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Building Collaboration — chicken or egg?

Kia ora everyone Collaboration and how groups work together fascinates me! What is it that makes it work in some contexts and not in others? Why do some relationships and situations result in highly effective and worthwhile collaborative teams developing and flourishing, when seemingly identical ones don’t? Collaboration sometimes appears to develop in a mysterious,
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Change, beliefs, and the ‘F’ words

The annual uLearn conference is over for another year, and as the new term begins it’s worth taking a little time to reflect on the ‘big ideas’ we came away with — the overarching themes and messages that persisted through the various keynote, spotlight, and workshop presentations. I had the privilege of doing a quick
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Pasifika Language Weeks – Why should we celebrate them?

The last New Zealand Census conducted in 2013 recorded the following information for the most common languages spoken by multilingual people. There are distinct regional differences and the rise of European and Asian languages. Despite more French-speaking people in Wellington and Christchurch, Hindi has replaced French as the 4th most spoken language. Source: Statistics New
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The limits of my language mean the limits of my world

(Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 5.6) Recently I listened to the Radio New Zealand interview with Te Taka Keegan and something he mentioned opened an avenue of new thinking for me. “When you become fluent, you can see things through a different lens.” In 2007, I was privileged to be a CORE eFellow. The quote by Wittgenstein
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Getting the most out of uLearn17

School holidays are upon us. Time to relax and recharge. It is also time to take up professional learning and development (PLD) opportunities. uLearn is CORE Education’s annual professional learning conference, suitable for teachers, facilitators and school leaders alike, from early childhood through to tertiary. Across three days of continual PLD (or four days if
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Creating or Creativity?

Recently, I’ve found myself engaged in several conversations around what it means to create and whether you need to have creativity to do so. It could be argued that creation is the process taken and if done creatively, then it becomes an outcome of much higher order of thinking. One question that seems to resurface
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What do you use your Moodle for?

Technology doesn’t always get used in the way that the creators originally intended. By the turn of the millennium, for example, my 486-66 tower computer was being used to prop open the office door; it was Lifehacker air conditioning. Today, it is well established in our minds that there are technologies that disrupt, and technologies
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Te Puna Mātauranga Māori

 Nā Whare Isaac-Sharland E tangi e reo, mōu e ngaro haere nei. Ko te Huia kua ngaro noa atu, Otirā ko ana kupu tohutohu. Kāore ko tōna reo, i waihotia mai. Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā! (Nā Whare Isaac-Sharland rāua ko Apera Clark) Ko Tawhiuau rāua ko Hikurangi ngā maunga, Ko Rangtaiki rāua ko
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Creating culturally safe organisations: Lessons from health

Over the last few years, I’ve worked with several organisations who want to improve engagement with Māori on educational issues. As Pākehā, I’ve been involved in these kinds of projects because of experiences and commitment to building knowledge and practice about how, as non-Māori, to best affirm Māori authority. I’ve been really interested in the

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