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August 2015 Blog Posts (15)

UDL and Task Design

Cross-blogged from Inquiring Mind.

I listened to Lynne Silcock* last week talking about Universal Design for Learning (UDL). There are a few misconceptions around UDL with probably the most common one being that it is only for students with "special needs". The U in UDL however stands for universal,…


Added by Jan-Marie Kellow on August 30, 2015 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Cultural responsiveness: Student voice from the heart

This powerful post was shared by Manu Faaea-Semeatu, where she looks at a poem called "Voice" that she wrote last month and featured on her blog. Would be awesome to read your thoughts and reactions.

Manu writes" The principal of Holy Family School in Porirua - Chris Theobald (@The0bald) reached out to me on Twitter to ask if he could film two students reciting the poem. Enjoy!"…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 28, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Teachers are doing it for themselves - PLD that is!

Part 1:

New Zealand teachers are recognized as a body of passionate professionals; enthusiastic to learn, eager to share and most earnest in their quest to affect student learning for the best. The link between teacher actions and outcomes for students has long been recognised - in particular, when educators engage in reflective inquiry into their practice, this can result in positive outcomes…


Added by Tessa Gray on August 25, 2015 at 3:00 — 4 Comments

Pakirehua: Teaching as Inquiry with a Māori world view

The wonderful Tessa Gray shared these resources from the VLN community ( I would like to on-share them here as I feel they are incredibly valuable.

Tessa writes: "Yesterday we had the privilege of hosting Tammy Gardiner and Marama Reweti-Martin (Te Toi Tupu) in a webinar about…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 20, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

How to get 'fun' back into education

A rich and engaging resource created in Prezi by Maria Andersen (which really models some of the potential of the platform, and adds a certain texture to the 'message'). You could skip through this presentation, or spend hours exploring the multimedia (look out in particular for the…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 18, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

The benefits of reciprocity in mentoring

Simon Sinek answers, in this video, the question "at this moment in your life, where are you seeking advice and coaching?" Sinek notes how he is taking an approach to better balance mentor-mentee relationships in his life. Specifically, he chooses to mentor someone only if it is a reciprocal relationship, i.e. the mentee also plays a mentor role and vice versa.…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 17, 2015 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

Publication from Association for Learning Technology (ALT)

Research in Learning Technology, the journal of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), has just published the following:

"Material matters for learning in virtual networks: A case study of a professional learning programme hosted in a Google+ online community" by Aileen Ackland and Ann Swinney …


Added by Hazel Owen on August 17, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Some of the benefits of peer coaching for teacher professional development

Recommended by Greg Carroll, this video has some real gems about the benefits of peer coaching to move beyond advocacy into inquiry. The speaker talks of how teachers working and planning together, while also offering support and asking questions, impacts teaching practice in ways that generic workshops don't. Also important was duration. Because the programme works over an extended period of time, there is time to trial, reflect and evaluate, then to tweak, and trial again.…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 15, 2015 at 20:30 — 3 Comments

Backlash or Implementation Dip?

Backlash or Implementation Dip? - crossblogged from  Hynessight

Are you seeing and hearing a bit of a backlash against the use of digital technologies in our society?…


Added by Leigh Hynes on August 13, 2015 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Involved or engaged: What's the difference?

A topic that seems to be gathering momentum in education at the moment is whether parents and communities should be involved...or engaged in their children's learning and place of learning.

One of the articles that is often referred to (and which was shared with me by both Suzi Gould and …


Added by Hazel Owen on August 12, 2015 at 22:00 — 2 Comments

Inquiring Mind


Have a look at my Inquiring Mind blog…


Added by Jan-Marie Kellow on August 11, 2015 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

A mentoring movement for different thinkers

Many learners are working with Dyslexia, ADHD, and other challenges that make it tough to learn in current education systems that are often designed to meet the needs of the 'average' student. (I'm not convinced that such a person exists, but that's another discussion.)

The speakers in this video are involved in a mentoring initiative in the United States that aims, through art and 'talking' to support learners who are different thinkers. It is a wonderful example of how openness,…


Added by Hazel Owen on August 10, 2015 at 22:59 — No Comments

The Concept of Purposeful Learning

Purposeful Learning Spaces in a Nutshell


We talk about MLE and ILEs but, time and time again the first things people jump to usually include (and in no particular order) ‘Massive space’, “Noise’, ‘Lots of people’, ‘Busy’, ‘Free-range Learning’ and the reality is that you can spout off research and examples etc until you are blue in the face but the end result is usually the same: the eyes of our audience would…


Added by Sarah Whiting on August 10, 2015 at 10:05 — 2 Comments

Phones in class - yes or no?

I am working in a high school this week where teachers are debating whether the students should be allowed to have…

Added by Leigh Hynes on August 3, 2015 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Teachers Do Stuff

Crossblogged from Hynessight

Teachers do stuff.

I like primary school teachers. Don't get me wrong. They are hardworking and love their jobs (in the main) and their students.  

Although, -  they are a bit overloaded with "doing National…

Added by Leigh Hynes on August 3, 2015 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

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