well there goes another month, quite pleasant in NZ, not so much rain and quite warm for winter. Good for Le Jardin. Beetroot, beans, tomatoes, spring onions, radishes, potatoes, cucumbers all raising their heads above ground; slugs an snails having a feast, but not for long.
AR,VR and AI all feature acronymonioulsy in my reading this month. Seems to be gathering pace with a lot of ingenious and innovative approaches to using them in learning and teaching; disruptive innovation is having a heyday!
An interesting move by New Zealand government on the adoption of a micro credentials framework. Be something to watch.
In the posting this month there are links to 21st Century framework, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, Education 3.0 and Pedagogy, Professional development resources for VET, Design framework,Micro-credentials, Technology in learning benchmark, Active learning resources, Periodic table videos, Citation engine, Conferences, New Zealand happenings** and the Odd one out.
** Important changes to dates and location
Until October, enjoy the month ahead.
1. Cited as ‘An amazing new bibliography and citation generator’, this free open source application provides an excellent resource for students to get their citations right first time. Has had some excellent reviews. Works very well. Go try it.


2. Periodic Videos: A lesson about every single element on the periodic table
It seems the information and explanation of the elements in the periodic table gets better and better. This site builds on other similar video based periodic tables by incorporating the TEDEd platform .Has to be great for the students.


3. A Quick Guide to Designing for Augmented Reality on Mobile (Part 1, 2 and 3). This series of guides is packed with. useful information , techniques and ideas to enable the understanding and efficient application of Augmented reality in a variety of situations. Well worth the read if you are into AR, or even if you are not 🙂


4. Framework for 21st Century Learning: Extract from the site ‘P21’s Framework for 21st Century Learning was developed with input from teachers, education experts, and business leaders to define and illustrate the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in work, life and citizenship, as well as the support systems necessary for 21st century learning outcome’. Nicely structured framework on skills needed for 21st century learners and beyond. Created essentially for an USA audience, principles and practice are equally applicable elsewhere around the world.


5. Vocational Education and Training (Australia): Professional Development resources.
There is a wealth of resources on this site. Some very useful guides, presentations and material to assist in developing your own workshops and activities using a range of technologies. There’s lots to peruse . I looked at the following which I found very informative and useful:
Augmented Reality


Mobile Technology


The section on recording is also very useful.
6.User Generated Education:Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning.
An excellent, well explained and intriguing article on heutagogy (plus some) Well worth the read if your are into mobile learning and even if you are not 🙂


7. From ABLconnect at Harvard University: ‘Bring Active Learning into your classroom with one (or more!) of the following activities’ Get some ideas from Aa very comprehensive list of activities for your students. Each activity has a How-To Guide, Real-life Examples, and Research highlighting each activity’s effectiveness.
This is an amazing site that seems to go on forever with excellent ideas, guides , examples and research from a wide range of subject areas.


8. Understanding by Design® framework Extract: ‘The Understanding by Design® framework (UbDTM framework) offers a planning process and structure to guide curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Its two key ideas are contained in the title: 1) focus on teaching and assessing for understanding and learning transfer, and 2) design curriculum ‘backward’ from those ends’.
A useful overview and guide for the backward design process which aims to help educators improve student learning and understanding.


Complemented by
Understanding by Design: Centre for Teaching. Vanderbilt University..


9.New micro-credentials system a first for New Zealand: An interesting policy initiative from the NZ Government to improve the opportunities to obtain and increase certified skills and competencies on an incremental basis.


10. Technology in learning benchmarking and developing sector capability. Produced to inform the current and future pathways of some New Zealand educational organisations, the contents of this report might resonate with other similar institutions elsewhere in the world.


11. Conferences
11.1 ALT ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018, 11 to 13 September 2018, Manchester, UK
ALT’s 25th Annual Conference we will bring together different critical perspectives in Learning Technology from across our community that will examine the challenges ahead and question the shape of things to come. Find out more from:


11.2 Ascilite:35th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education.
Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. 25th to 28th November 2018


12. New Zealand Happenings
12.1 Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning :
IMPORTANT CHANGE: Due to some logistical challenges at the University (always happens), we have had to change the dates and location of SoTEL 2019. New dates are:
2nd SoTEL Symposium: February 14th and 15th, 2019. Auckland City Campus of AUT University.
Call for Submissions is now OPEN. Peruse the various options, make your choice and submit!


International submissions are always welcome.
The SoTEL committee is exploring the possibility of having the presentations at SoTEL 2019 published in a special edition of an international journal.
SoTEL 2019 is open to all innovative and passionate educators from the Secondary and Tertiary sectors and organisations creating opportunities for students to learn with the support of technology.
Put the dates in your Diary and place a reminder so you can get your presentation ready and plan for the event!


Video’s of the 2018 Trendsetters are also available:


Peter Scott: Trendsetter 1: Supporting Student learning with Technology: What Future?
Claire Amos: Trendsetter 2: The Digital Blue Yonder: What’s on the Horizon, What next and What now?
John Clayton: Trendsetter3: Creating Jigsaw pieces for an unknown picture: Piecing together the future
INFORM all your colleagues and be part of the event of 2019!Watch this space for further details.
13. Odd one out: On this day: A fascinating site for those interested in historical events at certain times and days. Good to explore over a cup of something (or maybe a glass or two 🙂


That’s it folks for this month.
Richard Elliott
The Eternal Macademic
New Zealand

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