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  • Karen 10 Sep 2014 5:24pm () in Ipads Vs Samsung Tablet

    Hi Merryl,

    Like Lynne said it really does come down to what the student's needs are and how to meet these in the best way. But on saying that if the Samsung tablet runs android then it will likely be a smoother and easier choice than an iPad.

    What will the learner be needing to do on the tablet? Will accessing GAFE be a big part of how it is used? Will they need to use any accessibility features? Are their any specific apps that will be used and are these avaiable on both platforms?


  • Karen 06 May 2014 12:20pm () in Design for your students' super powers

    A great reminder about the importance of knowing your students and understanding what it important to them and what makes them tick.

  • Karen 09 Apr 2014 9:46am () in When you go digital - something has to give...

    What a great sentence Tessa. I will look forward to reading the responses.

  • Karen 24 Oct 2013 12:00pm () in Removing barriers in assessments - levelling the playing field

    What a great topic for discussion Chrissie!  There are certainly a lot of things that need to be considered when looking at digital exams.  I think that when looking at how these can be used it is important to consider alternative options since one approach is unlikely to work for everyone.  Are digital assessments going to be accessible for everyone?  How will accessibility to tested and explored, taking into account a range of learner needs?  It is great to these being used successfully by some special needs students and so long as alternatives are available where necessary.

  • Karen 09 Sep 2013 8:00pm () in Knowing my learners (Linda Ojala)

    Patrick your response about how some learners prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities or to ponder/figure things out on their own made me think of myself as a student.  I know these conversations are about ourselves as teachers but that really made me think about how much I did not enjoy any group type things at school and now (2013) they are even more a part of being a student in a classroom.  It is just another reminder about the importance of knowing your learner and of remembering that what is effective teaching and learning for one learner might not be so great for another.

  • Karen 05 Sep 2013 10:51am () in BYOD Pedagogy | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Angela I really like the way you have talked about the teacher divide. That can be such a barrier in any setting. Your suggestion of using iPads and encouraging teachers to explore areas of personal interest is a great one. I think for some teachers who don't have an interest in anything IT this is a good way of not only getting engagement but also allowing them to understand how diverse the possibilities really are. For both themselves and their students. 

  • Karen 04 Sep 2013 4:25pm () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    Miel I am exactly the same with my Twitter account.  I only really use it for work but really enjoy looking at what is happening out there and seeing what other people are doing in education.  I think being in a situation where my interests and my job overlap makes it very easy to check out what is happening on a regular basis!

  • Karen 04 Sep 2013 4:08pm () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    I completely agree lsmith about Twitter and what a huge source of information it is.  It is such a great way of following trends and seeing what is happening locally, nationally and globally.  Building up a network of educators to follow takes time but is so worthwhile.

  • Karen 09 Aug 2013 8:02am () in In the spirit of UDL - a rap from the BeL SEN team

    What a fantastic rap BeL SEN team!  You have summed it up brilliantly.

  • Karen 05 Aug 2013 4:18pm () in Where I am heading? Day One (Linda Ojala)

    I really like that video Linda.  It gives a clear idea of what UDL is, particularly with the breakdown of what each word means.  The recap is really helpful too. 

    It sounds like you have an exciting week ahead!  Good luck and I look forward to following your progress. Smile