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July 2016 Blog Posts (15)

VLN Primary School - August Update

Well i have already sent out this newsletter & then i realised it's not quite August yet - oh well :)

I hope you enjoy our latest edition, you can find our previous newsletters here.

Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi - Akonga Aka Mariko.Welcome to the VLN Primary School

Our goal is…


Added by Rachel Whalley on July 31, 2016 at 14:15 — 1 Comment

Cross-discipline approaches to pedagogical change in technology-supported tertiary teaching

When we are convinced that an approach works - often by being immersed in it - we will usually take the approach forward with commitment and enthusiasm. This still holds true for eLearning. When an educator isn't convinced of the potential of ICT to enhance a learning experience, any eLearning initiative is likely to be luke-warm at best.

Four case studies (from Marcia Johnson, Garry…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 26, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

De Hub: Innovation in distance education

The Distance Education Hub is an online space where the aim is to bring academics together around the subject of distance education. The focus is on collaboration and cooperation, while allowing people to be distinctive, and also recognising that a lot of academic institutions are competitors.

Distance learning was…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 24, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

Best Crowdsourcing Job Websites for Freelance Writers

With the increasing attractiveness of working from home gigs, the internet has become one of the primary resources of jobs for freelancers. Not only did it make the “finding of online jobs” a lot easier, but many employers have also utilized the power of the information superhighway to find the best and right fit candidate for a particular job. With just a simple tick of the mouse and a keyword search, employers and freelancers…


Added by Lucy Adams on July 21, 2016 at 19:47 — 1 Comment

Improving skills to build fairer, more inclusive societies

The OECD reports are always really great to dip into and read. As part of its ongoing work, this report and associated study aimed "to measure and improve adult skills around the world". As such, the OECD "tested the skills of more than 50,000 16 to 65 year-olds in Chile, Greece, Indonesia (Jakarta), Israel* (…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 20, 2016 at 19:30 — No Comments

State Governments Sponsor these Online Lessons and Tests in the USA - So What Does the Future Hold?

Infographics communicate much quickly by weaving together graphics and text.

They are becoming my favorite way of learning several times a week.

This one seems to give another glimpse of what the future holds for online education. 

If this is where things are at today then what does the future hold in the next 3, 5 and 10…


Added by John S. Oliver on July 18, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

Want to make a video? TED in Education

If you are a fan of TED Talks you are likely to have come across, and / or used the TED-Ed channel in YouTube. This is an initiative that encourages educators to capture 'teaching moments' via video, and then work with animators to create videos for education (see video below for…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 16, 2016 at 9:00 — No Comments

Introductory guide to online tutoring skills

Clive Shepherd has already contributed some links to useful resources to the community (see here); I was recently doing some research around teaching online and what thoughts are about what this might comprise, and came across yet another…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 15, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

NZTech Education Technology Summit - Keynote: Betsy Corcoran

Cross-posted from e-Ponderings

Of unicorns and flying elephants: Is this the future of EdTech?



Added by Nathaniel Louwrens on July 14, 2016 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Google tools get some cool new functions....

While there other tools out there other than Google, I must admit I do enjoy the functionality and collaborative opportunities that Google tools offer. So, I was really pleased with the recent flurry of updates and upgrades that have been shared by some fabulous folks over the last couple of weeks. The ones that stood out for me are:

Rachel Duckworth says that her "excitement levels are…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 12, 2016 at 17:34 — No Comments

Are you looking for a job leading up a technology centre in Auckland?

Don't just play on your phone, program…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 12, 2016 at 9:54 — No Comments

A Framework: 21st century student outcomes and support systems

This framework was shared a while back by Heather Eccles (here) - and definitely deserves a revisit. The description of the diagram reads: "The…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 11, 2016 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

Changing the hearts and minds of the people: Te Tiriti o Waitangi

“Fundamental to understanding is to know that Maori culture is a culture of relationships … with everything and everyone in Te Ao Marama”

(Pereme Porter, 2010, Para 2)

If you want change you need to become involved. According to…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 9, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Braille uncovered: 15 facts you should know

You may have already read this article which shares 15 Facts about braille. The article, as you might expect has some fascinating…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 9, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Minecraft, 3D printers, and the student of the month: SCRATCHPAD July 2016 Newsletter

I have mentioned SCRATCHPAD a few times after the last months. The initiative is going from strength to strength, with approximately equal numbers of girls and boys getting involved in coding, robotics, and electronics. Their recent newsletter says it way better than I can, so I am sharing it below...and check out their upcoming holiday programmes (new offering includes Minecraft).…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 7, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

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