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Hazel Owen's Blog – March 2015 Archive (15)

Sonia Foote's students get into Moodle: Experiences and evaluation

Sonia Foote was a teacher at the Mangakino Area School in New Zealand, where she taught Science, Biology, and Human Biology to years 9 to 13.

Sonia worked on and trialled with Junior Science and Level 3 Biology students her Moodle site and resources. It was quite a…

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Added by Hazel Owen on March 27, 2015 at 21:30 — No Comments

Te Whāriki: Early childhood curriculum policy statement

A sector that I don't often write about, but am coming to realise the error of my ways, is Early Childhood Education (ECE). From ECE colleagues I get a sense that this is an often sidelined sector, which is crazy given the fundamental impact that educators can have for very young learners - as the following quote illustrates

Early childhood is “…a period of momentous significance for all…
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Added by Hazel Owen on March 25, 2015 at 23:30 — No Comments

Inspiration, skills, and feedback via video: Introducing Russell Stannard

Have you come across Russell Stannard? He has been doing some really interesting things around recording video feedback for students for some years now, as well as creating (free) videos for teacher professional…

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Added by Hazel Owen on March 25, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

Interested in a step-by-step guide to creating podcasts?

Shared by Darren DeMatas, How to Make a Podcast, is a really clear, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide, which uses a range of multimedia to demonstrate and inform anyone who is interested in podcasting.

The guide also includes some indicative pricing if you are serious about getting into…

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Added by Hazel Owen on March 19, 2015 at 17:48 — No Comments

Top tips for job interviews (from Open Colleges)

I love the connectivity that the Internet enables. I received an email from Aileen Pablo a wee while back. She had been "looking for topics about job interview tips" and found a copy of…

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Added by Hazel Owen on March 19, 2015 at 17:03 — No Comments

Could new peripheral devices help enhance experiences for our learners with special education needs?

Our brain is amazing! It will 'parse' a wide range of inputs from our eyes, ears, nose, skin etc. However, our brain itself doesn't hear, see, or smell...but rather it interprets the data from our senses.

Neuroscientists have been working on peripheral devices that are helping blind people see, and deaf people hear; and yes, the brain centre directly related to sight and hearing adjusts to interpret input from any appropriate device. So, a blind person really gets an experience of…

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Added by Hazel Owen on March 19, 2015 at 15:12 — No Comments

How many predictions are actualised? Technology will shape who we are? Big data? Cloud computing?

John Owen refers to a 2012 blog  post by Brian Hopkins, Technology Will Shape…

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Added by Hazel Owen on March 19, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

Dialogic inquiry online

The Art of Inquiry Image by Candace Nast via FlickrCommunities of…

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Added by Hazel Owen on March 16, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book!

"The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book" was a collaborative initiative (coordinated and edited by Terry Freedman) that brings together ideas and experiences from 94 contributors around the world. The hands-on practical aspect of the…

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Added by Hazel Owen on March 16, 2015 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Student voice and meaningful engagement: What might this look like?

Rachel McNae's (University of Waikato) background and main area of interest is student voice, and one of the questions she asks is, what might this look like? She explores, in particular, the notion of 'student voice', what it might be, and ways young people can be engaged in discussions to influence their education, schools and learning opportunities, as well as generating information to…

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Added by Hazel Owen on March 12, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

This week is Open Education Week

Shared by DEANZ, as part of the DEANZ newsletter:

This week is Open Education Week. Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone. This is the event’s fourth year and it’s organised by the Open Education Consortium (…

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Added by Hazel Owen on March 11, 2015 at 20:47 — No Comments

Before we talk about technology we need to talk about learning and teaching

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I remember at a conference a few years back attending a session by Alan November,…

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Added by Hazel Owen on March 10, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

Quick Response (QR) Codes: Examples of use in education

You may, or may not have used or heard of Quick Response (QR) codes...however, some educators and trainers are exploring how and why they may be useful. For a quick explanation of what they are please watch this video.

So, some examples of how QR codes are being…

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Added by Hazel Owen on March 9, 2015 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Students as professional development facilitators

Aspects of Academic Professional Development Image by hazelowendmc via Flickr

I find Sylvia Martinez (of Gen Yes) inspirational,…

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Added by Hazel Owen on March 8, 2015 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

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