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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

    UDL and Task Design

    Posted by Jan-Marie Kellow on August 30, 2015 at 19:00 1 Comment

    Cross-blogged from Inquiring Mind.

    I listened to Lynne Silcock* last week talking about Universal Design for Learning (UDL). There are a few misconceptions around UDL with probably the most common one being that it is only for students with "special needs". The U in UDL however stands for universal, meaning it is…


    Cultural responsiveness: Student voice from the heart

    Posted by Hazel Owen on August 28, 2015 at 7:00 0 Comments

    This powerful post was shared by Manu Faaea-Semeatu, where she looks at a poem called "Voice" that she wrote last month and featured on her blog. Would be awesome to read your thoughts and reactions.

    Manu writes" The principal of Holy Family School in Porirua - Chris Theobald (@The0bald) reached out to me on Twitter to ask if he could film two students reciting the poem. Enjoy!"…


    Teachers are doing it for themselves - PLD that is!

    Posted by Tessa Gray on August 25, 2015 at 4:00 3 Comments

    Part 1

    New Zealand teachers are recognized as a body of passionate professionals; enthusiastic to learn, eager to share and most earnest in their quest to affect student learning for the best. The link between teacher actions and outcomes for students has long been recognised - in particular, when educators engage in reflective inquiry into their practice, this can result in positive outcomes…


    Pakirehua: Teaching as Inquiry with a Māori world view

    Posted by Hazel Owen on August 20, 2015 at 17:30 0 Comments

    The wonderful Tessa Gray shared these resources from the VLN community ( I would like to on-share them here as I feel they are incredibly valuable.

    Tessa writes: "Yesterday we had the privilege of hosting Tammy Gardiner and Marama Reweti-Martin (Te Toi Tupu) in a webinar about…


    How to get 'fun' back into education

    Posted by Hazel Owen on August 18, 2015 at 7:30 0 Comments

    A rich and engaging resource created in Prezi by Maria Andersen (which really models some of the potential of the platform, and adds a certain texture to the 'message'). You could skip through this presentation, or spend hours exploring the multimedia (look out in particular for the…


    The benefits of reciprocity in mentoring

    Posted by Hazel Owen on August 17, 2015 at 21:00 3 Comments

    Simon Sinek answers, in this video, the question "at this moment in your life, where are you seeking advice and coaching?" Sinek notes how he is taking an approach to better balance mentor-mentee relationships in his life. Specifically, he chooses to mentor someone only if it is a reciprocal relationship, i.e. the mentee also plays a mentor role and vice versa.…



    Does ESOL teaching pay?

    Started by Adon Kumar in Learning (e.g. preferences, styles, requirements). Last reply by Lorraine Makutu Jun 10. 1 Reply

    I want to share my exciting…Continue

    Tags: PrivateTutor, Sociolinguistics, ESOL

    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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