Category Archives: Blended learning

To be or not to be…student engagement?

Norm Vaughan was one of the key note speakers on the second day of the ASCILITE 2012 conference. The 3 Rs of engagement are relevance, rigour, and relationships (Dennis Littky, 2004 http://bigpicture.org). The student sense of wonder and inquiry are … Continue reading

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The iPad as a Tool For Education – a case study

  English: iPads offer a variety of software (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This case study focuses on the implementation of an an iPad programme, at Longfield Academy in Kent (UK). Longfield Academy is a mixed secondary school for students aged 11 … Continue reading

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Learning in the 21st Century: A 5 Year Retrospective on the Growth in Online Learning

Diagram of technology-empowered professional development for teachers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This is report you may be interested in (recommended by John S Oliver). It is from a USA-based study (but the tends are likely to have some relevance to you) … Continue reading

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Engaging students through e-Learning and better school to work pathways

Clarence Yates shared this post with another community we are both members of. He writes: This report came out last year and I simply forgot to post it then but the truth of the matter is that I did not … Continue reading

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Fibre to the gate is only half the story. How about affordable high-speed Internet?

Access to the Internet appears to be one of the key sticking points for those students who are based in the lowest socio-economic communities. While this factor seems to be pretty logical, maybe it is less obvious that low decile … Continue reading

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

I’ve just finished reading a blog post by Tom Vander Ark entitled “Why Aren’t There Any Next Gen Learning Platforms?“.  As Joyce indicated in her blog post (source): Well, I’m starting to think that most LMSs are simply not very … Continue reading

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Thoughts on design: The 100,000-student classroom

This video was shared by Peter Allen, and a few things caught my attention. The first was the use of written notes captured by a camera…it feels counter-intuitive, but they had good feedback about the sense it created a more … Continue reading

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Michael Barbour recently put out the call for submissions for a themed issue for the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning – to be published in April 2013 on the theme: Primary and Secondary Distance Education: Expanding the knowledge … Continue reading

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Nearly 78% of teachers in NZ support bring your own device to class…

Paul O’Leary dropped me a line recently, with the results of a recently conducted survey of 280 people in the education sector on the use of ICT in schools across New Zealand (a joint venture between Adobe and Interface Magazine). Paul wrote “The … Continue reading

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

Tapa from the Lau Island Group of Fiji. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Re-visualising innovative online learning spaces in an early childhood teacher education programme Lesley Pohio and Maryann Lee (University of Auckland) started by introducing the initiative and then showed a short … Continue reading

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