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November 2014 Blog Posts (18)

Update 26 November 2014 - Guest Blog Post by Tom O’Halloran - Reading to and with class

Cross posted from Literacy Online mailing list and 

Kia ora,

Welcome to week six. What a huge week for the mailing list as we welcomed our 1000th educator.  This month has been a record for posts also, so thank you so much for you engagement and involvement.  With reports almost done for most of you, now could be a…


Added by Anne Kenneally on November 26, 2014 at 21:07 — No Comments

Towards an indigenous eLearning strategy: Critical considerations and implications

Wordle: Maori e-Learning stratgey

Yo-Heta Lensen Ngapuhi, Ngati Hine

Te Whare Waananga o Wairaka Unitec Institute of Technology

Tamaki Makaurau…


Added by Yo Heta-Lensen on November 25, 2014 at 15:23 — 1 Comment

Digital storytelling competition for students around the globe: Feeding the Planet, Energy for life

Planet example
Planet example (Photo…

Added by Hazel Owen on November 25, 2014 at 14:26 — No Comments

New Resources on Assessment Online

Cross Posted from;

Kia ora,

It has been a quieter week on the mailing list.  Report writing seems to be consuming you all currently.  What a wonderful time to celebrate the learning journey of 2014 and begin to…


Added by Anne Kenneally on November 21, 2014 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

Learning as Submission?

I've been challenged to think a lot about agency, or epistemic agency (and even shared epistemic agency) through my Knowledge Building Communities research over the last three years. I listen to the frustration that those who embrace future focused education and modern learning practices and pedagogies express, about those teachers who hold back, or for whatever reason don't engage.

I think too about my own initial difficulties with taking risks with all aspects of my teaching…


Added by Madeline Campbell on November 20, 2014 at 20:59 — 6 Comments

Grappling with staying safe online? Try the Grapple Challenge game.

Derek Wenmoth shared the following online safety, interactive game, writing:

It's a cyber-safety resource developed by an Australian company that I linked with in Tasmania....They have produced a number of…

Added by Hazel Owen on November 20, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Visual History of the Evolution of Communication Between Couples

I am coming to like infographics more and more each month. They communicate MUCH visually and QUICKLY.

 I like this one because it deals with two of my favorite subjects HISTORY and COMMUNICATIONS.

Be sure to click on the middle of the graphic to cause it to enlarge: …


Added by John S. Oliver on November 19, 2014 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

By teachers – for teachers sites: A new way of providing peer support and professional development?

Paul Keown has written about his personal experiences with, as well as his research into, virtual communities of practice (VCop). It makes great reading as Paul describes the various spaces that might be created and used in a VCoP, and the actual…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 17, 2014 at 14:00 — 3 Comments

A slice of life in revisited: Teaching in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan

A quick note from Hazel first...this is a post that Peter first made in 2011. However, I feel that it's well worth visiting, as it offers a glimpse of a slice of life, and teaching, in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan.

After finally getting the invite and finding time to sort out the application along with developing the implementation of new syllabus, getting to…


Added by Peter Breach on November 16, 2014 at 0:30 — 1 Comment

Resources from the 2014 ePortfolio Forum now available

The 2014 Eportfolio Forum and Workshops  (#eportforum) was held at La Trobe University…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 14, 2014 at 23:30 — No Comments

Pasifika learners in kura kaupapa and whare kura

lf you are working with students who identify as Pasifika, you really need to watch this presentation from Manu Faaea-Semeatu. In it, Manu speaks about several key areas, including:

  • The Pasifika Education Plan
  • The Paskifika Success Compass
  • Pasifika values and tātaiako
  • NCEA Pasifika Powerup

Check out Manu Faaea-Semeatu in this Movenote presentation speaking about…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 14, 2014 at 21:22 — No Comments

Update 12 November 2014 - It’s not either / or, it’s both…

cross posted from 

Update 12 November 2014 - It’s not either / or, it’s both…

Kia ora,

Welcome to week five of term.  As you are completing your reports for the year I hope you are celebrating the role you play in the lives of your learners. I wonder if you are beginning to think of a teaching as inquiry focus for…


Added by Anne Kenneally on November 13, 2014 at 19:55 — 1 Comment

Educators as Learners (a navel gazing post) - cross-blogged from

In my opinion, navel gazing is part of being a reflective practitioner. Over the last few months, a few pennies have been dropping for me, and I have decided I will share these 'aha' moments with you.


For some time I have been thinking about the concept of truly modelling in professional development what we…


Added by Monika Kern on November 12, 2014 at 9:49 — 1 Comment

Teachers and teachers' aides: Activities to support students who are blind, deaf/blind or have low vision

BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network New Zealand) and the New Zealand Education Ministry have developed supplementary activities to the nine PLD modules Teachers and Teachers’ Aides Working Together.

These supplementary activities…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 2, 2014 at 22:45 — No Comments

"The art of switching off: Surviving in a digitally demanding world"

It's getting far too long between blogposts. Too much time DOING and too little time given to REFLECTING; not enough sitting still and looking back on what has happened.

Don't get me wrong, it's not like I don't have things to write about. I constantly have a million blog posts swirling around in my head but usually they remain a title and a few opening sentences and never get to…

Added by Catriona Pene on November 1, 2014 at 9:45 — 1 Comment

Inspiration and aspiration as ways of making meaning of life and work

It’s spring, and to help pick up on the theme of growth and connectedness Dave Burton (from Potential Development) in this webinar (recording for the session;…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 1, 2014 at 6:00 — 2 Comments

Death by meetings? Some interesting trends

As you go to yet another meeting, you might perhaps be wondering why. It may help you to know that you are not alone. The findings from a recent survey by LogMeIn, Inc. and Ovum suggests that not only has the number of meetings being called increased, the indication is that the meetings are perceived by participants as…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 1, 2014 at 3:30 — 4 Comments

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