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September 2013 Blog Posts (22)

New Roles for Students in Schools

There are many roles in democracy-building by students. Following are several different opportunities for student to learn through action. When they're engaged in changing schools, students can be meaningfully involved in many ways.

The most important thing when engaging students in any role in school is to acknowledge their first duty: Learning. Their learning is paramount to being meaningfully involved throughout schools. Learning through meaningful student…


Added by Adam Fletcher on September 30, 2013 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Are you making the shift?

Crossblogged from my Hynessight blog

The New Zealand Curriculum Update in Issue 26 October 2012 identified six themes of future oriented learning and teaching.  Guess what?  It is a year later - so, have you made the shifts in your class so that there…


Added by Leigh Hynes on September 29, 2013 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Reading Can be Amazing

Reading is a physical and mental activity.

It can include emotional elements too.

Physically my eyes see the print on the page or computer screen.

Those familiar shapes are known to me to be letters that make up words.

The words have significance.

The mind interprets these collections of symbols into a meaning to me.

If the same text was in a language it could not read then it would be worthless.

Imagine the same website with news in various…


Added by John S. Oliver on September 27, 2013 at 6:42 — 1 Comment

Authentic learning experience

When I leave it too long to visit Ethos, and finally dip my toes, I always find a wealth of interesting and varied contributions to read and ponder and thus end up taking a long bath!

Often I am dragged in from the monthly newsletter: I do love a good newsletter that showcases a topic that entice me to log in and stay a while ;-).

I have a personal and professional interest in ePortfolio that I continue to indulge regularly. It fairly recently led me to seek to understand…


Added by Pascale Hyboud-Peron on September 26, 2013 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Young learners leading the way


Added by Hazel Owen on September 24, 2013 at 15:40 — No Comments

Voicethread for general education and second language learning: Examples, ideas and how to

Voicethread has been around for a while now, and what this means is that there are a lot of examples of innovative use in education to be had. One area in particular where it has been used a lot in learner-centered activities - often with a collaborative, social focus - is in second language learning, although there are plenty more from others from a variety of disciplines and education sectors.

One of the great things about…


Added by Hazel Owen on September 24, 2013 at 15:38 — 2 Comments

It's all in your mind: Two mindmapping tools unwrapped

Amy Ling - Professional ePortfolio Scenario

Image by hazelowendmc via Flickr

Are you keen to use mindmaps? I regularly use two types of mindmaps (mainly for collaborative…


Added by Hazel Owen on September 24, 2013 at 15:37 — 3 Comments

Student Voice through Partnerships

A student/adult partnership is a conscious relationship between learners and adults in schools that establishes and sustains equitable interactions, attitudes, and cultures within schools. Forming student/adult partnerships has been key to many successful…


Added by Adam Fletcher on September 23, 2013 at 1:30 — No Comments

3 Secrets of Educators

As educators who work with students every single day, we have our secrets. They're not true for every adult, and being able to admit them takes courage, especially when we admit them to other adults we work with.

In my new book, Ending Discrimination Against Young PeopleI explore the need to create safe spaces for honest conversations among educators who work with students, no matter what their role…

Added by Adam Fletcher on September 19, 2013 at 10:46 — 3 Comments

Digital citizenship for everyone...including you - yes, you!

You might be asking what real relevance digital citizenship has for you - as an individual, as a learner, as a member of (many) communities, and possibly as a teacher and leader in education.

When taken in a broader context where it is used to refer to all users of the Internet, digital citizenship has profound implications for eLearning.  We need to be aware of the legal and…


Added by Hazel Owen on September 13, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

Google Apps For Education - how tos (crossblogged from

I am starting a collection of my own tutorials for GAFE applications on this page:

Added by Monika Kern on September 12, 2013 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Twitter unpacked: Some resources to help you get started

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Added by Hazel Owen on September 12, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

Diigo and Me

Of all the tools I have learned to use in the last three years, Diigo must be close to my favourite.    Here is a blog post to introduce Diigo to teachers and others who could use a great curation tool, cross blogged from my Hynessight blog, with an introduction using Tellagami.

Added by Leigh Hynes on September 9, 2013 at 5:30 — 1 Comment

PLN - why Twitter now plays such an important part for me

Professional Learning for me used to be limited to a few f2f workshops - if I was lucky enough to be approved to go. These were usually curriculum content related. Living and working in rural Northland of New Zealand makes interesting f2f courses few and far between, more often such courses are in Auckland which adds cost and time away - a challenge for both for your employer and your family.

About 11 years ago I enrolled myself in a postgraduate diploma in education with ACE /… Continue

Added by Monika Kern on September 8, 2013 at 9:31 — 1 Comment

Accidental Discrimination?

In our school cultures, a lot of lip service can be paid towards racial, gender, and other forms of discrimination. However, little is made of a very real form of discrimination that is undermining a lot of well-meaning educators' work with students today. This discrimination is called adultism.


In my new book, Ending Discrimination Against Young People, I define adultism in three ways: 

  • Bias towards adults;
  • Discrimination against…

Added by Adam Fletcher on September 8, 2013 at 4:16 — 1 Comment

Formative assessment for previously learned knowledge.

Well the first week back to school has been a busy one. Course  shells inside to D2L to set up, registrations to double check and the list goes on. But the last couple of days was the beginning of using online quizzes and ExamView questions to conduct formative assessment.

Since students are starting a new math   course, I thought that using some formative assessment would be a good place to assess previously learned knowledge. So this is what I did:

To begin I created a… Continue

Added by Richard Snow on September 7, 2013 at 8:44 — 1 Comment

a puddle. a pond. a lake. an ocean.

I was recently asked by a colleague to share my thoughts in regard to the dispositions I believe an effective ‘inquiry’ teacher possesses.  Interestingly, and coincidently, I was thinking about just that, but more…


Added by Lane Clark on September 6, 2013 at 13:00 — 8 Comments

Is your school an opaque institution?

Is your school an opaque institution?  Madeline Campbell's blog about digital trends gave me inspiration to finish a blog I had started on open school communities thanks to a link to Don Tapscott's Ted talk.

Here is the …


Added by Leigh Hynes on September 6, 2013 at 6:30 — 1 Comment

Bounce Blog: Learning about digital technology trends


Lovely to connect with a new space of thinkers... 'bounce' blogs are comments I've made in other forums, then shared. I discovered that I'm hopeless at blogging, I prefer to 'bounce' off others ideas, then reflect in response:

"The Big Disconnect" infographic by Mara Sofferin got me thinking (hopefully attached below...). 

I'm one of the lucky ones I guess, I abandoned the 'big smoke' of Auckland city for wild Westland, though most of…


Added by Madeline Campbell on September 5, 2013 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

It is Harder To Write Less: The Power of Visual Education Tools

The usage of a combination of powerful, yet affordable, visual display of technology hardware and software mesh perfectly with the needs of many of today‘s classrooms, where the focus is on providing students with the skills they will need to thrive in ever-evolving media-varied environments.

Through these emerging technologies, teachers are gaining new opportunities to create innovative lesson plans and assignments that teach critical analysis as well…


Added by Cynthia Lieberman on September 4, 2013 at 8:18 — 2 Comments

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