Ka puta Matariki ka rere Whānui. Ko te tohu tēnā o te tau e!
Matariki re-appears, Whānui starts its flight. Being the sign of the [new] year!
Every year, in winter in New Zealand, just before dawn, if you turn your eyes to the sky you…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on June 29, 2014 at 8:26 — No Comments
Bronwyn Hegarty recently contacted me with a heads up about the great open pedagogy blog series she is currently putting together (and I am hoping to persuader her to cross-blog some of her posts to this community too :-p).
I popped across to her blog and checked out the first in the series, Open Pedagogy - …Continue
While the data is based on students in Higher Education in the US, I suspect that similar trends will be observable in several other countries. I found the data at the bottom of the infographic of particular interest as it showed what students are using their tablets for...your thoughts?Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on June 28, 2014 at 21:15 — No Comments
Crossblogged from Hynessight
To help teachers understand the concept of teaching as inquiry, I use the analogy of golfing. When you start golfing, it takes a while to learn how to hit the ball and send it in the general direction you want it to go. After the first few months you start to get the hang of it and then you start trying to refine and hone your…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on June 24, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments
Crossblogged from http://royalhynesight.blogspot.co.nz/
I was a cautious child. As I have grown older, I have taken more risks in my life (not the least of which is flying, my least favourite pastime) and, with every risk I take, come more great spin-offs. Admittedly, they are not the kind of risks like going over Niagara Falls in a barrel but risks in my personal and professional life have had much greater…Continue
The advent of the printed word, as well as more recent innovations such as television have challenged educators through the ages to ensure their approach is relevant to students and the world they are going to inhabit. It might be argued that print it portable. However, it is the cross-contextual way of communicating and interacting that surely must…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on June 21, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments
Clarence Yates shared this prodigious post with another community we are both members of, and kindly agreed to share it with the Ethos community. He has watched all of the 5 documentaries that he links to, and pulls out the key points from them…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on June 20, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments
Recently the University of Waikato Teaching Development Unit published their magazine TDU Talk with articles focused on the theme Towards the University of the Future.
All the articles have some sort of connection with elearning and if you're interested, the magazines' online version can be found
Linda Ojala shared this site (Exceptional Children Resources) via another community of which I am a member. The resource looks great, and I really like the combination of general assistive tools, as well as a great range of links to resources. I'm just digging in to some of the audio books for the vision impaired learners...really good range to choose from :-)
I came across this…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on June 19, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments
The post is from 2012, but the conversation continues, so I felt it would be useful to re-visits Clarence Yates' post,…Continue
Sometimes, once you have worked through your design stages (and this could be for a whole programme or for an activity), you may then be left wondering what tool would be suit your needs, given the approaches and interactions you have planned for. You might, for example, have decided…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on June 16, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments
Florence Lyons (@froggieflo) shared this great reflection on constructivism, inquiry learning, and reflecting on how she might apply these concepts in her classroom.…Continue
A while back I shared a scenario of a tertiary learner and how they may use Web 2.0 and social learning as a student. This month, I would like to share the scenario of Zeenah.
This is a hypothetical scenario of a student's learning journey and it suggests: 1) how a learner might be inducted into a blended learning programme; 2) how she could progress through the programme; 3) the scaffolding and developmental nature that would be built into the design of the programme; and 4) how…
Added by Hazel Owen on June 14, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments
The wonderful Diana Ayling wrote up this summary of a workshop she attended a couple of years ago. However, the key points she makes remain relevant, and it would be good to hear your thoughts and experiences around how well we address the needs of our learners.
Now, to Diana's post:
It may seem to be a no-brainer that more Professional Learning and Development (PLD) is likely to lead to improvements in teaching practices, and, in theory have a positive impact on student learning experiences. However, in this article Linda Bendikson suggests that "Our observations in schools lead us to believe that PLD is frequently part of the…Continue
Added by Hazel Owen on June 11, 2014 at 16:36 — No Comments
Crossposted from http://bardwired.blogspot.co.nz/ This is an initiative that i really think NZ educational community should be making their voices heard on as it is potentially the next biggest schooling system change since 'Tomorrow's Schools'! What are your thoughts?Continue
Recently I had a long gap between errands.
I was waiting more than an hour at a city park.
I went around the walking trail circle.
Then I just sat.
It only took a little while for my body to recover.
Then I noticed my internal mental chatter.
I had done all the important planning and praying.
Added by John S. Oliver on June 6, 2014 at 5:46 — No Comments
In the United States there is a phenomenon called “failing schools.” The mainstream media here causes Americans to conjure up the worst images of these places: Crumbling ceilings, stacks of decrepit old books, and growling, ancient teachers. We see slouching, apathetic students who are hand-tied by their own intransigence, and indifferent parents who are incapable of raising…Continue