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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
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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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Te Puna Mātauranga Māori

 Nā Whare Isaac-Sharland E tangi e reo, mōu e ngaro haere nei. Ko te Huia kua ngaro noa atu, Otirā ko ana kupu tohutohu. Kāore ko tōna reo, i waihotia mai. Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā! (Nā Whare Isaac-Sharland rāua ko Apera Clark) Ko Tawhiuau rāua ko Hikurangi ngā maunga, Ko Rangtaiki rāua ko
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Creating culturally safe organisations: Lessons from health

Over the last few years, I’ve worked with several organisations who want to improve engagement with Māori on educational issues. As Pākehā, I’ve been involved in these kinds of projects because of experiences and commitment to building knowledge and practice about how, as non-Māori, to best affirm Māori authority. I’ve been really interested in the
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iCubed: How design thinking develops lifelong learners

In an interview with Jesse Mulligan on RNZ in June, Kevin Kelly, founding editor of Wired magazine, said that we have to accept being “perpetual newbies” in this digital era. He argued that, “We’re going to have to become lifelong learners. I think this is the major meta-skill that needs to be taught in schools.”
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Manaakitanga — The story of two schools

My family is made up of many legendary scone bakers and good old pikelet makers — sadly I am not one of them. Our whānau scones are so legendary, that we’ve been known to have scone bake-offs when we’re together on special occasions to see if there is actually one baker better than the other. Competition
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Cook Islands language week

Kia orana. Aere mai, tapiri mai, i te ‘akaepaepaanga ite ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani. It’s winter. It’s cold. If you’re like me you were wishing you were in the islands. Welcome to Cook Islands Language week which runs from Sunday 30 July – Saturday 5 August 2017. The aim of Cook Islands

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