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March 2015 Blog Posts (24)

Next time you are introducing someone...

Next time you are introducing someone - think about this...

Cross posted from the FeverBee blog for growing thriving online communities.

Love the personal touch and the idea of sharing why the person is important to you. 

Added by Catriona Pene on March 31, 2015 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Pushed out of Comfort Zone: Is this the best way for change?

"Change can not be made without inconvenience or loss, even from worse to better" Richard Hooker

With this paradigm shift in education into Modern Learning Practices (MLP) and Collaborative teaching, what are the pros and cons of jumping head first into MLP? I myself have been through the change into collaborative teaching and learning, and was very eager to be pushed out of my comfort zone to change my practice and focus directly on how learning is changing.  



Added by Angela Vermeulen on March 30, 2015 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Part2. Developing a Shared Vision

You can read Part 1 first, if you haven't already done so :)

In part 2 we explore how we developed a shared vision for the curriculum, how we went about building a shared mental model of what our vision meant to us.  To help build our school curriculum we used the principles of Daniel Kim’s levels of…


Added by Rick Whalley on March 29, 2015 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Google Sites

I am so thankful to Leigh Hynes for her enthusiasm for using GAFE. I took up the challenge and have used many of her 'How to's'.

I am storing most of my work on My Drive now and it was so easy to bring up my learners' data and work examples, discuss my professional goals etc. using Google docs and my sites as evidence, during my recent appraisal meeting.

I was at first dubious about using Google…


Added by Jan Pickett on March 27, 2015 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

Sonia Foote's students get into Moodle: Experiences and evaluation

Sonia Foote was a teacher at the Mangakino Area School in New Zealand, where she taught Science, Biology, and Human Biology to years 9 to 13.

Sonia worked on and trialled with Junior Science and Level 3 Biology students her Moodle site and resources. It was quite a…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 27, 2015 at 21:30 — No Comments

The Why and How of Projecting - cross-blogged from

I was just reading a few posts on the VLN that mentioned projectors / Interactive Whiteboards. I felt this is an opportune time to have a look at projecting in general, not just at the tools that make it happen. I have talked about some of the options in previous posts (Apple TV and reflector app, …


Added by Monika Kern on March 27, 2015 at 18:02 — 1 Comment

Te Whāriki: Early childhood curriculum policy statement

A sector that I don't often write about, but am coming to realise the error of my ways, is Early Childhood Education (ECE). From ECE colleagues I get a sense that this is an often sidelined sector, which is crazy given the fundamental impact that educators can have for very young learners - as the following quote illustrates

Early childhood is “…a period of momentous significance for all…

Added by Hazel Owen on March 25, 2015 at 23:30 — No Comments

Inspiration, skills, and feedback via video: Introducing Russell Stannard

Have you come across Russell Stannard? He has been doing some really interesting things around recording video feedback for students for some years now, as well as creating (free) videos for teacher professional…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 25, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

Making a Digital Mihi Using the new Google Maps

Some time ago I made a video of how to make a digital mihi using google maps.  Google Maps has changed in appearance and functionality since then so here is a video update.

To read the full blog, go to Hynessight

Added by Leigh Hynes on March 19, 2015 at 17:49 — 2 Comments

Interested in a step-by-step guide to creating podcasts?

Shared by Darren DeMatas, How to Make a Podcast, is a really clear, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide, which uses a range of multimedia to demonstrate and inform anyone who is interested in podcasting.

The guide also includes some indicative pricing if you are serious about getting into…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 19, 2015 at 17:48 — No Comments

Top tips for job interviews (from Open Colleges)

I love the connectivity that the Internet enables. I received an email from Aileen Pablo a wee while back. She had been "looking for topics about job interview tips" and found a copy of…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 19, 2015 at 17:03 — No Comments

Could new peripheral devices help enhance experiences for our learners with special education needs?

Our brain is amazing! It will 'parse' a wide range of inputs from our eyes, ears, nose, skin etc. However, our brain itself doesn't hear, see, or smell...but rather it interprets the data from our senses.

Neuroscientists have been working on peripheral devices that are helping blind people see, and deaf people hear; and yes, the brain centre directly related to sight and hearing adjusts to interpret input from any appropriate device. So, a blind person really gets an experience of…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 19, 2015 at 15:12 — No Comments

How many predictions are actualised? Technology will shape who we are? Big data? Cloud computing?

John Owen refers to a 2012 blog  post by Brian Hopkins, Technology Will…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 19, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

Student Voice Commitment Test

Are you really committed to engaging student voice?

If you're an educator, administrator, policymaker or adult ally to student voice anywhere throughout the education system, you need to check yourself. We all do.

When working with students as an ally, its important to keep the focus on them instead of shifting it from them to us as adults. We should not, must not and…


Added by Adam Fletcher on March 17, 2015 at 7:42 — 1 Comment

Dialogic inquiry online

The Art of Inquiry Image by Candace Nast via FlickrCommunities of…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 16, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book!

"The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book" was a collaborative initiative (coordinated and edited by Terry Freedman) that brings together ideas and experiences from 94 contributors around the world. The hands-on practical aspect of the…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 16, 2015 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Student voice and meaningful engagement: What might this look like?

Rachel McNae's (University of Waikato) background and main area of interest is student voice, and one of the questions she asks is, what might this look like? She explores, in particular, the notion of 'student voice', what it might be, and ways young people can be engaged in discussions to influence their education, schools and learning opportunities, as well as generating information to…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 12, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

This week is Open Education Week

Shared by DEANZ, as part of the DEANZ newsletter:

This week is Open Education Week. Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone. This is the event’s fourth year and it’s organised by the Open Education Consortium (…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 11, 2015 at 20:47 — No Comments

Math Teachers Consider this Online Tool: Wolfram Education Portal

If you are a math teacher, please consider this online tool.

The introduction to the site reads"Wolfram has long been a trusted name in education—as the makers of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha, and the Wolfram Demonstrations Project (all which use the Wolfram Language), we've created some of the most dynamic teaching and…


Added by John S. Oliver on March 11, 2015 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Before we talk about technology we need to talk about learning and teaching

{{w|Kindergarten}} on the Ministry of Agricult... Image via Wikipedia

I remember at a conference a few years back attending a session by Alan November,…


Added by Hazel Owen on March 10, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

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