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November 2013 Blog Posts (17)

My BIG World has Lots of Consumers

Many years ago I worked at a combination gas station and convenience store.

It was a tiny store compared to most of them in Dallas these days.

One of my duties was to restock the display shelves with beer.

I walked into the cooler each shift and did my chore.

Today while reflecting on it I am a little amazed.


In that refrigerated room were stacks of 6 packs and 12 packs.

Currently I do not consume alcohol but I did when in…


Added by John S. Oliver on November 30, 2013 at 6:15 — 1 Comment

November 24th is N-24 Awareness Day

Hi there!

I want to share with you all the comment I have attempted to leave on each site linked as Related Content on my article announcing N-24 Awareness Day

I sure would appreciate it if each of you would take the time to check out the article itself, as well as making a quick visit to the CSDN website…


Added by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie on November 24, 2013 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

Four Simple Steps to Promote Student Voice in Schools

How to Promote Student Voice in Education

1) Share Student Voice.

  • Talk with your principal or headmaster, school board members, and other decision-makers throughout your school system.
  • Build support by talking to staff members in your school about student voice.
  • Teach students…

Added by Adam Fletcher on November 24, 2013 at 7:00 — 2 Comments

Māori Tube and the Coconet: Check them out!

Just had to share the following from Merryn Dunmill (which originally appearedhere). I must admit to being distracted and…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 22, 2013 at 15:12 — No Comments

What's missing in this picture: Attitudinal data about the use of mobile devices in schools

The infographic below was developed by the Australia-based organisation, Open Colleges. The things that caught my attention were some of the statistics, which, while fairly meaningless on their own, do present an attitudinal 'picture'.

  • 59% of students said that they would like to bring in their own mobile devices to enhance learning
  • 86% of students believe they study…

Added by Hazel Owen on November 21, 2013 at 19:09 — No Comments

Looking for a job as a learning coordinator in Auckland?


The amazing team at The Learning Wave are looking for someone for a 13 month maternity cover position in a Learning Co-ordinator role. The applicant needs to have a high attention to detail. They also need to be able to manage the logistics in a professional manner…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 20, 2013 at 17:24 — No Comments

Days are Both the Same and Different


Each day is the same because nature just keeps on cycling.

There is sunrise and sunset.

There are the lovely rhythms that involve the trees, birds, rain, bugs, etc.

My body needs sleep, food, drink, shelter and clothes.


Each day is totally unique.

The day brings a special collection of challenges, opportunities and more.

I do my best to plan and prepare.

But there are always unexpected developments.




Added by John S. Oliver on November 15, 2013 at 8:33 — No Comments

What's your take? What does the Facebook Generation Need to Learn?

Do we really need children to go 'cold turkey' from their mobile devices? Is there a requirement for 'book camps' with printed materials only? Is there a middle ground for the Internet generation? Or do we need to re-think many of our biases about how we feel learning is 'done best'?

As I listened to the following podcast (…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 14, 2013 at 17:13 — No Comments

I Live in a Big, Big, Big World.


There are moments in my life that I am reminded how big is this world.


When I run errands sometimes I go near downtown Dallas.

There are lots of large hotels there.

Some of these are about as big as the office buildings near them.

In order for them to stay in business they must nearly fill the rooms each night.

It amazes me that that many people are traveling all year long.

Most of them stay for less than a week I would…


Added by John S. Oliver on November 14, 2013 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Collaborate - always!

When I first started with CORE in 2012, I was taken out of a classroom where I had been teaching year 3 students using iPads and Macbooks, loving my job, but feeling pretty isolated a lot of the time, forging my own path using technology to enhance and trying to transform my classroom programmes.

My new role was completely online in the Enabling e-learning online team, facilitating discussion in the Enabling e-Learning Community groups on the …


Added by Catriona Pene on November 13, 2013 at 12:15 — 2 Comments

Adult-Driven Student Voice

Student Voice is any expression of any learner anywhere, all the time, about anything related to learning, schools, and education. It doesn't depend on adult approval, it doesn't need specific spaces or energies, and is always present wherever students are. The question generally is whether adults in education want to hear what's being said.

If a student is talking in front of a group sharing their beliefs or experience, ideas or knowledge, they're sharing student voice. The same can…


Added by Adam Fletcher on November 12, 2013 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

Reflections on my own ULearn Presentation (cross-blogged from

This post has been a few weeks percolating...

I was excited to go to ULearn and nervous to present. My topic is very dear to my heart, Connecting with my learners and their whanau / family. You might be sick of looking at popplets, but here is my outline:

I approached the topic from looking at our own identity, at the way we all (incl. our students and their…


Added by Monika Kern on November 8, 2013 at 14:18 — 1 Comment

Collaborate on Popplet (cross-blogged from

Following my previous post about Popplet, Hazel and I have had a tutu to collaborate on a popplet. After a few false starts we have succeeded (URL!

So how can you collaborate on a popplet in real time?

Start your new popplet or open an existing one. Click on the Share button on the right:…


Added by Monika Kern on November 8, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

Popplet (cross-blogged from

Hazel has mentioned Popplet in one of her posts recently, and today I posted on my blog for my teachers how they could use it and embed it into a blog on blogger. Ning seems to take offence with embedded popplets so I have included the URLs also :) As a post with only text gets boring, here is an image of a popplet:

Today on Twitter I noted…


Added by Monika Kern on November 6, 2013 at 20:00 — 9 Comments

Teaching geography in New Zealand: Māori geography

An equirectangular projection of Polynesia, cr...

Image via Wikipedia

Following on from a post I made a few weeks ago Links to…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 5, 2013 at 21:00 — No Comments

Social networking and connecting for health, literacy, community and a better way of life

Flag of City of Cape Town

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You may wonder, sometimes, if ICT in general and mobile technology in particular is also about revenue generation and filling time…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 5, 2013 at 20:14 — No Comments

You've heard of the Google 80% - 20%? How about the school 90% - 10%?

Students studying at Albany Senior High School...

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There is much talk about student empowerment, engagement, and choice, and yet many education institutions stick to the topics and…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 5, 2013 at 20:09 — No Comments

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