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The Ethos community offers a place for anyone interested in learning to share conversations and ideas, and to build an online identity.

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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.

Blog Posts

Te Tiriti O Waitangi: Settlement process resource

Posted by Hazel Owen on December 11, 2017 at 12:27 0 Comments

Keeping Promises: The Treaty Settlement Process by Mark Derby "provides an accessible introduction to the Treaty settlement process. The content covers events from…


Does access to technology at home have a negative effect on students' learning?

Posted by Hazel Owen on November 29, 2017 at 22:00 1 Comment

It's all rather confusing! A while back, the wonderful Rachel Dingle shared a piece of research with me that made me go...hmmmm. The research, as she said, indicates that "there are no discernible differences between students who have access to technology at home and those who don't". The abstract reads:

Computers are an important part of modern education, yet…


Posted by Leigh Hynes on November 28, 2017 at 13:30 4 Comments

Crossblogged from my Hynessight blog

Eduspeak   Deep understanding, rich understanding, unpack a concept, what that looks like in your school, resonates, dispositions, teaching as inquiry, digging deeper, scaffolding, synthesis, best practice…


ePortfolio for life?

Posted by Pascale Hyboud-Peron on November 26, 2017 at 22:00 2 Comments

Recenty again Hazel invited members to cross post from their blogs. This is a first for me! Here is where the original post lives!

I am a MyPortfolio trainer and eportfolio facilitator in New Zealand schools. I am also interested in developing understanding around the eportfolio approach beyond the world of education into the world of employment/work. To see the real life, authentic,…


The Virtual CoP Toolbox - Guidelines for online community builders

Posted by Hazel Owen on November 24, 2017 at 4:30 0 Comments

If you are involved in facilitating an online community, are thinking of initiating one, or are working with, for example, students who would like to get one going...these guidelines may serve as a 'quick guide' of things to think about in advance.

The recommendations and guidelines are based on the findings from the research study associated with the Virtual Professional…



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

Started by Kamal Bouskri in Theories and principles. Last reply by Paul Keown Mar 13. 2 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

Applying 'The Chaos Monkey' to your life

Started by Sarah Whiting in Professional Development. Last reply by Tessa Gray Mar 4. 1 Reply

I am currently completing the whole life challenge and every few days, I get sent emails around practices that support improving my life from the inside out. Most of the time, I just flick the…Continue

A quick reminder about passwords and how to create an awesome one.

Started by Catriona Pene in Facilitation Feb 28. 0 Replies

Got 3 minutes? Well worth a watch of this video to get some tips on creating awesome passwords.Continue

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



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