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One thought to rule them all: The most powerful force in the world

Kerry Spackman advises that if nothing changes you are wasting your time - and making a tiny difference, even if you don't know about it, is more important than winning a gold medal. So, what is the biggest dent you could possibly make in the world? (remembering that changes can be from the bottom up, or from top down).

Thoughts, beliefs, and ideas are the most powerful forces in…

Added by Hazel Owen on July 24, 2017 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Teacher beliefs and their influence on adopting technology

Michael Philips has explored some of the barriers around teachers not adopting technology as part of their every day practice (including being able to access computers during class time).

Examining teachers' beliefs is problematic as it involves…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 22, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Is mispronouncing names racist? What are your thoughts?

How do you feel when someone mispronounces your name? Peeved? Upset? Annoyed? Disappointed? At the end of the day most people are likely to prefer it when someone pronounces their name correctly, or, at the very least, makes an effort. These students at at Holy Family School in Porirua (Aotearoa New Zealand) would like their teachers - and everyone else - to make the effort to say their names correctly.

What are your thoughts? Up for the challenge?

Thanks to Aiona…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 21, 2017 at 13:10 — No Comments

Understanding multiculturalism in the workplace

Aotearoa New Zealand is a bicultural nation, with a growing multicultural population. It is essential that business owners and managers actively use the principles of cultural diversity as a basis for decision making and growing company culture in a way that affirms employees’ cultural identities.

That is not to say that a person who identifies as…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 18, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Outsource your eCommerce store management & catalog building – Make more profit!

Managing the end to end process in the eCommerce business is never an easy job.  It needs extra resources and time to establish the site, update and maintain the eCommerce site. Again this is not a onetime job and the same job need to be repeated on an ongoing basis to sustain the growth. Be it a well-established eCommerce company or an entrepreneur who is trying to set up a space in the eCommerce industry, listing the products effectively and showcasing the product to the customers is…


Added by Shan Nathan on July 17, 2017 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

The first post (cross blogged from

This sounds much nicer than "the last post" though almost as frightening - what am I doing? Starting another blog, on a different topic, on a different platform? [In case you are interested in my quilting blog, you can find it here]. Maybe I can just blame someone - Hazel :-) - for getting me into this?

My name is Monika, I have been involved in education in New Zealand for the last…


Added by Monika Kern on July 17, 2017 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

Make the Most of Pinterest Secret Boards

There is quite a bit of confusion as to how one can use a secret board on Pinterest and how it differs from a regular board. There is the belief in some quarters that all pins on a private board can only stay private and that they cannot be repinned to a public board. This belief is false.

Members of a private board are the only ones that can see the pins there, but they are free to take a pin and repin it to a public board. The major difference is that because the originating board…


Added by Maisie Headey on July 8, 2017 at 22:46 — 1 Comment

An ah ha moment: You can't 'make' learning happen

I was talking to a delightful lady from Northern Ireland the other day, who is on retreat for 3 months in New Zealand. We got to talking about how important it was to take some time away from all the gadgets and devices, and to take some time out. I mentioned how lucky John and I were to have a bit of land up in Northland, near Kerikeri, and much of time there we used to…


Added by Hazel Owen on July 8, 2017 at 6:00 — 3 Comments

Values Change over Time and through Space - Part 2

In my last post I mentioned the World Values Survey (WVS). This is a fascinating long-term project conducted in a good number of countries around the globe. The Wikipedia Entry on the WVS is a good brief introduction to the study. The study is a European-based initiative and in 1981 when it started was focused mainly on more…


Added by Paul Keown on July 4, 2017 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

First time Principal!!

So I was thinking I want to be able to honestly record and reflect on the journey I am embarking on as a first time Principal...I didn't necessarily want the full reflections to be in a public space...then I remembered this space that Hazel set close to the VPLD as it can get:)

So I figure I will reflect here!

My first reflection is on how I got here...and boy has it been a journey!

I am in my 7th year of teaching and have been a DP for 4 of those my…


Added by joanna Wheway on July 4, 2017 at 17:16 — 3 Comments

I'm a Genius

Yes, it's true, I'm a genius! How do I know this? because Facebook told me so it must be true. Apparently my geniusness (my own word - because I'm a genius and allowed to make up words) is demonstrated in my ability to notice the missing number in this sequence and type it in the comments below. …


Added by Jan-Marie Kellow on July 3, 2017 at 9:37 — 2 Comments

Learning in a blended learning environment: What a student might do...

Following on from previous scenarios I have shared, this one is based on a hypothetical student called Nadif. It briefly follows his progress through a blended learning, English Language Learning programme.…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 29, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Practical experience with screen casts as a writing feedback tool and vocabulary extension


Over three semesters screen casts were successfully used with Elementary English language learners for writing feedback and peer learning. As a result, accuracy improved and students were more engaged in redrafting. Amongst improvements noted were all the students started passing their final writing assessments. Screen casts…


Added by Yvonne Hynson on June 25, 2017 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Digital Literacy and online tools for learning – the Scenario of Susie

This is a mindmap and hypothetical scenario that tells the story of Susie and her use of online tools to conduct research for her assignments. The mindmap: Susie Online…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 24, 2017 at 5:00 — No Comments

A confession, a smartphone, and a te reo Māori Language App

English: Samsung Galaxy A confession...a few years ago I bought my first smartphone (Samsung Galaxy), and I have found it really useful. I must admit, until the point where I had my very own smartphone...and for probably the first couple of weeks while I shifted my mindset, I couldn't see what all the fuss…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 23, 2017 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Change at the speed, who has got it right?

There is, perhaps, a perception that change is happening at great speed. However, some of the big institutions (e.g. education, health) appear to be positively glacial with the rate they are responding to change, and what is more, there seems to be quite a bit of opposition to such…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 22, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Why do we need gender diversity in the workplace?

There is no doubt that diversity in the workplace is beneficial. However, it is important to avoid generalisations, especially when referring to gender (Medland, 2012). Lynda Gratton (director of the Centre for Women in Business at London Business School), for example, observes that “there is no substantive difference between men and women at work. Some people are highly caring and…


Added by Hazel Owen on June 21, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

What can Business leaders learn from our Olympians ?

It’s been a big sporting month. It has been amazing to watch so many young, talented Kiwis triumph at the London Olympics; and even better to see that success galvanize the whole country into a mood of pride and celebration.

Ask any of our returning Olympians what has contributed to their success and the answers will almost certainly be a mixture of passion, drive, commitment, hard…


Added by David O'Connor on June 20, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

How far back does ICT-style identity construction go? Eons, perhaps...

This is a post that was written by the wonderful Ed Flagg before he passed away. His recommendation remains valuable as do the questions he poses, so I am sharing it again - hope you enjoy. Hazel

Here is an interesting excerpt from an interview with Melvin Konner, a professor in the departments of anthropology and of neuroscience and behavioral biology at Emory University, USA. His latest book,…


Added by Edward Flagg on June 17, 2017 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

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