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Teachers’ metacognition: the influence of changes from a deficit to a developmental approach to assessment

Alejarndra Martinez is a psychologist has been working with teachers, initially in rural Chile. She is interested in how teachers view themselves as learners. Currently working on her PhD at the University of Melbourne  Alejandra has been working in professional learning teams, to investigate links between courses and students' outcomes.

One of the focus was to move thinking about…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 25, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Yes I can...who would you be?

Who would you be? What would you do?

Channel 4 in the UK have released this video for their Paralympics coverage ahead of the Games in Rio. The video features a variety of people playing musical instruments, taking part in sporting events, and completing everyday tasks.

I found it a strong statement about…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 24, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Happiness is what you think life gives you...

Shared by the wonderful Leigh Hynes, I watched this video on a day when I most needed it. As well as being incredibly moving, it also shares the tough journey of how one man came to terms with the loss of his young son. He focuses on being grateful - and on the idea that “Happiness isn't about getting what you want all the time. It's about loving what you have and being grateful for it".

Watching the video turned my day around (thank you Leigh xx) - see what it does…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 23, 2017 at 10:28 — No Comments

Designing learning that matters? How might shift in understanding be captured?

Sarah Martin (Principal) and Chris Bradbeer (Associate Principal) have been with Stonefields School since it opened (it is pretty new, and only opened its gates in Feb 2011). One of their key foci has been the curriculum and with an aim to measure shift when changes are…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 22, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Growing a diverse workplace through coaching

Workplaces where there is a clear recognition of the specific benefits of diversity - that are inclusive and respectful of people’s differences (race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, geographic background, education, economic background and thinking and communication styles, SIT, n.d.) - have been shown to have higher levels of employee satisfaction and retain…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 19, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

From CORE Education: Grants that advance Māori from early years through to secondary

If you are involved in any way with education of Māori in the Early years through to secondary sector, you are likely to be…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 19, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

Think before it's too late (Edward de Bono)

It is really different to convince people that thinking is important. Thinking needs to be practical rather than political, and focussed on 'what's next' rather than what has been. According to Edward de Bono, "world thinking cannot solve world problems because world thinking is itself the problem. And this is only getting worse" (…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 — 3 Comments

Looking for balance in your life: The wheel of life

The coaching wheel is a tool used in coaching, for a wide range of reasons (you can find out more about some of the uses in this post - 'Which solution is best for you?'). The wheel of life, for example, can help you look at how you are balancing aspects of your life, based on things that are important to you. Completing the wheel can offer a visual way to see where things may be out…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 12, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

Alternative approaches to the standard conference 'lecture'? Please?

I am in a session, and I have decided to change the name of the presenter and not mention the title (but this person is an invited speaker). I read the overview of the session beforehand and was hooked. I turned up early to the session to make sure I had a seat. The presenter kicked off by introducing himself and then setting the scene for the session. Then, he took a…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 9, 2017 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

App-titude: Apps for High Schoolers With Autism - what are learners already doing?

The article, App-titude: Apps for High Schoolers With Autism, was shared by Patrick Pink (here). Patrick explains that the article "gives some app ideas around language and assisting…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 8, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Twitter basics at a glance + part 2 for more advanced users

Really liked the clarity and simplicity of these attractive resources, which the Daring Librarian describes as follows: "An at a glance cheat sheet, feel free to pass along, use, post all under Creative Commons - Share Alike!".

Twitter - Part one

To access the full size image click…


Added by Hazel Owen on May 6, 2017 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

OER: The quality vs credibility vs access vs pedagogy vs legitimacy vs money debate (Dave White)

The conversation around Open Educational Resources (OERs) , Copyright, Intellectual Property, fair use, and Creative Commons licensing is still rumbling along. The outcomes seems to be reasonably inevitable to me, with those organisations that distribute, for example music, using a system that is rooted in an now outmoded business model are looking at rather a sticky end - evolve or die as the saying goes.

A while ago …


Added by Hazel Owen on April 25, 2017 at 14:30 — No Comments

Moodle and/or Google user? Try these Moodle and Google 'how to' Tutorials

If you are a Google fan or Moodle user in any way, shape or form, you are going to find these resources from Claire Amos invaluable (she shared them here originally) - thanks, Claire.

She writes:

"Here are some links that you…

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

Using 'magical questions' in coaching

Powerful questions are a cornerstone of coaching. These questions are sometimes called ‘magical’ because they can support a coachee to step around perceived barriers or familiar ways of thinking into a space where they are more creative. Their concrete context (i.e. resources, issues, etc) hasn’t changed, but the way the they are thinking can become more positive,…


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

Suffering from email fatigue? Here are some strategies to help...

I found this article via  The Learning Wave Blog , drawn by the promise of strategies for stopping email overload. I consequently followed the link to The Harvard Business review to read the entire post.

I felt that Amy Gallo presented some great strategies - backed up with examples and case studies, as…


Added by Hazel Owen on April 21, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

"Future-oriented learning and teaching" report now online

Rachel Roberts…

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

Chan Sook the Story of an ePortfolio: A scenario

This is a mindmap and hypothetical scenario that tells the story of Susie and her use of Web 2.0 tools to conduct research for her assignments. The mindmap: Susie Web 2.0 Research is designed to give an idea of the complex web of information, ideas, sharing, evaluation and analysis that can go on (in an ideal world) when the potential of the Web 2.0 is exploited fully.…


Added by Hazel Owen on April 18, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Best Government Social Media Guidelines So Far Come from New Zealand

This post was shared by Eddie Reisch 

by Andrea Di Maio 

I just browsed through two documents that were published by the New Zealand government:


Added by Hazel Owen on April 6, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

ELTS Speaking videos finalist in the 2017 ELTons Innovation Awards

If you are involved in English Language learning and teaching, especially if you are involved with IELTS, you are likely to have come across and used Pete Jones's superb videos and…


Added by Hazel Owen on April 4, 2017 at 12:16 — No Comments

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