Category Archives: Engagement

Blended Learning reviewed in New Zealand

Image by groovysuvi via FlickrAn article recently published in the Computers in New Zealand Schools Journal, gave the details of a study that examined a teacher’s first implementation of online learning in a Learning Management System (LMS). The programme of … Continue reading

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The Learning Powered School

Image by wlibrary via FlickrGuy Claxton today facilitated a webinar entitled The Learning Powered School. One of the first things he started by asking was why is it that the 19th century approach to learning and teaching is so ‘sticky’. … Continue reading

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The life cycle to Modern Learning Practice

Modern learning pedagogy is likely to be a long slow journey, with a number of mistakes made along the way, and it’s not always going to be easy. Headspace is key, advises Vicki Hagenaars. You need to have your head … Continue reading

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Creative writing with Year 10

Creative writing in school can often be formulaic…you teach this, the students learn this, and then they write a story. Tamara decided to change the format. Building on an idea from Primary (Tamara is in the secondary sector), the story … Continue reading

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Reaching over 30 countries and 25 million learners: I can + design thinking

This inspirational video illustrates very clearly what an incredible responsibility we have as educators. A reaction can undermine a learner’s confidence, and leave them with an “I can’t response” if we’re not really careful. However, sometimes from set backs, great … Continue reading

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A free guide to Youth Engagement in the Economy

Adam Fletcher’s willingness to share his expertise, his drive to support youth, and his ability to challenge entrenched thinking, never fail to inspire me! So, it was great to find that Adam had been working hard to write and make … Continue reading

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We want our kids to want to go to school: Iwi and whānau speak

Melanie Riwai-Couch opened the Te Toi Tupu hui by talking a little bit about the work she is doing with iwi. A lot of the things she is looking it is around iwi and whānau ‘voice’. Melanie is from a … Continue reading

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The Virtue of Virtual Fieldtrips (LEARNZ) for students

Barrie Matthews (LEARNZ Project/Technical Manager) facilitated this session (with Vicki Hagenaars – a classroom teacher extraordinaire with a focus on digital based learning – also sharing some of her experiences). The session  covered the benefits of Virtual Fieldtrips, looking at pedagogies, and encouraging … Continue reading

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Could learning analytics lead to the ‘Wal-Martification’ of Higher Education?

As a self-professed skeptic of learning analytics (I’m still not totally convinced they are great for the learner…even if they might be a great tool for education institutions), I was reassured to hear Gardner Campbell (director of professional development and innovative … Continue reading

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Think before it’s too late (Edward de Bono)

It is really different to convince people that thinking is important. Thinking needs to be practical rather than political, and focussed on ‘what’s next’ rather than what has been. According to Edward de Bono (keynote at the final day of … Continue reading

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