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March 2014 Blog Posts (18)

A reminder to take a breather from time to time

Following on from the earlier blog:

This is a great video from bio chemist and nutritionist Dr. Libby Weaver. Dr. Weaver has coined the term "rushing women's syndrome - the title of one of her books, here she explains how women today are affected by trying to find…


Added by Charlotte Caines on March 28, 2014 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Blended Learning for Teachers (cross-blogged from

I have a huge passion for learning and teaching in rural Northland - this is the only place I have ever taught, so I claim no expertise for learning and teaching in urban areas. One of the beauties and the challenges of working in rural schools is the distance from cities, but with this comes a lack of access to some of the provisions that schools in urban centres enjoy.

Working in a PLD programme that is running from year to year, one of my major foci is how to both…


Added by Monika Kern on March 28, 2014 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

New class project

A few years ago I started my Communication Arts Program seminar class as I often do with an article plucked from the day’s paper.  I expected that “Fifty Percent of Recent College Grads are Unemployed or Underemployed” would get my class of juniors up for at least a couple days of heated dialogue and questioning.  Most of them had been on the college track since conception.  Two months later, we couldn’t stop talking about the article and its implications.  College cost, college utility,…


Added by Kevin Shindel on March 25, 2014 at 1:30 — 3 Comments

Pay it forward: Benefits of attribution and sharing of online resources

Anyone who knows and/or who has worked with me knows that I am really focussed on ensuring that resources (multimedia and text) are only used when the author or creator has indicated it is OK to do so, and then with the point that I am probably really annoying! :-)

It was with a lot of pleasure that I read the work of Austin Kleon on attribution…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 20, 2014 at 10:52 — No Comments

The Learner’s Practice

We all are familiar with the four competencies of the teacher’s practice, and that we should develop our practice so that we are creating the best opportunities for learners to become engaged and then successful in their practice of…


Added by Edward Flagg on March 18, 2014 at 19:00 — 6 Comments

Socialising the learning and opening up the world: Learn Now

Meet Anthony - he's 13.

Socialised learning is alive and well for him. He just doesn't know it - yet. But in tuning into the soc…

Added by Jo Gibson on March 15, 2014 at 0:30 — 2 Comments

Award-winning mathematics editor for LMS, for Arabic learners: Congratulations to Wiris!

It's always great to share the success of members of this community, so I would like to share the following news from Ramon Eixarch, whose company develops software tools for STEM learning, in particular mathematics, for a variety of different language speakers.

Were you aware that in languages that flow from right to left it isn't just the letters of the…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 14, 2014 at 9:18 — No Comments

Rewind Me

For over a year, I have been filming my teaching and keeping blogs for my classes. This journey started after hearing Kevin Honeycutt speak (and going to one of his workshops) at ULearn12. It took me a few months to get a routine that works for how I teach and to complement how I like to run my classroom/lessons, but it has now become part of my modus operandi.

The Rationale…


Added by Matt Nicoll on March 13, 2014 at 21:05 — 2 Comments

Blended learning case studies: Providing a better understanding of the issues as well as the benefits

Blended learning

While blended learning** has been around for a while now, it is often the benefits*** that are focussed on rather than some of the issues (that may include a possible increased workload for facilitators, technological problems, and poor communication - Garrison & Vaughan, 2007) that providers of blended learning need to be…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 13, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

Mapping the way ahead: Nigel Bailey on inspiring learners

Nigel Bailey, originally from the UK where he used to tramp the hills of Derbyshire and the Lake District, was inspired by the landscape surrounding him to study and teach geography. Still a student himself, Nigel is a strong believer in lifelong learning and inquiry, and is currently studying a social networking / Web 2.0 paper with Canterbury.

To watch…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 13, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

Work taking over your life? Try some of these strategies...

Finding balance between life and work is an ongoing challenge for most people. Today's webinar (facilitated by Dave Burton, Heather Eccles, and Vicki Hagenaars) was designed to provide some tools and practical suggestions for thinking about how we can…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 12, 2014 at 17:16 — No Comments

Virtually Engaged! Building Virtual Professional Development Communities

Current models of Professional Learning and Development (PLD) provision are being evaluated. As a result, one of the mainstays of education intuitions, the generic workshop, has been identified as having number of fundamental flaws. Hand-in-hand with this is the request by teachers for increased PLD to help them with eLearning projects. The Virtual Professional Learning and Development…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 12, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

Looking Outside the Box

A few weeks ago I gave a talk at a Human Resources social circle hosted by NZLEAD. When I was first asked me to present at the event I said, "but I don't know anything about HR."

"Exactly," the director replied, "what I want you to do is talk about your experiences in education and let HR professionals make connections in their own context."

So along I went to the event and nervously chit-chatted to people as they…


Added by Heather Eccles on March 11, 2014 at 18:52 — 4 Comments

Toxic, Tough, or Feeling Threatened?

Image source - by Dreamstime


This word ‘toxic’ is being bandied around a lot and used to describe people or systems that are challenging for various reasons.  It appears to be almost commonplace in the academic, health, and…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 6, 2014 at 6:30 — 1 Comment

Listening to Student Voice: Thinking about ways of improving education

In this Slidecast Nick Rate gives a brief…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 5, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Do this survey to gauge the strength of your personal learning network (PLN)

This survey was recommended by Tamara Bell via my own PLN (who in turn says "Thanks Dee Reid & Linda Brown for stumbling onto this and on-sharing!"). Tamara explained that it's:

A survey tool, developed by NYC Department of Education to support you to

inquire into:…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 4, 2014 at 17:34 — No Comments

It's bigger on the inside: An opportunity to find out more about inquiry learning

If you have not seen Lane Clark in action at a conference or via You Tube, you may well have caught her post last year (A puddle. A pond. A lake. An ocean). Lane is undoubtedly one of the thought-leaders in inquiry learning, so I was keen to share that she is…

Added by Hazel Owen on March 4, 2014 at 16:07 — No Comments

Are you thinking of adding Facebook to your Web 2.0 tools?


As a teacher, coach or manager, you are probably wondering whether the world's biggest social networking service may be of use to you.   The big advantage of Facebook is that is easily takes an offline community to online.  The flexibility of…


Added by Diana Ayling on March 3, 2014 at 15:52 — 1 Comment

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