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    Ethos Consultancy NZ


    We believe that by helping students and teachers 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, Web 2. 0 (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 Web 2.0's rich resources (see this glossary) to create opportunities for transformative learning experiences, give learners of diverse needs, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds a voice, enable students with various life commitments to study, and find new ways of connecting learners with content and each other, empower learners to create their own content and enable them to reach their desired learning goals. It can also empower education practitioners to engage with students more, moving away from the front of the room to a shared space where they too become learners.

    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.

    The models underpinning Ethos Consultancy's work are:

    Blog Posts

    How are eLearning and zero unemployment for youths linked?

    Posted by Hazel Owen on January 23, 2015 at 17:30 0 Comments

    Eddie Reisch shared the link to this TVNZ feature (click here to watch)…


    2014 the Year of the Webinar

    Posted by Rachel Roberts on January 21, 2015 at 22:29 0 Comments

    I don't know how NZ stacks up with the rest of the world in webinar participation but it feels like our teachers and the educational community in general are finally starting to 'get it' that they can connect with each other virtually and still have a quality professional learning experience.

    We have been encouraging the educational community for some years to come into the virtual space so that our teachers can have access to…


    A Short Introduction to Youth Engagement in the Economy: A free guide

    Posted by Hazel Owen on January 19, 2015 at 16:42 0 Comments

    Adam Fletcher's willingness to share his expertise, his drive to support youth, and his ability to challenge entrenched thinking, never fail to inspire me! So, it was great to find that Adam had been working hard to write and make available his latest book, which I highly recommend: …


    Standardised testing: What's the point?

    Posted by Hazel Owen on January 17, 2015 at 16:00 6 Comments

    A pile of NCEA exam booklets, returned and mar... Image via…


    One for the Librarians: Innovations and getting rid of all the books!

    Posted by Hazel Owen on January 16, 2015 at 14:30 1 Comment

    I thought I would share a couple of resources for librarians. The first I came across while I was out running...and listening to my iPod (I look very carefully before running across any roads!). One podcaster I really enjoy, and who often interviews extremely…



    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

    Anatomy Resources:

    Started by Liz Huff in Tips and Tools. Last reply by Hazel Owen Jun 19, 2014. 1 Reply

    Continuing our series of anatomical study aids, we’re excited to introduce, a site full of exciting games to help…Continue

    Tags: games, anatomy



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