A new report released on the digital economy and society examines the impact of technology in schools as the new digital curriculum rollout gathers momentum.
The annual Future Schools conference provides an opportunity to showcase the very best in education, with plenty of discussion around the 'future of work' and how to equip today's students with computational and critical thinking skills. With technology, automation, and the advancing of artificial intelligence (AI) it is estimated that 85% of jobs in 2030 haven't been invented yet. One of the exciting things about emerging technologies is that teachers have to change their pedagogy and do things differently.
The boundary of the school ground is no longer defined for our digital natives, with online and physical worlds merging. Physical behaviour is easily observable, with schools providing support as required if a student is seen to be aggressive or depressed. And now, online behaviour can in some instances provide insights or warning flags that a student may be at risk.
Cyber safety is simple, according to John Parsons. It's not really about technology at all; it's about student wellbeing. Parsons recently gave a presentation to an enthusiastic group of school leaders in Christchurch, and shared some interesting insights.
John Parsons is highly regarded in New Zealand, with extensive experience in cyber safety crisis management. Linewize is proud to support a series of Cyber Safety breakfast presentations John will be speaking at throughout the country.
The recently announced Ministerial enquiry into mental health is well timed, with what has been labelled a 'mental health crisis' affecting increasingly younger teenagers and children throughout the country.
"Just ask Google." And we do. If we have a question, that's generally our first port of call. Student welfare is a concern for every school, and these search queries can often flag potential issues with individual students.
You can pick up a brand new smartphone for $39, and the start of the school year sees many students bringing new devices onto school grounds. When students access school networks, they can easily bypass school internet filtering by downloading a VPN proxy (virtual private network) to access blocked websites, and to surf the internet anonymously. In fact, a quick look today shows that 'VPN' is currently the top trending search in the NZ iOS App Store, and with over 200 to choose from there are plenty of options available.
The new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko (DT & HM) curriculum in New Zealand explores how technology works, teaching how to use that knowledge to solve problems. By building digital capabilities, the goal is to create an education system that join classrooms and the world of work together in a way that is relevant for today’s young people. However, age appropriate guidelines and boundaries around internet use are essential for good digital citizenship and the overall success of the new curriculum.
Danish police have taken a hard line on inappropriate content shared on social media, charging over 1,000 young people with "distribution of child pornography" after video content of two 15 year olds was circulated online, predominantly on Facebook and Messenger. “It may sound very dramatic that we’re charging with child pornography,” said Flemming Kjaerside, a police superintendent. “Many had no intention to distribute child pornography, but objectively speaking, that’s what they’ve done.”