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  • Learning at School 2011

    Reflections on and wonderings after  L@S 2011:  The professional development community is alive and well and the sense of collaboration is very strong !!!  The culture of sharing is very evident.  The ideas/insights presented are nothing new and we are 11 years into the 21...

    Tags: key competencies, technology, learning at school

  • Handspring Puppet Co.: The genius puppetry behind War Horse

    This is an exquiste video illustrating the design process. It got TED on it's feet.  It is a resource for science, tech, history, theatre ... It is also just a beautiful example of the fruit of cross discipline partnerships in creativity. Interactive transcript also available.

    Tags: inquiry learning, science, technology, theatre, history

  • What's on the horizon?: The 2011 K-12 Horizon Report

    [cross posted from the e-Learning Research Network] As you may have seen, the 2011 K-12 Horizon Report is out. Developed by the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, this annual report draws on existing research, articles, papers and trends across the globe to make predicti...

    Tags: horizon report, trends, technology

  • Feilding Cluster Student Led Conference

    All our TeKids attended the Student Led Conference hosted by the Feilding Cluster at Lytton Street School. This was a fantastic opportunity for our children to learn some new tools and be part of a wider learning community. Two students from Terrace End also presented at this conference which gav...

    Tags: student led conference, student, learning, e-learning, conference, tekids, tech angels, technology, student conference

  • Joe's Non-Netbook: A tongue-in-cheek challenge to all teachers

    A cracking example of how our students engage in learning and expect to be able to interact with resources.  Taking the tongue out of the cheek, it also raises the some questions around how we inadvertantly present barriers to learning in our choice of resources.    If you int...

    Tags: universal design for learning, udl, diverse learners, technology

  • To SNUP or not to SNUP?

    Had an interesting discussion with our BOT chair and IT techie (also BOT member) around the SNUP deal. We are now eligible for it. HOWEVER - part of our e-learning vision is to incorporate more mobile-learning, laptops etc so want strong wireless capability. We have a good server and sound cablin...

    Tags: snup, technology, wireless, infrastructure

  • Educators warn of chaos as schools try to adopt new technology

    Our guys speak to their submissions at the Select Committee Inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy last month. "from Checkpoint on Wednesday 22 August 2012 MPs are being warned children are losing interest in school because their teachers do not...

    Tags: technology, elearning, schools, policy, government, select committee inquiry

  • Rate of educational change for our priority learners

    You may already be familar with this video from Sir Ken Robinson, where he talks about changing educational paradigms - so that, our children can take their place in the global economic environment. He touches on the importance of acknowledging cultural identity (in the climate of globolisation...

    Tags: Māori, Pasifika, students with special educational learning needs, priority learners, rate of change, change, technology

  • Blogs, blogs, blogs

    This is a link to my main blog - aboxofthistles And this is my blog about what happens in my Spanish classes.  Sometimes I put the same post in both blogs. 

    Tags: learning, teaching, technology, pedagogy, growth, development, curiosity

  • What happens when you put robotics in the hands of teenagers?

    They win of course! Five years in a row in fact. This year New Zealand secondary schools have won in 3/5 of their divisions at the VEX Robotics World Championship 2013. We congratulate each of these schools for their triumphant win on the global stage: World Champions 2915A Lynfield College 2...

    Tags: robotics, technology, problem solving, competition, secondary