St Hilda's Collegiate recently featured in the Otago Daily Times on their decision to join our Partner School Program.
There is a tsunami of information about the impact of technology on Generation Z (the iGen), now labelled 'neo-digital natives' and primarily using video to communicate.
Humans have always lived in a complex world, but the Information Age has taken distraction to a whole new level. Smartphones are ubiquitous, leading many of us to 'media multitask' by using multiple devices at the same time.
'The Distracted Mind' is worth a read, as it examines the way our brains have evolved and the consequences of high-tech lifestyles. It explains why our brains aren't built for multitasking, and suggests better ways to live in a high-tech world WITHOUT giving up our modern technology.
Loot boxes are becoming more prevalent in video games, and are readily available to children even though they approximate gambling.
There's been much discussion about the socio-economic digital divide. But, it's not what we expect. Originally about access to technology, the new digital divide is actually about limiting access to technology.
Let the Family Zone team shout breakfast while you learn about Family Zone’s Partner School Program, which provides schools with access to a powerful ecosystem of technologies that ensure no matter what network a student uses to access the internet, they’re kept as safe as possible while online.
Disturbing acts of sexualised behaviour among young children are becoming more frequent in schools as mobile devices result in children being exposed to pornography, says cyber safety expert Susan McLean.
Conferences provide a great opportunity to connect, learn and be inspired. The recent NZ Principals' Federation conference centred around the theme of creativity, including leveraging technology in productive ways, with an interesting range of speakers and EduTech vendors.
The playground used to be a noisy place in schools. Today, many students are glued to their devices and the playground has gone quiet.
We understand that there are considerable pressures on schools to use new and emerging internet technologies, and that often increased access to the internet causes considerable challenges with which schools must contend.
Digital natives are entering a whole new world of opportunity, and schools are responsible for equipping students with the skills they need to be able to navigate the future of work.