March 2010 Blog Posts (22)

New Teacher Coaching

You may wonder about the services Te Puna Ako offers new teachers. One of those services is teacher coaching. The aim of the coaching is to help brand new teachers of to a good start in a very personal way. The coaching work we do compliments our Essentials of Teaching and Learning workshops, which run twice a year.

The coaching is generally broken down into 6 one hour sessions. The supporting resources are supplied through the… Continue

Added by Diana Ayling on March 31, 2010 at 13:44 — No Comments

If I could give teachers one gift it would be.....

The 10/20/30 Rule of Powerpoint!

A powerpoint presentation should have no more than 10 slides! If you

have more than 10 there are other more valuable ways for students to

acquire information. See the discussion Designing Courses for

Significant Learning.

The slide presentation should last no longer than 20 minutes.

The presentation should contain font of no less than 30 points.

This should be… Continue

Added by Diana Ayling on March 31, 2010 at 13:00 — No Comments

Knowledge does not eliminate skill.....

Knowledge does not eliminate skill

Knowledge without skill is unproductive…


Added by Diana Ayling on March 31, 2010 at 8:50 — No Comments

The Amazing Web2.0 Projects book!

Out now, a FREE eBook available for download.

From the website:

  • 87 projects.
  • 10 further resources.
  • 52 applications.
  • 94 contributors.
  • The benefits of using Web 2.0 applications.
  • The challenges of using Web 2.0 applications.
  • How the folk who ran these projects handled the issues...
  • ... And what they recommend you do if you run…

Added by Edward Flagg on March 30, 2010 at 14:35 — No Comments

What is Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID)?

Mme. Curie and 4 students (LOC)

Image by The Library of Congress via Flickr…


Added by Diana Ayling on March 30, 2010 at 12:12 — No Comments

Moving your practice from good to great

This article was retrieved 30 March 2010 from:

Practice Doesn't Make Perfect, but It Comes Fairly Close…


Added by Edward Flagg on March 30, 2010 at 12:07 — No Comments

10 Technology Tips for Teachers

10 Technology Must-Haves for Teachers.

1. Laptops and Netbooks. Every staff members ought to have a really good computer. The hottest and best choice is a netbook, a new kind of

subcompact notebook that combines a relatively good processor with

genuine portability and an attractive entry-level price. We especially

like netbooks that weigh no more than 3 pounds, have a…


Added by Diana Ayling on March 27, 2010 at 18:32 — No Comments

Would you like to travel around the world in 80 days?

A fictional Englishman's quest to circle the globe in 80 days inspired technology integration facilitator Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano to take her students on a similar adventure, without physically traveling

to different countries. You could do exactly the same. Sivlia…


Added by Diana Ayling on March 25, 2010 at 14:58 — No Comments

Are you needing a quick overview and guide to teaching and learning?

Signpost forest, Watson Lake

Image by Arthur Chapman via Flickr

Ako Aotearoa have produced a short booklet for new teachers. All teachers will find this a useful resource, as the booklet covers subject such as engaging… Continue

Added by Diana Ayling on March 17, 2010 at 14:35 — No Comments

The Living Curriculum

The Living Curriculum

Complex conversations:

Socially constructed

Blended delivery

Discipline-based & interdisciplinary

Literacies for life-long learning

Embedded assessment









...almost anything related to… Continue

Added by Edward Flagg on March 11, 2010 at 10:19 — 2 Comments

Integrated Design Theory

Integrated Design focuses on six issues that get teachers thinking about the learning goals of their courses.

It involves… Continue

Added by Edward Flagg on March 11, 2010 at 10:15 — 1 Comment

The Graduate Profile

Shift of primary focus away from comptencies to capabilities.

Yes, what they know, but more importantly, what they are able to do.

  • Find relevant information from a variety of reliable sources
  • Make meaningful knowledge of that information by applying it in a real-world context
  • Refine and improve on their learning and their learning process through critical…

Added by Edward Flagg on March 11, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Academic Strategy

The Academic Strategy Speaks to four large goals that Unitec has set out for itself.

The focus of our attention is on the characteristics of the classroom that are espoused by the Academic Strategy.

Classrooms at Unitec are to be:

  • student-centered
  • inquiry-led
  • diverse in approaches to learning

  • practice-based
  • both creative and critical

  • research-led &…

Added by Edward Flagg on March 11, 2010 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Three Reasons to Develop a Reflective Practice

Reflection can play an essential role in learning, in learning how to learn and in documenting a learner's experience.

"Learning journals are increasingly used in higher education as means of facilitatingor of assessing learning... Generally speaking, they seem

to be helpful in personalising and deepening the quality of…

Added by Edward Flagg on March 11, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Creating your own professional development plan to meet the needs of the learning organisation

Continuous Learning in knowledge work

A knowledge organization has to be both a learning organization

and a teaching organization.

by Dr. Peter Drucker

Knowledge workers must have…


Added by Diana Ayling on March 10, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments

Ako Aotearoa Best Practice Grants 2010

Ako Aotearoa has just released the information for the Best Practice Grants.

Added by Diana Ayling on March 9, 2010 at 15:14 — No Comments

Issues in using Moodle, a wee note

Excerpt from:

Changing the game: Notes from an implementation of the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment across an English Local Education Authority.

Retrieved 8 March 2010 from:…


Added by Edward Flagg on March 8, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

Indepth Reflective Practice

This is an online resource for teachers and others who are interested in designing and facilitating learning through reflective practice.

Aim:To provide resources for course designers and facilitators.

This resource supports teacher to be able to:

Understand the terminology, concepts and principles of reflection.

Design and facilitate a learning activity…


Added by Diana Ayling on March 1, 2010 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

A few wise words to inspire at the beginning of the semester.

We are all very busy as we prepare for the year ahead, meet our new students and manage the vast number of small administrative matters. It is easy to lose sight of our original mission as teachers. Larry Daloz reminds us in these words....

Teaching is ....pre-eminently an act of care...For as we support our students in their struggle, challenge them towards their best, and cast light on the path ahead, we do so in the name of our respect for… Continue

Added by Diana Ayling on March 1, 2010 at 12:00 — No Comments

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