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    Ethos Consultancy NZ


    We believe that by helping learners and education practitioners keep alive their joy of learning we can contribute to the important cultural work of challenging the current status quo in results-driven education.

    With its flexibility and rich wealth of resources, technology (when informed by education principles that recognise human learning as social and contextualised), can empower learners to collaborate fruitfully, using new information and ideas to build on what they already know.

    In turn, education practitioners can use rich multimedia resources to create opportunities for transformative learning experiences, to give learners of diverse needs, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds a voice, to enable students with various life commitments to study, and to find new ways of enabling learners to reach their desired goals.

    The aim of this site is to share effective practice, resources and ideas by encouraging discussion around the design, facilitation, assessment and evaluation of online communities and how they impact learning in all education sectors. We are also sharing resources and ideas around ePortfolios and Green ICT in Education.

    Because collaboration and openness are two of our guiding principles, we choose to use this Ning as the forum for projects in which we are involved.

    Blog Posts

    Explore this Gold Mind for Life Long Learners

    Posted by John S. Oliver on February 14, 2016 at 3:00 3 Comments

    Teachers need to be continually learning inside and outside their field.

    That is easy to say and challenging to do in these pressure cooker times.

    One way to solve that problem is to get engaged with educational sources that resonated deeply.

    Find the right fit of content, method, format, etc.

    Then you will be internally motivated to make that a high priority.

    Let us get realistic.

    Much will not get completed this day, week, month and…


    To be or not to be...student engagement?

    Posted by Hazel Owen on February 12, 2016 at 16:30 0 Comments

    The 3 Rs of engagement are relevance, rigour, and relationships (Dennis Littky, 2004 The student sense of wonder and inquiry are key to engagement, although they also need depth, and to be…

    Sustainability, creativity, innovation and inclusion

    Posted by Hazel Owen on February 12, 2016 at 14:30 0 Comments

    1986 Faroe postage stamp celebrating Amnesty's...
    1986 Faroe postage stamp…

    The Google Suite in Action in the Classroom

    Posted by Nigel Bailey on February 11, 2016 at 14:45 0 Comments

    The Google Suite in Action in School




    International Science Opportunities (and funding) for Year 12 and 13 students

    Posted by Hazel Owen on February 10, 2016 at 22:37 0 Comments

    There are plenty of International Science Opportunities that the Royal Society of New Zealand is offering in 2016 for talented and passionate science  Year 12 and 13 students. Please pass this on to any students you think will be ideal candidates.

    Applications close at 5pm on 23 March 2016.


    Vygotsky lives: A Knowledge Bank from Imaginative Minds

    Posted by Hazel Owen on February 5, 2016 at 17:27 0 Comments

    I remember reading Lev Vygotsky for the first time. It wasn't so much as a light bulb moment for me, it was more like someone had opened a door and showed me a whole new landscape. For example, "Vygotsky believed that all cognitive development happens through social learning, and thus is inextricable from one’s social-cultural context" (…



    Does ESOL teaching pay?

    Started by Adon Kumar in Learning (e.g. preferences, styles, requirements). Last reply by Lorraine Makutu Jun 10, 2015. 1 Reply

    I want to share my exciting…Continue

    Tags: PrivateTutor, Sociolinguistics, ESOL

    Online glossary

    Started by Sylvia Hach in Tips and Tools. Last reply by Allanah King May 1, 2015. 7 Replies

    Hi everybody,I teach a first year blended, flipped Anatomy & Physiology paper at a tertiary institution in Auckland, New Zealand and we have struggled to find a good platform for an online…Continue

    Tags: Glossary

    Ethos and exploitation

    Started by Adon Kumar in Theories and principles. Last reply by Hazel Owen May 1, 2015. 4 Replies

    I recently attended a meeting where the key topic of discussion was the exploitation of migrant workers by their migrant employers. The plight of some migrants both on shore and on the oceans was…Continue

    Tags: Exploitation, Students, International, Migrants

    E-Learning: It's Not Just About Technology!

    Started by Kamal Bouskri in Theories and principles Aug 8, 2014. 0 Replies

    As a technology-integration-in-education advocate and co-founder of learning management system, I had the opportunity during the past few years to research the main hindrances to e-learning…Continue

    Tags: LMS, e-learning



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