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Making the change we know in our hearts is essential…by building a coaching culture

Today’s leaders are expected to work well with people. This expectation includes being able to help people to grasp the courage to act, develop new ideas, take risks, and “make the changes that we know in our hearts are essential and right in the world” (Robertson, 2015, p. 15). A strong mentoring or coaching relationship

Reflections of a Life-long Learner

The NZ Curriculum vision calls for ‘young people … who will be confident, connected, actively involved, and lifelong learners.’ Recently, I’ve been challenged in my own learning, and have reflected on how this vision relates to me as a ‘not-so-young’ life-long learner. I’ve been riding motorbikes off and on for over 40 years. My current

Memes for change.  Getting out of the CAVE.

The Internet is a wonderful thing. It has given us everything from dancing babies to cat videos. It is also an astounding place for the creation of communities of practice, the sharing of professional knowledge, and for people who are interested in quite narrow topics to find communities of affinity with others around the world.

Technology – so much more than just making

In the past, many thought that teaching technology was about cooking, sewing, metalwork, or other traditional “tech” subjects, all with a focus on making and doing. The current technology curriculum is much broader and deeper than this. It provides an elegant framework for creating learning opportunities at every curriculum level — learning that challenges students
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The effect we have

“This is the value of the teacher, who looks at a face and says there’s something behind that and I want to reach that person, I want to influence that person, I want to encourage that person, I want to enrich, I want to call out that person who is behind that face, behind that
pondering future

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Building a future-focused Graduate Portfolio — a secondary school perspective “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the
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Managing your Cloud-based systems

In my role I get asked a lot of questions about best practice in relation to digital technologies. One question I have had lately is around the management of cloud-based systems such as Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and Microsoft’s Office 365. The management of these platforms could easily be a lengthy post. For this
EDtalks website

Eight years, 800 videos and 8 million page views

In October 2008 as CORE Digital Producer I registered and began loading videos. Eight years, 800 videos, and many millions of page views later, we are launching the fourth version of the EDtalks site. EDtalks has always been a place where the videos recorded by the CORE Digital team around New Zealand can be
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Three tips for becoming a digitally fluent educator

A 21st-century educational system requires the effective and authentic use of the digital technologies that permeate society to prepare them for the future — for both students and teachers. For educators, understanding how best to utilise these digital technologies in our work is central to our collective future. While there has been a significant focus

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