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July 2014 Blog Posts (15)

Growing our community

Last month we mentioned the exciting arrival of our 300th member. Building the community is something I personally celebrate as it presents many opportunities. The larger the community grows the more hope is held that members are experiencing the sharing of knowledge among a large,varied group. Ethos is all about the coming together of like minded people to share and discuss ideas. This dialogue only works if there are others to share with. The…


Added by Charlotte Caines on July 30, 2014 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Text Messages Transforms Learning in Africa

There are moments when I wonder how thick headed can some leaders be when it comes to resistance to the use of digital tools for the advancement of education. Then I come on a dramatic story of how a simple tool like text messaging has radically and rapidly transformed lives.

If this works in rural Africa then can a system be adapted for first world countries?

How can parents, community leaders and business leaders ignore the statistic that 25 percent of high school…


Added by John S. Oliver on July 27, 2014 at 3:00 — 3 Comments

Brain development, tips for parents and whānau, all in one bilingual app!

There's a new bilingual app for iPhone and well as an online version. I really enjoyed the narration combined with the graphics and background sounds that were redolent of New Zealand. Definitely recommend taking a look.

The overview of Whakatipu reads:

Whakatipu is releasing a new bilingual app for iPhone and iPad in time for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

‘Māui and his first journey’…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 24, 2014 at 12:56 — No Comments

Authentic Learning and Mobile Web 2.0

Integration of Web 2.0 and mobile technology in Learning and Teaching

I thought I would do something a bit different rather than posting a blog 'blog'. I thought I'll get this community to help me unpack this. Not that I have not done it already, I guess what I am envisaging in posting this blog is a good discussion. I…


Added by Vickel Narayan on July 23, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

Chromebooks (cont.) - cross-blogged from

The lovely +Alyx Gillett asked some really good questions following my last blog post so I thought I share them and my answers with you here:

"I'd be really interested in the ways teachers…


Added by Monika Kern on July 23, 2014 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

How to stop making boring videos

As I have  the task of organising the production of a suite of promotional videos for a new model of learning adopted by my institution, I have been keen to get some tips on the best ways of engaging an audience using video.

My research caused me to stumble upon this podcast by the eLearning coach  (Connie Malamed) called…


Added by Frances Morgans on July 21, 2014 at 21:04 — 1 Comment

The popularity of Chromebooks in NZ schools and how to get started if you want to join the party! (cross-blogged from

I didn't know all that much about Chromebooks until about half way through last year. The Manaiakalani Cluster in Auckland have been using them for some time,…


Added by Monika Kern on July 20, 2014 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Online community management PLD

This post is cross posted from teaching at the end of the earth.

Over the past 5 weeks I’ve taken part in an online PLD course run by Jane Hart of Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies.…


Added by Nathaniel Louwrens on July 18, 2014 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Interested in ePortfolios? The International Journal of ePortfolio

The International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP) is described as "a double-blind, peer-reviewed, open access journal freely available online". Subscriptions and fees are not required to access this journal; however, readers desiring hardcopies of issues can…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 16, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

PD around Digital Story Telling and UDL (cross-blogged from

There's always lots going on, sometimes it's hard to remember to blog about it! For me in my work the focus has definitely shifted from being a 'trainer in things IT' to being a connector between school leaders' and teachers' existing knowledge and relevant information out there - not always easy for us as facilitators as there is an immense amount of knowledge out there for us to be aware of... With Teaching as Inquiry being such a powerful vehicle for all educators to progress their…


Added by Monika Kern on July 15, 2014 at 8:00 — 5 Comments

Growing teachers and learners with online portfolios.

The post first appeared

For the next two weeks I have committed to helping teachers create their practice portfolios.  Many of our teachers are long overdue for promotion, some want a better way of evidencing their teaching practice to their managers, some want to introduce their students to…


Added by Diana Ayling on July 13, 2014 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

Questioning social media

This post first appeared on Clive on Learning:

The recent arrival of a new social network in the form of Google+ has given cause for reflection from some long-serving social media users and advocates. Cammy Bean describes how she has been Taking a…


Added by Clive Shepherd on July 12, 2014 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

Trailblazer; a Google Chrome application that visualises students' online research.

Hey there,

Matt from Twingl here. When we joined the Ethos Community, Hazel asked that we share a bit about who we are and what we're working on. So here it is!

At Twingl we believe that technology can make humanity smarter—and we're building the first generation of tools to do exactly that.

A few months ago…


Added by Matt Kennedy on July 10, 2014 at 18:11 — 2 Comments

Blended learning: A disruptive innovation?

Added by Hazel Owen on July 10, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

Truth Changes: 7 Ways the Future Will Be Different for Youth Today

Its a strange thing having spent 25 years of my life working with, for, and among young people, especially when I'm just inching up on 40 years old myself. One of the things this career has afforded me is perspective: With the long view in mind, I can see things differently than others who've been in and out of the work in small increments. But at my age, I'm not an…


Added by Adam Fletcher on July 8, 2014 at 9:11 — 2 Comments

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