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February 2018 Blog Posts (15)

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

Padlet Walls (cross-blogged from

One of my schools has experimented with embedding a Padlet wall onto their blog, so I thought this is a good opportunity to post about this very versatile tool.


What is Padlet?

Padlet ( is a free web-based application, you might have known it as Wallwisher previously. It is an online wall where you can place sticky notes. Depending on what privacy settings you choose you can have…


Added by Monika Kern on February 14, 2018 at 17:30 — 4 Comments

The Real Costs of Higher Education

Job markets continue to become more and more globally connected. College students today need to be aware that not only do they need to compete with job seekers locally but internationally as well. Thanks to technology we are becoming more and more connected with one another and companies located in one country can easily manage employees in a country thousands of miles away. Many college students choose to attend higher education because that can be that thing makes them stand out from other…


Added by Maxine Wells on February 12, 2018 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Time got away from me!

So it is term 1 2018....I haven't posted since mid term 4 2017...I have no idea how we have sped through the months...but we have!

Last year i started my dream job...leading learning at my own school..a huge honour since I have only been qualified for 7 years.

In my teaching career I have health with huge highs and severe be honest more lows than highs...and I think it is the lows that taught me the most....they taught me about the huge dedication and passion that…


Added by joanna Wheway on February 7, 2018 at 20:38 — No Comments

My Students ePortfolio

You always expect a lot and have to be happy when even not a lot is what comes out.

I recently used a video from the University of Idaho about OWN: Outcomes Within Navigation, a device from the blog provider Wordpress that allows students and other people interested to create their own eportfolio.

Well, of course, the students did not quite understand the whole video…


Added by Walter Ruhlmann on February 7, 2018 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Screens damage young brains

Here's an interesting article in discussing the impact of screens on the developing mind. Dr Aric Sigman, a psychologist who talks about the dangers of TVs for children, is quoted as saying, "... ideally, quite frankly, with children, wait as long as possible before they use technology for too many hours. There will be intellectual advantages…


Added by John Owen on February 5, 2018 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

To keep moving forward effectively then I must keep finding the graceful balances between these

being proactive and being responsive

pushing the round boulder up the hill and riding the raft down the river

knowing what the next graceful step is and sorting through the too-many alternatives

soaring along on the currents of wind like a hawk and chopping down trees like a beaver…


Added by John S. Oliver on February 4, 2018 at 15:39 — No Comments

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