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Effective coaching questions

Questions are part of our everyday lives, and it’s a challenge to communicate without them. If you have ever played those games where you have to communicate without any questions you know what a fundamental role they play. There are many types of questions, each of which has a different purpose, including (but not limited to) probing,…

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Added by Hazel Owen on February 22, 2018 at 22:13 — 3 Comments

What is the difference between blogs, wikis, and discussion forums?

Screenshot of phpbb in use on a games forum.

Image via Wikipedia



I was recently asked what the difference was between…

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Added by Hazel Owen on February 22, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

Looking at student success through a cultural lens: Iwi and whānau speak

Melanie Riwai-Couch works tirelessly with iwi especially around iwi and whānau 'voice'.

Melanie is from a bicultural marriage at a time when it was unusual, and when her parents split, her father brought her up. Growing up with strong Māori roots gave her an interesting perspective on life. She lives and works in Ngāi Tahu, but does not claim Ngāa Tahu in her…

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Added by Hazel Owen on February 18, 2018 at 12:00 — No Comments

Using data to build better education systems plus a belief that all learners are capable of success

This post was written by and posted by Helen Walters (27th June 2012) on the TED blog here |…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 29, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

Have you noticed how, when you articulate things - either in a verbal or written form - it feels clearer in your head?

Have you noticed how, when you articulate things - either in a verbal or written form - it feels clearer in your head? Sometimes you may write or say something that you weren't expecting. There is also evidence from psychology and neuroscience that talking through traumatic experiences, issues, and challenges, shifts it from the amygdala to the frontal lobe; in other words from the instinctual part of your brain to the processing part of your brain - which is on of…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 28, 2018 at 13:05 — No Comments

Promoting the rights of youth

Olympia, WA (January 2018)—The Freechild Project is now Freechild Institute. In order to accurately…
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Added by Hazel Owen on January 21, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

Answers to tough questions about eLearning

I was emailed recently (by John S Oliver) with the following: "I have heard of star on the stage into guide on the side. What are the other phrases? What are the ways to communicate in a sentence the impact of edutech?"...and so I thought about it a few days, and then did some research around it. I couldn't find any equivalent 'sayings' - so if you know any,…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 20, 2018 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Designing learning spaces...some thoughts and resources



English: The media suite at Albany…
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Added by Hazel Owen on January 20, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

Māori and Pasifika achievement at secondary school

This post was shared by Karen Melhuish Spencer (originally here):

Great story here that was shared this morning on Radio NZ National,…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 19, 2018 at 19:00 — No Comments

Would you like to know how to create an interactive diagram in Google Slides?

Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers) shared this 'how to' resource, which you may find useful. Richard writes:

"Google Slides has a lot of capabilities that often go overlooked. One of those capabilities is the option to link slides so that viewers don't have to necessarily see them in a chronological sequence. By linking slides you can create an interactive diagram in Google Slides.…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 19, 2018 at 11:21 — No Comments

What DO people think the benefits of coaching and mentoring are?

I often find myself pondering why coaching and mentoring are so powerful. When I am being coached the fact that someone is listening so intently, and asking questions that in turn ... even though I know they are part of a coach's tool box ... help me dig deeper than when I ask myself the same questions. I am not the most extroverted person around, but still have a deep…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 17, 2018 at 15:10 — 1 Comment

Lyncconf share the top 15+ Best Minecraft Mods for 2018

Charles Grey from Lyncconf contacted me recently to share something, which, if you are a Minecraft enthusiast, will be really interesting. Charles and his team have pulled together over 15 Minecraft mods for 2018 in this valuable resource.

The introduction to the article opens by asking, "What are the best Minecraft mods?",…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 14, 2018 at 22:30 — No Comments

Re-visualising innovative online learning spaces in an early childhood teacher education programme

Español: Caja de tapa y fondo

Re-visualising innovative online learning spaces in an early childhood teacher education programme. Lesley Pohio and Maryann Lee, from the University of Auckland, described an exciting initiative, which included having students access a camera…
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Added by Hazel Owen on January 13, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Innovate to survive: being prepared to teach in times of crisis

The earthquake in Christchurch was in 2010, and the aftermath is still very visible, although the city now has many, vibrant new spaces.

At the time of the earthquake countless people were impacted personally and professionally, including education organisations. For some, the experience, and the whole…

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Added by Hazel Owen on January 10, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Te Tiriti O Waitangi: Settlement process resource

Keeping Promises: The Treaty Settlement Process by Mark Derby "provides an accessible introduction to the Treaty settlement process. The content covers events from…

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Added by Hazel Owen on December 11, 2017 at 12:27 — No Comments

Does access to technology at home have a negative effect on students' learning?

It's all rather confusing! A while back, the wonderful Rachel Dingle shared a piece of research with me that made me go...hmmmm. The research, as she said, indicates that "there are no discernible differences between students who have access to technology at home and those who don't". The abstract reads:

Computers are an important part of modern education, yet…
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Added by Hazel Owen on November 29, 2017 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

School holiday programmes at Scratchpad: Early bird deal

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Added by Hazel Owen on November 24, 2017 at 13:44 — No Comments

The Virtual CoP Toolbox - Guidelines for online community builders

If you are involved in facilitating an online community, are thinking of initiating one, or are working with, for example, students who would like to get one going...these guidelines may serve as a 'quick guide' of things to think about in advance.

The recommendations and guidelines are based on the findings from the research study associated with the Virtual Professional…

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Added by Hazel Owen on November 24, 2017 at 4:30 — No Comments

Education under discussion: Links between professional development and helping to lift student 'achievement'?

In this podcast (that was shared by Mike Preece), some key points arise about providing learning opportunities across all sociocultural groups in New Zealand...in particular those who are facing socio-economic disadvantages. The link between provision of professional development and shifts in student achievement are discussed, and it was recognised that it is tough to demonstrate this shift…

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Added by Hazel Owen on November 22, 2017 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

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