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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

    Sonia Foote's students get into Moodle: Experiences and evaluation

    Posted by Hazel Owen on March 27, 2015 at 21:30 0 Comments

    Sonia Foote was a teacher at the Mangakino Area School in New Zealand, where she taught Science, Biology, and Human Biology to years 9 to 13.

    Sonia worked on and trialled with Junior Science and Level…


    Google Sites

    Posted by Jan Pickett on March 27, 2015 at 20:30 0 Comments

    I am so thankful to Leigh Hynes for her enthusiasm for using GAFE. I took up the challenge and have used many of her 'How to's'.

    I am storing most of my work now on My Drive now and it was so easy to bring up my learners' data and work examples, discuss my professional goals etc. using Google docs as and my sites as evidence, during my recent appraisal meeting.

    I was at first dubious about using…


    The Why and How of Projecting - cross-blogged from

    Posted by Monika Kern on March 27, 2015 at 18:02 0 Comments

    I was just reading a few posts on the VLN that mentioned projectors / Interactive Whiteboards. I felt this is an opportune time to have a look at projecting in general, not just at the tools that make it happen. I have talked about some of the options in previous posts (Apple TV and reflector app, …


    Te Whāriki: Early childhood curriculum policy statement

    Posted by Hazel Owen on March 25, 2015 at 22:30 0 Comments

    A sector that I don't often write about, but am coming to realise the error of my ways, is Early Childhood Education (ECE). From ECE colleagues I get a sense that this is an often sidelined sector, which is crazy given the fundamental impact that educators can have for very young learners - as the following quote illustrates

    Early childhood is “…a period of momentous significance for all…

    Inspiration, skills, and feedback via video: Introducing Russell Stannard

    Posted by Hazel Owen on March 25, 2015 at 13:00 0 Comments

    Have you come across Russell Stannard? He has been doing some really interesting things around recording video feedback for students for some years now, as well as creating (free) videos for teacher professional…


    Making a Digital Mihi Using the new Google Maps

    Posted by Leigh Hynes on March 19, 2015 at 17:49 0 Comments

    Some time ago I made a video of how to make a digital mihi using google maps.  Google Maps has changed in appearance and functionality since then so here is a video update.

    To read the full blog, go to Hynessight


    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

    Anatomy Resources

    Started by Liz Huff in Tips and Tools. Last reply by Hazel Owen Jul 7, 2014. 5 Replies

    One of the core objectives of Anatomy Warehouse is to educate medical students about the best resources in updating their knowledge about the human anatomy. Beginning our series about online…Continue

    Tags: resources, education, anatomy, human

    Flipping classrooms

    Started by Peter Breach in Theories and principles. Last reply by Leigh Hynes Jun 26, 2014. 3 Replies

    Hello all I'm heading off on leave in a few days.  I was going to be lazy and just post a question, but decided that Search was worth a visit - and it was.  There is a lot of interest in flipped…Continue



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