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UDL/behaviour books

Behavioural economics and education

Currently, it seems Learning/Instructional Design is borrowing ideas from fields like User Experience and Customer Experience in the business world. I suggest we add another field to that list: Behavioural economics. Behavioural economics is studying how real people make choices. Not conveniently-rational, utility-optimising, economic-theory people. But irrational, real people. These are the same people we
Gen Z learners

Engaging Māori students and whānau in future-focused education

From the uLearn16 blog: a review by Nichole Gully of Janelle Riki’s presentation – Friday 7 October 2016 Educators from around Aotearoa descended on the Janelle Riki’s uLearn session to wānanga (discuss) similar questions: How can we better engage Māori learners and whānau in future focused education? As our schools are transforming, how do we
Charisma Rangipunga

Kei te kapakapa rānei te ngākau o te reo Māori? E kai ngā mata i te rā! — Spotlight on Charisma Rangipunga

From the uLearn16 blog: a review by Nichole Gully of Charisma Rangipunga’s presentation – Thurs 6 October 2016 Kei te kapakapa rānei te ngākau o te reo Māori? E kai ngā mata i te rā! I tatū atu a Charisma Rangipunga nō Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Taranaki ki uAko2016 e wānanga ai i te oranga

Time to shine

Do you remember this sort of acronym? Watching the ‘well-behaved’ students being rewarded and praised for their listening, or being praised yourself for not making any noise? It very much reminds me of the quiet assembly line, industrialised education with a one-size-fits-all product at the end of a process, led by teacher instruction. Seeing this

Preparing for uLearn 2016

Today, we want to focus on attending uLearn for the first time. But, don’t think this post is just for newbies. This post is your opportunity to comment and share your experiences, to help make this experience the best it can possibly be! You might want to check out TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT

Kia pai mai

I have finally caught my breath. It has been a particularly busy time for us of late as we put ourselves forward to become accredited facilitators. I was tempted to decline the offer to the write this blog, but it really was a welcomed distraction. If anyone is a journal writer, they will understand the
sherlock and the curse of the bell curve

The curse of the bell curve

On a crisp July winter’s morning, I had the pleasure of spending 45 minutes listening to the fabulous Yong Zhao (YZ). For all 2700 seconds, I sat on the edge of my chair enthralled by what he said, the synapses in my brain tingling with passion and purpose. A few weeks later, my mind is

If it’s important to you, it’s important to me

“Emotional invalidation is when a person’s thoughts and feelings are rejected, ignored, or judged. Invalidation is emotionally upsetting for anyone, but particularly hurtful for someone who is emotionally sensitive. Invalidation disrupts relationships and creates emotional distance. When people invalidate themselves, they create alienation from the self and make building their identity very challenging.” (Hall 2012)

ARMed for the Internet of Things

Whatever happened to Acorn computers, once sprinkled through schools across the country? Many of the New Zealand teachers who were using technology in their classrooms 20 years ago will recall BBC and Acorn computers, including the Archimedes, the A3000, the RISC PC, as well as the educational games and software that came with them. While

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