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October 2013 Blog Posts (12)

Do you really know HOW to get the best search results out of Google? Some tips

I must admit, I learned a few things about searching with search engines like Google, and I thought (rather arrogantly ;-p) I was a bit of a power user. Apparently not...!

Have a look at this infographic by and see if you come away with anything. Please add to the comments if you have any other tricks and tips you'd like…


Added by Hazel Owen on October 28, 2013 at 17:24 — 5 Comments

Foreign language learning in a connected world (infographic)

An infographic put together by Rosetta Stone, who illustrate how learning a foreign language at school is beginning to look very different. They explain that "The Internet provides 21st Century students with access to instant information, audio and visual resources as well as providing the tools to make real world connections to native speakers. With tools like these types now available, it’s unfair to expect students to master a new language with just a text book, isolated inside four…


Added by Hazel Owen on October 22, 2013 at 20:22 — No Comments

Virtual laboratories, immersive learning environments and their growing influence on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)

Recommended by Richard Elliott in an eLearning Watch 'extra' (which you can subscribe to here), is the The Technology Outlook…


Added by Hazel Owen on October 22, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

Do you live in New Zealand? Are you interested in applying for an Assistant Principal's position?

Are you interested in taking on a more challenging role? Mt Richmond Special School in South Auckland is looking for an Assistant Principal. They have advertised but so far have been unable to find someone suitable.

You will need to have a passion for working with exceptional students and see school as an opportunity "to equip exceptional learners to be lifelong learners.  An understanding about how learning with digital technologies can transform the experience of citizenship for…


Added by Hazel Owen on October 21, 2013 at 20:17 — No Comments

What makes a good teacher?

A March 2 New York Times article gives a fascinating insight into initiatives in the USA to raise teaching standards. While paying teachers more, giving 'good' teachers bonuses in the form of 'merit…


Added by Helen Martin on October 21, 2013 at 13:53 — 1 Comment

Classroom game design...and thoughts about ePortfolios

Vicki Hagenaars shared this thought-provoking video (that was originally shared here). She stumbled across the video while preparing for a conference presentation, and writes that…


Added by Hazel Owen on October 17, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Most productive, creative ways to work....

I must admit to a tendency to focus on emails and easy, small tasks when there is something tough to focus the paper I am currently writing ( groan). So, it was great, while catching up with a new friend and colleague the other day...Denis hear about some of the…


Added by Hazel Owen on October 15, 2013 at 20:00 — No Comments

A day in the life of a virtual mentor in the VPLD....

In this post you will see a snapshot of a virtual mentor’s day, which has been developed from the collated experiences of mentors involved in the VPLD programme. Not all mentors will work the same way, or make the same choices, but it gives you a good idea of what happens, when, how, why and with whom.

Jacky’s day

A lot of…


Added by Hazel Owen on October 15, 2013 at 19:30 — No Comments

ULearn13 Reflections (cross-blogged from

(this has become more deep and meaningful than I thought it would be - feel free to leave this post at any time :D)

I have just come back from ULearn13 in Hamilton, and I am still buzzing. Why? What is it that makes me want to go back next year?

I had never been to ULearn before - money, time, so much of an effort to get there and to sort out kids & hubby in the meantime. Living up in the Far North I have settled nicely in my little…


Added by Monika Kern on October 13, 2013 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

7 Ways to Promote Better Comprehension in the Classroom

While the reasons offered for it are as varied as the critics who produce them, there is a growing consensus that educational systems around the world are in a state of crisis. Whether it’s a matter of slashed funds, over-stimulation, or out-of-step teaching styles, education systems are struggling; for example, …


Added by Marcela De Vivo on October 9, 2013 at 7:53 — 1 Comment

Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for the Common Core State Standards

We are very excited to offer another top notch class from Stanford’s School of Education.

Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for the Common Core State Standards”, offered by Kenji Hakuta, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University,…


Added by John S. Oliver on October 9, 2013 at 5:00 — 1 Comment

Are Hi-tech solutions contingent on Lo-tech solutions?

If a lo-tech solution can get the same results – then, providing it is fit for for purpose – should it be used?

This blog posting was one I originally posted at in 2011.


I've dug out an old Prezi presentation from my archives, and tweaked it a bit - so you can see some of the…


Added by Denis on October 7, 2013 at 16:56 — 1 Comment

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