The death of the digital community?

This post is my contributing chapter for the special Connected Educator Month project #edbooknz – an e-book launched by Sonja Van Schaijik. Many thanks to Rachel Roberts for her ‘warm yet challenging’ feedback:)  “My seven year old daughter knows that her father congregates with a family of invisible friends who seem to gather in his […]

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Connected Educator Month goes global: My interview with the CEM team in the US

I am a few days into Connected Educator Month here in New Zealand and it’s hugely exciting what’s already started to happen. I’m leading this initiative as part of CORE Education, with a team from Victoria, Australia and the original Connected Educator Team in the US. Here is an interview I gave for the global CEM site: […]

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Creative Commons in schools

“Universal access to research, education and participation in culture” – Creative Commons Aotearoa goal. I recently attended one of the sessions being held around the country by Creative Commons Aotearoa, featuring guest presenters included Matt McGregor, Keitha Booth, Andrew Matangi, Ian Munro and Stephen Lethbridge. Together, they offered a quick-fire overview of the issues, challenges and […]

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Placing a value on community

My head is very much focused on communities of practice at the moment, as much of my work involves facilitation and co-ordination within a professional-social network for educators (the VLN). I struggle, to be honest, with the tension between the natural evolution of communities of practice, grassroots-up, driven by members’ needs and wishes, and a […]

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If it ain’t broke…

Ten years’ graft, a shed-load of hard work and an evolution of practice. English Online and ESOL Online have become two online institutions for teachers, both in NZ and internationally. The decision to award the contract to others has puzzled those of us who a regular users of the site. I have been amazed by […]

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