Children ill from school can still participate in learning via avatars

China are leading the way in the digital revolution happening right now in education. Children too ill to go to school now have access to technology where they can watch lessons from home and participate using their tablets. The Financial Times reports this technology “enhances learning experiences for teachers and children”. This video has been embedded usingContinue reading “Children ill from school can still participate in learning via avatars”

Is social media bad for you?

Whenever I turn on the TV, read articles from my favourite news outlets or switch on the radio, I am constantly reminded that social networking sites are villains and us, the public are being drained of personal information, positive wellbeing and internal prosperity. Much research concerns itself with the impact social media platforms have onContinue reading “Is social media bad for you?”

Screen time linked to better cognition in children

Limiting children’s recreational screen use has been linked with improved cognition. Children aged eight to 11 who used screens for fun for less than two hours a day performed better in tests of mental ability, a study found. Combining this with nine to 11 hours of sleep a night was found to be best for performance. ResearchersContinue reading “Screen time linked to better cognition in children”

Why Twitter belongs in the classroom…

Photo by Tracy Le Blanc on Parents. who have tried to pry their teenager’s smartphone away at bedtime know that social media can ravage the emotional lives of young people. Children and teens who use social media heavily are more likely to experience anxiety and depression, sleep poorly and express concerns about their body image. As a high school history teacher, I’veContinue reading “Why Twitter belongs in the classroom…”

A Pedagogical Perspective: An exploration into feedback and group work

Introduction Pedagogy constructs a method composed of both teaching practice and academic concepts. The last few decades has seen the definition of pedagogy vary a significant amount. In the 1980s pedagogy was defined as an abstract utopia line that does not underpin daily workings of a teacher (see Ellsworth, 1989). Modern day researchers and academicsContinue reading “A Pedagogical Perspective: An exploration into feedback and group work”