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Hazel Owen's Blog – May 2015 Archive (11)

Pasifika students lead the way: Ceilidh style!

Students who identify as Pasifika, whose cultural background is one of the many the Pacific Islands - what is their experience of learning in a school around Ashburton, Christchurch - Ashcoll to be exact? And if you take a large pinch of Ceilidh, a heap of enthusiasm, and a wide range of…

Added by Hazel Owen on May 30, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Innovation, bees, reciprocity and learning: Some key lessons

We are so lucky to live for as much of our time as possible in a place up in the north of New Zealand, that we love.

Over the last 5 or so years (and after doing a lot of homework) we have planted over 20,000 trees and plants (see pic on the left to see what it looked like in…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 19, 2015 at 19:30 — No Comments

Has the internet sparked an educational revolution?

John Owen shared this video "Has the Internet sparked an educational revolution" from the BBC. It is interesting in that that the initiative described is driven by the community…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 19, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Accessing the Internet in North Korea: What's it really like?

While many folk might think that access to the Internet is pretty much ubiquitous, there are still areas of the world where access is either not possible due to infrastructure, cost, or political circumstances. One of these areas is North Korea. Michael Winter shared the link to…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 15, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments

Inquiry learning - from knowledge to understanding

Jane Nicholls recommends, "another video for your toolbox, this time one from NZ Curriculum Online".…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 15, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Designing an ecology that supports students to be critical thinkers, engaged in problem-solving

The spaces that we exist in have an effect on our learning. When you are comfortable, the noise is low (or is the noise that you like to listen to such as waves breaking or music), the limbic system in your brain dials down the stress (fight or flight for example). Also part of the limbic system, the Hippocampus (required for the formation of new memories and the maintenance of…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 13, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

Spirals of inquiry: Some examples of what the approach can look and feel like in action

Teaching as inquiry, in particular, Halbert and Kaser’s Spirals of Inquiry (2013) have been inviting a lot of interest over the last few years. However, it is one thing to read the theory and get your head around the approach, and another to see it in action.

So it is great that …


Added by Hazel Owen on May 8, 2015 at 12:36 — 1 Comment

How the brain works...and how emotional stability at home is the single greatest predictor of academic success!

DK shared this video of a keynote from ISTE 2011 by Dr John Medina. Dr Medina is an entertaining definitely won't fall asleep!! :-) He starts by exploding myths such as right brain / left brain 'ways of thinking'. And "the emotional stability of the home is the single greatest predictor of academic…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 8, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Authentic and applied: A guide to assessment through capstone projects

Recommended by Richard Elliott in an eLearning Watch May 2015 (which you can subscribe to here), is the resource,…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 5, 2015 at 20:37 — No Comments

MOOCs, flipping and a guide to 3D Printing: What's really changing?

A new book that was just brought to my attention called: Leading Issues in e-Learning Research MOOCs and Flip: What’s Really Changing? (Volume 2, edited by Mélanie Ciussi), looks as though it is getting into the why a lot more, rather than focussing on the how.

Of particular interest is the framing of the students' expectations as being a motivation to change…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 4, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Looking to the future: Ten Trends 2015

We're a little into 2015, but it's always worth thinking about emerging trends and how they influence education. CORE Education (a professional learning and development, and consultancy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand) has worked with their staff of researchers, education facilitators, and experienced technology experts pool their knowledge and expertise, and through a thorough process put together and publish CORE’s prognosis on…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 2, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

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