This quirky article explains to first time tablet users (apple Ipad/Iphone) some basic tools to get to know how to use the tablet more efficiently and more easily. It includes visuals to physically show the reader how to use the tool though a display. some of the tool include, changing keyboard types to thumb style or large alphabet; fun facts about charging Ipads - if your tablet is on flight mode it charges twice as fast; Google map ideas and calculator use for common digit mistakes and quick solutions; child lock settings to prevent children from viewing inappropriate material on your tablet; tips on taking selfies with earphones for convenience and camera shortcut options; tools include Bluetooth clues, compass levels, scrolling shortcuts and night mode visuals. The tools also include banner clearing, grammatical cheats and alarm clock settings. The article brings the reader closer to the tablet and allows for greater understanding of apple technology.
The article discusses the importance of learning more than one language and informs readers of how a large percentage of Americans in particular are unable to speak any other language, other than English. The article expresses worry with regards to the lack of bilingual and illiteracy in students in America. The lack of motivation is apparent, due to the idea that foreign language is not essential or important to learn. There is a belief that due to English being the most globally spoken language and science and math having the greatest influence in today’s education, bilingualism and language learning is not important. Students all around America feel that it is a waste of time and effort. However there are increasing numbers of programs to try to change the frame mind of individuals, unfortunately there is a financial barrier, as the courses are expensive and parents are unwilling to spend vast amounts of money on their child learning a foreign language.
The article discusses the emergence of Ipads into education and academic syllabus. Statistics are given - with the majority favouring the use of tablets, particularly Ipads, in educational environments. Teachers are allowing students to use Ipads as it is believe that students study more efficiently with tablets. There has been an increase in Ipad sales, and this is due to thousands of school districts providing students with Ipads as a studying device. A large percentage of students use or would like to use tablets as a learning tool as it is convenient and efficient. Publishers are also preparing for technological change in education. They are providing digital copies of textbooks to Apple in order to remain innovative in education. It is evident that Ipad use in education is the future and the way forward.
The article discusses the possibility of a new form of managing of public schools in South Africa. It involves privatly managed schools which are publically funded by the governement. It intends on maximizing potential of scholars acedemically and minimizing corruption and insufficient staff. The program is under discussion at present but is intending on allowing an equal funding per child as well as a monitoring of performance through management. The system has great potential in fixing the current educational system in South Africa.
"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."
This article discusses the emergence of ipads into schooling systems, specifically in poorer regions. It highlights the importance that ipads serve with regards to expanding knowledge and allowing student to broaden their horizons and research more diverse topics. It shows how schools are providing parents with financial relief by assisting in giving children all the equipment in order to get maximum success out of their education. The article tells of how ipads are able to assist in teaching and learning and also gives accurate statistics on the cost put towards purchasing the tablets.
The Guardian Should teachers have to beg online for funding for classroom supplies?
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The article expresses the dire need for classroom supplies in American schools across the United States. The artcile gives examples of how teachers are using their own resources and income to provide basic classroom necessities to students. The article also posed the question of how the United States governement is able to fund a war in Syria, but not sufficiently educate its children properly. It also highlights the inequality amongst schools, with regards to how some state school recieve greater budgets that poorer regions. There is a possitive aspect in the article, as it discusses the donation programs that are being organised online, usch as Doners Choose and Redditors, in order to provide school and teachers with supplies. It expresses the gratitude that indiviudals gave as a result of the donations.
This article describes how students and learners with dyslexia are able to be assisted in reading format and content due to a new technological font having been invented, which is designed to stop readers from jumbling, mirroring or mixing up letters which results in slow reading as well as difficult reading/learning. It also discusses the lack of knowledge about dyslexia and about potential funding in Kenya to help underprivileged families, with children who have dyslexia, to receive help financially in assisting their child in overcoming dyslexia and helping their learning experience improve.
This article is made up of a list display which shows some of the scientific Ipad apps that are available for children who are interested in subjects related to science and biology. The writer states that his own child has remained fascinated by this form of learning through apps and suggests that other parents make available tablets to their children as an educational tool. The apps listed focus on biology and physics as subject and are proven to educate children in a fun and innovative manner.
South Africa: Gauteng Education to assist schools with CAPS textbooks - up-to-the-minute news and headlines. 7thSpace is a online portal covering topics such as Family, Business, Entertainment, Headlines, Recipes and more.
The article is positively informing individuals that schools around South Africa, particularly school which lack financial funding are receiving textbooks for children. There is an emphasis on providing textbooks to grades 4 to 6 and grade 11. The article mentions the different statuses of schools, however there is a goal to get at least one textbook to each scholar per subject taken. The article expresses how this process and change will benefit and help the South African schooling system.
Violence in schools appears to be an increasing problem in South Africa. It is unbelievable to realize that violence is affecting schools as it disrupts the already problematic educational systems in the country. The presence of the National Guard in the areas which are affected by the gang violence and shoot outs will be beneficial in preventing future fatalities which are unnecessary and tragic. The temporary closure of schools will negatively affect academic syllabi and the completion of essential school work in order to prepare scholars properly for examinations. Helen Zille’s role in assisting the police with stopping the actions of criminals is encouraging as there is awareness within government that there is a vital problem with regards to insufficient protection of citizens.
That American high schools lavish more time and money on sports than on math is, I know, an old complaint. But, as another school year starts, it is a lament worth revisiting.
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The article expresses how American high school priorities are not in order, due to schools being more concerned about the success of their sports teams, such as football, rather than their mathamatical courses success. It contrasts how Polish school spend more money per student on education than American, however they recieve a greater pass and success rate. The difference between these two regions, is that America focuses heavily on sporting activites, whilst Poland does not in any form. The article also highlights parents role in school programs, and what they consider as important. It shows how American parents - both wealthy and less privilaged - view sporting teams as more important than math and science practice. Finally, and most shockingly, the article shows how students tend to achieve in areas where their are expectations for them, and sadly, American students achieve in sporting because there is more encouragement from their parents than their is in academic courses.