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If schools continue as stand-alone insular institutions they will continue to be dealt out of the play - what do you reckon?

Mal Lee and Roger Broadie have written an article entitled, "The Impact of the Unintended on the Digital Education of the World’s Young, 1993 – 2016", which draws from their research. The article describes an alternative perspective to that suggested by many education authorities and global government…

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Added by Hazel Owen on September 22, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

What does business look like when driven and funded by women?

In the following erudite and compelling video, Vicki Saunders shares some of her formative experiences in business. One that stood out for me was the time when she was heading up her business, having become increasingly successful, she was advised that she could not be the CEO when the business went public, because the CEO would need to be a man. Since that time (and yes, she took the advice, one of her few regrets) Vicki has come across many other similar women, who have had the same…

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Added by Hazel Owen on September 21, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Making visible the significant differences between people...

Diversity management is the deliberate, unwavering pursuit, when managing employees and working with clients, to ‘make visible’ “all of the significant differences between people, including perceptions of differences ... such as our thinking styles or beliefs and values (Australian Multicultural Foundation, 2010, p. 8).

At TEDx Auckland 2012, Philip Patston…

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Added by Hazel Owen on September 15, 2017 at 13:26 — No Comments

Māori and Pasifika learners: To make change it has to be a tide rather than a wave

I was going back through the archives, and came across this overview of a webinar where participants discussed some thoughts around working with Maori and Pasifika learners (recording can be accessed here). The ideas are still really current, so I thought it was worth dipping into it again...enjoy :D



The session…

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Added by Hazel Owen on August 28, 2017 at 14:30 — 3 Comments

A rubric for testing the longevity and impact of iPads and other technologies

Greg Carroll shared the following really useful PLSA (Probability of Large Scale Adoption) Predictors rubric - developed by Doug Johnson (you can click through to his …

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Added by Hazel Owen on August 27, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Finding really useful images for eLearning from Stock Photography Sources

If you are involved in eLearning development, and / or instructional design, you are likely to find this article, What's Wrong with Traditional Stock Photography Sources for eLearning, by Tony Karrer really useful. In the article, Tony reflects on what stock photography…

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Added by Hazel Owen on August 26, 2017 at 15:00 — 3 Comments

ICTs in the daily lives of Australian students

While Matt Riddle's research is from 2008, the highlights are definitely worth revisiting (and you can find out more by clicking into his overview).

Matt Riddle…

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Added by Hazel Owen on August 24, 2017 at 17:02 — No Comments

Adapting social media as a scaffolding tool for teaching health informatics

Health informatics is an applied hybrid discipline of health and life sciences, computer science and business.

Karen Day and Stewart Wells used their university’s learning management software "as a form of social medium to stimulate discussions in preparation for 2 assignments, while creating an environment in which scaffolding could occur…

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Added by Hazel Owen on August 20, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Cultural competency in a business context

Given the opening up of the world and a shift to globalisation, it is important, especially in business contexts to be culturally competent - to be sensitive to differences and know how to work within a multicultural context.

The following is a brief vignette (based on experience, but using fictional characters) of how the…

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Added by Hazel Owen on August 16, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

In the clouds: Some tools explored

There is an ongoing discussion around what  the benefits of cloud computing for education and professional development potentially are.

John Pearce has developed a useful PBWorks resource site that looks at various cloud solutions, that may help you…

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Added by Hazel Owen on August 8, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

How do Aotearoa NZ startups compare?

NZ Entrepreneur have put together this infographic, which - whether you are thinking about setting up a business, already have one, are interested in supporting one ... or are just curious - offers some interesting insights.

Based on data from the 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem Report, NZ Entrepreneur were keen "to take a closer look to see how we [Aotearoa NZ] compare to ecosystems drawn from similar size populations" (…

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Added by Hazel Owen on August 2, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

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…
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Added by Hazel Owen on July 24, 2017 at 7:00 — 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…

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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…

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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…

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

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…

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


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

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…

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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…

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

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