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January 2014 Blog Posts (14)

Blog Envy - the Eighth Deadly Sin?

Crossblogged from Hynessight.

Blog Envy

I introduced my granddaughter to blogging over the holidays.…

Added by Leigh Hynes on January 31, 2014 at 15:24 — 1 Comment

Universal Design for Learning: How about adding voice comments to Google Docs?

Nigel Bailey recently jogged my memory about one of the functions of Google Docs that I had heard about but had not really tried out: An app that enables you to leave audio comments on Google Docs.

Thinking about Universal Design for Learning, this could be another tool…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 30, 2014 at 16:07 — No Comments

Hang in There

“Hang in there,” is a strange expression for me.


Long ago I worked at the help desk of a computer lab.

I had frequent contact with graduate students.


I asked how they were doing.

I was especially concerned during finals week.

Often the reply was “At least I am hanging in there.”


If I knew the person well I might ask, “What if you let go?”

Sometimes the reply was a panicky, “I cannot do that.”

Then my closest…


Added by John S. Oliver on January 28, 2014 at 9:53 — No Comments

Wifi has a negative impact on health: Discuss!

For every sizeable innovation there are detractors and advocates. Think, for example, the television in the late 1950s, 60s and 70s. When it initially became available and affordable for many people, was going to open up education for the world (think Open University programmes from the UK, and the City Colleges of Chicago in the US). On the other hand,…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 25, 2014 at 11:31 — No Comments

Noticing Necessities


My material world is flooded with extra things.

So what is really needed for survival in this life?


Let me consider several perspectives.

The essential items are water, food, clothes, shelter and medicine.

When camping the priorities include pocket knife, hatchet, bedroll and canteen. 

The homeless man treasures his blanket, coat and stocking hat.

Subsistence farmers need a hoe, plow and seeds.

Refugees desire a tent…


Added by John S. Oliver on January 24, 2014 at 6:24 — No Comments

Co-Creative Inquiry and Learning

Many of you will be familiar with inquiry learning in its many shapes and forms, and a lot are probably using inquiry learning with students.

Ksenija Napan has created two alternative forms of…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 22, 2014 at 22:43 — No Comments

Am I Beautiful?


Here is a three word question: “Am I beautiful?”

This is so simple on the surface.

Yet when a girl or woman asks that of themselves, then watch out!


The female wants the affirmation of a positive reply.

But while the answer, “Yes you are beautiful.” is simple it is not easy to get.


It seems that girls want their father and mother to tell them they are beautiful.

Also they want their female friends and especially…


Added by John S. Oliver on January 22, 2014 at 4:55 — 7 Comments

For profit philanthropic education – too good to be true?

A reflective post by Leah de Wijze, Co-Director, Naturalelearing Limited.



Added by Xin Lee on January 17, 2014 at 10:10 — 3 Comments

Resources from the ePortfolios Australia 2013 Forum and Workshop

Kindly shared by Allison Miller, are these excellent ePortfolio resources from the …


Added by Hazel Owen on January 16, 2014 at 9:09 — No Comments

Our own ‘baggage’ affects our students

In this YouTube video, Dr. Bonnie Badenoch talks about how the behaviour of our students or clients, and potential outcomes, are affected by what we bring to the table as teachers, counsellors, therapists, mediators, coaches, etc. This is the  neuroscience that supports what Nonviolent Communication is doing, opening doors of understanding and compassion for all of us.  She’s an amazing lady, who gets her message across in a way that is accessible to…


Added by Fiona White on January 12, 2014 at 17:30 — 2 Comments

'E-Learning' Report Shows Online Professional Development Aids Teachers and Students

Shared in the ScienceDaily "English and math teachers who took professional development courses online improved

their instructional practices and boosted their subject knowledge scores, producing modest performance gains for their students, report Boston College researchers in one of the first large-scale randomized experiments to study the…


Added by Edward Flagg on January 11, 2014 at 18:59 — 2 Comments

The expanding digital universe - petabytes and zettabytes anyone?

"You talk to a kid these days and they have no idea what a kilobyte is". If you have even just a passing interest in the language of cyber information you'll find this Guardian article a…


Added by Helen Martin on January 11, 2014 at 18:26 — No Comments

Reading deeply: A Sociocultural approach to an audio-visual 'text'

The video shows the stages of an activity that is designed to develop students' critical reading of text, in this case of a cultural, audio-visual text (see the full blog post and description here:

Alternatively, a traditional, printed text could be…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 10, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

More or less human? We are all cyborgs now (Amber Case)

Image representing Amber Case as depicted in C... Image by Kris Krug (used with permission) via CrunchBase

This video…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 9, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

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