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November 2017 Blog Posts (18)

Does access to technology at home have a negative effect on students' learning?

It's all rather confusing! A while back, the wonderful Rachel Dingle shared a piece of research with me that made me go...hmmmm. The research, as she said, indicates that "there are no discernible differences between students who have access to technology at home and those who don't". The abstract reads:

Computers are an important part of modern education, yet…

Added by Hazel Owen on November 29, 2017 at 22:00 — 1 Comment


Crossblogged from my Hynessight blog

Eduspeak   Deep understanding, rich understanding, unpack a concept, what that looks like in your school, resonates, dispositions, teaching as inquiry, digging deeper, scaffolding, synthesis, best practice…


Added by Leigh Hynes on November 28, 2017 at 13:30 — 4 Comments

ePortfolio for life?

Recenty again Hazel invited members to cross post from their blogs. This is a first for me! Here is where the original post lives!

I am a MyPortfolio trainer and eportfolio facilitator in New Zealand schools. I am also interested in developing understanding around the eportfolio approach beyond the world of education into the world of employment/work. To see the real life, authentic,…


Added by Pascale Hyboud-Peron on November 26, 2017 at 22:00 — 2 Comments

School holiday programmes at Scratchpad: Early bird deal


Added by Hazel Owen on November 24, 2017 at 13:44 — No Comments

The Virtual CoP Toolbox - Guidelines for online community builders

If you are involved in facilitating an online community, are thinking of initiating one, or are working with, for example, students who would like to get one going...these guidelines may serve as a 'quick guide' of things to think about in advance.

The recommendations and guidelines are based on the findings from the research study associated with the Virtual Professional…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 24, 2017 at 4:30 — No Comments

If You Enjoy Movies Then Consider These

I admit that I like to watch movies on Netflix and at the multiplex. I also like short animated videos on Youtube.  


For years I have wondered about what went into making such visual works of art. At the end of the movie there are the credits with lots of names. There are titles for the types of workers that were finally explained in this short Crash Course lesson.…


Added by John S. Oliver on November 23, 2017 at 11:06 — No Comments

Pond Times

I sat by the pond in the city park.

There was a tiny current passing through the pond.

At both ends the small but constant movement could be seen.

This pond was a few meters across and maybe one meter deep.

It had been carved out of the earth during run offs from heavy rains.

The banks of the pond showed erosion that exposed roots of trees.

There were tangles of sticks that netted odd bits of litter.

Green strings of algae were draped over many of…


Added by John S. Oliver on November 23, 2017 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

VLN Primary Online Programmes 2018

Just keeping you all updated in what is coming up for learners in the VLN Primary in 2018. Please share!

Registrations are invited from schools wishing to participate in the VLN Primary School in 2018.

There are a wide range of…


Added by Rachel Whalley on November 22, 2017 at 16:33 — No Comments

Education under discussion: Links between professional development and helping to lift student 'achievement'?

In this podcast (that was shared by Mike Preece), some key points arise about providing learning opportunities across all sociocultural groups in New particular those who are facing socio-economic disadvantages. The link between provision of professional development and shifts in student achievement are discussed, and it was recognised that it is tough to demonstrate this shift…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 22, 2017 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Three types of mentor, and five types of role they play

I am often asked - what is a mentor? Or, what is the difference between a mentor and a coach...and does it matter?

Conor Neill, in the video below, outlines his thoughts about what a mentor comprises, and why we might need them in our lives. 

Conor suggest that there are 3 types of mentor:

  • Sponsor,
  • Guide and
  • Coach

He goes on to describe 5 types of role that…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 18, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Caught in the anxiety cycle? Find out what to do...

Are you ever pulled into that cycle of anxiety - that 'what if...' cycle that makes your stomach churn and your heart beat faster? If yes, you may well find the following resource of interest.

Dr Neha frames the video up as something that "will give you the structure you need to transform your anxiety and take your life back!", especially if  you are trapped in the cycle of…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 17, 2017 at 10:43 — No Comments

The myth of 'remote working'

It is the goal of many people to work from home (aka telecommuting), while others revel in the opportunity to interact face-to-face. Both ways of working have their benefits, and both have their drawbacks.

In the blog post, There's no such thing as a…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 16, 2017 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Brain Overload- How We Can Help Our Minds in Busy Times

Our brains are amazing organs that allows us to sort, organise and build information in such a way that makes planning and doing things easy.

However, even this incredible system needs a bit of TLC from time to time. If we don’t give ourselves time to close one box before we open another, then things can get mixed up, misinterpreted and even lost. If this continues, we…


Added by Sarah Whiting on November 15, 2017 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

What are two things coaching really needs?

While under discussion between coaching theorists and practitioners, there are some core competencies that most will agree contribute to being an effective coach. These core competencies are the ‘things a coach does’ before, during and after a coaching session, and comprise coaching knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviour (Southern Institute of Technology,…


Added by Hazel Owen on November 15, 2017 at 11:11 — No Comments

Cascading Leadership Among Students

There's a challenge faced by schools around the world. As educators continue to grasp the necessity and potential of student engagement in education, they're challenged to rethinking old models of how that happened. 

In the past decade of my work, I concerned myself with identifying radically different approaches to integrating students as partners…


Added by Adam Fletcher on November 15, 2017 at 8:30 — 2 Comments

WizIQ Virtual Classroom Solution for Teaching & Learning

You may be looking for Virtual Classroom, Online Teaching or Training solutions.

My name is Vinay (Business Development Manager), and I would like to tell you more about WizIQ, which was awarded the World’s Best Virtual Classroom Provider in Global E-Learning Awards.

What are the other features WizIQ Offers?

To enhance the educational E-Learning and training process, WizIQ provides you…


Added by Vinay Kumar on November 10, 2017 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

What's new online learning in NZ primary schools

Here is our latest newsletter:

Kia ora koutou katoa

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

Our goal is to:

Create Connected, Passionate, Purposeful Learners

Welcome back to Term four.  A busy time for our rural schools with Calf & Lamb Day season in full swing. I am enjoying all the pictures from…


Added by Rachel Whalley on November 8, 2017 at 16:22 — No Comments

Consider this Alternative to Yoga

I like Qi Gong better than yoga.

There are many Qi Gong videos on Youtube and these are the ones I like best and use.

I especially like the ones by Lee Holden.

These and others like it on Qi Gong are available for FREE at Youtube.

Imagine how these simple and gracious movements can help those with stressful jobs like teachers, police officers,…


Added by John S. Oliver on November 7, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

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