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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…
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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…

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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

Change at the speed of...so, 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…

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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…

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

Could competency based learning form the basis for reform in higher education?

Richard Elliott in his eLearning Watch for June (which you can subscribe to here), had a great range of links to resources, ideas, and events. One that I particularly enjoyed was his recommendation to try the blog, Online learning insights: A Blog about Open and Online Education, written by Debbie…

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Added by Hazel Owen on June 15, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

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Added by Hazel Owen on June 15, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

(Why) Do You Engage at Work?

It's a good question. (Why) do you engage at work? What is it that motivates you to get out of bed every morning and get going? Ed Flagg shares the following post from Science Daily asking…

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Added by Hazel Owen on June 14, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Should we be aiming for our Learning Management Systems to be 'next gen'?

A while back I read a blog post by Tom Vander Ark entitled "Why Aren't There Any Next Gen Learning Platforms?". Something that …

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Added by Hazel Owen on June 11, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Blended learning, distance education & enhanced learning outcomes for Māori learners

Pōhutukawa Tree taken at Cornwallis Beach , We... Image via Wikipedia
Mason Durie shares a little bit of history around around flexible and distance education in Aotearoa NZ, looking back to 1922 at Te Aho o te… Continue

Added by Hazel Owen on June 8, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

With 4 generations in the workforce, who can you expect to be working with?

Before describing the four generations that may be present in today’s workplace, it is important to identify a couple of caveats around generational cohort research. Parry and Urwin (2011) indicate that there is a tendency toward ‘snapshot’ research rather than longitudinal studies of individuals or cohorts. Also, the research design often does not…

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Added by Hazel Owen on June 6, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

Things to watch - has much changed in education since 2010?

eFest meets Teaching and Learning Conference 2009 Image by hazelowendmc via Flickr

Back in 2010, on the final day of the DEANZ conference, Derek Wenmoth started a discussion (that included the audience :-) around things to watch for: I'd like to…

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Added by Hazel Owen on June 6, 2017 at 6:30 — No Comments

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…

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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…

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

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