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November 2016 Blog Posts (24)

STEM education in NZ

Wanting to see the level of interest in STEM and STEAM education in NZ schools

Who will decide the Curriculum ? 

What are the training needs and how to procure resources? 

How willing  ( committed) is your school to give STEM a fair push ? 

Added by melvin din on November 30, 2016 at 23:41 — 3 Comments

The journeys end......but only for 2016

When I asked the students what they liked about the MakerSpace time they had they said:

"had a choice to make what I like."

When I asked then how they felt when they finished something they said:

''happy because I made it on my own."

What I gained from this experience is:

1. A deeper understanding of the students I work with in a way I would not…


Added by Lorraine Vickery on November 27, 2016 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Characteristics of eLearning: A model and associated resources

Rachel Roberts piqued my interest when she shared the diagram below, along with the following comment:

"This resource was created…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 26, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Programme publications from London Knowledge Lab

This research was shared a while back by the late Vince Ham who indicated that there were "Some interesting digests of research here".

The description of the research (from James O'Toole, London Knowledge Lab)…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 22, 2016 at 22:30 — No Comments

Blending learning for human service education

Iconic image for social science. Iconic image for social science. (Photo credit:…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 21, 2016 at 18:30 — No Comments

Bud to Soil

Let us start considering an elegant cycle in nature.


The leaf is the main character with thousands of coequal costars.


Begin when the twig is bare in the winter.

Then in due time the bud of the leaf emerges.

The tiny bud grows slowly to full size during the spring.


This lone leaf is a key member interconnected parts of the whole tree.

A leaf is in some cases evergreen and some cases it changes with the seasons.



Added by John S. Oliver on November 20, 2016 at 17:30 — 3 Comments

The journey continues....Making learning visible

believe ‘making’ in the classroom makes learning visible and this can be assessed through observation and learning conversations with the student, their whanau and the teacher aide. These conversations offer everyone an opportunity to contribute their unique knowledge of the students with specific educational needs, and an opportunity to participate in planning for and responding to the students' learning pathways. Assessment of…


Added by Lorraine Vickery on November 20, 2016 at 15:00 — No Comments

My 'maker space' journey

 “What learning occurs when students are ‘making’? We all love to play and make stuff but in doing so do students learn through making and how do you measure that learning? Making things is often a collaborative process and learning happens on the go. Learning through making needs to be purposeful and not prescribed or incidental but incremental and built through these experiences (Martinez and Stager, 2013)

When working with students…


Added by Lorraine Vickery on November 20, 2016 at 14:24 — No Comments

Linking curriculum, pedagogy and assessment: Classroom ideas for learning with the iPad

Merryn Dunmill shared this interesting resource (original post here) that looks at Classroom ideas for learning with the iPad and "has an excellent model for adaptation for…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 19, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Appropriate education performance indicators for Open Distance Learning (ODL) organisations

Not everything that can be counted counts, not everything that counts can be counted (Einstein)…

Added by Hazel Owen on November 19, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

Using a reflective framework to support professional learning and reflective practice

Note from Hazel: This is one from the 2012 archives...but I feel it really deserves another read so I have re-shared it.…


Added by bronwyn hegarty on November 18, 2016 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

I Plan to Apply Myself as an Educator in this Practical Arena

Here is a great example of a chronic problem in developing countries and how an organization has developed a workable solution. This sanitation solution has been proven in Haiti.

And by working with Aggies we can distill the lessons into digital educational modules so the concepts can be used all over the globe. We will work in partnership with this and other similar solution…


Added by John S. Oliver on November 18, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

Appreciative inquiry and creating effective tertiary learning spaces with ECE students

How do teachers reconcile their personal and professional selves? In a paper called Philosophy in Action students are expected to go out and ask questions. The paper was bringing back a lot of positive feedback. But there didn’t seem to be much space for student voice. What was written, compared with the ticked boxes in the evaluative survey at the end.…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 17, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Academic independence is being eroded by universities more focussed on money than academic excellence...thoughts?

This radio programme (26 mins 27 secs) from Radio NZ's Nine to Noon was shared by Diana Ayling via email. In this interview, the feature guest is Richard Hil, and Diana writes "If you have not heard this, I highly recommend as a contribution to the debate on…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 16, 2016 at 22:00 — No Comments

A framework to support facilitators develop online courses

When unit standards change (e.g. as part of Post Tertiary Review of Qualifications), how do we support academics to develop courses in short timeframes, with high institutional expectations? Often educators are novices in education and experts in their vocation, and may well not have easy access to educational qualifications. Within a few weeks they may find themselves in front of…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 16, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

Have You Started Thinking About VR? What about VR and Accessibility?

VR seems to be this year's hot tech topic for education, at least in the US it is.  I find the hype that happens around the year's hot topic to most frequently be just that, hype.  A few years ago Second Life (2L) was all the rage.  I know there are still some 2L education islands and programs, but, it failed to meet the projections and hype.  It never ended up making significant changes in education.  And, one of my concerns with the 2L efforts was (of course) access. Just as 2L was going…


Added by Raymond M Rose on November 15, 2016 at 5:00 — 1 Comment

Cracking the code: Helping students understand the IELTS band score descriptors

Several years ago I embarked on a journey of discovery (or 'uncovery' to more precise) in my understanding and teaching of IELTS. (IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System and is the world's most popular English language test for higher education and global migration).

Having worked with IELTS candidates for a number of years and seeing how confused or frustrated students got when they didn't understand…


Added by Pete Jones on November 14, 2016 at 21:28 — 2 Comments

Māori and Pasifika Education Resources

Kia ora koutou. Talofa lava. Kia orana. Malo e leilei. Fakalofa lahi atu. Ni sa bula vanaka. Aloha. Kam na mauri. Kaselehlia. Yokwe. Hafadai. Halo olgeta.  Namaste....

I've set up a Google Doc which hopefully people will contribute to so we grow and share knowledge and good practice as we engage with our Māori and Pasifika students. 

Added by Merryn Dunmill on November 14, 2016 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Flipping the curriculum: Developing and assessing graduates who are ‘work ready plus’

Are we helping learners develop for work? Or work plus? Are graduates going to be ready to cope with the gnarly questions of the future? Should education be about supporting learners to develop for work...or something else?

Geoffrey Scott (Western Sydney University) advises that “good ideas with no ideas on how to implement them are…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 12, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

On choosing to teach: a professor reflects (Part 1)

In mid-1987 I received a telephone call from a university in New Zealand  inviting me to take up a teaching position. I was working out the end of my employment with a high-tech systems company in Belgium. The call from the Dean of Faculty of Business was timely. I recall investigating another position in systems engineering at New Zealand's principal telecommunications provider.

After deliberation, I accepted the position at Massey University. Specifically, I was attracted by the…


Added by Peter J MELLALIEU on November 11, 2016 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

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