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  1. Dear all

    I am lecturing at the Mwenge University in Moshi, Tanzania and we are still working on the Mac OS 9.2 Version (2001). Can you please help with an exelearning ready-to-run version (or equivalent…). Thank you very much. Looking forward to getting in touch with you


  2. Doug Belshaw says:

    Hi Derek,

    Just to let you know that it’s currently impossible to subscribe via email to your blog – the service you used no longer exists!


  3. derek.wenmoth says:

    Thanks for this Doug – had totally passed me by. I’ve updated things now with Feedburner, and also added the twitter and facebook icons. Appreciate you pointing this out.

  4. Peter says:

    Hi Please take a look at and I am an aussie teacher, but they would be relevant to NZ teachers

  5. Jon Kolker says:

    Dear Derek,

    Hope all is well.

    I wanted to let you know about a new feature of – explore
    education! We have recently launched a new set of lesson plans written
    for the K-12 classroom. They fulfill grade level national standards,
    and the plans accompany explore’s films. The films document people who
    have made a difference around the world, and you can watch them here:

    We’d love it if you could share the plans with your readers and fellow
    educators. And, please share the link with us if you do!
    Thanks very much, and feel free to shoot me an email with any questions.


    Jon Kolker

  6. Dear Derek,
    I read your blog, which I think is extremely interesting, and thought you might want to know about SortFix. Is there any private way of contacting you?


    Best regards,

  7. Deanne Thomas says:

    Hei Derek
    Daph has just pointed me to your blog to read about the VC on Climate change for indigenous peopl. That is so cool, and something I would love to catch up with yu about sometime. I am involved with a group called Snowchange (Finalnd/Siberia/Russia – the northeners) and have been attempting to get students from around the world talking to each other too. Slow progress from my end, well done you!

  8. Chrissy says:

    Hi Derek,

    I just wanted to let you know that we (National Education Foundation/CyberLearning) added you to the blogroll at our blog (see website link). It deals with education and technology as well, so please feel free to take a look whenever you get a chance. Links back are always appreciated, but not necessary. Thanks for your time!

  9. Meghan says:

    Hi Derek,
    I am currently doing my Honours year in the B Ed programme and am doing a couple of papers on e-learning and how to use computers more effectively in the classroom. Could you steer me towards any material that discusses exemplary teachers in this area?
    I enjoyed reading your articles and the Education Eye is really cool!

  10. Dear Derek:

    I enjoy reading your blog, and was wondering if you would like to do a link exchange. My book blog’s url is Every week, I make a nonfiction book recommendation in the topic areas of education, history, technology, biography and/or humor. I have already put up your link. Please reply if you would like to do a link exchange. Thank you.


    Sally Friedman

  11. Hi Derek,

    As I’m sure you’re aware, many experts believe the education system in the U.S. needs significant restructuring. WPSU-TV recently interviewed Sir Ken Robinson on a series called “Conversations From Penn State” where he discussed the problems facing the education system and suggests ways to improve it by promoting creativity. After reading through your blog, I think you and your readers may be interested in the interview. It can be found at Please let me know if you have any question or if you decide to post the video. Thanks!

  12. Mary-Anne Murphy says:

    Hi Derek,

    I am currently working as an Assessment Adviser for School Support Services in the greater Waikato area, and have previously worked within ICT Professional Learning. I am unable to attend the breakfast meeting on 23 July, but am very interested to hear about your thoughts around assessment within an e-learning context. Do you have any research papers, blogs or wikis, etc that might give me an idea of your thinking around this?

    Kind regards,
    Mary-Anne Murphy

  13. Dear Derek:

    I am pleased to announce that my book: “The Education and Deconstruction of Mr. Bloomberg, How the Mayor’s Education and Real Estate Development Policies Affected New Yorkers 2002-2009 Inclusive” is available at both and, on the Kindle, on other e-books and in book form.

    Here is a link to Amazon:

    Please visit my book blog at (See “Bonus Post”) and to read excerpts. Thank you.


    Sally A. Friedman

  14. Elaine Mayo says:

    Kia ora koe, Derek – I just found your blog – thank you, I am looking forward to exploring it. Impressed by both the layout and the content. Would like to copy it – where do I start in order to develop a layout that provides pull down menus? Best to you. Elaine.

  15. Katie Shoreland says:

    Hi Derek,

    We just announced the 4th Blogging Scholarship, and thought you might
    be interested in it, as it offers student bloggers a chance to be
    awarded a $10,000 scholarship.

    We’ve been awarding student blogging scholarships since 2006 and I am
    hoping your readers will take advantage of the opportunity.

    The application and additional information are located here:
    The application due date is October 21. The winner will be announced
    on November 2nd.

    If you feel your readers will find this beneficial, please feel free
    to share our scholarship on your blog.  And here is the logo if you
    would like to use it 🙂

    Have a great day!

  16. Derek Luebbe says:

    Dear Derek, (compliments on a good name !)

    My name is Derek Luebbe and I am a HS Principal and technology blogger. First of all thanks for this blog. I’m glad I stumbled on it.
    I really enjoyed the point about tension between centralized and self-management systems, with the important note that innovation tends to happen at the fringes. If we can work toward that one, we’d be developing a system that could lead us toward many positive initiatives.

    I have 2 reasons for writing (requests).

    1) I’m hoping to enlist your help in finding gaming technology that meets some criteria laid out in my blog –

    Essentially, I’m trying to find technologies that combine content along with an authentic purpose requiring collaboration/competition. I use the old Oregon Trail as a rough example. If you know of other examples, can you point me to a few resources that you feel might fit?

    2) Along with a few other teachers, we’ve created a new classroom simulation that is quite innovative. It’s called simCEO (at and described below). I want to share it with teachers for free. I think / hope you’ll find it quite flexible, authentic, engaging, cross-disciplinary, fun, etc. … It’s been getting some really good teacher-reviews including a blog from Edutopia which called it “an open platform for teacher innovation”.

    Anyways, what I’m hoping is that you might feature it on your blog as a resource that teachers could play for free. I would give you a promotional code which will hopefully generate leads to your site as well as teachers share the blog link.

    I’ve included a short description below, but if you’d like to write something about it, I’d be happy to call you to discuss it so that you understand the simulation fully.

    Best regards, and keep up the good blogging.

    == simCEO Description ====

    Welcome to simCEO –

    SimCEO is the only dynamic simulation played entirely online in which a group of students:

    1. CREATE their own companies
    2. RESEARCH each others’ companies online
    3. TRADE: Manage a portfolio by buying and selling shares in each others’ companies which immediately influences share prices.

    All of this takes place in a customized environment (place, time, duration of simulation, complexity) that is set by the teacher who can also integrate content by sharing dynamic news (real of fictional) with users, encouraging users to make adjustments along the way.
    Participants “win” in one of two ways:

    1. To be a successful entrepreneur by creating a business that ends with the highest share price
    2. To be a savvy investor by ending with the largest portfolio value

  17. Anne Hilton says:

    If you want a bit of light comic relief watch “My blackberry’s not working” on you tube. Ronnie Corbett. If you haven’t already watched it.

  18. Grey Tuck says:

    Hi Derek,
    With reference to digital learning, google “keeping Pace with K-12 online learning”. 2010 publication. Reinforces your comments on digital learning. Also recommend “The rise of K-12 blended learning” by Clayton Christensen.


  19. Hello,

    We are a startup in the e-commerce space, Wazala is designed to provide a very minimal and simple user experience for shoppers and store owners.
    We have just released Wazala Touch, a technology that allows shoppers to browse online stores on their mobile devices, providing an app like rich experience within the mobile device browser.

    As we know, in the small to mid size e-commerce space, we cannot expect shoppers to download an iphone application to purchase products. Wazala Touch was designed to provide the richness of a true mobile application through the mobile web browser. Wazala Touch currently supports Iphone and Android, and we are developing for other mobile platforms.

    We are very confident that you will enjoy the simplicity and elegance of Wazala Touch. Visit and click on the floating demo store button or visit to start experiencing Wazala Touch on your mobile device.

    We feel your readers would love to know about Wazala, and would appreciate a quick review on your blog.

    Zeena Bushnaq
    Managing Director

    Did you know that you can make mad cash promoting Wazala! Go to

  20. Glenn Searle says:

    Hey Derek – I have been thinking about you recently & even tried to txt an old mobile number I had. Good to see you are still in the education space. I still have fond memories of my visit to Wellington – how is your family? I am still in education (TAFE currently) as well as expanding my horizons. It would be great to catch up again.
    Glenn Searle
    From Oz–Os

  21. Derek,
    I'm am a publisher in USA that is looking to start an online news site for New Zealand on education technology. Visit our sites (links below) and wanted to know if you knew on contacts in New Zealand that I could start exploring the possibility.
    Thank you,
    Robert Morrow
     My address and phone number:
    School Media Inc.  7920 Norfolk Ave., Suite 900, Bethesda MD 20814 / Phone (301) 913-0115 extension 105; Fax (301) 913-0119
    eSchool Media Inc. helps educators successfully learn about and use technology. Our news and information services include eSchool News, eCampus News and eClassroom News. Visit our corporate website for detailed information on our products and services at

    Our education websites:
    For eSchool News:
    For eSchool NewsTV: http://www.eSchoolNews.TV
    For eCampus News:
    For eClassroomNews:

  22. Hi Derek,
    As school gets back in session this year,  I'm writing to tell you about Prezi—  the cloud-based presentation software and educational tool.

    Prezi is changing how teachers and students visualize and present their ideas with its “zooming user interface” (ZUI). 
    • Rob Newberry, Director of Education Technology at Singapore’s Chatsworth International, sees Prezi as a medium to bridge creative exploration and instructional learning.
    • Philadelphia middle school History teacher, Will Gibbs created this award-winning Prezi to explore learning in the 21st century.
    • Univeristy of Freiburg physics professor Daniel Gallichan ‘edutains’ his science slam audience with his prezi on MRI technology.
    • Kelly Zicha put together this fun prezi on Prezi with the help of her 6th-grade class.
    • Learning Futurist Dr. Maria Andersen introduces “freerange learning” at ACU’s Connected Summit.
    • Athen’s (Greece) high school junior Alex Stelea examines how technology can be used to shape the future of education at TEDxYouth day 2010.
    Contest Launch: Zoom Back to School
    Today Prezi is launching the Zoom Back to School Contest.  Entering is easy: Students/Teachers create a Prezi about how they are "Zooming Back to School" this year, and can win a new iPad (pre-loaded with the Prezi viewer iPad app), and  free Prezi pro-licenses. 

    Want a free license so you can try out Prezi for yourself, or some more information?  Let me know at

    Thanks Derek-   I'd love to hear your thoughts!

  23. PAuline Donaldson says:

    Teaching teachers to learn online could be a key
    Hello Derek,
    As I read your Blog this morning I thought about LEARNZ and its virtual fieldtrips in Antarctica in the late 1990's. For many teachers this was this first foray into online learning environments – how far it has come.
    I have just completed co-mentoring 2 six week online workshops (asynchronous)  for the Interninal Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme  IB Online  1 workshop had 34 teachers from 20 countries and one had 34 teachers from 15 countries. This offers the teachers international perspectives on learning and reflective practice.
    In many ways we need to giveNZ  teachers the opportunity to learn online tso they can better understand their students . Having done my Posr Grad studies from university of Otago online it certainly does work! .
    Best wishes for a happy restful holiday

  24. thanks for your comment Pauline – the IB Online course certainly sounds interesting. I couldn’t agree more that our teachers in schools today need to develop skills in the area of inter-cultural collaboration and reflective practice – and what better way of doing this than within the viritual environments we have access to today?

  25. Katie says:

    I'm writing to invite you to an online event celebrating the launch of Mozilla's new book, Learning, Freedom & the Web. Authored by Anya Kamenetz and the participants of the 2010 Mozilla Festival, LFW looks at how the ideas of the open source movement can help to foster learning, and asks how openness can support the spread of knowledge. We would love you to join us for the launch, and to share both the book and the event with your readers and followers.
    If you haven't yet seen the book, we hope you'll visit, where you can order a print copy, or download the free ebook (built by students here at Emily Carr) or the PDF. 
    On January 25th, we're hosting a 3 hour event that will give you a chance to talk about the themes of the book with the author and innovators who are profiled in LFW. We hope you'll join us for one or more of the 1-hour chats that day: you can see the schedule, and more details of the event, at
    Your thoughts and questions will drive this conversation, so we want to hear from you! Tweet your questions or comments about the book with the hashtag #mozlearning, or write a blog post and tag it mozlearning. The most interesting tweets, posts and comments will receive a free printed copy of Learning, Freedom and the Web. Part exhibition catalog, part manifesto, the book is a concise, fun-to-read introduction to the future of learning on- and offline. If you'd like to run  a version of this contest on your blog specifically, we are happy to provide a copy of the book to your winning reader.
    We hope you'll join us for an exciting conversation on January 25 at (For "room", choose "Mozilla Web Maker", and for a "password", enter "crossfade". Enter whatever username you like.)
    Check back at for updates on our line-up and schedule, and please let us know if we can provide any more details for you and your readers.
    Thanks so much,
    Katie Johnston
    LFW project team
    Social + Interactive Media Centre at Emily Carr 

  26. Hi Derek,
    I am contacting you from Sonocent, we are a UK based assistive technology company. We have recently launched a new Mac version of our Audio Notetaker software.
    We would like to send you further information about the product which we think will be of interest and we also have a complimentary copy for you, so that you can use and understand how the software can help people with dyslexia, communications problems or foreign students who find it difficult to take notes in lectures.
    If you could provide me with an email address I can get all the information sent to you.
    Elizabeth Taylor

  27. Jason Ruakere says:

    Hi Derek,
    I'm working as a mentor in my school for Maori students and am exploring technology as a means to support them. I have created Moodle courses fo rmentoring and to support students learning te reo Maori. I am also interested in using Facebook to provide additional support and have created a group for students to use. In 2013, I'm embarking on a project to explore how Moodle, Facebook combined with face-to-face interactions can enhance educational outcomes for Maori boys and strengthen the relationship between students, teachers and parents. I am willing to trial various approaches through blended learning online and 

  28. Sam Kotey says:

    Hi Derek,

    I wanted to share with you a new exciting project we’re working on at and would be delighted if you would share the press release with your readers.

 has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund an educational technology discovery iPad app, edtech:ED. The app allows innovative educators to discover new educational technologies, and provides a platform for developers to showcase their educational apps, web tools, learning games and virtual worlds to their target audience.

    Thanks for your time and consideration.

  29. ankit says:

    Hi Darek,
    Hope you're well!
    I'm the founder of
    I was Goggling for people who're passionate about e-learning and education in New Zealand and found your page on
    Clearly you have been woking in this industry for long time (so decided to email you :))
    I've been working on shareknowledge for for over 5 months now (fairly new) 🙂 Would love to get your feedback about the website.
    See below summary of the website and concept..
    Where would you go if wanted to learn search engine optimization, organic gardening or how to make the perfect crepe?
    Search the Internet? You could. But there’s so much information on the Web — much of it outdated or from unreliable sources.
    Take a class? The fact of the matter is that most universities don’t teach the things we want or need to learn. And even if they did, we don’t have the time or money to sit through a traditional class to learn what we need to know now!
    That’s why I developed, New Zealand’s Skills & knowledge sharing platform where anyone teach and learn.
    Looking forward for your feedback?
    Cheers, Ankit

  30. Svetlana says:

    Dear Derek,

    My name is Svetlana Raab and I'm writing to you because I thought something I was working on might be of interest to your readers. I'm a young teacher from Australia and I've just launched an iPhone app designed for K-6 teachers, particularly Relief/Emergency Teachers.  
    I'm trying to get as much exposure for the app as possible which is why I'm shamelessly promoting myself to you. If you are completely disinterested in this please accept my sincere apologies for troubling you. If you are curious to learn a little more about the app, please do read on…

    As many would guess, running a structured classroom is the plight of the Emergency Teacher. Emergency Teachers often have to quickly create a planned day from nothing whilst facing an unsettled class. To make things tougher, Emergency Teachers rarely have access to resources or materials on the job; they must bring their own or do without. Even for the experienced Emergency Teacher it can be an extremely challenging job full of surprises. 
    Teacher Rescue is an app which provides easy to use, instant bulk of lessons which are educationally appropriate, need little-to-no preparation, content-rich and require no resources which are not found within every classroom. Teachers can quickly search by grade and subject to find what they require in seconds, without worrying about accessing a photocopier or trying to get resources out of a locked cupboard somewhere!

    All lessons are tried, tested and highly adaptable. Once again, most lessons require no preparation at all, while a few take about two minutes or less. There is nothing to print and nothing to photocopy, all the lessons are ready to go from the moment the user accesses them on their iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. A broad range of subjects are featured, including Art, Music, Drama and Physical Education as well as bonus content with behavioural management strategies. New content is constantly being added which allows users to have access to more and more lessons every week. Unlike most apps, these updates are live so they don’t require any manual downloads to see the new content. 
    I would love to offer you a free four-week trial of Teacher Rescue iPhone app. To claim this please reply to this email so I can send you a promotional code. I’d really enjoy any feedback you or your readers have to offer.
    For more information please visit the official website at

    Thank-you so much for taking the time to read this, if you like my work I would be overjoyed if you could mention it to your readers and colleagues.

    Your sincerely,
    Svetlana Raab

  31. Ankita says:

    Hi Derek,
    Greetings. This is Ankita from Mango Learning Inc., developer of immersive, game-based mobile-learning titles. While looking for people in the space of education whose interests coincide with those of ours – Education and Technology, we stumbled across your blog.
    I am writing to you only to share with you some information about our organization, our vision and our products. The below note will give you a brief idea about us.
    The educational landscape has changed over time. The current generation of students is exposed to greater use of technology in their daily life than ever before and it is but natural for them to be involved in activities involving use of technological gadgets and media. It is perhaps a natural order of evolution where new methods are adopted and become the norm. This can be seen in the slow and steady adoption of interactive media to engage and facilitate students to learn.
    Mango Learning, a unique amalgamation of educators and game developers have identified this inherent need of students to interact, analyze and assimilate information to learn and comprehensively master topics. They believe that education is most effective when the student is receptive and yearning for knowledge. In order to provide a fulfilling learning experience they have launched games on Decimals and Fractions- a bouquet of educational games for grades 4-7. The games teach the concepts and help students master the topic, by merging educational content with game mechanics complete and a great theme.
    The Decimals modules, developed according to prescribed Common Core syllabus and norms, explain the technique and concepts of Decimals from two perspectives, Eastern and Western delivered in a lucid manner by two virtual guides. This learning is further honed through interactive games and their understanding of the topic is then tested through comprehensive quizzes.
    Fun with Fractions is an exclusive bouquet of 4 modules which gives students an introduction to fractions and lays down the basics which form the core of Fractions. The interactive tutorials provide for an in depth understanding of each topic. These are supplemented by mini games which help students assimilate the concepts learned in an entertaining and engaging manner stoking their competitive spirit. The quizzes test the students' learning and report their progress towards mastering the concepts of fractions.
    Some of our titles are already available for download on the iTunes, Android and Amazon App Stores. We will be happy to share with more information about our products. You can also visit our website –
    Thanks & Regards,
    Ankita Jain
    Assistant Manager | Digital Marketing
    Mango Learning

  32. Hi Derek,

    We are reaching out to you because "Derek's Blog" was listed by our community of teachers as a preferred resource for educational news and opinions.

    As the co-founders of Knowmia, we welcome the chance to start an ongoing dialog with you and ask your permission to add a link to your blog from our website as a resource for teachers*.   In the meantime, we are including some background information, as well as updates on an exciting new initiative.

    *This page has not been published yet.

    About Knowmia
    Knowmia ( is an online platform that helps teachers easily integrate technology into their teaching both in and out of the classroom. Our end-to-end solution enables teachers to create video lessons and multimedia assignments, distribute them to students and track their mastery over time, fulfilling educators' growing interest in incorporating techniques such as flipped teaching and blended learning into their curricula. Launched in August 2012, Knowmia has a library of over 9,000 video lessons from over 900 teachers, with an initial focus on high school.

    The Knowmia Teach iPad app, which already has nearly 10,000 download, is a great free tool to help teachers get over the “fear factor” when it comes to making video presentations and enable them to create engaging lessons that take advantage of the latest technology.  It’s available at:

    Knowmia’s co-founders, Ariel Braunstein and Scott Kabat, are seasoned entrepreneurs with a long history of working together to create simple and accessible consumer experiences.  Both were executives on the team that built Flip Video. Knowmia participated in Y Combinator’s Summer 2012 program.

    Video Revolution Project
    We have had the good fortune to meet a wide variety of passionate teachers who are leading the way in using video to engage with their students both in and out of the classroom. To help teachers learn from these early adopters, we created the Video Revolution Project – a series of inspiring interviews with teachers on how they are using video with their students.  

    You can view these interviews at

    If you think that Knowmia’s tools and resources would be relevant to your colleagues and blog audience, then we encourage you to write about them.  Please feel free to contact us at with any questions. We are eager to spread the word about Knowmia and look forward to connecting with you in the future.

    All the best,

    Ariel Braunstein and Scott Kabat

  33. Good Afternoon Derek!


    The reason for this email is because I work for an web app startup company on Long Island, New York and we are beginning to visit schools and spread the word about our amazing service. We're a content creation site wherein you can create lesson plans, e-greetings, invitations with an RSVP feature, and so much more. We’re really focusing on the education spectrum as several of the public schools are implementing "flipped classrooms". Teachers who "flip" their classroom will record a video of themselves going through a lesson, and the students will watch the video at home, then will do their homework the next day in class. This helps students who need extra help, receive that assistance they need, while it also enables the students who are a little more advanced, to move on to something new.


    With buncee, you can add backgrounds, text, text with links attached, YouTube videos, photos, among many other things to a blank digital canvas and share it publicly on all social media, or privately via email; it can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.


    Even if a school district has not implemented flipped teaching, buncee is still a great way to send homework assignments and reminders to students, as well as Open House announcements to parents. With buncee, you can do so much, including doing something for a great cause!


    Buncee was created to raise funds for research for a rare blood disorder that the CEO's seven month old baby girl died from back in 1996. The CEO, Marie, and her husband, Manny, started a foundation in their daughter's name after she passed away–it's called the Daniella Maria Arturi Foundation (http://www.diamondblackfananemiaorg).


    I hope you take the time to check out this buncee ( that I made for an education event we hosted at a local vineyard recently–it's geared for 6th graders but I figured you'd get the idea.


    We love getting feedback from new users, especially educators who are able to adopt the service and use it in their classrooms. We welcome both positive and negative feedback so if you are able to check out the site, please don’t hesitate to contact me, should you have any questions or critiques!


    With warm regards,

    Courtney Mitt

  34. Sean Kolina says:

    Hello Derek,


    I tried finding a contact email but couldn't stumble upon one. By way of introduction, I work for Boom Video, a social video ad platform and Australasia's first official YouTube network. We distribute video content for a wide range of brands and exclusively represent hundreds of Australian & Kiwi content creators. It would be great to have a chat with you about our new native video player product that we are offering to great Australasia-based bloggers and site owners. The simplest way of describing the unit is that it's a video & text player that's populated with relevant content and built specifically to fit in with the look & feel of your site. (You can check out an example at It's a simple set-and-forget upload of one short HTML tag which Boom would pay you a monthly lump sum (from $50/month) to place on your site.


    If this interests you please shoot me an email and I'll send you some more information about it all. Thanks!



  35. Kevin Elgan says:

    Hi Derek,

    I came across your site via Google. Would love your thoughts on Our platform is inspired by Scratch but we take it to the next level with a completely web-based integration using open web standards. Tynker is designed for schools and comes with Class Management, tools and curriculum to empower teachers to teach coding in a fun and intuitive way.

    In case you wanted to know more:

    I'd be more than happy to meet and answer any questions.


    Kevin Elgan

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