February never seems to last very long and it signals the approach of Autumn in these climes. No matter, the summer has been pretty good so far and work, as always, continues apace. There’s the usual raft of conferences coming up, so be sure to get those submissions in on time. In NZ we are delighted that Professor Jan Herrington from Murdoch University in Perth in Western Australia is going to be our keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at the annual NZ Shar-E-Fest and regional symposia. Jan is considered an authority on authentic learning and is a very experienced researcher and educational practitioner.
In the posting this month there are links to augmented reality in education,iPads in education,a comprehensive database on educational Apps,implementing elearning,free tools for teachers,the SAMR model, eportfolios,open access journals,schools of the future, tablets on campus, learning outcomes, conferences and the odd one out
Away you go!
1.SAMR as a Framework for Moving Towards Education 3.0. This is a useful and interesting article with a nicely designed infographic to help with the understanding of the SAMR model.


Resources to support the SAMR Model. A very comprehensive overview of the SAMR model complemented by some interesting and useful resources. SAMR: Beyond the Basics is well worth perusing.


Worth reading through many of the other posts on the blog:


2.Augmented reality in Education: Augmented Reality Magic Book: Solar System v.3.0 (Mobile and Desktop)
I found this approach to learning about the solar system, quite fascinating and absorbing. Take the time to download the Augmented Reality Magic Book: Solar System and then just go from there, use either the mobile or desktop app.


An interesting article on the future of AR: How augmented reality is augmenting its own future.


3.Edshelf: A discovery engine of websites, mobile apps, desktop programs, and electronic products for teaching and learning. Amazing how many learning management systems there are around! Nice site for quick access to a very wide range of tools.


4.Implementing e-learning: A toolkit for registered training Organisations.
This is an interactive infographic and is another example of the excellent work carried out by flexible learning Australia. The links from the infographic provide some useful information on implementing elearning coupled with associated resource panels and downloads. Well worth exploring.Nice format.


5.What are schools of the ‘future’ starting to look like? A very interesting article on developments in schools in the Netherlands, Dubbed ‘Steve Jobs’ schools, students are proved with an iPad instead of textbooks.


6.Creating and Managing Digital Portfolios. Some useful advice on the use of e-portfolios.


7.Tablets on campus: An Infographic providing some interesting statistics on the growth of tablet use in higher education.


8.Learning Outcomes: Teaching with the ‘End’ in Mind. Easy to follow set of slides on the nature and creation of Learning Outcomes.


9.321-free-tools-for-teachers-free-educational-technology. There are probably lots of these you are already aware of. Hopefully there ail be a few new ones. The list is separated into 18 categories so peruse the one of most interest to you and find a gem or two.


and if you want to troll through a lot more:


10. Open Access Journals: The directory of Open Access Journals has a new open source home and is very easy to use. 9745 journals to womble through!


11. Conferences
11.1 Fifth International M-Libraries Conference, May 27 – 30,2014, registration now open
Registration is now open for the Fifth International M-Libraries Conference, presented by The Open University (UK) in partnership with, and hosted by, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The overall theme for the conference is ‘M-Libraries: from devices to people’ and the programme features international keynote speakers and around 40 papers from 20 countries around the world.
The conference venue, CUHK’s mountainside campus, overlooking one of Hong Kong’s iconic harbours, is stunning and delegates will have the opportunity to visit a variety of libraries in the vicinity.
You can get further details about the conference at:


11.2 altc2014: Riding Giants: How to innovate and educate ahead of the wave
The 21st annual conference of the Association for Learning Technology 1-3 September 2014, Warwick, UK
Put the date in your diary. Deadline for submissions is 31 March 2014.
For more information about the conference go to:


11.3 ascilite 2014, 23- 26th November 2014 DUNEDIN New Zealand: RHETORIC AND REALITY: Critical Perspectives on Education Technology. Hosted by the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic. This is THE conference to be at in 2014.
Such a great place and such great people!


11.4 Registration open for the DEANZ 2014 Conference, New Zealand, 30 April – 2 May 2014.
DEANZ14 is the premier conference in Aotearoa New Zealand for leaders and practitioners involved in open, flexible and distance learning.
The conference will be relevant to tertiary and secondary educators, including librarians, and those company trainers seeking professional and organisational development that DEANZ supports. Non-refereed papers, digital posters, workshops, round tables, exhibitions and refereed papers are all invited for the event.


12. NZ happenings: 7th annual NZ Shar-E-Fest will take place in Hamilton at the end of September (29th and 30th), followed by the regional symposia.Keynote speaker and workshop facilitator is Professor Jan Herrington from Murdoch University in Perth in Western Australia. Theme for this year is’ E-learning in practice: How are learning technologies being used effectively to enhance student learning and achievement? Watch this space for updates and make sure you put the Shar-E-fest dates in your diary with a firm commitment to submit and attend 🙂
13. The Species Recovery Trust: The Lost Life Project: Sobering and fascinating at the same time.Resources and detail are excellent.
Extract from the site:
‘The world is currently experiencing the sixth mass extinction event, caused largely by human activities that continue to damage and destroy biodiversity across the globe. High extinction rates are typically associated with the most biodiverse regions such as the tropical rainforests, however, it is vital that we do not forget about the species that live closer to home. Over the past 200 years, over 400 species have been lost from England alone.’


That’s it
Until April has it’s share of fools
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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