One of the things that I’ve enjoyed about being a facilitator in CORE Education and also studying as a doctoral candidate in Education is the opportunity to have my work inform my research and my research inform my work.
I wanted to pay tribute to a colleague Lillien Skudder and acknowledge her for the term - polygogy. She described this term as being about the teaching and learning of Polynesian (Pacific /…Continue
The last 24 weeks of study have challenged, affirmed and revised my pedagogy, leadership and practice.
Three things I've learnt about myself as a learner
I love being able to read other peoples research but I need time to be able to process, analyse and revise what I have read so I can make a more informed conclusion. That is why doing the literature review was so rewarding and provided the opportunity to explore answers to the following…Continue
I have been teaching as a special needs teacher since 1991 at my school. My role is to prepare the students with special education needs for life after school whatever that may look like for each individual. This Chinese proverb sums up the teaching philosophy in my classroom.…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on May 30, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments
At this point in time, thoughts are running rife with the upcoming Three Way Conferences next week. So, its time for me to reflect as an educator. Giving a voice to the voiceless has always been an interest for me specifically because growing up, I felt that I was one of those who were voiceless. As an educator you try to empower learners with the opportunity to take responsibility for their learning and their self identity or their turangawaewae. You also try to close the gaps for families,…Continue
Toyama says that technology amplifies the benefit of good education, but does little for mediocre educational systems - "rigorous research fails to show much educational impact of technology in and of itself, even when offered…Continue
Over the last 5 or so years (and after doing a lot of homework) we have planted over 20,000 trees and plants (see pic on the left to see what it looked like in…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on May 19, 2015 at 19:30 — No Comments
John Owen shared this video "Has the Internet sparked an educational revolution" from the BBC. It is interesting in that that the initiative described is driven by the community…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on May 19, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments
On my journey to discover the true meaning of agency and the use of it in education, I have taken a slight, but highly important detour into cultural responsive and proficient practice. A person's culture forms an extremely significant part of who they are and how they interact with day to day life. This being said, surely in makes sense that through acknowledging and respecting a person's culture leads to engagement and success in education? For this reason, it is not only necessary but…Continue
While many folk might think that access to the Internet is pretty much ubiquitous, there are still areas of the world where access is either not possible due to infrastructure, cost, or political circumstances. One of these areas is North Korea. Michael Winter shared the link to…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on May 15, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments
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The spaces that we exist in have an effect on our learning. When you are comfortable, the noise is low (or is the noise that you like to listen to such as waves breaking or music), the limbic system in your brain dials down the stress (fight or flight for example). Also part of the limbic system, the Hippocampus (required for the formation of new memories and the maintenance of…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on May 13, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments
Teaching as inquiry, in particular, Halbert and Kaser’s Spirals of Inquiry (2013) have been inviting a lot of interest over the last few years. However, it is one thing to read the theory and get your head around the approach, and another to see it in action.
So it is great that …Continue
DK shared this video of a keynote from ISTE 2011 by Dr John Medina. Dr Medina is an entertaining speaker...you definitely won't fall asleep!! :-) He starts by exploding myths such as right brain / left brain 'ways of thinking'. And "the emotional stability of the home is the single greatest predictor of academic…Continue
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Added by Hazel Owen on May 5, 2015 at 20:37 — No Comments
A new book that was just brought to my attention called: Leading Issues in e-Learning Research MOOCs and Flip: What’s Really Changing? (Volume 2, edited by Mélanie Ciussi), looks as though it is getting into the why a lot more, rather than focussing on the how.
Of particular interest is the framing of the students' expectations as being a motivation to change…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on May 4, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments
We're a little into 2015, but it's always worth thinking about emerging trends and how they influence education. CORE Education (a professional learning and development, and consultancy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand) has worked with their staff of researchers, education facilitators, and experienced technology experts pool their knowledge and expertise, and through a thorough process put together and publish CORE’s prognosis on…Continue
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