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How welcoming are your school environments?

Have you ever walked through your school and asked yourself, “Who would feel welcome and comfortable here?” I am sure we have all walked into a space where we immediately felt comfortable and, conversely, have been in spaces that do not feel welcoming or comfortable. What is it about those spaces that engender those feelings?
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The Curse of Busy — 6 Questions to ask yourself

As the often-shared memes say, being busy is, unfortunately, a bit of a “curse” in education and beyond. From my work in schools, I see some people feel swamped by their workload, others are just managing. Not many, though, seem to feel that the amount they have to do at work is realistic or sustainable.
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Towards excellent user support

Background If you attended university, you will remember that nobody really cared that much about whether you passed, failed, or simply dropped out. Unlike school, nobody asked you where you were yesterday. It was something of an awakening. You could learn from it, or you could make some expensive mistakes. Whether you passed or failed
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Digital Fluency, Literacy or Technology: what’s the difference?

Digital fluency remains on the lips of many educators and leaders around the country at the moment. TKI suggests ‘A digitally fluent person can decide when to use specific digital technologies to achieve their desired outcome. They can articulate why the tools they are using will provide their desired outcome.’ (TKI) But isn’t it a
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Weird, why wouldn’t they ask me? — Understanding children’s rights

For quite a while now I have been interested in children’s rights and how they can support our work with children and young people. Years ago, when I first told people I was doing my doctorate about children’s rights, I was surprised by how many reacted with comments like, “What about our rights as the

Supporting education transformation and innovation through Agile

As an “outsider” to education, I am interested in the challenges the education sector must face when asked to respond to change, often with competing priorities, limited resources, and uncertain outcomes. Would Agile, a project management approach widely used in industry, prove useful in assisting schools and kura to navigate through ambiguous, fast-paced change? Rachel

Four effective ways to learn virtually in real time

Learning online has its advantages — access to experts who you couldn’t connect with face to face; no travel time etc; also, you may not be able to meet in person due to location or time constraints. Below are four effective ways to learn virtually in real time that are used in my personal and
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Texan approaches to learning — Aotearoa applications

Ten years ago, Māori students confirmed for us the central importance of teachers establishing whānau (extended family-like) relationships, Whanaungatanga, to their successfully engaging and achieving at school… Whanaungatanga is necessary and foundational. Bishop, R & Ladwig, J & Berryman, M. (2013). In October 2017 I was Austin bound to peek in the doors of four
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DT in DT and HM: Design thinking in the Digital Technology and Hangarau Matihiko Curricula

“With its focus on design thinking, technology education supports students to be innovative, reflective, and critical in designing new models, products, software, systems, and tools to benefit people while taking account of their impact on cultural, ethical, environmental, political, and economic conditions.” (Technology in the New Zealand Curriculum, Ministry of Education, 2017) With the strengthening

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