Preparing for the future is no easy task. One might even say it’s perhaps a mild exercise in futility. After all, how does someone prepare for something they can’t predict? When it comes to being a future-ready educator however, the drive is different. It’s not about predicting what’s on the horizon, but rather about preparation for the unknown. . . . more
The first thing that may come to mind when you hear “collaborative studying” is groups in the library getting together to study. Certain norms or ground rules lend themselves to collaborative studying, but the drawback can be that some people end up doing most of the work. That said, with the right approach, students can get over this hurdle and many more in the process. . . . more
In a presage of the future, last month the New Zealand government outlined legislation that will allow any school-age students to enroll with an accredited online learning provider who will have the responsibility for determining whether their students will need to physically attend for all or some of the school day. . . . more
In 2010, after 244 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica went out of print, acknowledging its digital competition - Wikipedia and search engines like Google - as the information providers for the 21st century. This trend towards increased digital content was supported by the Ministry of Education this year with their announcement that 'digital technologies' will be fully integrated into the New Zeala . . . more
The globalisation of learning means that students no longer think about attending their local university; instead, they are being lured to other cities - or even countries - that offer the best learning experience.
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In recent years there has been a growing concern about children's safety on the Internet. The ability for undesirable material to filter through our email and internet poises an ever increasing problem. . . . more
There have been many discussions recently around the effectiveness of technology in the classroom, including a report by the OECD on whether technology improves basic learning outcomes. . . . more
When I first think of globally connected classrooms, I immediately think of various systems I’ve blogged on before like Skype Classroom, Quad-blogging or Google’s Connected Classrooms. But I thought I’d bring you a connections story directly from New Zealand. . . . more
There is a direct correlation between investments into education and a country’s prosperity, according to a new study from Transparency Market Research (TMR).
Governments are recognising this and are investing in education technology (edtech), with the aim of providing students with greater opportunities, and encouraging creativity, imagination and understanding, the study shows . . . more
Today’s students need to master seven survival skills to thrive in the new world of work. And these skills are the same ones that will enable students to become productive citizens who contribute to solving some of the most pressing issues we face in the 21st century. . . . more