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Networking to build capacity for teaching with technologies (Call for research participation)

Dear members of the Ethos community,
If you teach with technologies or are keen on adopting education technologies in the future then I'd like to hear from you. I posted a request for my doctoral research last year but didn't get many responses from the NZ academics.
My research (University of Auckland Ethics approved #018812)  aims to identify the value of networks in developing higher educators' capacity for teaching with…

Added by Ashwini Datt on March 26, 2018 at 12:34 — 2 Comments

New forms of curricula and assessment

Heather Eccles shared the following video and thoughts with members of another community. I found it a humorous, accessible presentation with some great suggestions for re-designing assessments.

“What year are you preparing your students for?” Heidi Hayes Jacobs poses this question in her book Curriculum 21 and in her speaking engagements. I love this question as it quickly gets to the heart of the need to teach students 21st Century skills. She goes on to say that we need…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 25, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

Webquests: Ideas, resources and more

The following resources were recommended by John S. Oliver.

Are you and your students webquest fans? The Zunal Webquest site looks great.
There are…

Added by Hazel Owen on March 24, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

Listening and Respecting: A Culturally Responsive Pedagogy of Relations

A while ago I participated in a thought provoking webinar entitled Te Kotahitanga PD including Culturally Responsive Pedagogy of Relations, and facilitated by Mere Berryman. It was Mere's first time facilitating in a Webinar environment, and she faced all the technical hiccups with aplomb...and gave the participants a lot to think about.

Culturally responsive pedagogy…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 23, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

What can Secondary Teachers Do Differently?

Crossblogged from Hynessight

What can Secondary School Teachers Do Differently?…


Added by Leigh Hynes on March 19, 2018 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

See How Education Has Changed and Imagine What is Coming

Here is a graphic that shows MUCH.

Click on the Enlarge to get the full effect.

And if this is what has happened in recent years then what does the future hold?…


Added by John S. Oliver on March 15, 2018 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Add your voice to the discussion around what the Internet will 'look like' in the next 25 years

From a couple of years ago, but still very relevant...

Minister of Comms and IT, Amy Adams, opened the second day of NetHui with an overview of the Internet and digital technology in New Zealand. One of the first things Amy said was "the Internet and the…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 13, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

The Right Tool for the Job

Lynne Crowe recently posed a discussion question on the VLN Chromebook Book Group.

“We are just starting with some Chromebooks and wondered which one is the most popular/reliable in schools. We would appreciate any advice. Thanks.”

This led to…


Added by Allanah King on March 11, 2018 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

SAMR model for learning languages

I have read articles on the challenges facing teachers regarding the future use of technology in the classroom from the MOE. “Future focused learning and teaching”

Our students live in the 21st Century and they need to develop new ICT skills for classrooms that will be less teacher focussed

The challenge facing us is how best to implement and or structure our courses in order to maximise the benefits technology offers.

Sometimes students spend their time on…


Added by Chitose Izuno on March 10, 2018 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

5 Easy Ways YOU Can Change the World

More people are doing more to deliberately change the world than ever before. They are creating jobs, building the economy, and circulating wealth in brand new ways that we can all learn from. Here are a two examples:

  • Australian Nick D’Aloisio began teaching himself to code on computers before he was 15 years old. He built a few small apps, but launched a major app called …

Added by Adam Fletcher on March 9, 2018 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Interactive infographic: ADDIE for Training Organisations

Recommended by Richard Elliott in an eLearning Watch 'extra' (which you can subscribe to here), is the interactive infographic based on the ADDIE model, Implementing e-learning: A…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 2, 2018 at 6:00 — No Comments

7 Student Voice Reflection Activities

Creating a safe and supportive learning environment is vital to engaging student voice.

A great way to do that is through reflection. Reflection is a process of looking back on an experience and deciphering the meaning of it. This post shares some activities to foster that process.

7 Student Voice Reflection Activities

There are several activities facilitators can use to foster reflection on student…


Added by Adam Fletcher on February 26, 2018 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

Sustainable programme design: A guide to help institutions prepare for natural advance

Not wanting to be too depressing, but natural disasters can affect anyone, anywhere. It is a positive outcome of the earthquakes in Christchurch to see a practical guide being written that suggests how institutions can prepare for such disasters...before they happen.

About the project

The earthquake of 22 February 2011 required Christchurch…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 24, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments

Education in rural Cambodia - some of the challenges of success

The Cambodia Charitable Trust ( was established to break the poverty cycle through education.  After 5 years of supporting education in rural Cambodia we were faced last year with a new challenge arising directly as a result of that support. Our focus had been to make sure a Primary School education was available to every child and was able to be achieved. Last year we were faced with the consequence of…


Added by Denise Arnold on February 24, 2018 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Effective coaching questions

Questions are part of our everyday lives, and it’s a challenge to communicate without them. If you have ever played those games where you have to communicate without any questions you know what a fundamental role they play. There are many types of questions, each of which has a different purpose, including (but not limited to) probing,…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 22, 2018 at 22:13 — 3 Comments

What is the difference between blogs, wikis, and discussion forums?

Screenshot of phpbb in use on a games forum.

Image via Wikipedia

I was recently asked what the difference was between…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 22, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

First time principal...setting targets in a post NS world!!

So NS has gone...and I couldn't be happier...and nor could my team.

But this has left a bit of a dilemma that we have wrestled with all summer...what to do...I personally get the feeling ( and from my online communities of principals I don't think it is just me) that we are all having mixed feelings...we are ebullient to have the freedom to get back to what we know is best for kids and their whanau..but we also are a bit like sheep that have escaped the paddock..we are bouncing around…


Added by joanna Wheway on February 20, 2018 at 20:13 — No Comments

Looking at student success through a cultural lens: Iwi and whānau speak

Melanie Riwai-Couch works tirelessly with iwi especially around iwi and whānau 'voice'.

Melanie is from a bicultural marriage at a time when it was unusual, and when her parents split, her father brought her up. Growing up with strong Māori roots gave her an interesting perspective on life. She lives and works in Ngāi Tahu, but does not claim Ngāa Tahu in her…


Added by Hazel Owen on February 18, 2018 at 12:00 — No Comments

Media literacy

From the 1980's media educators in New Zealand, without government sanction but with very strong collegial support, focused on helping students develop the skills to analyse and critique a rapidly proliferating mass media. As media production gear became affordable and accessible, students were able to make and…


Added by Helen Martin on February 15, 2018 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

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