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Nau mai, haere mai - welcome

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.

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Resources for those that are new to teaching online

Posted by John S. Oliver on March 20, 2020 at 10:11 0 Comments

Taking Your Teaching Online Program Collection

Taking Your Teaching Online Program Collection

Enter coupon code COLLECTION  in the cart prior to checkout to receive this collection for free!


A collection of Magna Online Seminars and 20-Minute Mentor programs about online teaching and learning. This collection is approximately seven hours of…


Social Action: a task for our times?

Posted by Paul Keown on October 30, 2019 at 19:56 0 Comments

Social action is a powerful force. Every Labour weekend Radio New Zealand's Concert Program airs the results of its 'Settling the Score' poll. For the last few years, 'The Lark Ascending' has come in first. Some have become a little sick of this and felt a new number one was needed.  …


While it seems bad these days just consider Chicago in the 1890s - history and humor

Posted by John S. Oliver on August 6, 2019 at 12:30 0 Comments

Note that this journalist put the spotlight on the injustices of his day not by whining, blaming, and complaining but by using fiction is a clever way.
Note that the issues of his day are like those of our day. Yet they are better in many ways. 
I came on this by searching for the origin of the saying that is attributed to him --- 
Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
That is the motto of many journalism schools. It can…

Do Touch and Hold the Exhibit

Posted by Zack Hargrove on May 3, 2019 at 19:34 0 Comments

Once, a comedian told a hilarious story on how he left a rental car at the airport and got away with it. But it worked for him only because no one else does it. The same principle can apply for touching and holding an exhibit item in the museum (which is a part of the diverse learning lifestyle). If a storyteller would crash the car at the gates of the airport and left it on the runway, the story would probably be a…


Transactional or transformational coaching?

Posted by Hazel Owen on May 2, 2019 at 12:09 0 Comments

In the art of coaching there are many different approaches and definitions. However, at a basic level they all are either transactional (coaching for performance) and / or transformational (coaching for a change in awareness and understanding that can lead to improved performance). The two foci are strongly interrelated with the transactional…


Find My Phone And Other Christmas Tech Savvy Tips

Posted by Amy Scholl on December 5, 2018 at 23:00 0 Comments

Christmas is literally just around the corner and we all simply cannot wait. From festive décor and seasonal dishes to spending time with family and even traveling there is no denying how much there is to look forward to.

  • Learn about Find My Phone and what you need to make it work!
  • How to find your missing phone Step by Step!
  • 9 Apps and Online Services for a Techy Christmas!

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Controversial Topic: Should I Spy on My Kid's Cellphone?

Started by Amy Scholl in Safety and Netiquette Sep 27, 2018. 0 Replies

What's your honest opinion about monitoring your children mobile devices? What is the best way to educate your children regarding online safety? Any stories?Continue

Tags: monitoring, my, children, education, cyberbullying

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

Started by Kamal Bouskri in Theories and principles. Last reply by Paul Keown Mar 13, 2017. 2 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

Applying 'The Chaos Monkey' to your life

Started by Sarah Whiting in Professional Development. Last reply by Tessa Gray Mar 4, 2017. 1 Reply

I am currently completing the whole life challenge and every few days, I get sent emails around practices that support improving my life from the inside out. Most of the time, I just flick the…Continue

A quick reminder about passwords and how to create an awesome one.

Started by Catriona Pene in Facilitation Feb 28, 2017. 0 Replies

Got 3 minutes? Well worth a watch of this video to get some tips on creating awesome passwords.Continue


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