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December 2014 Blog Posts (16)

Leveraging technology for engaging learning design

Ashwini Datt and Trudi Aspden have been using a blended model for learning with their students, in the hope to leverage technology to create engaging learning design.

They first looked at some strategies to encourage students to complete homework. They initially identified some assumptions around digital literacy and…

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Added by Hazel Owen on December 23, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Learner generated content as a pedagogical change agent

English: Schooner Appledore II under construction. Image via…

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Added by Hazel Owen on December 22, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Scholarship, leadership and technology: A case study of embedding evidence-based practice

Linda Creanor  is based at the Glasgow Caledonian University, in Scotland which is a post-92 institution, with 17,000 students, and 3 academic schools. There is a strong emphasis on learning. They have been inspired by examples from around the world and taken them back to their own context where they have been adapted.

Some of the…

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Added by Hazel Owen on December 21, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Unpacking RSS: The who, why and how

Rachel Roberts, in this post, gives an overview of a webinar session facilitated by Florence Lyons (@froggieflo).

Firstly Florence…

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Added by Hazel Owen on December 20, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments

Google offers this collection of short videos about the basics of using computers and the Internet

These are very short video tutorials that could help those you know that struggle with computers and the Internet. There is also the option for younger learners to send their parents a "Tech Support Care Package"!
On the left side of the page is a list of the kinds of lessons. Each kind of lesson has a few short videos.
Below is an example of one of the…
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Added by John S. Oliver on December 18, 2014 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Update 11 December 2014 - Reading through Summer

Update 11 December 2014 - Reading through Summer - cross posted from Literacy Online and http://annekcam.blogspot.co.nz/ ;

Kia ora,

Here we are in the penultimate week of the 2014 school year.  Now is the time for us to focus on ways of reducing the summer reading drop off!  We have started a Crowded Sourced Doc -…

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Added by Anne Kenneally on December 17, 2014 at 21:30 — No Comments

Update 15 December 2014 - The year in Review

Cross posted from literacy online and  http://annekcam.blogspot.co.nz/

Update 15 December 2014 - The year in Review

 

Kia ora,

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete ki a koe.

 

Well here we are in the closing days of…

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Added by Anne Kenneally on December 17, 2014 at 21:03 — No Comments

Great Science lesson - The Species Problem

Description of the video

These days the term 'species' is thrown around as if it were a definite unit, but the realities of defining a species are much trickier, and more contentious, than they seem. Biologists have been arguing over the definition of a species since the dawn of humanity, but have yet to come up with a single species concept that works for all…

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Added by John S. Oliver on December 17, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Registered teacher - want to work virtually? A job opportunity with the VLN Primary

Due to growth in schools’ participation in the Virtual Learning Network Primary School a position has become available for a 0.4 FTTE to provide elearning support. This position is fixed term for the 2015 school year (January 26th - December 18th 2015). Remuneration will be in…

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Added by Hazel Owen on December 16, 2014 at 16:43 — 1 Comment

Life is More Than Things and Money

 

The way I process internal matters is by writing and sharing. I do that instead of getting mad at the world or God. There are times I wish I could cry at depth to release my deepest hurts. But instead I tend to think my way up and down and around the subject. Then it does not trouble me.

 

The recent theft of my backpack from the library with those things I held most valuable has thrust me into reflecting on my attitudes and outlooks about possessions. So please bear…

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Added by John S. Oliver on December 13, 2014 at 12:49 — 3 Comments

Is it working? CAN we move from ‘I think we know’ in education?

 

Conor Bolton posted to another community a while back (but well worth re-visiting), where…

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Added by Hazel Owen on December 12, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

When We Keep Doing the Same Thing, How Can we Expect Change.....

Linda Ojala shared the following video and reflections in a blog post…

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Added by Hazel Owen on December 10, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

First steps: The experiences of an academic team journeying into blended learning

Journey - First Step Image by Melody Campbell via FlickrPhilippa Buckley and Fiona…

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Added by Hazel Owen on December 8, 2014 at 8:48 — No Comments

Update 3 December 2014 - Guest blog Post by Bridget Compton-Moen - The Power of the Global Read Aloud

Cross posted from literacy online and http://annekcam.blogspot.co.nz/

Update 3 December 2014 - Guest blog Post by Bridget Compton-Moen - The Power of the Global Read Aloud

 

Kia ora,

Here we are in December already.  What have you got planned for the remaining days with your class?  There are some great crowd sourced ideas on the collaborative…

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Added by Anne Kenneally on December 3, 2014 at 14:52 — 1 Comment

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