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Hazel Owen's Blog – August 2013 Archive (8)

How might we empower Māori students to learn as Māori? Some practical strategies might include...

Late this afternoon (August 28th, 2013 from 3:45pm to 4:45pm) Janelle Ricki facilitated a vibrant webinar, with a focus on focus on…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 28, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

Are you working with learners who are on the Autism Spectrum Disorder? Have a look at some of these Apps


Added by Hazel Owen on August 26, 2013 at 11:52 — No Comments

Accessibility: Streaming video for the visually impaired

I hadn't really appreciated what it must be like to be able to hear the audio and not hook into the visual context of videos, movies, and TV shows. The closest I come is the frustration when I am out running and listening to podcasts and the presenter on a TED Talk shows a graph or illustration that they don't describe, and yet it's central to their overall…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 26, 2013 at 11:36 — No Comments

Twelve practical tips for positive participation in online communities

Whenever we learn anything we are influenced by other people, as well as by our culture, our beliefs, experiences we’ve had, the understandings we’ve developed about the world and the way it works, and our current context. Every human being’s learning is therefore shaped by the people around them, even when they are not directly seeking to learn collaboratively. Language and the way…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 15, 2013 at 19:35 — 1 Comment

Anything surprising? School sector education report 2013 (New Zealand)

Recently released by the Ministry of Education in New Zealand the following report (and infographic), make for some interesting reading. The foci for 2013 has been on aspects such as, 21st Century Learning and Digital Literacy, strengthening Boards of Trustees and parental involvement, strengthening the profession and its status, and raising achievement. Would be good to read your thoughts about the results reported here...anything surprising?

To see the following infographic…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 15, 2013 at 10:44 — No Comments

What are the implications for learning in general?

I love receiving recommendations to check something out, whether they arrive by Twitter, my reader, word of mouth...etc. So, it was superb to receive the following video recommendation from John S. Oliver.

Something that jumped out at me was the finding that 'human beings'...there in…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 14, 2013 at 11:06 — No Comments

Progress in education: Is it about developing competitive and open education markets? Or something more complex?

I took a couple of sharp intakes of breath while reading this article (Schools are failing our children simply because they are technophobes, by Allister Heath, that was shared…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 8, 2013 at 10:31 — No Comments

Interacting hands free: Quick review of Leap Motion

I had the chance to trial a Leap Motion the other day, and jumped at the chance. The post below is a brief overview of my experiences.

Leap motion is a gesture peripheral, which uses infrared sensors to track the movement of a user’s hands in (approximately) 30 cm of space above the device.

Getting started



Added by Hazel Owen on August 2, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

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