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Zero budget gamification of online learning

In my last post I wrote about game-based learning and differentiated it from gamification. In this article I look at the gamification of online courses. I suggest that gamification is not only about points, leaderboards, and badges. It may simply be about the language we use, and our approach. However the learning experience designer chooses

Ripples in the pond

Throw a stone into a pond, and you will create ripples. The ripples will undulate outwards from the source of the disturbance towards the edges of the pond. There is a cause and effect relationship. These particular ripples will not happen without the stimulus of your stone-throwing action. You can choose the size of the

Voices from the Pacific – Lost in translation

E lē falala fua le niu, ‘ae falala ona o le matagi. The coconut tree doesn’t sway on its own, but is swayed by the wind. How do we define culture? Who is responsible for developing one’s culture? What measure and importance is given to an individual’s culture? At what age do we develop a

Recognising Authentic Context in Digital Technologies

Earlier this year while wandering through the toy aisle at a store an item caught my attention. The toy, reacted to its surroundings, hurtling itself across the floor with more gusto and louder than the noise from the excited tamariki nearby. It interested me, because I could see the link to Computational Thinking,  which sits

Inside-out learning

I spent the last week on the road in our campervan with my husband, visiting a part of the country we didn’t know, and tramping up some mountains. We escaped, went off the grid…. no, actually we didn’t! We are social media and news junkies so being disconnected from family, friends and what’s happening in

Becoming culturally courageous

Imagine, if you will, a wee blonde-haired girl, loud as the day is long, aged seven, growing up on a farm at the farthest point of the South Island. She trails along behind family members, talking incessantly or singing enthusiastically, and learning the family business. Her usual attire is gumboots, a shirt and jeans, or

The continuing consequences and impacts of colonisation

‘Matariki ahunga nui! Matariki tāpuapua!’ ‘Matariki provider of plentiful food. Matariki the rainy season’ At the time of writing, we are very close to the winter solstice, which is celebrated on the shortest day of the year. Tama-nui-te-rā is beginning his final embrace with Hine Takurua, and planning the long journey back to Hine Raumati.

Deep Learning – Stories of impact

Over the past few years an increasing number of New Zealand schools have become involved in New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL). NPDL is a global collaboration of more than 1,400 schools in seven countries, seeking ways to transform teaching and learning approaches, and provide the conditions that will facilitate deep learning. The challenge of
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Time to get real with reporting

How relevant is a six-monthly report by the time it gets home? Adapting assessment practices to gather evidence of 21st Century outcomes/skills is becoming urgent! Providing timely personalised feedback to students which lets them monitor their own progress and develop self-regulatory skills is becoming a high priority! Connecting with parents/whānau to develop genuine collaboration to

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