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April 2017 Blog Posts (18)

Some compelling arguments in support of online technologies and the related pedagogy

You know how those with the power to effect a cultural shift in educational institutions can sometimes be a bit behind the eight ball when it comes to actually enabling needed changes to happen? And while those leading their institution's pedagogical philosophy may encourage change, staff at the coal…


Added by Helen Martin on April 28, 2017 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

OER: The quality vs credibility vs access vs pedagogy vs legitimacy vs money debate (Dave White)

The conversation around Open Educational Resources (OERs) , Copyright, Intellectual Property, fair use, and Creative Commons licensing is still rumbling along. The outcomes seems to be reasonably inevitable to me, with those organisations that distribute, for example music, using a system that is rooted in an now outmoded business model are looking at rather a sticky end - evolve or die as the saying goes.

A while ago …


Added by Hazel Owen on April 25, 2017 at 14:30 — No Comments

Moodle and/or Google user? Try these Moodle and Google 'how to' Tutorials

If you are a Google fan or Moodle user in any way, shape or form, you are going to find these resources from Claire Amos invaluable (she shared them here originally) - thanks, Claire.

She writes:

"Here are some links that you…

Added by Hazel Owen on April 22, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Using 'magical questions' in coaching

Powerful questions are a cornerstone of coaching. These questions are sometimes called ‘magical’ because they can support a coachee to step around perceived barriers or familiar ways of thinking into a space where they are more creative. Their concrete context (i.e. resources, issues, etc) hasn’t changed, but the way the they are thinking can become more positive,…


Added by Hazel Owen on April 22, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Suffering from email fatigue? Here are some strategies to help...

I found this article via  The Learning Wave Blog , drawn by the promise of strategies for stopping email overload. I consequently followed the link to The Harvard Business review to read the entire post.

I felt that Amy Gallo presented some great strategies - backed up with examples and case studies, as…


Added by Hazel Owen on April 21, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

"Better Digital Citizens" - NZ Law Commission on Cyber Bullying

"Better Digital Citizens" - Law Commission on Cyber Bullying August 15

This draft report defines harmful digital communication as forms such as threats, harassment, dissemination of…


Added by Merryn Dunmill on April 20, 2017 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education

Tēnā koutou katoa

Many of you will have seen this; it was new to me.

Have a great Sunday.

Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education

Added by John Birnie on April 19, 2017 at 15:30 — 3 Comments

"Future-oriented learning and teaching" report now online

Rachel Roberts cross-posted the resource below some time ago from the VLNC group. She writes "I am sure there will be…

Added by Hazel Owen on April 18, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Chan Sook the Story of an ePortfolio: A scenario

This is a mindmap and hypothetical scenario that tells the story of Susie and her use of Web 2.0 tools to conduct research for her assignments. The mindmap: Susie Web 2.0 Research is designed to give an idea of the complex web of information, ideas, sharing, evaluation and analysis that can go on (in an ideal world) when the potential of the Web 2.0 is exploited fully.…


Added by Hazel Owen on April 18, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Case Study of Project Based Learning Taken to the Maxium

Here is the blog post that gives an overview. 

The forward-thinking curriculum of Studio H is designed for the true 21st-century student. It's based on real-world applications, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and immersive student collaboration.

Here is the website related to Studio…


Added by John S. Oliver on April 15, 2017 at 6:30 — 3 Comments

How to write content for SEO

SEO is search engine optimisation means optimising website so they can rank well in search engines such as Google. Organising your content for SEO is not as simple as it was a few years ago. As Google expands and becomes more complex by the day, the ways people are optimising their SEO content is…


Added by Kate White on April 11, 2017 at 20:06 — 1 Comment


Are you someone that has always wanted to offer services to the ageing community? Have you always wished you could look after others who are no longer able to look after themselves? Or maybe you are one of those people that believe in the saying that children are one third of our population, and all of our future – and want to offer your services to the childcare…


Added by Kate White on April 11, 2017 at 20:03 — 1 Comment

A Rant But An Important One - Is Your Teaching Future Focused?

 Cross blogged from Hynessight

The TKI website has some excellent resources on curriculum development and on 21st March launched Spotlights, focusing on specific aspects of the NZC.  I was pleased to see a spotlight on…


Added by Leigh Hynes on April 10, 2017 at 16:15 — No Comments

5 Photography Tips For Beginners

There are basic tips in photography that anyone can follow whether you are a beginner or more experienced with photography. Here are some common things you can follow to get the best results from your photography:

1. Avoid Camera Shake

According to…


Added by Vikas Rana on April 9, 2017 at 16:35 — 2 Comments

The Best Government Social Media Guidelines So Far Come from New Zealand

This post was shared by Eddie Reisch 

by Andrea Di Maio 

I just browsed through two documents that were published by the New Zealand government:


Added by Hazel Owen on April 6, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

ELTS Speaking videos finalist in the 2017 ELTons Innovation Awards

If you are involved in English Language learning and teaching, especially if you are involved with IELTS, you are likely to have come across and used Pete Jones's superb videos and…


Added by Hazel Owen on April 4, 2017 at 12:16 — No Comments

Values, Critical Inquiry and Rape Culture

Cross Posted from:

What a fortnight it has been for values!  Since I started writing my last post on aspirational v real values using the Roast Busters I – III story it has been wall-to-wall reaction and discussion! After the incidents at Wellington College and St Pat's Silverstream a lot has happened! The media has highlighted the issue ‘big time'.…


Added by Paul Keown on April 1, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

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