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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

    Commentary -"Why technology will never fix education"

    Posted by John Birnie on May 21, 2015 at 14:58 0 Comments

    Toyama says that technology amplifies the benefit of good education, but does little for mediocre educational systems - "rigorous research fails to show much educational impact of technology in and of itself, even when offered…


    Innovation, bees, reciprocity and learning: Some key lessons

    Posted by Hazel Owen on May 19, 2015 at 19:30 0 Comments

    We are so lucky to live for as much of our time as possible in a place up in the north of New Zealand, that we love.

    Over the last 5 or so years (and after doing a lot of homework) we have planted over 20,000 trees and plants (see pic on the left to see what it looked like in…


    Agency and Culturally Proficient Practice

    Posted by Sarah Whiting on May 18, 2015 at 13:00 2 Comments

    On my journey to discover the true meaning of agency and the use of it in education, I have taken a slight, but highly important detour into cultural responsive and proficient practice. A person's culture forms an extremely significant part of who they are and how they interact with day to day life. This being said, surely in makes sense that through acknowledging and respecting a person's culture leads to engagement and success in education? For this reason, it is not only necessary but…


    Accessing the Internet in North Korea: What's it really like?

    Posted by Hazel Owen on May 15, 2015 at 20:30 0 Comments

    While many folk might think that access to the Internet is pretty much ubiquitous, there are still areas of the world where access is either not possible due to infrastructure, cost, or political circumstances. One of these areas is North Korea. Michael Winter shared the link to…


    Inquiry learning - from knowledge to understanding

    Posted by Hazel Owen on May 15, 2015 at 10:30 0 Comments

    Jane Nicholls recommends, "another video for your toolbox, this time one from NZ Curriculum Online".…



    Online glossary

    Started by Sylvia Hach in Tips and Tools. Last reply by Allanah King May 1. 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. 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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