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December 5, 2017

Your Ethos Community Newsletter For November

Another one for my Kiwi readers.

Your newsletter from the Ethos Online Community – November 2017

Kia ora, talofa lava, and greetings,

And so it officially begins – the month of Christmas carols, mad dashes to over crowded malls and far too many events! I hope you’re surviving the chaos and have your eye on the prize – that little break at the end of the month.

If, like me, you’re of the introverted ilk and find the heavy social period a little exhausting, take a look at this article on surviving Christmas as an introvert. This can be one of the most stressful / tiring periods if you get your energy from being alone, but there are plenty of strategies to help face it full on and actually help you get some enjoyment from it too.

Particularly in New Zealand, due to our long summer break, there also seems to be the mad dash to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time. And, if you’re finding the work / life chaos is all a bit much and your brain is screaming ‘enough’, Sarah Whiting has shared a great post all about how to deal when there is just too much going on in your brain –  Brain Overload- How We Can Help Our Minds in Busy Times. Sometimes your poor old brain runs out of room and you need to find ways to order and priorities the many thoughts / tasks you are concentrating on. Relevant year-round (unfortunately) but perhaps now is a good time to start putting these measures in place.

And, if you need a little r&r to get you in the spirit, John S Oliver has linked us to some great videos and tips on practicing the meditative art of Qigong –  Consider this alternative to yoga. John prefers to practice this over yoga and finds it calming – perhaps you will too?

As always, there are plenty of fabulous other posts, so sit down, grab a cuppa, take a break from the December madness and reflect on the month that was, here at Ethos.

Welcome to new members – November

The Ethos Online Community now has 449 members. Hope you will all give a warm haere mai (welcome) to the new members to the community:

  • Kaye  Gilhooley, an Educational Product Developer based in Christchurch. Kaye is particularly interested in Instructional Design and blended learning approaches

Know anyone who would like to join an international Online Community that’s all about learning – across all education sectors, business & ITOs: http://bit.ly/233qpfP? Please invite them :)

Member Blog Posts and discussions

In this newsletter, as always, we have some interesting posts. Please jump into the conversations and feel free to ask questions.

  • Eduspeak unlocks the education-focused lingo that people outside for the profession may not always understand. I personally found this very helpful. Thanks Leigh Hynes for sharing

  • ePortfolios make learning visible to their users. They also make their user visible, being able to describe not just what they do but how and why they do it, self managing and reflecting. Being proactive. MyPortfolio trainer and eportfolio facilitator, Pascale Hyboud Peron, shares a great poster looking into the why, who and how of ePortfolios in ePortfolio for life?

  • Fancy yourself a movie buff? Or perhaps you have a student with an interest that you’d like to help blossom? Either way, this blog by John S Oliver should spark some interest. If you enjoy movies, then consider these looks at the various roles involved in movie making as well as the in-depth process it takes to get from idea to movie screen. John links us to 12 Crash Course lessons to help bring out the Speilburg in all of us

  • Rachel Whalley checks in with an update on her awesome work with the VLN primary school in What’s new online learning in NZ primary schools. There has been farm animals attending the school, as well as much prep for 2018 and some interesting research and findings. There are a wide range of online language programmes, in addition – extension maths, astronomy, visual arts, computer programming, health and Over the Back Fence Project. Registrations for 2018 are now open, so make sure to check it out here

  • Often find it hard to concentrate effectively on one thing in amongst the million other things happening in your head? Well, the good news if you’re not alone. And the even better news is Sarah Whiting is here to help. All it takes is some conscious decision making in organising your day. Take a look at Brain Overload- How We Can Help Our Minds in Busy Times to get some tips on escaping the brain burnout!

  • Adam Fletcher introduces a conceptualization of cascading leadership among students. Cascading leadership is the experience of having students facilitate other students in a sequenced way according to their skills, knowledge, and experience. It is different from traditional leadership, which is generally having students command other students according to their interest and ability. In this post, Adam explains the idea and the effects it can have, particularly in promoting student voice

  • Yoga has gone from something thought of as a hippy’s pass time, to a mainstream activity with widely recognised benefits. So, what’s the next yoga? Well if you were to ask John S Oliver, Qigong would be the answer. Qigong is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation. John shares some videos and exercises in Consider this alternative to yoga

Also recommended

As always you have contributed a superb variety of posts this month. Thank you. Here are some of the posts and topics that you may find of interest:

  • In this podcast (that was shared by Mike Preece), some key points arise about providing learning opportunities across all sociocultural groups in New Zealand…in particular those who are facing socio-economic disadvantages. The link between provision of professional development and shifts in student achievement are discussed, and it was recognised that it is tough to demonstrate this shift using standardised tests. Find out more; Education under discussion: Links between professional development and helping to lift student ‘achievement’?

  • Mentoring and coaching have received a lot of attention recently on the Ethos community, so this post seemed particularly relevant. Conor Neill, in this video, outlines his thoughts about what a mentor comprises, and why we might need them in our lives. Connor suggests there are three types on mentors, and five roles they play. Take a look at the video or a quick read of the blog (Three types of mentor, and five types of role they play) and let us know your thoughts

  • Anxiety is sadly becoming a hugely common affliction. Are you ever pulled into that cycle of anxiety – that ‘what if…’ cycle that makes your stomach churn and your heart beat faster? If yes, you may well find the following resource of interest. In caught in the anxiety cycle? Find out what to do.. we look at the work of Dr. Neha Sangwan on how to transform your anxiety

Recommended videos

From the ever growing repository of videos (1,557 in total – thanks as always to John S Oliver for his awesome contributions), these are a just few of the highlights.

  • In this video we are shown a very simple technique to teach children to read. Teach your child to read phonetically in just one minute a day of practice you can have your child reading two and three letter words

  • If your kid wasn’t born to wait, you’re not alone. Good news is that patience is actually a skill you can teach and Sofia shares with us 3 simple and fun ways to do so in 3 Ways to Teach Kids PATIENCE!

  • Teachers unions vs. students – there is a dilemma in American education. On the one hand, teachers are essential to student achievement. On the other, teachers unions promote self-interests of their members which are antithetical to the interests of students. So, how do we fix this problem? In five minutes, Terry Moe, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, delineates this quandary and offers solutions.

  • This presentation is erudite, humorous, and it has the data to support the innovative approaches that the school has trialled. Highly, highly recommended; Supporting students to take control of their own learning

  • 7 undeniable reasons young people will save their parents and the world – Jan Owen AM commenced as CEO at The Foundation for Young Australians in September 2010. She is recognised as one of the leading pioneers of Australia’s youth sector, having headed up Australia’s first youth representative bodies, as Chairperson of the National Youth Council of Australia and President of the Youth Affairs Council of Australia. Since 2002, Jan has been the Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia, an organisation that has pioneered new investment, social innovation and entrepreneurship models to increase the impact of the social sector

  • The traditional system of education was designed in the industrial age and is now outdated and ineffective. Learn about the 6 major problems with the system.  At NEXT School, they are bringing a much needed upgrade to the education system to address these problems. They are India’s 1st Big Picture School. The highly innovative Big Picture Learning framework allows us to personalise each child’s educational journey making learning more engaging and relevant. Learn more in this blog post – 6 Problems with our School System

Resources

  • Are you looking for Virtual Classroom, Online Teaching or Training solutions? Vinay Kumar introduces us to WizIQ, which was awarded the World’s Best Virtual Classroom Provider in Global E-Learning Awards. To enhance the educational E-Learning and training process, WizIQ provides you with asynchronous communication tools. Take a read of WizIQ Virtual Classroom Solution for Teaching & Learning to find out more

  • If you are involved in facilitating an online community, are thinking of initiating one, or are working with, for example, students who would like to get one going…these guidelines may serve as a ‘quick guide’ of things to think about in advance- The Virtual CoP Toolbox – Guidelines for online community builders

What’s on?

Lots of other things happening (online courses, conferences and other opportunities) including next year’s INTCESS 2018- 5th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES taking place in Istanbul

Please feel free to add events to share them, or just let me know and I’ll add them :-)

Nāku iti nei, faafetai lava, and warm regards

Charlotte

Charlotte Caines
Community Coordinator

Ethos Consultancy NZ Ltd

PO Box 90391, Victoria Street West,
Auckland 1142
Phone +64 (0)9 9738027 / +64 (0)9 5750206
Mobile +64 (0)21 2273777
Web site: http://www.ethosconsultancynz.com/
Blog: http://ictelt.blogspot.com/
Email addresses: info@ethosconsultancynz.com / hazelowendmc@gmail.com
Skype: hazelowendmc

November 5, 2017

Your Ethos Community Newsletter For October

Another one for my Kiwi readers.

Your newsletter from the Ethos Online Community – October 2017

 

Kia ora, talofa lava, and greetings,

 

It may only be the beginning of November, but it feels like the silly season is well and truly upon us. There are already events galore and the mad-dash to get an insane amount of work done before the break has really kicked off.

 

The next two months are inevitably set to get increasingly chaotic. Luckily, John S Oliver has supplied a myriad of videos on retaining information. I have a sinking feeling that these will be well-needed in the build up to Christmas.

 

In amongst the madness, don’t forget the importance of taking some time for yourself. It’s all too easy to forget that your own health and wellbeing should be priority one. Joanna Wheway shares a survey that makes this even more poignant. In Principal Wellbeing Joanna links us to the survey, revealing the high stress levels principals are under. I fear this is a trend that leaks into many professions nowadays. While a certain amount of stress can be good, we all need to remember how to achieve balance and not burn ourselves out, particularly at this end of the year.

 

Try your best to make sure you are getting some value and enjoyment from your work too (not just stress!). This month Rick Whalley posts about a process he undertook to ensure that his own values aligned with that of his work; Investigating my values and how they influence my work. These kind of activities can aid you both professionally and personally, helping you perform better and feel more in sync with the work you’re doing.

 

So, embrace the chaos that is bound to ensue in the remaining months of 2017, but ensure you’re looking after yourself and doing all you need to be happy and healthy. Hopefully, there is at least an abundance of food, drink and good times with friends that come with end of year celebrations – so take advantage of these silver linings between getting all your work done. Let’s all keep in mind that end of year break and (hopefully) sunshine (in some parts of the world) to motivate us through!

 

Welcome to new members – October

The Ethos Online Community now has 448 members. Hope you will all give a warm haere mai (welcome) to the new members to the community:

  • Ellie Summers, a Graphic Designer based in London. Ellie hopes Ethos and ICT enhanced learning and technology can help her share knowledge with the world

  • Another London-dweller, Website Media Manager,  Peter S joins us also. Peter would like to help people of all ages learn how to use the internet better and in a more secure way

 

Know anyone who would like to join an international Online Community that’s all about learning – across all education sectors, business & ITOs: http://bit.ly/233qpfP? Please invite them :)

Member Blog Posts and discussions

In this newsletter, as always, we have some interesting posts. Please jump into the conversations and feel free to ask questions.

  • Want to be equally disgusted and fascinated? Well then this is the post for you! Ellie Summers shares with us a fabulously off-putting infographic spelling out 20 gross and gruesome facts about the human body. A good one to both entertain and educate.

  • Peter S cements his passion for aiding safe and effective internet use by posting this great internet safety guide: Internet safety for kids and teens. This is a topic that is always relevant, particularly with the ever-morphing face of technology. This guide should help guardians and teachers keep up with new technologies and know how to both protect younger internet users, and support them to become more savvy.

  • Recruitment and retention is generally a priority for most businesses. It certainly is for John Owen and his growing business. When considering the right employee value proposition, John knew that, just like the other elements of his company, he wanted to try something a little new and different. One of the things John’s company, Cyma, offers to employees is coaching. However, while most companies offer this only to senior staff, Cyma have decided to open this up to all staff – the thinking being that if senior staff members find it beneficial, why wouldn’t everyone!? The result has been fantastic, with a great deal of positive feedback received. John explains more about their method, reasoning and results in Coaching for everyone, not just leadership.

  • Joanna Wheway writes about an interesting (and terrifying) survey revealing the stress levels of school principals. And it’s not looking good. Luckily the author, Dr Phil Riley, also has some tips on how to reduce said stress. Joanna also links us to another great website with guides on how to survive a stressful environment. You can find all the info here: Principal Wellbeing. Remember to get some R&R and always put your health and wellbeing first.

  • Investigating my values and how they influence my work from Rick Whalley looks at the process of aligning personal values with that of your work. This process aims to help you ‘find yourself in your work.’ The process saw Rick identifying the values that were most important to him and then cross referencing them to the values his education organisation associates with. There was then a hard process of elimination to really get down to the values that were most important to Rick. In his post Rick talks us through this process, his values and also how this then goes on to influence Rick’s work and have a bigger impact.

  • The transition to secondary school is always a big one. This becomes even more daunting for those with learning disabilities or who need extra support in making big, impactful decisions. Lorraine Vickery decided to use the MAPS tool to help her year 9 students and their support groups make difficult decisions throughout this transition that could ultimately affect their place in society. This tool looks to help individuals with disabilities who are at risk of being isolated, left out of mainstream life, to realise their future goals and make plans to achieve their goals. Lorraine talks more in depth about the process and the results in her posts: Students being able to determine their own learning program, Preparation for the MAPS process and “All I want is a Good Life”.

 

Also recommended

As always you have contributed a superb variety of posts this month. Thank you. Here are some of the posts and topics that you may find of interest:

  • Acknowledging that change needs to be made is easy, but actually knowing how to implement this is another (more challenging) story. Joanna Wheway ponders on how one goes about finding the path to change once in a position to make change.

  • You may have seen the recent post What does business look like when driven and funded by women? Well, SheEO is now active in Aotearoa New Zealand, and if you have a business idea you now have the opportunity to apply for one of the low-interest loans, while being supported by an experienced community of women. A super exciting chance to get your business underway, I’d highly recommend you jump in and apply.

  • What sets apart good leaders from great leaders? Is it political savvy and the ability to maneuver their way to the top? Is it the number of connections they have? Is it their ability to speak well and motivate people?While all these things may be helpful to varying degrees, leadership goes much deeper than that, to the very core of a who a person is. Here are five traits that truly set apart great leaders from the rest of the pack: 5 traits of leadership that will set you apart.

  • Meeting the needs of culturally diverse clients by enhancing employee cultural understandings looks at how coaching, with its focus on listening, questioning, and exploration of self, especially values and beliefs, can be a highly effective way to develop understanding of a range of cultures. This in turn can have a hugely positive influence of a person’s ability to communicate in different manners and form relationships. This post analyses how this can help with short- and long-term business development, especially around decision-making, planning and operations

  • Online courses are an amazing resource, but the questions is ‘how do you make them sticky’? How do you help participants, after they have started your course, remain engaged and motivated? Hazel  shares her Top 10 tips for online course design, all taken from either her own work with clients to add them to their course design, or experiences in other courses

 

Recommended videos

From the ever growing repository of videos (1,523 in total – thanks as always to John S Oliver for his awesome contributions), these are a just few of the highlights.

 

Resources

  • You may be familiar with the amazing work done by Adam Fletcher around student voice, and his keen interest in personal engagement in education for K-12 students, as well as adult learners. Well, we were very excited when Adam dropped us a line sharing his new book called Student Voice Revolution: The Meaningful Student Involvement Handbook. He writes that “clocking in at 374 pages, it’s packed with research, examples, tools and more to help districts [regions], schools and individual teachers take steps forward to fully embrace Meaningful Student Involvement. There are exciting graphics, engaging stories and powerful citations throughout the book, too”. Find out more here.

  • Are you looking for a short, online course to study…and that is, even better, free? Open2Study has an interesting variety of courses from which to choose. Take a look at the options – Free, short, online courses available for you

  • This is a great little site that looks to link qualified freelancers and companies (free of charge too!). The resource, Hubstaff Talent, has build a directory of tried and tested trustworthy freelance workers

 

What’s on?

Lots of other things happening (online courses, conferences and other opportunities) including the ASCILITE 2017: 34th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education taking place on December 4th in Queensland, Australia.

Please feel free to add events to share them, or just let me know and I’ll add them :-)

 

 

Nāku iti nei, faafetai lava, and warm regards

Charlotte

Charlotte Caines

Community Coordinator

Ethos Consultancy NZ Ltd

PO Box 90391, Victoria Street West,

Auckland 1142

Phone +64 (0)9 9738027 / +64 (0)9 5750206

Mobile +64 (0)21 2273777

Web site: http://www.ethosconsultancynz.com/

Blog: http://ictelt.blogspot.com/

Email addresses: info@ethosconsultancynz.com / hazelowendmc@gmail.com

Skype: hazelowendmc

October 2, 2017

Your Ethos Community Newsletter for September

One for my Kiwi readers.

Your newsletter from the Ethos Online Community – September 2017

 

Kia ora, talofa lava, and greetings,

 

Critical thinking is touched upon alot in this month’s posts. Unsurprising, given that the world seems to be constantly throwing out bizarre new situations for us to analyse.

 

How do we ensure we are thinking about these situations critically? In many circumstances it is all too easy to go along with what everyone else is thinking. We need to take measures to make sure we are asking ourselves the correct questions, delving deeper into our thoughts and actively seeking as much information as possible, not simply give in to group-think. In Ivy League Professors Exhort Their Students and All Students to – Think for Yourself the advice professors from some of the world’s top universities urge on the next generation of students is shared. However, this advice stands for all of us. Are you thinking for yourself or letting others shape your opinions?

 

While it’s important to not to go unquestioningly with the opinions of others, being exposed to multiple ways of thinking, even ones you don’t agree with, plays a role in developing a fully formed opinion. Leigh Hynes talks this month about the importance of resisting the urge to create an echo chamber, by only interacting in circles that reflect your own opinions. Variety being the spice of life and all that, we can learn to be critical consumers, challenging ourselves to explore different avenues. This approach becomes particularly apparent in the online world, where a huge variety of people can openly share their views, and those you aren’t keen on can be hidden with the simple click of a button. But, that’s the easy option, why not embrace the opportunity to learn about the thoughts of others?

 

Nick Major touches upon how important it is to think critically about, not just outside situations, but our own beliefs and actions. It’s so easy to become stuck in our ways, believing that the beliefs we’ve formed over the years are the only way to go. This can lead to a very closed off way of thinking, that in fact blinds us to other, potentially more positive, paths. Nick stresses the importance of self-coaching, or seeking the critical opinion of someone outside yourself, in order to open our eyes to our own beliefs and allow ourselves to form different ones.

 

But seeking critical opinion from someone else can be a challenge. Hearing potentially negative feedback about yourself is not the most comfortable task. John Owen looks at how we can learn to see negative feedback as an opportunity rather than an insult. Negative feedback provides an insight into ourselves that we may not otherwise have. It opens the door to self-improvement and way of changing up the status-quo.

Welcome to new members – September

The Ethos Online Community now has 446 members. Hope you will all give a warm haere mai (welcome) to the new members to the community:

  • Deborah Triglia an Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) based in New York. Deborah hopes ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching can aid in passing on information to people, so that, as Deborah writes, “they too may be enlightened and inspired to stop supporting the wrong concepts of freedom”.

  • Auckland based Melvin Din, is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educator. Melvin is looking to incorporate ICT enhanced learning in to the STEM curriculum.

 

Know anyone who would like to join an international Online Community that’s all about learning – across all education sectors, business & ITOs: http://bit.ly/233qpfP? Please invite them :)

Member Blog Posts and discussions

In this newsletter, as always, we have some interesting posts. Please jump into the conversations and feel free to ask questions.

  • This month we get some insight from professors teaching at the most well-regarded tertiary education facilities in the world. In Ivy League Professors Exhort Their Students and All Students to – Think for Yourself, scholars and teachers at Princeton, Harvard, and Yale urge the next generation of university students to think critically and not fall victim to group-think. In a shared atmosphere like a campus it is all too easy to assume the popular opinion is the correct opinion. Either going along with it because you don’t want to risk criticism, or (even scarier) not questioning it at all. This piece is a good reminder to always question the status quo and stand up for what you believe in. Thanks for sharing, John S. Oliver.

  • Nicholas J Major puts a new spin on spring cleaning in Monkey Business. While we are often encouraged to physically declutter during this season, why do we not also take the cue to mentally declutter? Nick touches upon how easy it is to become stuck in our beliefs and how in turn we can become blinded to other options or paths that may actually have a more positive outcome. Nick looks at self-coaching and the ‘Ladder of Inference’ model as tools to help us get outside of ourselves and critically analyse our actions and beliefs. Nick also comments on the role of coaching, and gaining an outside support, to effectively help you inquire into and challenge your thinking and reasoning. Whatever method you chose, this is a fantastic, self-improving task to take on.

  • You might want to join the interesting conversation underway in Comparing Different OLCoP Approaches. The discussion has been invigorated again over the last few weeks (with thanks especially to Janey Nolan, Tessa Gray, and Paul Keown).

  • Politics, colleagues and friends takes on the challenging subject of political opinion. Having just gone through an election in New Zealand, political discussion has been rife. However, this is a global topic that stands year round, particularly given the political movements of late. The internet brings in an interesting element, allowing people to openly share their standpoint with the world. So, how does one deal with being constantly exposed to the opinions of our peers, especially when they oppose our own opinions? This exposure can be challenging, Leigh Hynes comments on resisting the urge to delete people from social media or leave scathing comments. However, Leigh stops herself by going back to internet guru, Howard Rheingold, and his assertion that we need to learn to be critical consumers to survive online. To do that we have to ensure we do not surround ourselves with like-minded opinion online. One of the joys of the internet is that it allows us to learn from others, however this wouldn’t be the case if we were only seeing views that reflected our own. So, no matter how frustrating it may be to read statuses we disagree with, it may be for our own good

  • Feedback is an essential part of learning about who we are, how we behave and how we can improve. But negative feedback can be uncomfortable to hear and can often fall on deaf ears or invoke a defensive response because of this fact. Listen, process, then action looks at how we can move away from seeing critical feedback as a negative and instead work through the discomfort to actually gain something constructive from it. John Owen looks at a personal experience where he was given direct feedback, which was hard to hear. Once John processed the information and got over the initial negative feelings, he realised there was some truth in the comments and that it in fact produced the opportunity for him to do something positive to address the issue

  • Joanna Wheway continues to take us along on her journey as a new principal. Last month we heard about Joanna’s transition in to a new school and all the admin-invoked stress that comes with this. This month, Joanna is looking to move into the harder hitting stuff with her staff. Joanna cleverly decided to spend the first few weeks of her new appointment focusing on the basic areas which teachers are less passionate about. She used this non-conflicting time to build trust and relationships with her staff. But now, the time has come to start focusing on the actual teaching and learning aspect of the school – the emotive stuff. Joanna is looking at changing habits in her teachers which have been firmly engraved over the last three years. This is made even more difficult given the fact that they have received positive feedback from previous leaders. Joanna’s main challenge is implementing assessment in a school that currently has none. Joanna talks of a conflicted teaching staff and the need for her to continuously re-evaluate and take gentle steps towards her goal. Fortunately, in her follow up post it sounds like a breakthrough has been made and things are moving in the right direction. Keep up to date with Joanna’s journey here: Week 6 and Week 7

 

Also recommended

As always you have contributed a superb variety of posts this month. Thank you. Here are some of the posts and topics that you may find of interest:

  • Mal Lee and Roger Broadie have written an article entitled, “The Impact of the Unintended on the Digital Education of the World’…“, which draws from their research. The article describes an alternative perspective to that suggested by many education authorities and global government agencies. An excerpt from their article illustrates some of the key points they make – take a look in If schools continue as stand-alone insular institutions they will continue to be dealt out of the play – what do you reckon?

  • In What does business look like when driven and funded by women?, Vicki Saunders shares some of her formative experiences in business. One that stood out for me was the time when she was heading up her business, having become increasingly successful, she was advised that she could not be the CEO when the business went public, because the CEO would need to be a man. Since that time (and yes, she took the advice, one of her few regrets) Vicki has come across many other similar women, who have had the same experience

  • At TEDx Auckland 2012, Philip Patston gave a presentation entitled: The Label Libel, A New Look at Diversity. In his presentation Patston explores notions of diversity. He initially describes his own experience of the labels he gave himself, and the labels (with underpinning assumptions) that other people gave him, which created feelings of confusion and frustration. He identifies that labels are sometimes useful because they can create awareness. However, if they are unquestioned, they frequently lead to judgements, inequality, and separation by creating ‘us and them’ situations. You can watch his talk and read more about how we can question and unpack our own use of labels in Making visible the significant differences between people

 

Recommended videos

From the ever growing repository of videos (1,501 in total – thanks as always to John S Oliver for his awesome contributions), these are a just few of the highlights.

  • In Youth suicide: In Helping Others, You Heal Yourself Dr Neha interviews Nina, who explains “I’ve lost a few friends to suicide. I know that a lot of that came from fear of communication, particularly in young males. I want to ask, do you have any advice for those who want to support them? I want to support my peers to communicate better so that they can find solutions so that suicide is never an option. Communication could be definitely a solution to this. So what do you think?”. Youth suicide is such a huge issue in New Zealand at the moment, even being named the countries darkest secret and biggest challenge. Please watch this video and use the tips to help anyone who may be at risk.

  • Rob Stevenson and Mary Pretorius talk about the benefits of virtual mentoring (uChoose through CORE Education) at Dominion Road School.

  • A quality education is critical for all children, and in particular, at-risk, low-income children. Head Start teachers, directors, and program staff work tirelessly everyday to establish strong foundations for the children in their classrooms. In this co-hosted Webinar with, we take a look at the CLASS tool and how it is used for monitoring, and explore strategies for improving teacher-child interactions

  • In this episode of Overrated (The real reason To Kill A Mockingbird became so famous), Vox’s Phil Edwards investigates what he calls ‘the largely unheralded business reason’ behind the success of Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is a literary classic, but it was also a landmark book in the paperback revolution. Thanks to publishers like Penguin Books, paperbacks changed dramatically from pulp fiction and dime store novels to  a legitimate way to read great literature. To Kill A Mockingbird’s timing helped it capitalize upon that business shift and become a classic in classrooms — for business reasons as well as literary ones

  • From independence to interdependence Alana Conner, PhD, is a cultural psychologist and science communicator whose latest project is Clash! 8 Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are (2013), which she coauthored with Stanford professor, Hazel Rose Markus. By day, she designs communications that enhance the wellbeing of diverse populations around the world. By night, she writes about culture, class, psychology, and health for a variety of venues, which have included The New York Times Magazine, EDGE.org, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, where she served as senior editor for five years. In between, she rides the bike, walks the cat, and bakes the vegan bacon cake in San Francisco.

  • What are our screens and devices doing to us? Psychologist Adam Alter studies how much time screens steal from us and how they’re getting away with it. He shares why all those hours you spend staring at your smartphone, tablet or computer might be making you miserable — and what you can do about it; Why our screens make us less happy – and what can we do about it?

  • Why School Sucks looks at the education that takes place outside of the classroom, and why sometimes school, inflexible teachers and labels can make people believe they’re ‘slow’ when in fact their learning needs simply aren’t being met.

 

Resources

  • ‘The Future of Learning’ addresses the four infrastructure and the four pedagogical elements (below) that must all be in place to prepare our learners for the world they and we are living in now. Mark Treadwell has kindly shared his book as a free PDF download.

 

What’s on?

Lots of other things happening (online courses, conferences and other opportunities) including the ASCILITE 2017: 34th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education taking place in Southern Queensland, Australia, on December 4th.

Please feel free to add events to share them, or just let me know and I’ll add them :-)

 

 

Nāku iti nei, faafetai lava, and warm regards

Charlotte

Charlotte Caines

Community Coordinator

Ethos Consultancy NZ Ltd

PO Box 90391, Victoria Street West,

Auckland 1142

Phone +64 (0)9 9738027 / +64 (0)9 5750206

Mobile +64 (0)21 2273777

Web site: http://www.ethosconsultancynz.com/

Blog: http://ictelt.blogspot.com/

Email addresses: info@ethosconsultancynz.com / hazelowendmc@gmail.com

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May 2, 2017

Your Ethos Newsletter for April

One for my Kiwi readers…

Your newsletter from the Ethos Online Community – April 2017

 

Kia ora, talofa lava, and greetings,

 

According to many sources, the amount of decisions humans make in just one day averages around 35,000. These multiple decisions are probably seen as completely normal, and maybe even insignificant, due to their slow build up over time and the day-in day-out consistency by which we make them.

 

However, these seemingly small decisions paint a much bigger picture. The things we say yes or no to, essentially form our boundaries and dictate the direction our lives take. So, is it odd then that boundaries are generally seen as restrictive rather than enabling?

 

Sarri Gilman is an experienced marriage and family therapist. She is also the founder of two organisations that support the needs of children and teens facing homelessness.

In both these roles she has found that clear boundaries enhance relationships and the quality of life. Boundaries aid in giving people a voice and allow more understanding around the respect of yourself and others.

 

Sari believes that boundaries are empowering. In Good boundaries free you – and how to set them Sari discusses the power of boundaries and gives an outline on how to create positive ones and stick by them.

 

Sari’s talk can be applied to many situations. Particularly in the classroom. If a student has defined boundaries within which they can make a decision then they are being given guidelines and support as well as freedom to make their own choice and the responsibility to do so.

 

Does anyone have any good resources or advice on how they implement boundaries either on a personal or professional level? And if so, what are the outcomes you’ve experienced from setting these?

 

Welcome to new members – April

The Ethos Online Community now has 437 members. Hope you will all give a warm haere mai (welcome) to January’s new members to the community:

  • Alex MacCreadie  joins us from Wellington where he works as an Executive Director for school strategy. He is particularly interested in providing schools with a pedagogically based, cloud based digital learning platform for use in New Zealand schools.

 

Know anyone who would like to join an international Online Community that’s all about learning – across all education sectors, business & ITOs: http://bit.ly/233qpfP? Please invite them :)

Member Blog Posts and discussions

In this newsletter, as always, we have some interesting posts. Please jump into the conversations and feel free to ask questions.

  • Leigh Hynes was disappointed recently when reading an ERO report which evaluated the evidence of the 8 principles within New Zealand school and classroom curricula. The disappointment stemmed from the fact that the Future Focus principle featured the LOWEST number of times in NZ school curriculum, and second to lowest in classroom curriculum. In A rant but an important one – is your teaching future focused? Leigh considers that perhaps schools are putting too much focus on preparing students for assessment and not actually giving them the tools they need to tackle the future. Leigh notes that, ideally, students should receive the skills to both achieve assessments and take on the future. Leigh reminds us of the 6 themes of future orientated teaching and learning and links us to a future focused symposium taking place this week. Do others try and incorporate this in their teaching? And how much importance do you place on the principles, particularly that of future focus?

  • Some compelling arguments in support of online technologies and the related pedagogy looks at the unfortunate, yet common, occurrence where those with the power to effect cultural shifts in educational institutions can sometimes be a bit behind the eight ball when it comes to actually enabling said changes. Those in the position to influence change may in fact have a vested interest in things staying as they are. This is apparent in the continued growth of e-learning where we see a number of educators reluctant to embrace technology. This post references an article that may help anyone needing to justifying requests for appropriate professional development around e-learning. Thank you to Helen Martin for sharing this fantastic piece.

  • The media and public have long been aware of cyber bullying, but what legal documentation and actions have been taken to both prevent and help understand this harmful act? This draft report defines harmful digital communication as forms such as threats, harassment, dissemination of intimate personal visual recordings and incitement to suicide. It recommends a “four limbed” approach: the creation of a new criminal offence for “bad digital communication”; the amendment of existing statutes; the establishment of an authority to enable takedown and cease-and-desist orders; and some suggested changes to the legal regime for New Zealand schools. What are others thoughts on this?

  • John Birnie  shares a fantastic TED talk from Daphne Koller. Daphne is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free – not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed. This could be both a fantastic resource for students and a clever way to collect data to help improve many areas of education.

  • Studio H is a high school design/build curriculum for rural community benefit. The one-year program is offered to Junior-year students of the Bertie County school district in North Carolina. It provides college credit, a summer job, and a hands-on opportunity to build real-world projects for the community. In Case Study of Project Based Learning Taken to the Maximum, John S Oliver shares a video that shows how the program works as well as some insights into why this style of education can have some very positive outcomes.

  • As Google seems to get bigger and more complex by the day, so does the process by which Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is successfully executed. Luckily, Kate White has composed a guide on the complete SEO process, how it works and how to make it work for you; How to write content for SEO.

  • Do you enjoy caring for others and giving back to the community? Is this something you could even see yourself making a career of? The Community Service Industry offers many long and satisfying careers. However, students must be aware of how their education will later dictate the job path they’re able to take in this area. Four ways to choose the best community service career looks at the various factors to take into account when considering this job path.

 

Also recommended

As always you have contributed a superb variety of posts this month. Thank you. Here are some of the posts and topics that you may find of interest:

  • Powerful questions are a cornerstone of coaching. These questions are sometimes called ‘magical’ because they can support a coachee to step around perceived barriers or familiar ways of thinking into a space where they are more creative. Their concrete context (i.e. resources, issues, etc) hasn’t changed, but the way the they are thinking can become more positive, increasing motivating and boosting self-confidence. Using ‘magical questions’ in coaching delves into two types of ‘magical questions’ and how they can enhance the coaching process.

  • The story of an ePortfolio: A Scenario  is a mind map and hypothetical scenario that tells the story of Susie and her use of Web 2.0 tools to conduct research for her assignments. The mindmap: Susie’s Web 2.0 Research is designed to give an idea of the complex web of information, ideas, sharing, evaluation and analysis that can go on (in an ideal world) when the potential of the Web 2.0 is exploited fully.

  • It’s a common complaint in business – you find yourself bombarded with emails, and as a result you either have an overflowing (and therefore not very useful) inbox, or you’re spending too much precious time sorting emails. This article, via The Learning Wave Blog, gives strategies, backed up by example and case studies, for stopping email overload; Suffering from email fatigue? Here are some strategies to help…

 

Recommended videos

From the ever growing repository of videos (1,440 in total – thanks as always to John S Oliver for his awesome contributions), these are a just few of the highlights.

  • Have you ever had someone tell you to look at the sun when you’re trying to sneeze but can’t quite get it out? Well, it turns out it’s an actual thing – but only for some people. The sun sneeze gene explains why some people are sun sneezers.

  • Why doesn’t magenta appear in the rainbow? The answer lies not in physics but in biology, find out more: Colour mixing: The mystery of Magenta.

  • People tend to put boundaries on par with rules and restrictions, perhaps seeing them as a negative thing. However, boundaries can actually be extremely positive and help towards productivity and achievements. Sarri Gilman has found that clear boundaries enhance relationships and the quality of life. Good boundaries free you – and how to set them gives an outline on why and how to effectively use boundaries.

  • In her talk, A life without boundaries – making the most of opportunities, Fiona explains how medicine taught her to be intuitive, but China taught her to live intuitively. She explains her journey and how she has learned to listen for the one soft clear note in a sea of static.

  • This video features national play experts Sue Palmer and Tim Gill; and chief executive of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Different aspects of play are set out: exploratory play vs. representational play; the role of play in the development of fine- and gross-motor skills; the links between play and speech and language; the difference between adult-led and child-led play. Sue Palmer: “Almost everything that we become as adults has its roots in play.”

  • The human-animal bond has proven biological, psychological, and social effects – some that people recognize and some that people don’t. Knowing more about what your pet sees and feels within you can help you heal and be more healthy. It’s time to find out what your pet is telling you in What is your pet telling you? And, how might an animal help you build better relationships with humans?

 

Resources

  • If you are a Google fan or Moodle user in any way, shape or form, you are going to find these resources from Claire Amos invaluable (she shared them here originally) – thanks, Claire.

  • “Future-oriented learning and teaching” report now online is a piece Rachel Roberts cross-posted some time ago from the VLNC group. This research project draws together findings from new data and more than 10 years of research on current practice and futures-thinking in education.

  • There are basic tips in photography that anyone can follow whether you are a beginner or more experienced with photography. This post from Vikas Rana gives some common things you can follow to get the best results from your photography.

 

What’s on?

Lots of other things happening (online courses, conferences and other opportunities) including Educating for Change, taking place in Brighton on June 30th.

 

Please feel free to add events to share them, or just let me know and I’ll add them :-)

 

 

Nāku iti nei, faafetai lava, and warm regards

Charlotte

Charlotte Caines

Community Coordinator

Ethos Consultancy NZ Ltd

PO Box 90391, Victoria Street West,

Auckland 1142

Phone +64 (0)9 9738027 / +64 (0)9 5750206

Mobile +64 (0)21 2273777

Web site: http://www.ethosconsultancynz.com/

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Email addresses: info@ethosconsultancynz.com / hazelowendmc@gmail.com

Skype: hazelowendmc

April 4, 2017

Your Ethos Newsletter for March

Yet another newsletter from earlier in the week.

Your newsletter from the Ethos Online Community – March 2017

Kia ora, talofa lava, and greetings,

As I spent this month working late and attending multiple work events on the weekends, I started to feel my body asking me to stop. My headache yelled “go to bed at a reasonable time” and my eczema screamed “you’re stressing us out”. This is a scenario I, unfortunately, fear a lot of us experience regularly. So, when I read Merryn Dunmill’s post on exploring the root cause of physical ailments (generally stress), rather than just popping a pill and getting on with it, it really resonated with me.

Merryn looks at the work of Dr Neha Sangwan, an incredible medical practitioner, who works with her patients to figure out the underlying issues causing them physical pain. I was lucky enough to hear Dr Neha speak at the World Women 17 conference this month, and what a wealth of incredible information she provided. Dr Neha’s practices focus largely on communication. Communication with ourselves, our bodies and our peers is essential in maintaining peace and finding the answers we need to know about ourselves.

Dr Neha talked largely about speaking truthfully with ourselves and being self-full (the word selfish was strictly prohibited) in order to find what we need and what will make us happy. Part of the process to discovering what you want in life is finding out what your values are. If you are aware of those qualities, which you hold dear and place importance on, you can then go about seeking them out. You might want to pop into the conversation started by  Sarah WhitingApplying ‘The Chaos Monkey’ to your life, who asks the questions: what is my chaos monkey? How can I better deal with ‘failure’? and How can I better support others to do the same?

Paul Keown has explored this concept of values with his posts this month. Paul looks at the role the school system plays in instilling values in students. Particularly in relation to understanding and addressing the existing gap between aspirational and real values. Research shows that the authoritative figures in students lives are behaving in such a way that doesn’t align with the values they claim they hold close and want to pass on to young people.

This divide has been brought to light by the recurring rape-culture situations we are seeing arise with male high-school students in New Zealand. The most recent of which sparked reaction from the New Zealand public and media, rebelling against this violation of public values. Paul talks about the value of critical thinking in this and how critical inquiry helps us discover our values and assess how they fit into each situation.

How have you discovered your values? And how do you think this fits into the education sphere?

Welcome to new members – March

The Ethos Online Community now has 436 members. Hope you will all give a warm haere mai (welcome) to January’s new members to the community:

  • Jenny Grainger, an Auckland based instructional designer, trainer, educator and workplace assessor, Jenny is especially interested in how e-Learning can aid with creativity, exploring new possibilities, and generally enhancing experiences for learners.

  • All the way from Tanzania, we welcome teacher,  Adam Namamba. The blended teaching and learning approach is of particular interest to Adam.

Know anyone who would like to join an international Online Community that’s all about learning – across all education sectors, business & ITOs: http://bit.ly/233qpfP? Please invite them :)

Member Blog Posts and discussions

In this newsletter, as always, we have some interesting posts. Please jump into the conversations and feel free to ask questions.

  • In Aspirational v Real Values  Paul Keown addresses an often unrecognised gap – that which exists between aspirational values and real values. The dilemma arises in people claiming their aspirational values (the way we believe others should think and behave) are in fact their ‘core values’, those that they actually display in their behaviour. This is something that appears in education in many forms, one being the values that are taught in the classroom and by parents, and another being through the vision statement of schools. The gap between those values that authority figures commonly claim students should hold close versus what they’re behaviour actually shows is clear in a study outlined in this post. The study showed that while 96% of parents state it is of utmost importance to raise ethical, caring children, 80% of the youths surveyed reported that their parents “are more concerned about achievement or happiness than caring for others.” This disparity appears yet again when we analyse recent activity in New Zealand such as the multiple incidents of young male high-school students making crude comments focused on taking advantage of inebriated young women. In these cases the schools have come out stating that the values displayed by these students vary hugely from the school’s own. So what’s going wrong? Is this due to the school not instilling the values effectively in their students? Or is there too strong of an influence coming from outside sources that display opposing values such as the media and porn? What do you think a school’s role is when it comes to values? And how do we go about closing this gap?

  • After the above post, Paul monitored the media and public’s response to the ongoing issue of rape culture in New Zealand. Paul was particularly impressed by the actions of some year 13 students who publicly spoke up against the behaviour they have witnessed from their male peers. The media as well proved that it is possible to gain a public response to the gross violation of widely accepted civil values. This leads on to the topic of critical inquiry and critical thinking. Without some critical thought processes this reaction would not have happened. In Values, critical inquiry and rape culture Paul looks at what exactly critical thinking is, and how it influences our values and behaviour.

  • The negative effects of stress have been well documented – but what are we actually doing to address them? Stress related ailments are treated through traditional medical techniques, which are essential, but do we ever delve deeper to examine the underlying issue and practice long-term solutions? More often than not I fear the answer to this is no. People often want a quick-fix for the physical symptoms of stress so they can return to their busy lives as quickly as possible, therefore actually worsening the true issue. Merryn Dunmill shares with us a inspirational interview with Dr Neha Sangwan. Dr Neha works with patients to dig deeper and find the root cause of stress. She talks of her “double vision” technique where she describes how we stress ourselves thinking that faster and more makes us feel more important in the world.  She talks about her own breakdown and how she learned to dig deeper through “double vision” to source within herself her impact rather than externally. In Dr Neha Sangwan – Treating stress in the workplace (National Radio podcast) you can listen to the podcast and take a look at the method Dr Neha uses to hunt out inner stress.

  • Catriona Pene asks “Got 3 minutes? Well worth a watch of this video to get some tips on creating awesome passwords”: A quick reminder about passwords and how to create an awesome one.

  • This post holds a great wealth of information. Rachel Roberts had a Professional Learning and Development session with her Asian Language teaching group recently. This time is used to share experiences, explore new strategies and resources and prepare for the year ahead. Luckily for us, Rachel has put together some of the top insights and pieces of advice that came from this meeting. Take a look, VLN primary teachers share their tips for teaching online.

  • CoOLs – Communities of Online Learning – A double edged sword?  Looks at the proposed changes in the Education (Update) Amendment Bill. Rachel Roberts delves into what was up for discussion in part 3A – Communities of Online Learning. Rachel has been working with the VLN Primary School, and has been asking for something like CoOLs for a very long time. Rachel  shares the VLN Primary Submissions over recent years. They all ask for better resourcing, support and for inclusion of online learning within the mainstream schooling sector. Rachel discusses her work trying to engage these changes and how the system needs to alter to support CoOLS.

  • Monika Kern has started an exciting new role as the Education Manager at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. In Museum Education in 21C Monika explores how technology is changing the way museums aid the learning process. While a museum was once much like a library – somewhere you were educated through one dimensional observations – technology now allows for a much more interactive experience. Monika explores the purpose of a museum, how it can contribute to education and what barriers are faced in attempting this.

  • John S. Oliver  shares a very touching story that demonstrates, once again, the importance of teachers; MORE evidence that teachers change lives.

Also recommended

As always you have contributed a superb variety of posts this month. Thank you. Here are some of the posts and topics that you may find of interest:

  • This post looks at something Nick Billowes (CORE Education) shared a while back. Nick talks about the possibility of publishing through the cloud and how this could change the way students submit assignments, allowing teachers to browse on an i-device. The post also looks at the potential barriers in this situation.

  • Kevin Hall and Mike Crosson (based at Wintec) piloted QR codes and video clips in trades training – partly to encourage students to do some revision. QR (Quick Response) codes are described in Wikipedia as “A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones”. The idea is that it makes it easier for students to access and use content on online courses. This post has some useful resources and further information on how the codes can benefit students.

  • What skills do students need to obtain in order to go on to be functioning, positive members of the New Zealand society? Kwong-wing Lai talks about the need for human agency – the need for students to learn how to problem solve and think critically. However, with a changing society and outside influencers, research seems to show that young learners aren’t finding significance in their learning experiences. Therefore, to develop agency in learning it needs to be situated, authentic and personalised. In the Changing culture of learning: Mobility, Informality, and connectivity – mLearning re-framed Lai delves into how educators can work towards facilitating this.

Recommended videos

From the ever growing repository of videos (1,430 in total – thanks as always to John S Oliver for his awesome contributions), these are a just few of the highlights.

  • Collective nouns are a way to have fun with language. This video looks at the meaning behind some interesting collective nouns in nature  – Why is a group of crows called a ‘murder’?

  • What is sociology? Sociology seems to be a subject with a little bit of mystery around it. This video gives a  Crash Course on Sociology, beginning  by explaining what exactly sociology is.

  • Education tutorial: Exploring VoiceThread | lynda.com  – this tutorial shows how to create interactive discussions both in and out of the classroom with VoiceThread.

  • In this free lesson you will learn the essential skills you need to master the e-learning tool that is Wikispaces Classroom.

  • This neat little video looks at how the brain works, how we learn, and why we sometimes make stupid mistakes – because thinking is actually uncomfortable. Take a look: The uncomfortable effort of thinking.

 

Resources

 

What’s on?

Lots of other things happening (online courses, conferences and other opportunities) including the 3rd International Conference on Studies in Law, Education, Business and Corporate Social Responsibilities (LEBCSR-17) taking place in Paris on April 27th 2017.

Please feel free to add events to share them, or just let me know and I’ll add them :-)

Nāku iti nei, faafetai lava, and warm regards

Charlotte

Charlotte Caines
Community Coordinator
Ethos Consultancy NZ Ltd

PO Box 90391, Victoria Street West,
Auckland 1142
Phone +64 (0)9 9738027 / +64 (0)9 5750206
Mobile +64 (0)21 2273777
Web site: http://www.ethosconsultancynz.com/
Blog: http://ictelt.blogspot.com/
Email addresses: info@ethosconsultancynz.com / hazelowendmc@gmail.com
Skype: hazelowendmc

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