Recently, students have returned to school, some anxious, some excited. Teachers tell us they have spent part of their holiday seeking ideas and inspiration for their teaching over the next academic year. Some ideas for using digital tools to inspire students returning to school can be found at: “10 Ideas to Get Those Back-to-School Juices Flowing”.
Recommendations for iOS and Android apps: “AppoLearning For iPad Helps Parents & Teachers Find The Educational Apps Worth Buying“, “The Best Education Apps (Android)” and resources for Science teachers: “5 Science Resources For, Well, Science Teachers”.
In the weeks leading up the start of the new term schools have been busy processing A-Level and GCSE results. For most students this is a daunting experience, but perhaps especially so for Katie Stanforth, who after being diagnosed with ME was forced to leave school. Katie was eventually able to attend a virtual school. The virtual school, Nisai, is based in Stockton-on-Tees and offers online, real-time teaching to an increasing number of students. This summer Katie was finally able to collect her A-Level results. Watch her story in the video below:
Research by the Pew Internet and American Life Project recently reported that 70% of American teenagers have sought advice about how to manage their online privacy. Friends, parents or other close family members are the most likely sources of guidance. Focus groups with teenagers showed that most teens are increasingly proficient in managing their online privacy, and often find answers themselves by searching online.
Privacy is very important to teenagers, but any parent will inevitably remain concerned about their child’s online wellbeing. Writer Mark Ingram recently created debate through his admission that he was spying on his daughters online. Read about a discussion of the role of the teenager’s right to privacy in a digital world: “Is it OK to spy on your children’s online activities?”
Research has shown that many children prefer reading on screens rather than on paper. With personal mobile devices students are potentially able to access and read whatever material they wish. What happens then to the school library? Tricia Kelleher, principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation where all students are equipped with iPads asked herself whether her library was now an outdated resource. Kelleher decided however that the library in a digital age should continue to hold its cultural significance as a place of inspiration and imagination. Read more about Stephen Perse Foundation’s design for their new school library at: ”What does a school library look like in the digital age?”
The use of technology, especially mobile technology, also affects how classrooms and other learning environments are designed and used. Get to know more at : A discussion of ‘21st century classroom design’.
Wishing you a very enjoyable back-to-school innovation planning!