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Going back to the Island

Diving deeper into the cultures our students carry into the classrooms. Last year, I was fortunate to go back to my home island of Atiu, in the Cook Islands. It is the place where my father was born, before the Cook Islands even became a nation (the nation of the Cook Islands is only about

Making a start with student data analysis

Background In my last post, I unpacked the Learning Management System (LMS) and the Learning Record Store (LRS). In it, I introduced the idea of capturing fine-grained student data using the Experience Application Programming Interface (xAPI) to inform programme, course, and module design. I felt it may have left many readers with a bit of
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The catch 22 of targeted support

A while ago, I visited a small rural school that had introduced a range of literacy support tools in a systematic way across all of their classes. The school had recognised that much of the content shared and used in their classrooms was in written format and that this was creating a barrier for students.
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Hey, let’s be careful out there – How to legally reuse images from the internet

            Photo by a-shuhani on Unsplash Whether you’ve briefly time warped back to the 1980s and are sitting in a moment of Hills Street Blues nostalgia, or you have no idea there is a backstory to this seemingly innocuous phrase, brace yourself for an abrupt segue. Sharing is caring —

Conversations around writing

I have had a number of conversations recently with teachers about the role of digital technologies in the teaching of writing. I spend a lot of my professional learning delivery around the teaching of writing with a focus on Māori and Pasifika boys through Spirals of Inquiry — looking at making changes in teacher practice
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Making diversity visible for gender and sexuality inclusive schools

At any conference or professional learning event, the idea of “inclusive education” tends to buzz. It’s a theme that many workshops or presentations have at their heart. But when we talk about inclusive education, are we also including sexuality minorities or gender identity? Data capturing the voices of same-sex or both-sex attracted, and transgender youth

Beyond the tip of the iceberg

“What does ‘good’ look like?” This is a question I am often asked in my work in schools and kura across the country. In any change or improvement initiative, it is getting your head around what it is that is being asked, for that is often the biggest barrier for staff to engaging in the
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edSpace – Our networking frontier

I recently read Anne Kenneally’s blog post There is power in being connected, and found myself nodding, agreeing, and getting more excited as I read about the power and potential for using social networks to help drive and influence professional practice. Educators are important and have important things to say, and every day I see
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Nothing about us without us: Student wellbeing

Schools cannot simply rely on their positive culture and respectful relationships to promote wellbeing but need to provide opportunities for students to make decisions about their wellbeing and to be active in leading their learning, Education Review Office, 2016, p. 18. The wellbeing of young people is increasingly an area of focus for schools here

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