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The ‘E’ in E-Learning is for Empathy

The buzzwords we use don’t always meet the values to which we aspire Those immersed in the educational milieu of our time are well acquainted with the buzzwords that surround our practice. We hear these words in professional development seminars and workshops, at conferences, and in educational publications. Words like ‘agency’, ‘self-directed’, ‘entrepreneurial’ and ‘risk-taking’
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Student agency and inclusivity: 4 Texan schools

“In a world where young people exercise personal choice over matters as trivial as the ring tones of their cellphone, or as far reaching as the learning pathways they pursue, denying them opportunities for active involvement in important learning and assessment decisions is likely to promote Disengagement” Absolum et al., 2009, page 8 In October
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LMS or LRS – It takes two to tango

What should be the vehicle for our online programmes? Do we want a Learning Management System (LMS), or a Learning Record Store (LRS), or both, or neither? Ten years ago, this would have been a simple question to answer. Today there are several layers to it. Unpacking the LMS Let’s unpack learning management systems and
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Destination Texas: Disruptive education as a means for student agency and inclusivity?

Students have a sense of agency when they feel in control of things that happen around them; when they feel that they can influence events. This is an important sense for learners to develop. They need to be active participants in their learning.  The New Zealand Curriculum Online Like many teachers, I believed I worked
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There is POWER in being CONNECTED

Mā te tokomaha, ka kā te ahi. By the many will the fires be kept burning. As an educator, I was alone, isolated, insular, and needing to connect. Though well supported within my school environment, I craved more. I wanted to test my theories, share my study journey, access support for our learners. I wanted
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What’s your point of difference?

With Auckland’s ever-expanding population, marketing for roll growth is not something a large number of schools have as a priority at the moment. But, what of those schools with a declining roll? Or those that have a hanging legacy to try and cast aside? Getting students through the door and growing a school can, in
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Grow your team

What’s going on in the place where you’re a leader? Leadership, teamwork, goal setting and planning are probably all areas that are no doubt part of your role and, in some cases, maybe where you may seek more support. The sharpest organisations are seeking out the right support, just when they need it, and that’s
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Are you engaging with the New Zealand Curriculum?

Most great conversations start with a really purposeful question. A question that’s simple but not simplistic. A simple question posed in conversation recently was, ‘Are you engaging with the New Zealand Curriculum?’ Before you answer, think carefully about what that question actually means. In my humble opinion the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) is one of
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Talking Really Matters

Like seedlings, good ideas can become great ideas if they have strong roots and favourable soil conditions — and then, with the right combination of weather and nurturing, they can exhibit remarkable growth. This gardening metaphor beautifully suits the Power of Talk summit we attended last year — both in regard to the content focus of

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