Ancient brains in a high-tech world - the impact of information overload.

By Michelle Polglase on 11/19/18 3:02 PM

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.

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Cyberbullying and the #StandStrongNZ movement

By Michelle Polglase on 11/14/18 3:34 PM

Bullying in schools is a global issue, but New Zealand has the second highest rate of bullying in the OECD. One in two Kiwi kids are bullied at school at least once a month, and cyberbullying increasingly plays a major role in this.

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Child-on-child sexual ­assaults in primary schools on the rise

By Michelle Polglase on 11/1/18 11:36 AM

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.

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The importance of resilience in schools

By Michelle Polglase on 10/29/18 12:43 PM

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.

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The impact of technology on childhood

By Michelle Polglase on 10/16/18 9:31 AM

The playground used to be a noisy place in schools. Today, many students are glued to their devices and the playground has gone quiet. 

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Social media as social currency

By Michelle Polglase on 9/24/18 4:52 PM

There's no getting away from it, social media is social currency for young people, with many of them gaining their sense of 'belonging' through a connection to online communities. While Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular social media platforms among young people, cross-platform game Fortnite offers a new type of online community that we'll be seeing a lot more of.   

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Fortnite - how to deal with this cultural phenomenon

By Michelle Polglase on 9/20/18 2:36 PM

Fortnite's unprecedented success means as much for the future of media as it does for the gaming industry. Fans don't simply play the game; they join a supportive community where their characters can break into dance moves - and people log in to watch others play, as much as to actually play themselves. An estimated 21% of Fortnite players were previously non-gamers.

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Sex education from pornography - what schools need to know.

By Michelle Polglase on 9/13/18 11:35 AM

Are young people getting their sex education from pornography? The Education Review Office thinks so, and wants schools to do more to address this. 

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