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May 2016 Blog Posts (19)

Performance inquiry: A paradigm shift from performance management and appraisal

The project that Mary Wilson was involved started by creating a really big dynamic, as a space was developed ready for the learning to happen for 59 children and 12 staff. By 2008, they were staring down the barrel down a system that they had tried to avoid. ERO was on the doorstep.…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 22, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Building the Network for Learning: Commentary by Niki Davis

You may, or may not, be familiar with the Network for Learning (N4L) that is being developed in New Zealand. The potential of such a network is huge, but it requires a collaborative effort to actually make it work. It's not so much about the infrastructure, it's more about the people, the connections...the opportunities to collaborate, share, and build. How can you get involved, if…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 21, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Thoughts - Cultures old and new

students and social networks

Image by Will Lion via Flickr

Joel Dodd was a teacher of mathematics, and is now a researcher, and statistician.

I recently revisited a post by Joel where he discusses traditional…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 20, 2016 at 8:30 — No Comments

Story of change: From Digital Doubter to Tech Guru

The Edsurge team always have nuggets of news, and links to often thought provoking articles and opinion pieces. One item in a recent newsletter caught my eye. Often educators are seen as either tech savvy and eLearning focussed...or not. …


Added by Hazel Owen on May 19, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Perspectives on Online vs Offline Education

This interview is rich with practical insights.


This woman began as a wedding photographer. Other wedding photographers came to her to teach them. She conducted seminars for 5 to 20 people. Then later she taught online course at an established education host site. She talks about her resistance and fears to go in that direction.



Added by John S. Oliver on May 19, 2016 at 6:00 — 1 Comment

What are the Top 10 eLearning Trends Happening Now

Like everything else related to technology, eLearning has developed a number of interesting trends as people try to figure out what works the best. Here are ten current trends within the industry.


1) Video


Most people love watching video - whether it’s their favorite show on…


Added by Vera Marie Reed on May 17, 2016 at 9:12 — No Comments

Mayer's Theory of Multimedia Learning unpacked - and illustrated

It is old news to most educators that “The young person who watches digital TV, downloads MP3 music onto a personal player, checks e-mail on a personal organiser and sends symbolised messages to a mobile phone of a friend will not be satisfied with a 500-word revision guide for [HSC] physics” (Abbot, 2003). But there is still work to do in seeing the value of multimedia something that can…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 15, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

Professional learning communities

Cross-posted from teaching at the end of the earth.

I have the privilege in my work to be able to both facilitate and participate in a number of online communities of practice (CoP). It's a great opportunity to learn from others as well as share my own experiences and what I have come across. Like many online communities, sometimes they seem to rocket along and at other…


Added by Nathaniel Louwrens on May 10, 2016 at 19:26 — 1 Comment

Which solution is best for you?

Everyone has times when they have two (or more) alternatives to choose from and are not sure how to make a choice that they feel they won’t regret later on. They may have already made a pros and cons list for each and tried to make a comparison, but still feel it isn’t clear which choice is likely to be best for them.



Added by Hazel Owen on May 10, 2016 at 14:24 — No Comments

Millenials under the microscope: Resources, ideas and a quiz from Cyberwise

The wonderful team at Cyberwise recently shared the following resources, focussed on the Millennial Generation, in …

Added by Hazel Owen on May 10, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

The Butterfly Project, Self Harm and Self Soothing

Cutting is only ONE way to self-soothe -- PASS IT ON!

I am currently posting a Series on ADDandSoMuchMore that explores the recent explosion of i-conversations about Cutting - currently proliferating among the networks frequented by young teens.  

If you are…


Added by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie on May 9, 2016 at 20:30 — 3 Comments

Passionate about learning

Seymour Papert, at the OLPC offices in Cambrid... Seymour Papert - Image via Wikipedia

A vibrant thinker and advocate, Gary Stager questions why we are still asking questions around whether technology enhances…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 9, 2016 at 7:30 — No Comments

Should companies insist on policy of 'bums on seats' at the office? What about a blended approach to working?

The whole notion of working from home (a.k.a. telecommuting), can polarise opinion. Some people say that they need the routine of going to work, and once there, the interactions with colleagues, to be creative and productive. Others are insistent about the benefits of being able to concentrate and to not be distracted, or dragged into constant meetings.

In a post from a while back…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 8, 2016 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

Interface: Supporting the use of ICT in learning

ICT's in Education

Image by pmorgan via Flickr…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 7, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments



Bare wood was displayed in orderly groups at the lumber yard.

Certain boards were selected, purchased and transported to the backyard.

Footings and frames were assembled.

Planks were carefully arranged and attached.

Paint was applied.

Patio furniture was added.


Then POOF the deck disappears into the background.

It had been the center of attention for those that made it.

But the…


Added by John S. Oliver on May 6, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

My Tribute to ALL Mothers

I am forever grateful for the relationship God gave me with my mother.


She was a caring person.


Her guidance and example led me to have a love of learning. Thanks to her example I have come to highly value reading and libraries.


She had been an elementary school…


Added by John S. Oliver on May 6, 2016 at 2:23 — No Comments

Cognitive computing: What is it and why should you care?

Information is unstructured, especially when it is en masse (think, for instance, the Internet). The amount of available content is doubling every 5 years, and we just don't have the time or the cognitive capacity to keep up with everything.

People have amazing ideas, but the computational abilities are often not ready. "At the…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 3, 2016 at 7:57 — No Comments

Just another thought along the same lines

Adding to thoughts in Hazel Owen's blog post about the quality of method of delivery of some presenters, I felt I have to add my 10 cents worth in.

Cross blogged from my personal opinion Hynessight blog, here it is.

Added by Leigh Hynes on May 3, 2016 at 5:30 — 4 Comments

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