SHOULD SPANKING BE ENCOURAGED AS A FORM OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION ONCE IN A WHILE?

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Spanking, or, as it’s formally known, “corporal punishment,” has been much in the news of late. And recently, in Canada, following a call by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to prohibit spanking, the Liberal government has promised to abolish a parent’s right to physically discipline children. Along similar legal lines, in June 2015, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled [...]

SHOULD PARENTS ASK THEIR CHILDREN TO APOLOGIZE?

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Have you ever felt deserving of an apology and been upset when you didn’t get one? Have you ever found it hard to deliver the words, I’m sorry? Such experiences show how much apologies matter. The importance placed on apologies is shared by many cultures. Diverse cultures even share a great deal in common when it [...]

STEAM NOT STEM: WHY STEM STUDENTS NEED ARTS TRAINING

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In 1959, the British physicist and novelist C.P. Snow delivered a famously controversial lecture at Cambridge University. He described a post-war schism between two groups — scientists and the literary world. Snow identified this as a newly emergent divide, across which each party was more than happy to sneer at the other: Scientists proudly unable to quote a [...]

HOW TO ENCOURAGE MORE GIRLS TO PURSUE SCIENCE AND MATH CAREERS

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Women remain underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. In the field of engineering, for example, women earned fewer than 20 percent of doctorates in 2014. Such gaps, however, are not the result of differences in intellectual ability. Girls currently make up over half of the United States’ gifted student population. If girls have the smarts needed for success [...]

APPS TO KEEP KIDS BUSY DURING HOLIDAYS

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As the summer holidays draw near in many parts of the world, parents shouldn’t be surprised if kids choose to fill their days with technology. After all, teens and tweens are now spending more hours on their devices – iPads, phones and computers – than they are asleep. Anxious parents will point out how bad this technology [...]

HOW EDTECH IS SOLVING CLASSROOM PROBLEMS!

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Some of the biggest problems in education occur in the classroom and consequently, are issues that need to be sorted out by teachers. These issues broadly fall into two categories: student problems and parental problems. Did you know that EdTech can help to resolve many common in-classroom problems? No matter what type of problems you [...]

IMPLICATIONS OF SEXTING AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT

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Sexting among today’s youth is a problem that is becoming increasingly prevalent, and that many schools and parents are being forced to confront and manage.  Sexting is when minors take nude or partially-nude pictures or video images of themselves or others, with cell phones or webcams, and share them through text message, email, social media [...]

10 REASONS TO TRY CODING IN THE CLASSROOM

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When I talk about coding to other teachers, I always sense a fear that they too would have to one day do this in their classroom. The reason I have created this list is to help those teachers that are new to coding to relax a little and to just give it a go. Here [...]

ARE WE PLACING TOO MUCH TRUST ON EDTECH?

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Most edtech tools are gorgeous: they feature a clean design, intuitive interface, and attractive graphics in a way that puts most textbooks to shame. It’s easy to make the understandable leap from appreciating the appealing presentation to assuming that the content is just as attractive. But that isn’t always the case. We can think about [...]

WHAT IS CYBERLEARNING AND ELEARNING – IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?

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If you are interested in the field of educational technology, you have likely come across the phrase ‘cyberlearning’. If you are anything like me, you likely assumed that it was just another word for elearning among the ever-expanding array of edu-tech jargon. This is precisely what happened to me when I first came upon the word ‘cyberlearning’. I [...]

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