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April 2015 Blog Posts (16)

4 Keys to Effective Collaboration

Kia ora - here is a 5 minute EDtalks video of me talking about what it takes to collaborate effectively: Collaboration: beyond sharing

Collaboration beyond sharing from…


Added by Rebbecca Sweeney on April 24, 2015 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Agency: What does it really mean

About 2 months ago, I attended a hui in Auckland, with a very articulate speaker who looked at the term agency (from a non- educational perspective) and once again it got my rusty brain cogs whirling. We hear the term 'agency' all the time in school- say our children have a voice, yes they have agency.....but do we as professionals really know what it means?

I then started exploring and stumbled across this great TEDXyouth talk about choice and voice and this started to help to…


Added by Sarah Whiting on April 23, 2015 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Is there such a thing as a career in digital journalism?

This may be a bit off topic, not a lot to do with education, but relevant to the digital age and also to the way we receive information, particularly news. Having studied journalism and public relations this is a subject I find quite interesting. I had thought for a very long time that journalism was the career path I wanted to follow, but after multiple discussions with people who had worked in the field for a long time I decided that majoring in public relations was the way of the future,…


Added by Charlotte Caines on April 23, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Harnessing the Smartphone Revolution

Picture of Nokia 770 on Finnish Wikipedia Image via…


Added by Hazel Owen on April 22, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

Resources Related to Child Birth

These materials can be used in many settings like the following:

  • parent to child and teen
  • doctor to patient
  • counselor to adult client
  • pastor or therapist to couple
  • crisis pregnancy center worker


These could work in SOME classroom settings.

Here is a scientist that calls human reproduction divine and miraculous because of the design and math.…


Added by John S. Oliver on April 21, 2015 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Extra! Extra! Digital Immigrant goes Native! A personal reflection

The author, surveying a new land


In August 2008, Ed came to work in Auckland and found myself amongst several new colleagues, one of whom was, well, let's just call her Hazel.

OK, it's Hazel.

She introduced me to this new, odd-sounding model of…


Added by Edward Flagg on April 19, 2015 at 18:30 — No Comments

Belonging, becoming and being: First-year apprentices' experiences in the workplace

If you have not heard of Selena Chan and the work she is doing in the Vocational Education and Training sector - especially around the use of mobile learning - then this report is a must:…


Added by Hazel Owen on April 18, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

How can equitable learning opportunities be provided when students don't have Internet at home?

The question was posed in 2012, have things changed much three years later? What do you reckon? Please jump in with observations below.

The final sentence of this article raises a number of questions - in particular around creative strategies that look at whole community solutions, rather than mainly focussing on individual students for example....what are your thoughts?…


Added by Hazel Owen on April 17, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

The LMS as a mixing panel for social learning

Joyce first published this post a couple of years ago, but it still remains incredibly relevant! Would be great to have your thoughts and ideas, so please jump into the comments below. Thanks - Hazel :)

I have a hard truth to share with you. Our learning management systems are letting us down. They are not getting the job done.



Added by Joyce Seitzinger on April 17, 2015 at 11:00 — 8 Comments

Mentoring can be an important influence on helping people learn well from experience

Deborah Wansborough, New Zealand Teachers Council, talks with Sharon Feiman-Nemser (Brandeis University, Massachusetts). They explore Professor Feiman-Nemser's research and expertise on educative mentoring and the ways in which mentors and teachers can work productively together.

One of the key points Sharon makes is that "mentoring can be an important influence on helping people learn well from experience".…


Added by Hazel Owen on April 17, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

RSS Feeds

Well I knew there had to be a way of repeating a blog post from my blog without doing the long winded arrangement Hazel and I worked out.  There is.  It just took some playing around with locating the insides of Blogger and its RSS Feed and then finding a way to link that on this site.

ADD APP allows an RSS feed reader to…


Added by Peter Breach on April 16, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Reflections on the Use of Iterative, Agile and Collaborative Approaches for Blended Flipped Learning Development

Nic Dunham and I have just had a paper published, which highlights some of the key findings around a project in which we are both working. We were exploring agile (as opposed to monolithic) approaches to development in a large-scale shift across to blended flipped learning.…


Added by Hazel Owen on April 15, 2015 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

Distributed leadership for integration of information and communication technology

English: The five dimensions of meta-leadershi... Image via…


Added by Hazel Owen on April 10, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

My thoughts on how our changing world requires change to education - cross-blogged from

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I often marvel at how the world has changed... Here I am, in Brisbane, working, while I watch the Twitter stream from #gafesummit in…


Added by Monika Kern on April 8, 2015 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

Teacher engagement in a Web 2.0 world: Developing your online teaching and learning Community of Practice

Ed Flagg and Diana Ayling have spoken a lot about the background behind the setting up a community of practice - in particular with practitioners at Unitec in NZ. As Ed has said - it was 3 years work in 10 minutes. The Community was established online in Ning, based in part on the ICTELT model.

The Community is vibrant and lively with over 13,000 views per year. What Ed and Diana…


Added by Hazel Owen on April 6, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

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