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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.

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    4 Keys to Effective Collaboration

    Posted by Rebbecca Sweeney on April 24, 2015 at 13:10 0 Comments

    Kia ora - here is a 5 minute EDtalks video of me talking about what it takes to collaborate effectively: Collaboration: beyond sharing

    Agency: What does it really mean

    Posted by Sarah Webster on April 23, 2015 at 17:00 1 Comment

    About 2 months ago, I attended a hui in Auckland, with a very articulate speaker who looked at the term agency (from a non- educational perspective) and once again it got my rusty brain cogs whirling. We hear the term 'agency' all the time in school- say our children have a voice, yes they have agency.....but do we as professionals really know what it means?

    I then started exploring and stumbled across this great TEDXyouth talk about choice and voice and this started to help to…


    Is there such a thing as a career in digital journalism?

    Posted by Charlotte Caines on April 23, 2015 at 15:00 0 Comments

    This may be a bit off topic, not a lot to do with education, but relevant to the digital age and also to the way we receive information, particularly news. Having studied journalism and public relations this is a subject I find quite interesting. I had thought for a very long time that journalism was the career path I wanted to follow, but after multiple discussions with people who had worked in the field for a long time I decided that majoring in public relations was the way of the future,…


    Harnessing the Smartphone Revolution

    Posted by Hazel Owen on April 22, 2015 at 13:00 0 Comments

    Picture of Nokia 770 on Finnish Wikipedia Image via…


    Resources Related to Child Birth

    Posted by John S. Oliver on April 21, 2015 at 19:30 0 Comments

    These materials can be used in many settings like the following:

    • parent to child and teen
    • doctor to patient
    • counselor to adult client
    • pastor or therapist to couple
    • crisis pregnancy center worker


    These could work in SOME classroom settings.

    Here is a scientist that calls human reproduction divine and miraculous because of the design and math.…



    Online glossary

    Started by Sylvia Hach in Tips and Tools. Last reply by Monika Kern Apr 21. 5 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 Adon Kumar Mar 31. 2 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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