Do we still need schools?

Nikhil Goyal is an activist and author of a forthcoming book on learning. In his talk at TEDxDanubia he builds a strong case against standardized testing and advocates for a twenty-first century revolution in education.

 

 

 

Be aware of the popular app Sarahah

Sarahah a new popular social media app that allows users to receive anonymous feedback and it’s already being compared to Ask.fm and Formspring. The anonymous messaging app Sarahah has become an easy instrument of abuse. One reviewer on the App store calls it:”Accessory to Cyberbullying”.

Sarahah helps you in discovering your strengths and areas of improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner — this is how the developers describe Sarahah, the messaging app guaranteeing anonymity for commenters; its popularity has spread like wildfire.

“A concept that seems like a great platform for receiving and sharing all the mutual admiration — or constructive criticism — has turned into a nightmare for some, no thanks to the trolls who are unforgiving and relentless when it comes to slinging the worst kind of mud in the guise of ‘honest feedback’.”- says Aditya Dogra

 

After months of bullying, a 12-year-old New Jersey girl killed herself.

After months of bullying, a 12-year-old New Jersey girl killed herself. Her parents blame the school.

For months, 12-year-old Mallory Grossman received the taunts in text messages, Instagram posts and Snapchats.

She was a loser and had no friends, they told her. At one point, according to an attorney for Mallory’s family, the girls even asked her, “Why don’t you kill yourself?”

In the classrooms and hallways of her middle school in Rockaway Township, N.J., a group of sixth grade girls continued to torment her. They would tease Mallory, give her dirty looks and snub her, shooing her away from their lunch table….Read the story in the Washington Post

 

“Brain hacking” and why you should care?

What is “brain hacking”? Tech insiders on why you should care

Watching this report all I could think about was the “one-to-one” iPad program our school district boasts about. It’s time to rethink technology in the classrooms.

The one-to-one computing plan puts enormous focus on the device itself, the enhancement of the network, and training teachers to use the technology. Then, teachers are instructed to go! But go where? That’s the critical question that must be addressed first.

Scientific research studies have proven that:

  • Digital devices lead to sleep disruption and deprivation, which impacts on learning, and is associated with obesity, and other physical disorders, such as computer vision syndrome;
  • Computer use in class disrupts the learning process and impairs learning outcomes for users and non-users alike;
  • Learning with books and paper is superior to learning with e-books. Practical proof for this finding is that Waterstones is abandoning the Kindle Reader as sales of e-books have fallen dramatically. Furthermore, Nielsen Book Research found that 75% of readers prefer printed books, while 35% refuse to read e-books;
  • Taking notes with pen and paper, as opposed to touch typing notes in class, leads to better learning outcomes;
  • Smartphone, iPad, and laptop use in class results in student distraction and multitasking, which, impair learning and lead to neural addiction problems, such as internet addiction disorder and other psychological maladies;
  • There are islands of success in an ocean of failure when it comes toinformation and communications technology and educational technologies, with researchers arguing that there is little evidence to support the proposition that digital devices and/or EdTech improve pedagogy or learning outcomes.

See the  American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use

 

SOAR: an award-winning 3D animated movie about a young girl who must help a tiny boy pilot fly home before it’s too late.

 

Use this delightful animated film in your classroom with a collection of cross-curricular teaching ideas and activities! Age Range: 5-11

Teaching Ideas and Resources:
English
  • The title of this film is ‘Soar’. Can you think of synonyms for this word? Would any of them make a better film title in your opinion?
  • Look at the first frame of the animation. Predict what you think may happen in the rest of the film.
  • Retell the story from the point of view of Mara (the girl) or Lucas (the pilot).
  • Pause the video at different points (e.g. 0:15, 0:28, 0:50, 1:15, 1:44, 2:29, 3:51, 4:35) and think of some speech / thought bubbles for the characters.
  • Pause the video when the small bag lands on the table. Write an alternative ending from this point. What is in the bag? Who does it belong to?

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