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December 2013 Blog Posts (18)

What does education look like for your child?

What does education look like for your child?

Cross- blogged from Hynessight

I haven't blogged since October - lots of ideas swirling around and all linked to one big idea - what should education look like in New…

Added by Leigh Hynes on December 27, 2013 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

YOUR Capacity to Improve Schools

There are a lot of people who want to change education. However, many get frustrated because they don't know what it takes.

After more than a decade of teaching people around the world how to do itI've decided to share this list of key skills, abilities, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to improve education today. They're what has…


Added by Adam Fletcher on December 20, 2013 at 11:53 — 3 Comments

Time flies when you are having fun... (cross-blogged from

It's the time of year when people contemplate the year gone and look at the future - for me it feels like coming up for a breath, never mind anything else!

“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” ― …


Added by Monika Kern on December 18, 2013 at 12:35 — 1 Comment

A Year in Review - VLN Primary School

2013 has been an eventful year for the VLN Primary School. Our students have had some awesome learning opportunities throughout the year, they have become more confident in new learning environments, developed skills in self-management, collaboration & creativity, made new friends and prepared themselves for new challenges ahead.

Thank you to all the wonderful eTeachers, school support, whanau & community partners and Ministry of Education who have enabled…


Added by Rachel Whalley on December 16, 2013 at 20:41 — No Comments

Cracking Adobe Connect

Finally i have worked out how to enable my students to be more active participants in our Adobe classroom without having to promote them with permissions that will allow them to ‘accidentally’ muck around with layouts & settings etc.

The secret is to assign individuals enhanced rights to only certain areas within the Adobe classroom – these can be turned on…


Added by Rachel Whalley on December 16, 2013 at 19:14 — 4 Comments

Is the case for sharing data online open or closed? Allison Miller

We are currently living in an era where some forms of government and business information or 'data' is being made open and accessible. Known as 'open data', this service can offer a lot of potential for research and development, and improve current services. However, at the same time,…


Added by Hazel Owen on December 16, 2013 at 18:33 — 1 Comment

Learning and teaching French: Examples and resources

Image by Storm Crypt via Flickr

BEFORE you start reading - please note that all the links (shown in green text) in…


Added by Hazel Owen on December 16, 2013 at 18:22 — 8 Comments

Links to ideas, resources, and tools for learning and teaching Te Reo Māori

Image via Wikipedia

Kia ora koutou katoa.

Ideas for communication around and through Web 2.0 can be in a…


Added by Hazel Owen on December 13, 2013 at 11:30 — 2 Comments

Madiba - an inspiration and a guide for many generations

I would like to acknowledge the loss of Madiba - Nelson Mandela. There have been many tributes to his life, and I encourage you to dip into some of them. He was also a great advocate for, and supporter of, education for all, saying that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the…


Added by Hazel Owen on December 11, 2013 at 13:14 — No Comments

Praising Student Voice

There should never, ever be a grade, score, or test for student voice.

Reading over a recent report, the researchers suggested a measurement for student voice that accounted for participation and engagement, as well as depth and awareness. I was appalled, if only because of the asinine assumption that there is any student ever who hasn't shared their voice about schools. That is simply not true.

ANY and EVERY expression of a student about school, learning, or…


Added by Adam Fletcher on December 10, 2013 at 13:17 — 1 Comment

Kerfuffle over evaluating performance

I am sure you were all aware of the commotion in New Zealand over awarding the Supreme Halberg Award for 2010 to the All Whites football team.

The problem appears to be confusion over evaluating performance of individuals and teams. This confusion is present in…


Added by Diana Ayling on December 6, 2013 at 14:17 — 1 Comment

Being aware: Digital citizenship and social media scams

I know they're looking for business, but Norton Internet Security's article on social media scams is definitely worth reading and passing on. In summary, five criminal tricks of the trade we need to watch out for…


Added by Helen Martin on December 6, 2013 at 14:04 — No Comments

The iPhone - a toy, or an essential part of who we are?

Stanford researcher Tanya Luhrmann says, "My anthropology class studied the gadget's use on campus and uncovered anxiety, addiction and gushing love."

In what ways do Wireless Mobile Devices like iPhones become extensions to ourselves? How do they shape our habits? Our outlook? Our identities? What does this imply about the way we might use them as a tool for…


Added by Edward Flagg on December 6, 2013 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Understanding the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework

After reading the latest TPACK newsletterDerek Wenmoth shared the following thoughts and resources which focus on the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)…


Added by Hazel Owen on December 6, 2013 at 13:57 — 1 Comment

Special issue: All things eLearning and their impact on education around the world

I'm sure many of you will be jaded by the constant hype...or ongoing 'downer'...about the impact (or lack of it) of technology on education. However, it is noteworthy when publications such as Nature and Scientific American devote 25% of one of their issues to take a look at…


Added by Hazel Owen on December 3, 2013 at 20:29 — No Comments

Why bother with Universal Design for eLearning?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers a way of looking at learning...and the design of learning experiences...that makes us really think about the people involved. We are all different, and while neuroscience will tell us that there are some similarities with the actual 'nuts and bolts' of cognitive development, the actual process that leads to 'learning' differs from person to…

Added by Hazel Owen on December 2, 2013 at 14:39 — 2 Comments

A brand new, shiny resource with guides about integrating eLearning into science curricula

Do you have anything to do with teaching (or learning about) science in New Zealand? Are you looking for inspiration?

If you answered 'yes' to either of those questions, you may find the resources, shared by Jane Nicholls, of interest. Jane writes that "A new resource has…


Added by Hazel Owen on December 2, 2013 at 14:13 — No Comments

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