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Is Buying An Education The Same As Buying a Car?

Is Buying An Education The Same As Buying a Car? | Education | Scoop.it
Parents are being made to feel it is morally wrong to send their children to private school, according to a leading headteacher.

Via Courtney Dodge
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Education isa long term investment in your child's future. Many parents do not realize this. Parents are made to feel bad about sending their. Hold to a private school and so instead are commonly found to be investing in more short term I investments suchas cars. It was also for d that many parents believed that public schoowe could give their child as good an educational a private school could.this is obviously a personal decision that needs to be made and several factors need to be take into account, however I personally believe that you should give your child the best education that money allows. 


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Education isa long term investment in your child's future. Many parents do not realize this. Parents are made to feel bad about sending their. Hold to a private school and so instead are commonly found to be investing in more short term I investments suchas cars. It was also for d that many parents believed that public schoowe could give their child as good an educational a private school could.this is obviously a personal decision that needs to be made and several factors need to be take into account, however I personally believe that you should give your child the best education that money allows. 

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Los Angeles schools halt off-campus iPad use after students hack tablets

Los Angeles schools halt off-campus iPad use after students hack tablets | Education | Scoop.it
Los Angeles' massive billion dollar initiative to give iPads to every student in the school district faced an early setback this week, as high school students hacked the devices to access “non-educational” content, officials said.
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I agree that if schools are going to provide students with iPads, which more and more schools are nowadays, students need to learn to respect the rules and regulations that come with the privilege of having these new media and very helpful devices. Many schools deactivated the webpage’s and sited such as Facebook and YouTube so that students could not access these sites whilst at school and should be learning, therefore limiting them to educational websites, information and internet usage. An average of 185 high school students altered these security settings on the iPads that the schools had provided, which gave them access to these unauthorized websites. I feel that students that do have these iPads and are lucky enough to be using these devices should be gaining the experience that those devices/programmes can give and they should be using these devices as educational tools in schools as this is such a huge advantage and not as entertainment and play, especially when you should be learning and in the classroom.  


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The Touch-Screen Generation

The Touch-Screen Generation | Education | Scoop.it
Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development?
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The title of this article by Hanna Rosin speaks for itself, "The Touch-Screen Generation". She speaks of how iPad apps and technology is being aimed ,these days for children as young as 1-4 years old. This article makes its readers think scary things which I personally have thought of before but not about such young children, with regards to technology. I did not know people or parents would let technology reach such young and fresh minds.

 

This article makes us think of things, most people- even people from this generation, like myself did not imagine for children as young as this to be a part of. Personally I am not sure if introducing iPads, tablets and such advanced technology to such young minds is a good idea when these young children should be learning and doing the simple things in life. Yet I am open to suggestions and this is still a very new idea. It is just very bizarre to look at such a young and delicate child holding such a complicated piece of technology, in my opinion. After all like the article depicts these new devices and apps can help the future of our generation, through apps that help children with spelling, maths and many other educational subjects and tools. It is not all games and fun if you don’t want it to be. 

 

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Transition to the SBAC: Developing Student Technology Skills

The mission of the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) is to foster student success through service to students, schools, and the community.
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I think it is such a good idea that there is a set of standards that students need to reach and should know in order to perform well in their education. These standards according to the common core test are computer-based and within this there are four tasks that too are computer-based. These tasks are: 1. Moving between two or more screens, 2. Operating spreadsheets and calculators, 3. Manipulating virtual objects and 4. Editing electronic text. The students must be able to do these tasks in order to complete the common core test standards. 

 

I think that it is important in today’s age to be in touch as a student with the technical world. It will help one with their education in many ways. Therefore, I do think the common core testing standards may be good for students as most students in most schools do learn most of those tasks and this is because of how far technology has advanced, so I think making sure all students do know all these things is a good idea before moving forward.

 

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Using technology to help students with dyslexia

Using technology to help students with dyslexia | Education | Scoop.it
This post was due to be about how the technology we use in lessons can benefit students with dyslexia but in the planning of the post it occurred to me that the tools that are applied are actually ...
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I agree with Mathew Pullen that using certain teaching methods will help dyslexic students but it too will help other students too. Using new media/digital media sources such as iPads and iPods will be very useful in the future of students and their education.

 

One thing Pullen identified was to give the students something to help them remember the information that the teacher is teaching them, as dyslexic students . He states that students can do this by taking images of the slides or of the board, they can take a voice recording of the discussions that have taken place in class or the teacher can record the class with technology such as an iPad and share it online, and this could help if certain students battle with taking down notes in class.

 

I feel that the most important part of this article is that dyslexic students as well as for other students need to realise that it is very important to record the information that is being taught to them, so that it can be reviewed in that students own time (in a way that best suits them personally)  Students can learn to use technology and new media devices that are now available to us to use in education.


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How is Technology Transforming Education? Sir Ken Robinson Video Series from Adobe Education

Technology is changing the world rapidly, impacting the way students learn and opening new possibilities for educators. Take a look what Sir Ken Robinson had...
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Sir Ken Robinson has a good and positive take on what new media/digital media is doing to journalism and our society. I agree with him when he says that most teachers that are teaching in schools these days did not grow up with the tools that are available to them and the students to use today and this is to their disadvantage because they seem to take these sources of media for granted. 

 

He speaks about the importance about adults and teachers needing to build technology into the "heart of education". I stringly agree with him and this point of view because as he put it in this video, these tools are also creating cultural changes and possibilities which are very new to the students, and as I see it this is goingt o help students in the long run in a very big way.

 

He explains that he thinks that these media "tools" / new media sources are providing opportunities to many if not all students in today’s society and with technology continuing to soar it will most likely continue and education can benefit from this, which I and i think most of society will agree with him on this point. 

 

I agree with Robinson in what he says that new media will in fact help educaion in the future. I believe technology will help students for the better. 

 

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Rural KZN school gets A+ for pass rates - Mail & Guardian Online

Rural KZN school gets A+ for pass rates - Mail & Guardian Online | Education | Scoop.it
Rural KZN school gets A+ for pass rates Mail & Guardian Online Recently I wrote about how the selection of pupils studying either maths or maths literacy is being manipulated by certain schools and provinces in order to boost their matric pass...

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This article shows that South Africa's future education has hope to improve. The fact that over 90% of the pupils pass matric and many of them have distinctions even though the overall conditions of the school are not satisfactory is inspiring. In order to change South Africa's education system the matric pass rate needs to improve. If there are more principals like Dr Ngoyi Mahaye there would be many more positive changes in the entire education system. 

One negative fact about the article is that it should focus more on the pupils. The article focuses too much on the principal's and teachers's dedication. However, their contribution is undenaibly true and positive. There should be more of a focus on the students dedication to achieving their excellent results.

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, September 16, 2013 5:53 PM

This article shows that South Africa's future education has hope to improve. The fact that over 90% of the pupils pass matric and many of them have distinctions even though the overall conditions of the school are not satisfactory is inspiring. In order to change South Africa's education system the matric pass rate needs to improve. If there are more principals like Dr Ngoyi Mahaye there would be many more positive changes in the entire education system. 

One negative fact about the article is that it should focus more on the pupils. The article focuses too much on the principal's and teachers's dedication. However, their contribution is undenaibly true and positive. There should be more of a focus on the students dedication to achieving their excellent results.

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How To Start Using iTunes U In The Classroom - Edudemic

How To Start Using iTunes U In The Classroom - Edudemic | Education | Scoop.it
Ready to take the plunge and start using iTunes U in the classroom? It's not as scary as you think - and many aren't yet using the tool!

Via Dennis T OConnor
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Technology is advancing continously; therefore it makes sense for educational systems to keep up with technology. This should be done because its is predominately the youth who enjoy advancing with technology. Therefore if more education systems use iTunesU students will be able to learn their work efficiently since they will understand it more easily than a dull textbook. If institutions adopt this new tool it will make vast changes in both the teacher's and students's education. This tool is very easy to use and is more convenient than compiling numerous notes and books. The only downside is that iTunesU is an Apple product. Therefore only those with iPads,iPhones or any other Apple products will be able to use iTunesU. Apple products are not necessarily cheap; therefore not all institutions would be able to use this new handy tool.

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, September 17, 2013 8:41 AM

Technology is advancing continously; therefore it makes sense for educational systems to keep up with technology. This should be done because its is predominately the youth who enjoy advancing with technology. Therefore if more education systems use iTunesU students will be able to learn their work efficiently since they will understand it more easily than a dull textbook. If institutions adopt this new tool it will make vast changes in both the teacher's and students's education. This tool is very easy to use and is more convenient than compiling numerous notes and books. The only downside is that iTunesU is an Apple product. Therefore only those with iPads,iPhones or any other Apple products will be able to use iTunesU. Apple products are not necessarily cheap; therefore not all institutions would be able to use this new handy tool.

Mary Starry's curator insight, September 17, 2013 10:02 PM

Author has lots of links and resources to assist you in preparing an iTunes U course. 

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No-fee school review under fire - Independent Online

No-fee school review under fire - Independent Online | Education | Scoop.it
Independent Online No-fee school review under fire Independent Online “They (Cubans) were able to improve the literacy rate to 96 percent in just one year through public funding… the mass democratic structures are going against this policy because...

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Motshekga is justified in believing that parent's whose children go to no-fees schools should make donations. If the parent's can afford to buy material things they can certainly afford to make small donations to their child's schools. They would not have to pay an amount that a parent would have to pay for a school that does have to pay school fees. A donation would aid their child's education and therefore it may increase the child's possibility of him or her having a promising future. 

However, there is another side of the story. One needs to ask why donations are needed in the first place. The no-fee schools should have all the basic utilities without help from donations. The government is supposed to fund the schools efficiently. Therefore it seems as though Motshekga could be ignoring the actual problem by focussing on smaller issues.

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, September 24, 2013 7:58 AM

Motshekga is justified in believing that parent's whose children go to no-fees schools should make donations. If the parent's can afford to buy material things they can certainly afford to make small donations to their child's schools. They would not have to pay an amount that a parent would have to pay for a school that does have to pay school fees. A donation would aid their child's education and therefore it may increase the child's possibility of him or her having a promising future. 

However, there is another side of the story. One needs to ask why donations are needed in the first place. The no-fee schools should have all the basic utilities without help from donations. The government is supposed to fund the schools efficiently. Therefore it seems as though Motshekga could be ignoring the actual problem by focussing on smaller issues.

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350 Pupils Stranded As Central Equatoria School Collapses - AllAfrica.com

350 Pupils Stranded As Central Equatoria School Collapses - AllAfrica.com | Education | Scoop.it
350 Pupils Stranded As Central Equatoria School Collapses
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A number of pupils expressed concerns about their future following the unexpected collapse of the 60-year old school.

Via Sarah-Jane Davies
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Sarah-Jane Davies's insight: This article shows people's dedication to education. The unfortunate event of the school collapsing is not stopping the community from rebuilding a new one. This shows that the impotance of education is known even amongst a community that barely have the resources to keep the school going. The fact that children are currently being taught underneath trees only adds to the inspiration. Hopefully the community will be able to get the funds to rebuild the school and that it will be able to withstand heavy rains. However, the fact that the school is partly made of grass and that it was already 60 years old shows that the structure must have been quite strong. Hopefully communities like this one will be aided by either the government or other organizations to help with global education.

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, September 24, 2013 8:49 AM

This article shows people's dedication to education. The unfortunate event of the school collapsing is not stopping the community from rebuilding a new one. This shows that the impotance of education is known even amongst a community that barely have the resources to keep the school going. The fact that children are currently being taught underneath trees only adds to the inspiration. Hopefully the community will be able to get the funds to rebuild the school and that it will be able to withstand heavy rains. However, the fact that the school is partly made of grass and that it was already 60 years old shows that the structure must have been quite strong. Hopefully this communities like this one will be aided by either the government or other organizations to help with global 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."


Via John Evans, Sophie Charlotte Foster
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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 6:56 AM
I agree with views that iPad's are the neccessory tools in these times for students to take advantage of technology and advance their skills and knowledge with the help of on line educational tools.The tech skills are as necessary as physical fitness.
harish magan's comment, September 18, 2013 6:57 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 7:02 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.
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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.

Via Abby Fellows - Smith
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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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Abby Fellows - Smith's curator insight, September 16, 2013 7:21 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. 

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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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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 4:31 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.

Abby Fellows - Smith's curator insight, October 3, 2013 7:05 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

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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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Indonesia Mengajar to promote community service in education

Gerakan Indonesia Mengajar, a movement that sends educated youths to teach in remote areas across Indonesia, will be holding an event — slated for ...

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Although community service is not compulsory in most schools pupils are encouraged to have an active participation. The respsense rate in Indonesia for community service is schools has been overwhelming giving a clear indication that it here isinfact an interest front the pupils and the community around them. Community engagement is a great way not only to benifit the community involved but also to benefit the students who take part. Students will be able to see the 'other side' of life and may end up valuing and appreciatwhat what they have a great deal more. 

 

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Courtney Dodge's curator insight, October 1, 2013 7:59 AM

Although community service is not compulsory in most schools pupils are encouraged to have an active participation. The respsense rate in Indonesia for community service is schools has been overwhelming giving a clear indication that it here isinfact an interest front the pupils and the community around them. Community engagement is a great way not only to benifit the community involved but also to benefit the students who take part. Students will be able to see the 'other side' of life and may end up valuing and appreciatwhat what they have a great deal more. 

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Smiling 'helps children in class'

Smiling 'helps children in class' | Education | Scoop.it
How computer games and learning to smile can help youngsters in the classroom.
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I think it is a great and new idea in our society that Rakel Solvadottir founded, which helps children from the ages of 6 upwards cope and learn. Skema is designed to help children who are battling with learning disabilities such as ADHD, asperges, and autism. This programme does not use books or expect the children who are a part of the programme to be a part of any heavy educational and mind thinking exercises where children can get frustrated. Instead she uses 3D computer programmes like Minecraft and Alice.  I think this is a good way for children with learning disibilities to learn because it helps them to develope their minds  in the way that children learn how to tell and understand how to tell the computer what to do. Children learn how to work with technology and the online world but with boundaries to and in a school surrounding. Many children with these disabilities were seen as "losers" and through this programme they slowly grew and became winners. 

 

I feel that this is a great idea because it is helping children that feel like they are lost and it is run by someone who knows how they feel. I feel like our society needs a big educational programme like this to help the children with learning disabilities get further in their education.  

 

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Teaching Materials Missing in NYC Classrooms: Union

Teaching Materials Missing in NYC Classrooms: Union | Education | Scoop.it
Almost two weeks into the school year, the city's Department of Education and the teachers union are at odds over whether classrooms have enough materials.
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This article is very similar to the issue South Africa experience with regards to the government providing schools with textbooks and children not being able to learn properly. The article highlights the fact that schools did not receive promised textbooks, workbooks, and visual aid, according to the United Federation of Teachers.

 

Eighteen schools were complaining that they had not received all the promised and important learning tools and equipment delivered. I think that if it is true and they have not been supplied with what they were promised at the right time, it is harming the futures of the children and at many schools. The time schedules that teachers would have created will all have been destroyed because of this. Parents are frustrated and are spending their hard earned money on schooling that is not functioning properly or as well as it should be, and this is not fair. I believe something must have been wrong in the schooling system for the schools and the teachers to have been so unhappy because people only know what they are missing once they have been promised something. 


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Parents Who Encourage Reading for Pleasure See Education Rewards

Parents Who Encourage Reading for Pleasure See Education Rewards | Education | Scoop.it
By instilling in children a desire to read, academic outcomes include improved achievement even in mathematics.
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I enjoyed this article because I feel that it encourgaes parents to encorage theor children to read as it will be helping their kids in the long run. The article  also highlights that parents who encourage their children to read for pleasure and are not forced to read, could be doing them more good than they know, because a study proves that these children perform better than others that didn’t read in maths, language and spelling.

 

I agree that reading is very important in a child’s early life as well as growing up in school life because wanting to read and knowing how to read becomes very important later on in life, for example in tertiary education. I believe that my love for reading has helped me greatly in my academics this far and will continue to help me through my university life. 


This article also conveys the rapid advancement of technology. Technology such as, e-readers as well as e-reading apps on smartphones which do help encourage more children students to read because this is a new media world and students of today are drawn to technology. I do think these kinds of ideas (encouraging reading put together with technology) are helping students and their academics education and for education for the future.


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Five Ways Teachers Can Use Technology to Help Students

Five Ways Teachers Can Use Technology to Help Students | Education | Scoop.it
Darrell West and Joshua Bleiberg explore the American education system’s stubborn resistance to innovation and advancement in information technology. They supply five ways for teachers to use technology to help students in the future.
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I think that these ideas are a great way to remind the people of today’s society of the challenges regarding education and the education system and what teachers need to start focussing on  and to use technology to their advantage in the classroom because no matter what anyone says, technology is advancing and at a rapid rate. This article conveys that technology has failed to transform our schools to quite a large extent. 

 

This article highlights five strategies that should help bring teachers in our nation on board with the new age of technology and education and by doing so will help fulfil what our nation and its education system is aiming for. These five strategies are: Schools must use technologies that empower teachers, teachers should treat the adoption of technology as part of lesson planning, teachers should not fear open-source technologies, they should use online education portfolios to evaluate students and teachers should embrace the Common Core State Standards. Having a set of standards eliminates redundancy and conflicting guidelines and makes teaching much easier and simpler. 


I feel that this article is heading in the right direction in its content and its aim for education. I think that because technology it's advancing at such a fast rate, we do need to move with it, else we will fall behind and as a result education will slowly start falling behind too. I think it is a good idea for schools to slowly start using technology such as tablets and iPads instead of textbooks, because this brings students many advantages and takes away many burdens.  


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Is the power of parent talk enough to close the school readiness divide? - The Hechinger Report

Is the power of parent talk enough to close the school readiness divide? - The Hechinger Report | Education | Scoop.it
The Hechinger Report
Is the power of parent talk enough to close the school readiness divide?

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Education does not begin at school level. Education starts as soon as a child is born. Suskind's method of teaching a child over 300 million words is very effective.  Children can only become smart if their parents speak to them constantly. This occurs because children will then learn how to communicate and listen. These are fundamental aspects of education. It is also important that parents speak to their child as if they were an adult. Therefore the child will be able to learn difficult words at a much easier and faster rate.  

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, October 3, 2013 8:16 AM

Education does not begin at school level. Education starts as soon as a child is born. Suskind's method of teaching a child over 300 million words is very effective.  Children can only become smart if their parents speak to them constantly. This occurs because children will then learn how to communicate and listen. These are fundamental aspects of education. It is also important that parents  speak to their child as if they were an adult. Therefore the child will be able to learn difficult words at a much easier and faster rate.  

Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, October 4, 2013 10:57 AM
Education does not begin at school level. Education starts as soon as a child is born. Suskind's method of teaching a child over 300 million words is very effective.  Children can only become smart if their parents speak to them constantly. This occurs because children will then learn how to communicate and listen. These are fundamental aspects of education. It is also important that parents  speak to their child as if they were an adult. Therefore the child will be able to learn difficult words at a much easier and faster rate.  
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Learning to read in Madagascar - IRINnews.org

Learning to read in Madagascar - IRINnews.org | Education | Scoop.it
Learning to read in Madagascar
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... adult literacy class.

Via Sarah-Jane Davies
Steph's Journalism Group 2013's insight:

Illiteracy is a serious global problem and continues to thrive, especially in developing countries. It prevents people from getting good jobs and it even hinders their personal life. However, if more schools, as seen in the article, are built for adults’ illiteracy will decrease. There are many adults, like Marie Louise, who did not have the opportunity to get a simple education when they were younger. Luckily some adults have been given the opportunity by the United Nation Development Programme and NGO's to learn how to read. As it is stated in the article, these programmes allow individuals to learn how to read personal letters and get jobs that they previously could not get. It is also very encouraging to see that certain people are learning simple arithmetic which will help people like fishermen and vendors to create a sufficient income. This article is good in that it focuses on adult education and not educating children which often too much emphasis is made. It is undeniably important for children to be educated; however one should not forget about adults. Hopefully more schools like the one in the article will emerge in order to annihilate the increasing illiteracy rates.

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, September 17, 2013 9:25 AM

Illteracy is a serious global problem and continues to thrive, especially in developing countries. It prevents people from getting good jobs and it even hinders their personal life. However, if more schools, as seen in the article, are built for adults illiteracy will decrese. There are many adults, like Marie Louise, who did not have the opportunity to get a simple education when they were younger. Luckily some adults have been given the opportunity by the United Nation Development Programme and NGO's to learn how to read. As it is stated in the article, these programmes allow individuals to learn how to read personal letters and get jobs that they previously could not get. It is also very encouraging to see that certain people are learning simple arithmetic which will help people like fishermen and vendors to create a sufficient income. This article is good in that it focuses on adult education and not educating children which often too much emphasis is made. It is undeniably important for children to be educated; however one should not forget about adults. Hopefully more schools like the one in the article will emerge in order to annihilate the increasing illiteracy rates.

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Male and Female Literacy Rates by Country | IndexMundi Blog

Male and Female Literacy Rates by Country | IndexMundi Blog | Education | Scoop.it
Most African countries have very low literacy rates, with few exceptions: South Africa, Lesotho, Kenya, and Namibia. This entry was posted in Africa, Argentina, China, Countries, Demographics, Europe, India, Ireland, Italy, ...

Via Sarah-Jane Davies
Steph's Journalism Group 2013's insight:

From the article it seems as though Africa is lagging behind in the world literacy rates. It also shows that developing countries are the countries who have the low literacy rates. This always leads to the main global issue: education. Developed countries such as America, Australia and Europe have substantially high literacy rates. This is due to their good structures and wealth. However many developing countries are on the other extreme. This issue is not easy to eradicate and it will unfortunately not happen overnight. However, if countries unite and more effort is put in there will definitely be a change.

 

The other issue revolves around the fact that the literacy rates in some countries are not equal amongst men and women. This shows that gender equality is still a massive issue that needs to be solved. Women deserve to be literate just as much as men. However, luckily an issue like this is increasing in awareness. This potentially brings hope to the developing countries since an increase in awareness will drive the action at reducing this issue.

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, September 24, 2013 8:29 AM

From the article it seems as though Africa is lagging behind in the world literacy rates. It also shows that developing countries are the countries who have the low literacy rates. This always leads to the main global issue: education. Developed countries such as America, Australia and Europe have substantially high literacy rates. This is due to there good structures and wealth. However many developing countries are on the other extreme. This issue is not easy to eradicate and it will unfortunately not happen over night. However, if countries unite and more effort is put in there will definitely be a change.

 

The other issue revolves around the fact that the literacy rates in some countries are not equal amongst men and women. This shows that gender equality is still a massive issue that needs to be solved. Women deserve to be literate just as much as men. However, luckily an issue like this is increasing in awareness. This potentially brings hope to the developing countries since an increase in awareness will drive the action at reducing this issue.

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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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Steph's Journalism Group 2013's insight:

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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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:31 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.

Abby Fellows - Smith's curator insight, October 3, 2013 7:05 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 3:52 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

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Matric pass rate under review - Independent Online

Matric pass rate under review - Independent Online | Education | Scoop.it
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Matric pass rate under review
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Pupils having to choose between maths and maths literacy was the best option in preparing pupils for the workplace and higher education.

Via Sarah-Jane Davies
Steph's Journalism Group 2013's insight:

Sarah-Jane Davies's insight: Increasing the required pass rate of 30% would be a positive thing to do since it already a very low requirement. By passing with 30% it means that the students were only able to retain 30% of the information that they had learned. One needs to think about the importance of the other 70%. By having a low pass rate students are not ready for any form of tertiary education. There are also many other aspects of daily life that will not be reached. As stated by Motshekga 98% of the students do not pass with 30%. Therefore the overall results will not be heavily effected by the increase. If the quality of teaching, working levels and determination are improved then there is a possibity that the would not be a decrease in the pass rate. There may even be an increase in the pass rate.

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Sarah-Jane Davies's curator insight, October 4, 2013 10:47 AM

Sarah-Jane Davies's insight: Increasing the required pass rate of 30% would be a positive thing to do since it already a very low requirement. By passing with 30% it means that the students were only able to retain 30% of the information that they had learned. One needs to think about the importance of the other 70%. By having a low pass rate students are not ready for any form of tertiary education. There are also many other aspects of daily life that will not be reached. As stated by Motshekga 98% of the students do not pass with 30%. Therefore the overall results will not be heavily effected by the increase. If the quality of teaching, working levels and determination are improved then there is a possibity that the would not be a decrease in the pass rate. There may even be an increase in the pass rate.

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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.

Via Abby Fellows - Smith
Steph's Journalism Group 2013's insight:

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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Abby Fellows - Smith's curator insight, September 16, 2013 1:49 PM

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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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."


Via John Evans, Abby Fellows - Smith
Steph's Journalism Group 2013's insight:

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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Abby Fellows - Smith's curator insight, October 3, 2013 7:14 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 7:18 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.