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Last year I attended (with Ken) the Chinese in Secondary Schools Conference in Auckland. It was a rather large and impressive event, with an excellent turnout from principals especially. While the day was perhaps a little too presentation focused it...
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We are wanting to shake up our Scholarship Mentoring Programme a bit in 2016. What we have done has been effective, but it perhaps recognises a way of doing things that is very reliant on a teacher, which doesn’t necessarily make...
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On Friday we had our first face to face day for our L3 Datacom Computer Science and Programming students. We were able to gather together ¾ of them in Christchurch, no mean feat considering some came from Otago, Motueka and...
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If you have the recent Interface Magazine you will see a major feature on Minecraft. This is the article about our Crafting History project that is part of that Inspired by the Gallipoli Minecraft collaboration between Alfriston College and the...
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As mentioned in an earlier post, we are taking a slightly different approach to our Scholarship Mentoring programme this year. We have introduced a second tier of mentoring that involves connecting students through online subject communities. These largely sit as...
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If there is one thing about technology that is indisputable it is how quickly it is advancing. So it was interesting to consider this when listening to a discussion on video conferencing technology in the monthly VLNC meeting yesterday. Someone...
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This time last year, OtagoNet, CantaNet and SILC began the process of forming NetNZ. A lot has happened in a year so it would be worth staking stock and reflecting on where we are at. This is part one in...
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I found Steve Wheeler’s discussion on the concept of “Distance Education” in this blog post rather timely. Without answering himself, he raises the question of whether the term “distance education” is rather anachronistic in a modern world in which connectivity...
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Knowledge Building: Why? For the past three years I have been part of a project on knowledge building – an emerging approach to learning in a 21st century context. I don’t often use that term, but the reality is there...
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