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  • Karen 25 Jan 2017 2:15pm () in Online learning - what happens when it doesn't work?

    Hi Allanah

    I am certainly a big fan of a mix of technologies, learning tools and skills being used, and deciding which to used based on what the specific task is. I suppose for our learners they bring their tools with them. It's not usually a case of picking up a device in a classroom as our learners need to use quite specific technologies that are set up to meet their needs.

    Your 'right tool for the job' is definitely one of the key ideas for us too. As is self-advocacy. It is so important for our learners to be able to talk about what works best for them and why.


  • Karen 25 Jan 2017 1:08pm () in Online learning - what happens when it doesn't work?

    Hey Tessa

    I like the use of the word blended too. And you are right about digital tools providing more accessibility for students. My concern really is that assistive technology is only part of the solution. If students are trying to access online learning - websites, apps etc. - that are not created to be accessible, then it often doesn't matter how good their AT is.

    We certainly have noticed that our learners have difficulty accessing some websites. Or there maybe parts of websites that work and some that don't. International data has shown that often real time features don't work - e.g. chat - which can impact negatively.

    Really just wondering about what solutions schools come up with when things don't work.

  • Karen 19 Jan 2017 8:57am () in Online learning - what happens when it doesn't work?

    Hi Ngaire

    Thanks for your input. I really appreciate it. I'm not so much worried about what resources to use as our learners have a range of technology toolbox solutions to use. I suppose I'm just more interested to know that if a learner was in a classroom and couldn't access information using the same means as their peers, would it be possible to use a different option.



  • Karen 16 Jan 2017 3:10pm () in Online learning - what happens when it doesn't work?

    Hi everyone.

    I am keen to hear people's thoughts about online learning in the classroom and at home and what happens if student's have difficulty accessing learning. Must all learners use the same spaces/websites? If something does not work efficiently for a learner is it possible to explore other options? E.G. If you are a school that uses Google Docs but that is not the best way of doing something for a learner, is the flexibility to use something different, such as Word locally on a laptop?

    Many thanks


  • Karen 25 Mar 2015 2:32pm () in Use of digital technology in culturally responsive practice

    Hi Ros,

    We were having this exact same discussion yesterday at our school so it is great to hear that other schools are too.

    Thank you Kathe for breaking this down a bit further and Manu for the resources you have shared. I am going to share your blog with our staff so that they can follow along.



  • Karen 03 Feb 2015 8:53pm () in Equity in e-learning - a research thesis

    I too will be following this with interest. A number of the learners that I work with struggle with many online learning spaces used in schools because they are not accessible for them. Any research that builds awareness within this area would be fantastic.

  • Karen 02 Feb 2015 12:38pm () in UDL underpins the new inclusive.tki.org.nz

    Hi Chrissie. I have already sent through an email to all staff linking them to it and inviting them to share with people and help others to understand UDL and what it is all about. I will keep you posted!


  • Karen 02 Feb 2015 11:35am () in UDL underpins the new inclusive.tki.org.nz

    Very exciting to see this Chrissie. Thank you for sharing!

  • Karen 27 Nov 2014 5:45pm () in Sneaky ways to fit professional learning into a busy schedule

    Brilliant Tessa. I really like that idea!