Friday, 22 April 2016

Brainstorm Tool

Created using Mindmup

I had a go at using a brainstorm tool that can be connected to Google Drive.

The Mindmup free version is a very easy to use tool and I have created a brainstorm as an example in a short time.  Adding one image allowed the mindmap to be under the 100Kb size for storing on the Mindmup Atlas. Adding two images took the mindmap over the allowed size.  The Mindmup Atlas will store brainstorms for six months for free accounts.

Adding to my blog took a bit more fiddling as the embed code did not include a frame size and in adjusting the HTML I couldn't make it fit the page. In the end I took a screenshot and added as an image. Sometimes simple is best.

I decided I wanted to add more value to my brainstorm and added some more images and helpful links using thinglink.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016


I have been learning some Te Reo maori as well as tikanga. As part of this I have written and memorised my pepeha. 

I am finding I am using my pepeha more and more. At first simply as a opportunity to practice in a safe environment. However I have now used in a number of marae in both a formal welcome and as a way to introduce myself when I was a latecomer to a noho marae. 

I have now recognised that parts of my pepeha are useful as I do not always need the full pepeha but perhaps just a sentence in some settings. 

I am feeling more confident in using te reo maori in a range of settings. As I am working with teachers in a rumaki or maori immersion class, my pronunciation is at times corrected.  I am really pleased about this as it helps me to learn more.  I am gathering some phrases and words. I am moving forward, I have taken the first steps...

Te tīmatanga o te matauranga ko te wahangū, te wāhanga tuarua ko te whakarongo.

The first stage of learning is silence, the second stage is listening.