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Mark Callagher

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Experienced Secondary Teacher - Mathematics, Computer Studies, Digital Technologies (Web Design), History, Social Studies. More recently I have Worked as Director of E-Learning with Wellington College and Palmerston North Boys' High Schools along with a full year (2012) as a self-employed E-Learning Professional Learning Consultant.

In 2015 I started with Core Education full time as a Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator

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It’s the Learning, Stupid

  • Students quantitative literacy and critical thinking skills can be improved by regular use of spreadsheet tasks

    How are Spreadsheets used in Schools My experience and observation in New Zealand Secondary Schools has been that using spreadsheets is a nice optional extra. Hardly surprising really when the Senior Mathematics Assessment Achievement Standard guides have no requirement for spreadsheet skills, thus giving little motivation for teachers to implement a spreadsheet skills program. Some…

    Posted: 621 days ago

  • Does learner engagement and understanding increase with the use of asynchronous discussion in a blended learning environment?

    Introduction In 2008 I was granted an e-learning fellowship allowing me to research if the use of online discussion forums in a high school history class had enhanced student engagement and led to deeper learning. I recently read two papers that caused me to reflect on my research. Holmes (2005), while analysing the benefits of…

    Posted: 623 days ago

  • Do interactive video tools lead to more active and deeper learning?

    Introduction Last year I completed a Masters research paper with Waikato University (NZ) called “Digital Technologies in the Classroom: New pedagogies, new practices”. I was tasked to choose and analyse an emerging technology within a teaching and learning context. I chose to explore how interactive digital video tools, used in the classroom, could enable more…

    Posted: 631 days ago

  • Keeping it accessible & usable

    Four Important considerations when choosing or creating a digital learning resource Over the last few months in my role as Education Technology Specialist, I was tasked to run an induction training session for new teachers arriving in the UAE as part of the Ministry of Education’s English Department program. Groups of teachers were arriving each…

    Posted: 890 days ago

  • Want to Transform Learning? Then Choose Transformational Tools

    Introduction Over recent years I have regularly encountered two questions from schools: “what learning apps should we choose?” and “what devices should we use?” I am writing this article with the assumption that schools have a suitable and robust digital infrastructure including network, WiFi, and access to high speed internet. New Zealand schools are currently…

    Posted: 1271 days ago

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  • Barbara Reid

    Hi Mark. Welcome to the BYOD group. Please use the resources and bookmarks and share your questions and experiences in the discussions.

  • Catriona Pene

    Kia ora Mark and welcome to the VLN.

    I am part of the online team and we are here to support you and help you get the most out of the VLN community.
    /groupcms/view/785042/ko-wai-matou-who-are-we

    I see you have not yet joined any groups, maybe I could suggest some to help you get the most out of the VLN.

    You might like to join the "Getting started on the VLN" group, here you will find a wealth of tips to help you get the most out of the VLN.
    /groups/profile/25604/getting-started-on-the-vln/

    If e learning is your passion, you might like to join this group too. /groups/profile/118255/enabling-elearning/

    Each fortnight we put together the e-learning round-up on the blog, it is well worth skimming through to see the latest discussions and links, [/blog/group/118255/all].

    Looking forward to working with you online.

    Ngā mihi nui, nā Catriona.

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