20...or more years…


Added by Hazel Owen on September 17, 2015 at 17:15 — 6 Comments

Making the most of mobility: virtual mentoring and education practitioner professional development

Thought I would share Research in Learning Technology, the journal of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), has just published the following:

"Making the most of mobility: virtual mentoring and education practitioner professional development" by Hazel D. Owen…


Added by Hazel Owen on September 17, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Moodle on a Cloud

Taking notes Image by hazelowendmc via Flickr

Martin Knott feels that Moodle has the capability to change lives. There are many people who would like to access education, but their life commitments mean that they…


Added by Hazel Owen on September 15, 2015 at 19:00 — 2 Comments

The Kaizen Way

Cross blogged from …


Added by Nicola Stevenson on September 14, 2015 at 21:16 — 1 Comment

Tackling social network privacy issues

This New York Times article reports on a clever student project to combat privacy violations on Facebook. Sharing this article with students would make a useful contribution to conversations you're having with them about social networking and…


Added by Helen Martin on September 14, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments

Regaining ownership of your eportfolio google site

Crossblogged from Hynessight

If you have made an eportfolio in your school domain using google sites, you might need to consider transferring it into your private gmail account so if you leave the school, it won't be accidentally deleted by the school, and you can keep the eportfolio no matter what school you are at.

I recommend that you make your eportfolio in your private address to begin with, but if…


Added by Leigh Hynes on September 13, 2015 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Engaging students through e-Learning and better school to work pathways

Clarence Yates shared this post with another community we are both members of. He writes:

This report .... is certainly a report to read through especially when we are looking at the engagement of our students at school and how e-Learning can…

Added by Hazel Owen on September 12, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Over half a million apps in the iTunes store alone - which do you choose for learning?

Have you spent hours trying to find the app that will do what you need it to do? Add to that the pressure if you are working with learners to find an app that is designed in a pedagogically sound way, and has been quality educators, and you could be searching for hours.

In the …


Added by Hazel Owen on September 11, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Psychometric testing and the myth of personality types

Over the past few years I have become a podcast enthusiast (some may even say, bore!). I love the fact that I can be driving, running, name it, while learning or being entertained...and often both. One of my favourite podcasts is from the BBC World Service Documentaries, and a while back, I listened to a…


Added by Hazel Owen on September 10, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

My Journey in Developing our School Curriculum. Part 4

The Journey.  Part 4

Ok, so a lot more than a month has passed since my last installment of the journey and I said that I was going to write about the impact on the students’ learning and how teachers and parents felt about the changes. Firstly, I will give a quick (haha) overview of the journey as a whole then discuss the impact of these changes.


Through a robust…


Added by Rick Whalley on September 10, 2015 at 13:57 — 1 Comment

A gem of a program from an international perspective: Ka Hikitia (2010-2012)

Jill Parfitt kindly shared the latest report on Te Kotahitanga effectiveness to be released by the Ministry: KA HIKITIA - A Demonstration Report Effectiveness of Te Kotahitanga Phase 5 2010-2012.

An excerpt from an introduction to the report…


Added by Hazel Owen on September 10, 2015 at 12:54 — No Comments

Rich Pictures for Visual Learning and Project Based Learning

This has potential to radically transform group dynamics in a classroom. It is a concept or system that can work for any age group. Like any thing new much experimenting would be required.

This can flush our and flesh out all kinds of facets of any hot topic.

In a very short while there would be creative expressions and lively conversations.

Here is the concept presented and you need to click the arrow to advance…


Added by John S. Oliver on September 9, 2015 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

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