Technology in schools

Technology is everywhere, entwined in almost every part of our lives. It affects how we shop, socialize, connect, play, and most importantly learn. With their great and increasing presence in our lives it only makes sense to have mobile technology in the classroom. Yet there are some schools that are delaying this imminent future of using technology in the classroom as the valuable learning tool it in the classroom, why technology is important in today’s schools, school wireless networks,

Here is a list of ten reasons your school should implement technology in the classroom.

1) If used correctly, will help prepare students for their future careers, which will inevitably include the use of wireless technology.

2) Integrating technology into the classroom is definitely a great way to reach diversity in learning styles.

3) It gives students the chance to interact with their classmates more by encouraging in the classroom, school wireless networks,

4) Technology helps the teachers prepare students for the real world environment. As our nation becomes increasingly more technology-dependent, it becomes even more necessary that to be successful citizens, students must learn to be tech-savvy.

5) Integrating technology in education everyday helps students stay engaged. Today’s students love technology so they are sure to be interested in learning if they can use the tools they love.

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6) With technology, the classroom is a happier place. Students are excited about being able to use technology and therefore are more apt to learn.

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7) When mobile technology is readily available in the classroom, students are able to access the most up-to-date information quicker and easier than ever before.

8) The traditional passive learning mold is broken. With technology in the classroom the teacher becomes the encourager, adviser, and coach.

9) Students become more responsible. Technology helps students take more control over their own learning. They learn how to make their own decisions and actually think for themselves.

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10) Student can have access to digital textbooks that are constantly updated and often more vivid, helpful, creative, and a lot cheaper than those old heavy books.

If your school is still debating using the latest technology, I hate to break it to you, but it’s the inevitable future of education anyways. It is important that school wireless networks keep up with the ever changing technology in order to keep up with our students. From the ease of communicating with their teachers via e-mail, to quickly accessing an overabundance of information online about a particular topic they have learned about in class, technology is needed in today’s classroom


Finish Schools ?

This is why Finland has the best schools

Children in Finland. Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, “Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States.”

Following his recommendation, I enrolled my seven-year-old son in a primary school in Joensuu. Finland, which is about as far east as you can go in the European Union before you hit the guard towers of the Russian border.

OK, I wasn’t just blindly following Gardner – I had a position as a lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland for a semester. But the point is that, for five months, my wife, my son and I experienced a stunningly stress-free, and stunningly good, school system. Finland has a history of producing the highest global test scores in the Western world, as well as a trophy case full of other recent No. 1 global rankings, including most literate nation.

In Finland, children don’t receive formal academic training until the age of seven. Until then, many are in day care and learn through play, songs, games and conversation. Most children walk or bike to school, even the youngest. School hours are short and homework is generally light.

Unlike in the United States, where many
schools are slashing recess, schoolchildren in Finland have a mandatory 15-minute


outdoor free-play break every hour of every day. Fresh air, nature and regular physical activity breaks are considered engines of learning. According to one Finnish maxim, “There is no bad weather. Only inadequate clothing.”

One evening, I asked my son what he did for gym that day. “They sent us into the woods with a map and compass and we had to find our way out,” he said.

Finland doesn’t waste time or money on low-quality mass standardised testing. Instead, children are assessed every day, through direct observation, check-ins and quizzes by the highest-quality “personalised learning device” ever created – flesh-and- blood teachers.

In class, children are allowed to have fun, giggle and daydream from time to time. Finns put into practice the cultural mantras I heard over and over: “Let children be children,” “The work of a child is to play,” and “Children learn best through play.”

The emotional climate of the typical classroom is warm, safe, respectful and highly supportive. There are no scripted lessons and no quasi-martial requirements to walk in straight lines or sit up straight. As one Chinese student-teacher studying in Finland marvelled to me, “In Chinese schools, you feel like you’re in the military. Here, you feel like you’re part of a really nice family.” She is trying to figure out how she can stay in Finland permanently.

In Finland teachers are the most trusted and admired professionals next to doctors, in part because they are required to have a master’s degree in education with specialisation in research and classroom practice.

“Our mission as adults is to protect our children from politicians,” one Finnish childhood education professor told me. “We also have an ethical and moral responsibility to tell businesspeople to stay out of our building.” In fact, any Finnish citizen is free to visit any school whenever they like, but her message was clear: Educators are the ultimate authorities on education, not bureaucrats, and not technology vendors.

Finland delivers on a national public scale highly qualified, highly respected and highly professionalised teachers who conduct personalised one-on-one instruction; manageable class sizes; a rich, developmentally correct curriculum; regular physical activity; little or no low-quality standardised tests and the toxic stress and wasted time and energy that accompanies them; daily assessments by teachers; and a classroom atmosphere of safety, collaboration, warmth and respect for children as cherished individuals.

One day last November, when the first snow came to my part of Finland, I heard a

commotion outside my university faculty office window, which is close to the teacher training school’s outdoor play area. I walked over to investigate.

The field was filled with children savouring the first taste of winter amid the pine trees.

“Do you hear that?” asked the recess monitor, a special education teacher wearing a yellow safety smock.

“That,” she said proudly, “is the voice of happiness.”

William Doyle is a 2015-2016 Fulbright scholar and a lecturer on media and education at the University of Eastern Finland.

Los Angeles Times

Positive actions for youth at risk !

Go West: Youth scheme a caffeine hit
April 24, 2016 12:00am
LAURA SULLIVANThe Daily Telegraph

Darcy St Project co-founder Tristan Brookes-Perrin with his trainee Selim Unutmaz at their cafe in Parramatta, Sydney. Picture: Brett Costello
THEY’RE the boys changing lives among the indigenous community one coffee bean at a time.

Darcy St Projects has now helped more than 40 young indigenous people get back on their feet in just three years by training them as baristas.

Co-founders John Cafferatta and Tristan Brookes, both 33, see the impact of the project daily and say witnessing the positive changes in young lives is what keeps them fighting for their ­community.

“We both started out in coffee, we had a passion for coffee and we thought we’d use it for a better purpose,” Mr Brookes said.

“We see the impact on a day-to-day basis, to see where they’ve come from and where they are at the end is just amazing for us.”

Through a partnership with First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation, Darcy St Projects trains ­the indigenous youth students at their ­Barista School in Parramatta.

A columnist’s view

Miranda Devine
Sunday, April 24, 2016 (12:05am)

IN this era of women-only parking, women-only trains, women-only apartments and transgender bathrooms, it seems the only acceptable man is a man who wants to be a woman.

IN this era of women-only parking, women-only trains, women-only apartments and transgender bathrooms, it seems the only acceptable man is a man who wants to be a woman.
The job of pathologising masculinity continues apace.
There’s the government’s new domestic violence campaign which portrays little boys as aggressive misogynists.
There’s the undergraduate newspaper Honi Soit, which claims that rugby teams at private boys’ schools foster a “rape culture”.
Or what about the Sydney preschool which bans four-year-old boys from dressing up as Batman for fear superhero costumes will make them “violent”?
Yes, the only way men can find forgiveness for their dark, brute natures is to denounce other men, or otherwise to swap sexes, a la Caitlyn Jenner.
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!
Succumbing to Stockholm syndrome and turning on your fellow man is certainly easier, especially if you still have a chip on your shoulder about the alpha jocks at school who effortlessly attracted the attention of all the hot alpha girls.
It’s probably been that way since caveman days, when the sweaty warriors came home full of bravado and testosterone. Only, now, our society actually values the nerdy guys who stayed behind to write poetry and pick berries with the ladies. Look at Bill Gates. And Mark Zuckerberg. After millennia of evolution, we’re living Revenge of the Nerds. You’d think they’d be grateful. But no.
Take Pranay Jha, a former student of the prestigious King’s School and a ­bespectacled GPS debater, who has penned a tour de force of craven self-loathing in the Sydney University campus organ Honi Soit.
It comes with a trigger warning, naturally. Far be it from me to say he has an inferiority complex about the more popular, athletic, physically disciplined boys who played rugby or rowed in the First Eight at his alma mater, while he toiled away thanklessly in the Seconds Debating team.
They had “the ability to get girls, be invited to parties and to hold a reserved seat at the Royal Oak Double Bay”. No wonder he’s upset!
But his message is brutal. He has smeared all boys who play those sports at a handful of private schools as rapists.
“Perpetrators” he calls them at one stage, without a skerrick of actual proof.
His incendiary claim is based entirely on vague anecdotes from three anonymous female friends, “Lucy”, “Emily” and “Hannah”, who he claims had their “consent” “violated”.
“If that’s not a a culture of rape I don’t know what is,” is how he puts it.
Having dispensed his casual defamation, he returns to his favourite theme, bemoaning a “deeply entrenched culture that glorifies rowers and rugby players (and sets them) on a pedestal.
“It would always be the boys who hooked up with as many girls as possible that would be celebrated, and not those who stood for the rights of young women,” he says.
The psychological trauma at the heart of Pranay’s complaint is revealed when he writes about the Hogarthian horrors of the Head of the River.
“On the Friday morning before the race, the school hall is filled with chatter about how each crew is shaping up … The seniors bellow a war cry. The rest of the school joins in. A thousand students lean back and scream at the top of their voice, as the eight ‘heroes’ walk in. Their eyes are forward, heads held high, chest out: they are the pinnacles, the ‘ideal’ GPS boys.
“At that point, the juniors understand what it means to be a student at this school … Inextricably linked to this are rigid and destructive constructions of masculinity.”
Well poor Pranay needn’t worry. Masculinity of the alpha kind that he so resents is already on the endangered list, thanks to decades of toxic grievance feminism which casts women as helpless victims and men as brutes — unless they surrender and become self-flagellating male feminists.
That’s pretty much the message of the federal government’s new domestic violence ads, too.
Launched by Social Services Minister Christian Porter last week, the ads ­demonise little boys to send a message about “respect” for women.
In one scene, a good little girl is carrying a bowl of food. A bad little boy deliberately slams a door in her face, causing her to fall on the floor. The boy doesn’t apologise, just glares at her malevolently.
Her mother helps her up and says, “He did it because he likes you”.
What planet are they on? No mother would be so pathetic. No boy would be such a cartoonish villain.
Some boys are thoughtless and ­unruly, as are some girls. Some boys are gentle and kind, as are some girls.
But the government is dividing them by sex into virtuous and evil. Victim and perpetrator. Punishing boys for being born with a Y chromosome.
Hear that message enough and it’s no wonder some boys don’t want to be boys.
Becoming Caitlyn Jenner suddenly seems a sensible option.

Messed up Boys !!!

Why are so many boys messed up ?

So lets get on the media bandwagon and blame schools and teachers in particular, because we are not teaching them right !!! or are we ?

Lets look at parents and families in the 21st century………

If you are 40 and above, you would remember that in your childhood there were not many kids who had divorced parents…. and blended families only happened on TV e.g. The Brady Bunch, cause that was real life Too !!!!

I see too many single parent families, where each child has a different dad– and those kids have no contact with their dads; In the 21st century it is normal and expected that both parents work, leaving kids to their own devices after school, or being babysat by electronic screens….mmm

If you are going to have children take responsibility for them and show them how to act and be decent human beings…. it doesn’t take a lot to teach your kids manners

Why Boys education Counts

Boys are seen as the new disadvantaged in western countries… why is this so ? Are we so oblivious to the needs of boys that we are not catering for them in today’s schools.

Current data puts the disengaged rate at about 40%….. is this because the curriculum is so boring that boys just turn off and find being a behaviour problem in class far more interesting.

I am on the lookout for innovative strategies to get boys more interested in education, surely we can make it fun and at the same time teach them the skills they need in the 21st century.