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Some summer holiday reading

This is the time of year when projects and work streams wind up in preparation for the fabulous Kiwi summer holiday. Yet, for many of us, it can also be a time for reflection and thinking ahead to ways we can bring to life our goals and aspirations for 2018. CORE whānau are ferocious readers
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The four most significant shifts in modern pedagogy

We are at a stage in the teaching profession where it is an overwhelming task to know we are getting it right, for every child, every day. Yet what we know without a doubt is this: we want to get up, get it right that day, for those children who we have the chance to

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,

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

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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