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October 2014 Blog Posts (22)

A story of connectedness

Crossblogged from Hynessight

Five tools for 21st century connected teachers - a story of connection.…


Added by Leigh Hynes on October 28, 2014 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

So you are a Connected Educator - what now? (cross-blogged from

The final week of CENZ14 is starting tomorrow, coinciding with New Zealand celebrating Labour Day, traditionally a weekend to get stuck into chores around house and garden. No different in the BeLchick's household, especially as we are getting ready for our move to Brisbane where I will join the fabulous team at Expanding Learning Horizons in January. So how to manage it all? I have blogged about …


Added by Monika Kern on October 26, 2014 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

Next steps for PLD as inquiry

This is an extract of a post from my VPLD community blog.

To put things in context, we are in our fourth year of using Teaching as Inquiry, with the past two years having a focus on blended learning & getting teachers excited about new eLearning strategies. While I firmly believe that we ought to drive implementation of eLearning strategies with sound pedagogical reasoning, sometimes we don't have the space in our brains for all of these things. So, in order to make the…


Added by Charlotte French on October 24, 2014 at 9:08 — 2 Comments

Are we Digital Citizens, or rather Citizens in an increasingly Digital World? (cross-blogged from

The “Digital Natives” discussion has been going on for many years (1). I generally subscribe to the definition of “A digital native is a person who was born during or after the general introduction of digital technologies and through interacting with digital technology from an early age, has a greater comfort…


Added by Monika Kern on October 23, 2014 at 13:55 — 1 Comment

Inquiry learning wins the day: Student voice and choice

These are highlights from the original post, which was entitled Knowing Kids' Minds (source), and was written by Jessica Sutton for the Manawatu Standard (9th Nov, 2011)…

Added by Hazel Owen on October 22, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Asynchronous and online should be the default to argue against...

Live, face-to-face communication has always been the default for human beings. At one stage it was our only option. But what held true 10,000 years ago does not have to hold true now, because now we have some very credible alternative options.
Do it online
Yes, there are strong…

Added by Clive Shepherd on October 20, 2014 at 3:00 — 1 Comment

Each person with dyslexia faces a unique blend of difficulties: Supporting students with dyslexia

Do you know anyone who fits the following profile (taken from Danella Smallridge's Wiki)

  • Sara has undiagnosed…

Added by Hazel Owen on October 19, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Teaching as inquiry...continuing to learn

P question Image via…


Added by Hazel Owen on October 18, 2014 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

Ulearn14 Connections (cross-blogged from

Ulearn14, truly an inspirational event connecting educators from all over New Zealand and beyond! For me it started out with my running into +Sonya Van Schaijik+Wendy Kofoed and more teachers from their school at Auckland Airport, upon which we ran into …


Added by Monika Kern on October 17, 2014 at 18:37 — No Comments

‘Teaching Tolerance’ resources website

 Just found this wonderful resource website for educators who wish to teach tolerance and diversity in their classrooms. There are magazines, classroom activities, blogs, and much more. They are also looking for teachers to blog for them – paid! Pass it on to anyone you think might benefit from this.…



Added by Fiona White on October 17, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Flipping the learning using Google Apps

Here are the slides to the workshop I held at Ulearn this year.  

As you might know, I am a real fan of flipping the learning. That is, using videos to move the instruction or content(for learning) from the group space into the individual learner space - available 24/7, if and when needed. It is a great step to take toward personalisation of learning. In this…


Added by Leigh Hynes on October 16, 2014 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

New Zealand organisations falling behind with new generations of mobile, tech-savvy iWorkers?

Diana Ayling shared this interesting post (originally posted…

Added by Hazel Owen on October 15, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

E-teachers collaborating: Create your own framework to evaluate online courses

How do we, as educators, upskill in a way that both empowers us to figure out how things might work best for our learners, while having no experiencing of learning in that way ourselves? …


Added by Hazel Owen on October 13, 2014 at 20:07 — No Comments

Connected and Thriving

cross posted from my blog

#Blogsync - week 1

Taking part in …


Added by Catriona Pene on October 12, 2014 at 19:02 — 1 Comment

My big mistake about Tweeting

Crossblogged from Hynessight

Saturday, 11 October 2014…


Added by Leigh Hynes on October 11, 2014 at 11:50 — 2 Comments

MY DREAM is to Sow and Grow Community Centered Libraries to Help Relieve Severe Poverty in Developing Countries

Our Stewardship Community

Executive Summary




It is difficult for me to distill the vision and game plan for the ministry of Our Stewardship Community into just a few sentences. In my notes there are hundreds of pages of text and many pages of outlines that will become text someday.


But sometimes the Lord blesses me unexpectedly and a simple summary just flows out of my keyboard.…


Added by John S. Oliver on October 11, 2014 at 5:00 — No Comments

Some sparkly snippets of writing practice

I've procrastinated when it comes to writing my first blog post for this community - probably because I thought I should write something profound and impressive.

I've decided today that actually, those things worth sharing are the small, simple everyday uses of ICTs that occurred in response to a genuine need in my classroom.

So, I'm just going to talk a little bit about writing in my Year 8 English class, and how I've dealt with one of the challenges for me as a…


Added by Charlotte French on October 8, 2014 at 20:49 — 2 Comments

FOMO - or How to be a connected educator and (try to) stay sane (cross-blogged from

(This post supports my presentation at Connected Educator EducampNZ on 7 October 2014, 7:30pm)

I sometimes have to LOL about all these abbreviations, +Kathy Scott put it really well in her recent post The Tyranny of Acronyms. In German…


Added by Monika Kern on October 6, 2014 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

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