Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How online resources can enhance student achievement

This is a great article on how online resources, combined with a shared school and community focus, can have a significant impact on the achievement of students, regardless of their background.  The article starts:

'A world-first "e-learning" project which is transforming children's lives in some of Auckland's poorest suburbs is looking for partners to expand throughout the country next year.

Children as young as 5 in nine schools in the Tamaki-Glen Innes area are publishing their work on the internet and attracting feedback from around the world - with extraordinary effects on their motivation'.

To read the article in full, click here.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The mobile future for education in Africa

This article, from the BBC website, provides an interesting insight into the future of education in Africa.  The article starts:

'Education systems are under stress.

It is a problem felt in many parts of the world, but in Africa, the strain is even more acute.

In sub-Saharan Africa, 10m children drop out of primary school every year. Even those fortunate enough to complete primary school often leave with literacy and numeracy skills far below expected levels'.

To read the article in full, click here.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Kindergartens having success with iPads

This is an interesting article on kindergartens having success with iPads.  The article starts:

'Preschool pupils outclass teachers with their grasp of new technology.

Kristiana Denford-Deck is meant to be the one teaching preschoolers, but these days she often finds the roles reversed, with her young pupils showing her how to use her centre's iPads'.

To read the article in full, click here.

Friday, August 24, 2012

A parent's insight into raising a gifted child

This post is from the CNN Schools of Though blog.  It is about the joys and challenges of raising a gifted child.  The post starts:

'My daughter, who is 5, was identified last year as "gifted.” Well, I honestly had never properly understood what being "gifted" meant. I naively thought, "Oh, my baby is so advanced, she is just so smart!”
For those of you who are truly unaware of what being gifted means, let me help you understand'.

To read the post in full, click here.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cloud options for schools

Check out this article from today's Dominion Post re cloud options for schools.  The article starts:

'The services - also called "cloud storage services" - mean you no longer have to worry about your smartphone or tablet computer running out of storage, or losing all your precious files should anything happen to your device'. 

To read the article in full, click here.

Friday, August 17, 2012

A maths role model for girls

Check out this You Tube / CNN clip to meet a maths role model for girls.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

iPads and child brain development

This is an interesting article on iPads and their impact on child brain development.  The article starts:

A toddler sits with a magazine in front of her, sliding her fingers across the pages then waiting expectantly for them to transform at her touch. It is clear from the video that she believes the magazine is an iPad. 

The next part of the YouTube clip shows the girl comfortably playing with an actual iPad. It ends with a message from the girl's mother: "For my one-year-old daughter a magazine is an iPad that does not work." 

To read the article in full, click here.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Students growing great gardens

Next time you think gardening isn't for inner city kids, take the time to watch this TED presentation; very inspirational!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Some thoughts on e-learning

This article from yesterday's Dominion Post has some interesting thoughts on e-learning.  It starts:

'Children's brains may be developing differently as a result of exposure to digital technology, with profound implications for the education system, says the prime minister's chief scientific adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman'. 

To read the article in full, click here.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Wow! Quality online education from the world's top universities for free!

Below is the TED description of Daphne Koller's recent TED talk.  The presentation is well worth 20 minutes of your time, and could open your eyes to a wealth of resources to enhance the learning of your children and students.

'Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. Each keystroke, comprehension quiz, peer-to-peer forum discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed and, most importantly, absorbed'.