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Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning

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As schools become more savvy about blended-learning tactics– the practice of mixing online and in-person instruction -- guidelines and best practices are emerging from lessons learned.
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These principles extend across all levels of education and any change in schools, really.  The third principle, reminding us that learners and learner needs come before decisions about software and devices, is especially in the forefront of my mind at the moment. 

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School libraries and teacher-librarians: evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning

School libraries have the potential to be a vibrant hub for learning, information, reading promotion, creativity, student leadership and social interaction within their school community. From an equity perspective, the school library is one of few places in a school open to all students, teachers and parents. In addition to providing a congenial learning environment and ‘safe haven’, the school library often offers a venue for extra-curricular activities, as well as school community events and meetings.


Via Karen Bonanno
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Great to see this research being done closer to home and showing again the value of school libraries as a central hub of the school.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, August 31, 2013 2:23 PM

Research findings from Gold Coast schools (Queensland, Australia)

Karen Cuthbert's comment, September 1, 2013 5:33 PM
Thanks Karen, I agree
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 2, 2013 9:05 AM

A good article on the economic value of school libraries in Australia

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Different ways to use GAFE - Google Drive

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Google Apps for Education - this is a crowd sourced initiative where educators are sharing creative ways to use Google Apps in the classroom.  Lot of great content here already, you may like to add some as well.

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Home: Maths Competitions, Maths Games, Kids Math Games, Cool Math Games

Home: Maths Competitions, Maths Games, Kids Math Games, Cool Math Games | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
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Maths Week!  12 - 16 August with games, competitions, teaching ideas and all sorts of mathematical fun.

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NZ Interface Magazine | A few facts you should know about UFB

NZ Interface Magazine | A few facts you should know about UFB | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
It seems everyone's talking about 'Ultra-fast broadband' – or UFB for short. What is it? What does it do? Why is it important for your school? Here are 10 things you really need to know.
1. What is ultra-fast broadband?
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Still not sure about Ultra-fast Broadband and what you need to know?  Here's a handy overview for schools.

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22 Ways To Use Twitter For Learning Based On Bloom's Taxonomy

22 Ways To Use Twitter For Learning Based On Bloom's Taxonomy | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it

The specific ideas range from “remix trending tweets with video and music" to creating concept maps showing the relationship between tweets.


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Twitter is a great tool for your own professional learning and can be used in a wide variety of ways. 

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, July 22, 2013 1:13 PM

An interesting way to analyse trends on specific topics linked to hashtags.

Louise Quo Vadis's comment, July 23, 2013 11:32 AM
Karen, I absolutely love all the information you are sharing. Your content is absolutely fantastic. I am now a huge fan of yours. Thanks so much for sharing. I will do the same for you.
Karen Bonanno's comment, July 23, 2013 4:33 PM
Thanks Louise - great to know the information is helpful.
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Virtual Learning Network: Enabling e-Learning | What's on in Term 3?

Virtual Learning Network: Enabling e-Learning | What's on in Term 3? | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
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During Term 3 there will be a huge number of interesting events on the Enabling e-Learning Community - BYOD pedagogy, smart libraries, Google Apps, make sure you know about the free PD events coming up.

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Virtual Learning Network: e-Learning Round-Up | 3 July 2013

Virtual Learning Network: e-Learning Round-Up | 3 July 2013 | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
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iPads, digital citizenship and priority learners - resources and discussions on the vln this fortnight.

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CELEBRATING THE DIGITAL REALM AND HOW N4L WILL SUP

Come together and celebrate the good things happening in the digital realm, and to share the current frustrations, looming challenges, and unexpected surprises.
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Here is a half hour video of Carolyn Stuart answering questions about the Network for Learning at the TechEx conference last week.  It is a useful introduction for people trying to figure out what it actually is.

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Virtual Learning Network: Enabling e-Learning's blogs

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Science, quadblogging and making the most of Google teacher dashboard - it's in this fortnight's roundup of  e-Learning from the VLN.

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Benefits of Educational Blogging

Grade Two teachers, Kathleen Morris and Kelly Jordan made this video with their students in 2KM and 2KJ to showcase the educational benefits of blogging.
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If you need to convince teachers of the benefits of blogging, there are 15 minutes of reasons, including lots of student voice here.  This video is a couple of years old so you may have seen it before.

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It's Here! The NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Edition | The New Media Consortium

It's Here! The NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Edition | The New Media Consortium | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
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Find out which technology trends the experts consider to be on the near, mid and far term horizons for education.  Keep this report handy for longer term planning.

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pru's curator insight, June 7, 2013 5:52 PM

 To all involved in this edition. Plenty to follow up on in here.

Jim Lerman's curator insight, June 7, 2013 10:22 PM

Always an important document to read.

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Be Do Become | Services to Schools

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This will be an interesting series of blogposts to keep an eye on.  Lisa asks us to think about what we do to create learning environments (both in classrooms and school libraries) that encourage and enable students to take an active, participatory role in their own learning.

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mix & mash - the great NZ remix & mashup competition | Home

mix & mash - the great NZ remix & mashup competition | Home | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
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Digital storytelling is a great way to get kids engaged with the art of a good narrative and a national showcase like this is really motivating.  The emphasis is on reusing New Zealand digital content and there are lots of resources to support you in using Creative Commons. Check out the winners of the May competition and get prepared for the next round in August. 

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10 Conditions For Achieving Success With Blended Learning

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10 Conditions For Achieving Success With Blended Learning
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Lots to think about here with reminders to plan for pd, support and communication as well as more obvious elements of budget and infrastructure.  A nice infographic to keep handy.

 

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Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning

Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
As schools become more savvy about blended-learning tactics– the practice of mixing online and in-person instruction -- guidelines and best practices are emerging from lessons learned.
Esther Casey's insight:

These principles extend across all levels of education and any change in schools, really.  The third principle, reminding us that learners and learner needs come before decisions about software and devices, is especially in the forefront of my mind at the moment. 

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N4L | Network for Learning to start building world-class schools’ network

N4L | Network for Learning to start building world-class schools’ network | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
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More details have been revealed and an invitation for schools to register their interest in the Network for Learning.  I do encourage you to keep up to date with what is happening here.

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New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model - Edudemic

New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model - Edudemic | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
The new Padagogy Wheel features another band focusing on the SAMR Model and on helping teachers (and admins) effectively integrate education technology.
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Blooms, SAMR, learning activities, iPad apps - all rolled into one diagram, this makes it really easy to see the difference.

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TalanoaAkoJuly2013.pdf

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For schools starting to look more closely at how the Pasifika Education Plan can practically be implemented in schools and how it can support Pasifika families and communities, this publication has practical tips and lots of success stories.

 

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A Must-Have Guide To Becoming A Better Blogger - Edudemic

A Must-Have Guide To Becoming A Better Blogger - Edudemic | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
These various infographics, charts, and visual guides should help you turn yourself into a better blogger in no time.

Via Nik Peachey
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Many of the teachers I work with are either starting off or now regularly blogging with their classes.  There are some great tips in these infographics that will help to make your blogs relevant, well-read and manageable.

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Sharon Murdoch's comment, July 13, 2013 5:19 AM
I've used Kidblog with my middle school students, and wouldn't hesitate to use it with younger students as well.
WhizGuide's curator insight, July 17, 2013 3:15 AM

It is important to spend about the same amount of time creating the content to share the article on social media as well.This is very important.

Alison Rostetter's curator insight, July 19, 2013 4:07 AM

one day, I'll find time to look at all this.  But not today!

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Should my class blog, tweet, Google App, Moodle, Desire2Learn, or Edmodo? Arrghhh!!!

Should my class blog, tweet, Google App, Moodle, Desire2Learn, or Edmodo? Arrghhh!!! | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
Do you want to use social media, web 2.0 tools, and/or a learning management system for your class or course program? Do you feel overwhelmed with the absurd amount of choice, and those 'techie' an...
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I have had conversations with several of you regarding the best platform(s) to use as a learning management system or way to bring everything together.  Here is a great comparison of some commonly used tools (including GoogleApps, Edmodo and Kidblog) and a process and set of questions that you could reuse for considering other tools as well.

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New learning opportunities at NLNZ and Auckland Museum - Google Drive

Tirohia Mai: Look at us now - NLNZ and Moana - My Ocean at Auckland Museum.

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I have been learning more about these two new exciting exhibitions this week and both have really interesting supporting programmes for schools.  For Y7&8 (and up) there is a particularly amazing scientific research opportunity through the museum with a strong digital literacy component, you don't even need to visit.  At the National Library's Auckland Centre they are looking at role models, partly through the lens of the women's movement.     

 

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Don't Miss These Two Fabulous Graphics on BYOD for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Don't Miss These Two Fabulous Graphics on BYOD for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
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This short article provides an introduction to the concept and issues of BYOD. 

 

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Matariki | Services to Schools

Matariki | Services to Schools | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
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A selection of the best online resources to support student and teacher information needs around Matariki. 

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Virtual Learning Network: e-Learning Round-Up | 6 June 2013

Virtual Learning Network: e-Learning Round-Up | 6 June 2013 | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
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This is a fortnightly round up of what has been happening on the VLN, please subscribe directly if you don't already receive these as they are full of links to current issues and discussions that are relevant to your schools. 

This edition has content for those of you interested in digital citizenship, effective e-learning pedagogy, writing ideas, engaging with whanau and, of course, a whole lot more. 

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Virtual Learning Network: e-Learning Round-Up | 8 May 2013

Virtual Learning Network: e-Learning Round-Up | 8 May 2013 | Blended e-Learning | Scoop.it
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In case you don't receive the e-Learning Round-Up with the latest activity on the vln, here's a link to it.  There are active discussions about iPads, about blended e-learning in literacy and some great new resources for Maori and Pasifika learners. 

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