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An unexpected journey through eSports

“However, in the end, the real importance of good computer and video games is that they allow people to re-create themselves in new worlds and achieve recreation and deep learning at one and the same time” (Gee, 2003, p.3) My name is Duncan Trickey and I am the teacher in charge of sports at Otago
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Honouring the gift of student voice

A personal reflection on my journey as a Dr Vince Ham eFellow, by Karen Nicholls This blog post is about my journey as a Dr Vince Ham eFellow and how the research process challenged my assumptions and resulted in a significant conceptual shift in the way I understood ‘agency’. In 2020 I embarked on a collaborative

Understanding HīAko

From a young age, Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga was a nanakia visionary, inquisitive and he accomplished a number of great feats helping others to live better lives. HīAko aims to enable Māori learners to discover their potential, ‘te pitomata’ and promote kaupapa Māori ways of engaging with self, others, and knowledge. The HīAko challenge itself is fast paced,
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Innovation is in our DNA: engaging Māori students in design thinking

Te Mako Orzecki reflects on this podcast from Janelle Riki-Waaka CORE Education · Innovation Is In Our DNA – Engaging Māori Students In Design Thinking   In this podcast, Janelle Riki-Waaka explains how employing the good old number 8 wire mentality is at the heart of innovation using design thinking frameworks. She draws on the

Opportunities to push the boundaries: How a little achieves a lot

Every year CORE Education offers a fellowship to kaiako from all sectors in education and throughout Aotearoa to follow their passions and push the boundaries of educational possibility. There are some big words in there – “passions”, “pushing boundaries”, “possibility”. The whole concept of the eFellowship is to make a difference by disrupting current ways
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Powerful storytelling using Google Earth for Web

Most people would tell you they love a good story. Stories can change our attitudes, help us form opinions and even inspire us. Many educators use storytelling to create engaging and emotional connections for learning. LEARNZ has been creating and sharing great stories through virtual field trips for over 20 years. Our stories are about
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Imagine a rainbow – the Arts and learning

By Rachel McNamara – inspired by uLearn20 keynote Peter O’Connor Have you ever watched a group of 3-year-olds dance? It’s gold! I laugh. I cry. It’s better than any Dancing with the Stars episode I can tell you. They don’t care who’s watching – they’re in boots and all. My daughter is honestly beside herself

Good teaching is like good cooking!

With a background as a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts, Pedro Noguera was an inspired choice of keynote to open day two of the uLearn20 (virtual) conference. He didn’t
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Wellbeing and resilience in Aotearoa – act now!

Dr Lucy Hone’s keynote at #ulearn20, What do we need to learn for lifelong success? was all about reimagining success, learning and tomorrow. In this blog I share some insights from Lucy’s kōrero. As director of New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience Lucy cited evidence of the high levels of distress among our tamariki

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