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IXL Math Practice - Elementary School Math Practice iPad App

IXL Math Practice - Elementary School Math Practice iPad App | education | Scoop.it
IXL Math Practice is a free iPad app from the popular online math practice service, IXL. IXL Math Practice offers hundreds of math practice problems for students in Kindergarten through sixth grade...

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So much has happend so quickly to promote the use of iPads in the education system. I think that this app seems to be very user friendly and allows use without having to have an account with IXL. However, this article does not show me what this app can do that cannot be done in a regular classroom setting. Yes, the students can get trophies for the work they do. This however can be a problem for students who struggle as they will feel as though their effort is not being rewarded.

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China: Don't Deny Education to Disabled Children! - The Petition Site

China: Don't Deny Education to Disabled Children! - The Petition Site | education | Scoop.it
More than 40% of the disabled in China are illiterate, and 15 million of them live on less than $1 a... (27276 signatures on petition) (China: Don't Deny Education to Disabled Children!
Abby Fellows - Smith's insight:

Please take the time to read this and to petition. China is denying education to disabled children. Their reason for doing this is unclear. However they are not allowing disabled children to enroll or if they do accept them then they are asked to leave soon after.  This goes against the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  There are a limited amount of schools for disabled children. These children then live on about one dollar a day. Please help petition.

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:49 AM

Please take the time to read this and to petition. China is denying education to disabled children. Their reason for doing this is unclear. However they are not allowing disabled children to enroll or if they do accept them then they are asked to leave soon after.  This goes against the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  There are a limited amount of schools for disabled children. These children then live on about one dollar a day. Please help petition.

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What's the point of school uniform?

What's the point of school uniform? | education | Scoop.it
You might hate your school uniform, but I think it's there for good reason, says 15-year-old Chloe Spencer (What's the point of school uniform?
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There were some interesting points raised. I do agree that uniforms help students take pride in their appearance and that they prepare students for dressing in uniforms for work. However, i do not agree with the statement that it will improve focus and distractions. If anything the uniform creates more distractions as you are constantly reprimanded when your uniform is not correct. I think the number one reason to wear uniform which was highlighted in this article is to present bullying. Uniform unifies the students so that no one can feel left out.

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:51 AM

There were some interesting points raised. I do agree that uniforms help students take pride in their appearance and that they prepare students for dressing in uniforms for work. However, i do not agree with the statement that it will improve focus and distractions. If anything the uniform creates more distractions as you are constantly reprimanded when your uniform is not correct. I think the number one reason to wear uniform which was highlighted in this article is to present bullying. Uniform unifies the students so that no one can feel left out.

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Students Are 'Hacking' Their School-Issued iPads: Good for Them - The Atlantic

Students Are 'Hacking' Their School-Issued iPads: Good for Them - The Atlantic | education | Scoop.it

"Almost immediately after receiving their new school-issued iPads this fall, students in Indiana and in California (and probably elsewhere) managed to bypass the security on the devices, “hacking” them for “non-schoolwork” purposes: listening to music, checking Facebook, surfing the web."


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I think it is amusing at how easily students could bypass the security on the iPads.  It was shocking to see that 1 billion dollars will be poured into this new way of learning. I think it is a great risk spending so much money on a concept that has not fully been tested yet. To see whether the use of iPads will infact improve learning I think they should atleast test it in a long term manner to see what the results of this new way of education will be. Upon further reading i agree that the word hacking is a bit harsh to describe what the students did. If anything they should be applauded for their sense of know how in working iPads.

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:53 AM

I think it is amusing at how easily students could bypass the security on the iPads.  It was shocking to see that 1 billion dollars will be poured into this new way of learning. I think it is a great risk spending so much money on a concept that has not fully been tested yet. To see whether the use of iPads will infact improve learning I think they should atleast test it in a long term manner to see what the results of this new way of education will be. Upon further reading i agree that the word hacking is a bit harsh to describe what the students did. If anything they should be applauded for their sense of know how in working iPads.

Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 7, 2013 4:18 PM
Chwayita Ceejay January's insight: 

Another reason why teachers ought to be trained properely to use such devices as to monitor student activity. It would also seem that schools are spending more money on buying the iPads than actually training the teachers how to use it. The deployment of technology in schools needs to be carefully evaluated by the board  in partnership with experts on technology and teaching; while examing the vaious contexts in which these devices are used by students.

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Better Sex Education: The Government is failing young people on sex education - Telegraph

Better Sex Education: The Government is failing young people on sex education - Telegraph | education | Scoop.it
It's time for sex education to stop being a joke in this country. The Government needs to stop letting young people down and ignoring the impact of the internet in this area. Make your voice heard and sign our petition.
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I think that it is great that this issue is being raised. In today's society the internet plays a huge impact in young adult's lives. Education is being updated in many areas because of the rise of the internet so sex education should be no different. This article is a great way to show the seriousness of a topic which is usually regarded as a joke. Sex education can impact young adult's lives in various ways. Anything from teen prgnancy to a bad self image can be prevented with the right sex education. 

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:54 AM

I think that it is great that this issue is being raised. In today's society the internet plays a huge impact in young adult's lives. Education is being updated in many areas because of the rise of the internet so sex education should be no different. This article is a great way to show the seriousness of a topic which is usually regarded as a joke. Sex education can impact young adult's lives in various ways. Anything from teen prgnancy to a bad self image can be prevented with the right sex education. 

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iPads open doors for students in poor school districts

iPads open doors for students in poor school districts | education | Scoop.it

"COACHELLA VALLEY, Calif. -- For Alicia Silva, a single mother with three kids and three jobs, an iPad is out of reach.

 

Silva works as a part-time art teacher, seamstress and home-care provider, and like many hard-working parents, can't afford a tablet computer.

 

Sometime in the next few weeks, though, the Coachella Valley Unified School District will take care of that. It will issue an iPad to each of Silva's three children as part of a program that will provide them to all 19,000 students in the district, one of the state's poorest."


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Abby Fellows - Smith's insight:

I find it very interesting that Coachella Valley Unified has found the resources to provide all children in the school with iPads. Although it is a good idea, as in this ever increasing technology dependent world it becomes essential for children to have access to the internet. With these iPads children can save a lot of money on text books and trips to do research in the libraries. This is especially helpful as a lot of the district is very poor as farming and similar jobs are in the majority(90 %). I do however feel that preschool children to not have a need for iPads and they are more likely to break them or lose them. The funding of iPads to preschool children could be put to better use. This story is engaging as it starts from the perspective of one family to get you interested and then widens into the whole school.

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harish magan's comment, September 18, 2013 3:57 AM
know that Child's mind is delicate and it would be difficult for him to make a difference in what is required by his/her potential.
harish magan's comment, September 18, 2013 4:02 AM
It is very good to note that School administration is taking care of the needs of poor people by distributing it free. I think moren more corporate should come forward and help in eradicating this social difference between rich and poor.More technical advance in early stage will produce quality students who would be self sustaining and would discover many innovations which will change the future.
Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:56 AM

I find it very interesting that Coachella Valley Unified has found the resources to provide all children in the school with iPads. Although it is a good idea, as in this ever increasing technology dependent world it becomes essential for children to have access to the internet. With these iPads children can save a lot of money on text books and trips to do research in the libraries. This is especially helpful as a lot of the district is very poor as farming and similar jobs are in the majority(90 %). I do however feel that preschool children to not have a need for iPads and they are more likely to break them or lose them. The funding of iPads to preschool children could be put to better use. This story is engaging as it starts from the perspective of one family to get you interested and then widens into the whole school.

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Preparing Students for a Creative Career (Adobe Featured Blogs)

Preparing Students for a Creative Career (Adobe Featured Blogs) | education | Scoop.it
Preparing students for a #creative career: @AdobeEdu, KLMUC & Cosmopoint nurture #Malaysia’s creative talent http://t.co/JvyjlScPMR
Abby Fellows - Smith's insight:

Education is evolving at a rapid pace and so is the creative industry. It is vitally important to stay up to date with the latest technology when it comes to things such as photoshop. It is great to see how the lecturers keep up to date with the technology to be able to educate their students and teach them how to use Adobe creative cloud. This will allow for students to have a competetive edge in the workforce. As well as making the jobs such as graphic design much easier.

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:50 AM

Education is evolving at a rapid pace and so is the creative industry. It is vitally important to stay up to date with the latest technology when it comes to things such as photoshop. It is great to see how the lecturers keep up to date with the technology to be able to educate their students and teach them how to use Adobe creative cloud. This will allow for students to have a competetive edge in the workforce. As well as making the jobs such as graphic design much easier.

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IXL Math Practice - Elementary School Math Practice iPad App

IXL Math Practice - Elementary School Math Practice iPad App | education | Scoop.it
IXL Math Practice is a free iPad app from the popular online math practice service, IXL. IXL Math Practice offers hundreds of math practice problems for students in Kindergarten through sixth grade...

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Abby Fellows - Smith's insight:

So much has happend so quickly to promote the use of iPads in the education system. I think that this app seems to be very user friendly and allows use without having to have an account with IXL. However, this article does not show me what this app can do that cannot be done in a regular classroom setting. Yes, the students can get trophies for the work they do. This however can be a problem for students who struggle as they will feel as though their effort is not being rewarded.

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10 things I love about using iPad's in my classroom

10 things I love about using iPad's in my classroom | education | Scoop.it
Introducing one-to-one iPad's into classrooms has become one of the hottest topics of conversation. I thought I would share with you the benefits I see of this new form of technology in schools. Th...

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Abby Fellows - Smith's insight:

I loved this article. It broke down ten ways in which iPads are productive in aiding children how to learn. The aid of pictures with headlines and quotes made it enjoyable to read. Instead of one long story it was broken down nicely so that it is easy to retain the information that you read. I particularly enjoyed the insight into the "the risk - taker" aspect of using the iPad. It is great to know that technology is aiding in the education of future generations

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:31 AM

The introduction of iPads into the classroom is a very controversial topic. Many people believe that it is not suitable for school children. For examlpe, people say that children lose their ability to write since they are no longer using pens or paper. However, this article fives many exampls of why it is actually a positive thing. The article is fun to read since it is written in a concise llist and contains interesting cartoon pictures at each point. Each point is also extended by reasons and examples of why the specific point is positive.  The viewpoint is legitimate since it is coming from a teacher. The teacher has a good perspective since he deals with children everyday.

Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:52 AM

I loved this article. It broke down ten ways in which iPads are productive in aiding children how to learn. The aid of pictures with headlines and quotes made it enjoyable to read. Instead of one long story it was broken down nicely so that it is easy to retain the information that you read. I particularly enjoyed the insight into the "the risk - taker" aspect of using the iPad. It is great to know that technology is aiding in the education of future generations

Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 4, 2013 8:05 AM

Sarah-Jane Davies's insight:

The introduction of iPads into the classroom is a very controversial topic. Many people believe that it is not suitable for school children. For example, people say that children lose their ability to write since they are no longer using pens or paper. However, this article fives many examples of why it is actually a positive thing. The article is fun to read since it is written in a concise list and contains interesting cartoon pictures at each point. Each point is also extended by reasons and examples of why the specific point is positive.  The viewpoint is legitimate since it is coming from a teacher. The teacher has a good perspective since he deals with children every day.

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School heads removed in row over radical Christian helper

School heads removed in row over radical Christian helper | education | Scoop.it
TWO Scottish headteachers who allowed a preacher from a creationist Christian sect to help out at their primary school for more than eight years have been removed from their posts while an inquiry is carried out.
Abby Fellows - Smith's insight:

I was outraged at what the heads of Kirktonholme Primary allowed to happen. Children at a primary school age are very impressionable and so giving them such information on religion without their parents full knowledge is unacceptable. Not every child at the primary school may be christian and to force this religion down the throats of children is not right. I fully agree with the parents at this school for being upset and complaining. As the heads of the primary school to let their own religious beliefs cloud their judgement about what is best for the children is not right. I am glad they were removed from their jobs and hope that they will never be put in a place of authority ever again. 

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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:54 AM

I was outraged at what the heads of Kirktonholme Primary allowed to happen. Children at a primary school age are very impressionable and so giving them such information on religion without their parents full knowledge is unacceptable. Not every child at the primary school may be christian and to force this religion down the throats of children is not right. I fully agree with the parents at this school for being upset and complaining. As the heads of the primary school to let their own religious beliefs cloud their judgement about what is best for the children is not right. I am glad they were removed from their jobs and hope that they will never be put in a place of authority ever again.