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Apps to help teachers maximise their own time
12/04/2019
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Guest author: Mark Anderson, ICT Evangelist

One of the best ways to help reduce teacher workload is by using technology to help. Recognised by the Minister for Skills, Anne Milton, at BETT in 2018, “We recognise that edtech can play a vital role in our schools and colleges for many reasons, including reducing teacher workload and enhancing students’ learning”. A year on at BETT 2019 and Education Minister, Damian Hinds recognised this too. So it’s great that the Government recognises that technology can help but how to make IT work for you is not as....Read more

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April is Stress Awareness Month
05/04/2019
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Stress Awareness Month first began in April 1992. It was launched to break down the barriers that prevented people from talking about mental health issues, with the intention of helping them acknowledge stress and start to open up about it.

Health experts and organisations generally use this month to increase awareness about the symptoms of stress and signpost people to sources of help and support. Some people recognise the symptoms of their own stress and use it as an opportunity to start ....Read more

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Sharenting: what’s the score?
28/03/2019
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Guest author: Henry Platten, founder of eCadets and GoBubble

In days gone by, proud parents would gather around the dinner table to share holiday snaps with friends and relatives. But, as more and more individuals, separated by distance or short on time, turn to social media to share images and videos of personal family moments, experts are voicing concern about the immediate and long-term implications of the trend, commonly known as ‘sharenting’. 

Whilst in the main these are ....Read more

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Digital spring clean
22/03/2019
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You’ve got a ton of class resources all over your laptop – on the desktop, a few in folders you know about, quite a few in different places that you can’t recall right now, but you know they’re there somewhere. Your personal computer/tablet at home is in pretty much the same state, and let’s not even think about the stuff on your phone…

 You need a digital spring clean!

Just as your house benefits from a spring clean, your mind ....Read more

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Knife crime – a new report from Ofsted
15/03/2019
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As youth knife crime hits the headlines yet again, this month, Ofsted has published a report into young people and knife crime in London. 

As we’ve seen, the number of knife crimes has dramatically increased throughout the UK and the problems that surround it are numerous and complex. With so many young people being involved, the report’s authors turned to schools to see what’s going on there. Their report quite rightly states that it’s not up to schools to solve the knife crime problem alone, but it highlights areas and ....Read more

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Preparing students for exams
08/03/2019
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Let's be honest: nobody likes exams. Students certainly don't and it's not much fun for teachers either. But, like it or not, exam season is fast approaching and students need to be knuckling down to revision, while teachers concentrate on preparing them for the exams by going through techniques and past papers in lesson time – as well as conducting class revision sessions.

There are several obstacles to overcome when it comes to making exam practice time interesting. Firstly, due to the pressure to succeed in exams, it's a stressful time for both ....Read more

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Internet hoaxes: the balance between facts, panic and practical help
01/03/2019
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For those of you who have been online or watched the news this week, you can’t fail to have missed some kind of report about a certain internet challenge or hoax. We’ve watched the story go viral over the past few days – and we’ve also watched the aftermath where substantial doubt was cast on the ‘facts’ and consequences. In addition, many children’s and internet safety organisations issued warnings about the dangers of sharing sensationalised stories about these challenges/hoaxes/crazes and giving them so much free publicity, saying that it may actually encourage young people to seek them out. It’s been interesting to see it ....Read more

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Supporting teachers’ wellbeing
22/02/2019
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Teaching is an increasingly stressful profession – fact. Those working in the education sector know this first-hand and, for those working elsewhere, there are regular reports in the media about just how bad the situation in the teaching profession is – with unmanageable workloads, marking, report writing, form-filling, evidence collecting, lesson planning and much more, before we even get to the teaching part, which is what the teachers trained do.

This week’s media story has been all about how this is affecting teachers’ mental health and wellbeing, not to mention the rate of good tea....Read more

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Sharing on social media: did you ask for consent?
15/02/2019
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We’ve all been there. There’s a photo of you on social media that your friend has posted – and it’s pretty unflattering to say the least. If only they’d asked before they posted it, you would have had a chance to say no!  

So many people don’t ask for someone else’s consent when posting pictures of them online for many reasons: it may not occur to them to do so; they may think, “well, Joe is on social media himself, so he won’t mind”; they may just think a photo is funny and, as they took it, they have a right to share it. What all these things have in common is ....Read more

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Tech Edvocate reviews NetSupport DNA and School
08/02/2019
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Getting noticed by experts in the edtech field is always a huge plus for us, and so we were delighted that the USA-based Tech Edvocate took the time to review NetSupport DNA and NetSupport School! See what he says about the benefits of both of these products for teachers and students everywhere…

“… The features and efficacy of NetSupport DNA are outstanding. Once you install the product, it immediately starts searching mining, retrieving, sorting and presenting. It can provide you with a thorough hardware inventory of all the tech devices on your ....Read more

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