Monday, November 26, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The golden circle, Starting with “why” #vmvwiki #vmveBus

uStart With 'Why’ (Petersen, 2016), 7min 10 sec – An edited summary of the video from Simon Sinek
uFor the full presentation including the biological rational behind the model:
How great leaders inspire action | Simon Sinek. (Sinek, 2010), 18.5min
uPetersen, J. (2016) Start With 'Why' - TED Talk from Simon Sinek. Retrieved from
uSinek, S (2010) How great leaders inspire action | Simon Sinek  Retrieved from   

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018

EIT Teaching & Learning KeyNote: Ken Steele (Rethinking Higher Education) #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

Ken Steele's opening keynote to EIT: Rethinking Higher Education
5:00"It's aways challenging to run a 21stC Education Institute on 19th C Structures" - Benoit-Antoine Bacon
9:52External pressures : Politics & funding.
10:30Demography: Student diversity (US chart)
11:00Increase in Part-time (invisible part time).
11:47Local youth populations decreasing. But increasing in some countries so international students. Add "culturally inclusive educator" courses.
15:00Digital natives. More precise information (6 second news video!)
17:18Online education. Teleconferencing.Apprenticeship by distance.
19:00MOOCs. Amherst College - outsourcing to Harvard MOOC. Merging credit - Arizona State using EdX for Year 1.
23:00Online doesn't work for everyone. Average performance penalty about 14% varies by area & social demographics.
24:50Social Learners 80% students prefer to study f2f or virtually.
Blended approach .MOOCs held in physical Learning Hub (massive completion improvement).
29:00Active Learning. Significant improvement.Video University of British Columbia
3 steps" Decide what they should learn? What are they learning? How can we improve learning?"
....will add more later.

Ken Steele's keynote to EIT: Rethinking Higher Education. Retrieved from

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Six Models of Blended Learning #vmvwiki #vmvdlt #vmvlearn #vmvteach

six models of blended learning which correspond to specific learning contexts:

  1.    Blended learning model in elementary schools: Station rotation model
  2.    Blended learning model in middle schools: Lab rotation model
  3.    Blended learning model in high schools: Individual rotation model
  4.    Blended learning model for higher education: Flipped classroom model
  5.    Blended learning model for the workplace environment: Enriched virtual model
  6.    Blended learning for mobile delivery: Ubiquitous learning model
This post deals with last 3. First 3 are linked at the start.

Monday, August 6, 2018

E-commerce report says Kiwis spend $3.6 billion a year #vmvebus #vmvwiki

E-commerce report... 

One and a half million New Zealanders shopped online in 2017, contributing $3.6 billion to a global industry that is growing far faster than its real world counterpart. E-commerce, it seems, is big business.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

#lifestyle Anlamb measuring cup size

We have a few lambs to look after and were given some Anlamb.. However the measuring cup was missing. Googling it everyone evades the question and tells you to weigh it.. Which is fine if you have kitchen scales handy. Anyway for those of you (and for me in future) the one I have is 1/3 cup (75ml).

Monday, June 11, 2018

Saturday, May 26, 2018

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes live 2018, May 25. Summary #vmvwiki #vmvsocial

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU (Wikipedia contributors, 2018, May 25). 

GDPR goes live today - and it affects you

The following excerpt summariese GDPR and is from a Paul Matthews ITP CEO in the electronic newsletter  ( Matthews, P. ( personal communication, May 25, 2018) GDPR goes live today - and it affects you. ITP Newsline Extra: GDPR goes live today. Institute of IT Professionals, New Zealand).

I bet you've been enjoying the flood of GDPR-related "updated our terms" emails over the last few days as much as I have - hopefully most are done now!
So what's all the fuss about? It's actually a really significant change to the rules around personal data, and it really does affect you.
Here's a quick summary:
  • The EU says the changes attempt to "harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy."
  • One of the more controversial impacts of the new rules, and the reason it has such a world-wide impact, is what they call the "extra-territorial applicability".  This means that it applies to all companies worldwide who are dealing with information about people residing in the EU, even those simply offering goods or services to EU citizens. It hits everyone and it's huge.
  • One of the key changes is around consent. Basically if a company is going to store or process personal data such as names, email addresses and the like, it needs to have explicit consent. The small print in the middle of a 10-page "terms and conditions" aren't enough - it has to be in complete plain English.
  • The method of consent has to be recorded as well and proper records kept. This is significant - for example, if you have a mailing list you need to be able to show when people opted in and how.
  • The fines are huge too. Companies can be fined up to 4% of their annual global turnover for breaches, with big fines for even seemingly minor issues.
  • Companies must now also tell people if they've had a breach. We've seen a heap of this lately - people's information being stolen and companies keeping it quiet to try to avoid reputational damage. Do that now and it could cost 2% of global revenue.
  • Other changes are familiar to kiwis, such as the right to obtain (free of charge) any information that is being held about them. That's been a part of NZ's Privacy Act for a long time, although the EU law goes further.
  • There's heaps more as well, such as the controversial "right to be forgotten" This basically gives EU citizens the right to have Google, for example, remove references to them on searches. And again, the rules apply globally - not just to EU companies.
  • The new rules also put into law the concept of "Privacy by design" for software developers. Basically software developers have to show they've built privacy into software from the ground up, not just tagged it on in the end. This has been a long time coming.
So some really important things to think about from a IT Professional perspective as well, even if you're not based in the EU.


Wikipedia contributors. (2018, May 25). General Data Protection Regulation. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:00, May 25, 2018, from

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Artificial Intelligence Moves Beyond Sci-fi #vmvwiki #vmvdlt #vmvsocial

Like the worst sci-fi scenarios, the fear is that interconnected 'intelligent' software and machines embedded in our essential infrastructure get out of control or become vulnerable to hackers, crackers or cyber-terrorists. 

Also some research is presented from a Hawkes Bay PhD student

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

car vending machine gives free test drives if good credit scores #vmvwiki #vmvdata

Alibaba's car vending machine in China gives free test drives to people with good credit scores - The Verge

Sent from my Samsung device

Friday, March 23, 2018

Google Sites - Migrate Classic to New #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

Google will deprecate their classic Google sites to the new one. Unfortunately there is a lot missing and makes the new one difficult for educators. Hopefully changes like the ability to template will happen in future.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sparking Minds online STEM instructions #vmvwiki #vmvdlt

Internet of things, working with raspberry pi or Arduino..

Sent from my Samsung device

Friday, March 9, 2018

Zombie-Based Learning - PBL Geography in a zombie apocalypse #vmvdlt #vmvwiki

While I am not a zombie (or horror movie) fan the gamification approach is gaining a lot of attention.
Standards based curruculum using Project Based learning in a zombie context