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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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Twitter analytics in R...and using Twitter in teaching

Posted by Hazel Owen on February 17, 2017 at 16:00 0 Comments

Lyndon Walker started this session by asking the questions who uses Twitter (nearly everyone), and who uses Twitter in their teaching (not many). He then moved on to look at different ways Twitter can be used in teaching starting with 'transmission' (e.g. reminders that appear via Blackboard directly to a student's Twitter feed), and others such as;

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Data mining interactions in a 3D immersive environment for real-time feedback during simulated surgery

Posted by Hazel Owen on February 16, 2017 at 14:00 0 Comments

An illustration of the sources and data types ...
An illustration of the sources and data types…

Here is my article on leadership - what do you think?

Posted by John S. Oliver on February 15, 2017 at 15:30 5 Comments

Leaders Provide Guidance


Here are my reflections on qualities of a great leader.

A leader provides the following kinds of guidance to an organization.

That organization can be a family, small group, class, church, school, company, club, etc.



Conceptual Guidance

Mission statement

Vision statement

Core values

Other elements of strategic planning





Some Values Bouquets

Posted by Paul Keown on February 14, 2017 at 23:46 0 Comments

I feel that some aspects of my last two posts may have seemed a bit ‘preachy’ to my readers! While I do think that the points made in those two posts are important I have decided to go a bit more positive and upbeat in this post!

I am going to base my post this week around 2 case studies. There are many other schools I could have selected but in doing some online research these 2 stood out. They are what seem to me to be interesting and helpful examples of schools doing something…


10 Tips to get your head around design - especially in the digital realm

Posted by Hazel Owen on February 14, 2017 at 22:30 0 Comments

Design is one of those areas that surrounds us - from the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the ways we get around, and, of course, our interactions online. For anyone who is interested ... and would like to develop their design skills, the article 10 Tips to Teach…


Occupy Your Brain: On Power, Knowledge, and the Re-Occupation of Common Sense

Posted by Merryn Dunmill on February 13, 2017 at 10:30 1 Comment

In "Occupy Your Brain," Carol Black states, "[a]s our climate heats up, as mountaintops are removed from Orissa to West Virginia, as the oceans fill with plastic and soils become too contaminated to grow food, as the economy crumbles and children go hungry and the 0.001% grows so concentrated, so powerful, so wealthy that democracy becomes impossible, it’s time to ask ourselves; who’s educating us? To what end?"

In “developed” societies, we are so accustomed to centralized control…



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

Started by Kamal Bouskri in Theories and principles. Last reply by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie Jan 27. 1 Reply

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

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


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