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Pass on a skill on World Youth Skills Day
13/07/2017
NetSupport DNA 

The world runs on skills of all kinds. People will always need houses built to live in, food grown for us to eat, our bins emptied and rubbish disposed of safely – and haircuts. We’ll always need doctors and nurses and the emergency services. From the most basic physical task to the most complex intellectual one, there is always specialist knowledge and practised skill involved in order to do it well.

But the world is changing and we’re now in the position of trying to not only teach today’s youth the ....Read more

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Effective communication with staff and students in emergency situations
06/07/2017
NetSupport Notify 

There are all sorts of emergencies that could crop up during the school day. And fortunately, while many occurrences are few and far between (e.g. flooding, bomb threat, intruder on the premises, local community disaster affecting the school), schools do need to have procedures in place to help them manage the security of their staff and students according to best practice.

With most schools already being conscious of security with CCTV, fire alarms and tools to monitor visitors or volunteers ....Read more

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What is digital citizenship?
30/06/2017
NetSupport DNA 

Imagine if society didn’t have any rules and anyone could do whatever they liked, whenever they liked, with no regard for anyone else, and without accountability – that would be pretty chaotic, not to mention unpleasant and really stressful!

That’s why we have laws to live by: to protect us, keep us safe and to try to make society a decent place to live in, whilst keeping our interactions with others civil and respectful.

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NetSupport contributes to roundtable discussion on eSafety
21/06/2017
NetSupport DNA 

With the already long list of online risks steadily increasing, it's a delicate balance for schools to keep their students safe online while giving them the opportunity to learn the ropes of becoming digitally savvy.

This month, we worked with Education Technology magazine to contribute to their roundtable discussion on eSafety in schools, with Al Kingsley, Group Managing Director of NetSupport Ltd, setting out in the following blog post how NetSupport DNA can help...

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“Who did you vote for, Miss?” and other hot potatoes
15/06/2017
NetSupport DNA 

Author: Natalie Nezhati, Educational content consultant
 
“My nan says gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry”
“My dad reckons there’s too many immigrants now”
“Who did you vote for, Miss?”
“Do you believe in God?”
“Have you ever smoked drugs?”

Dealing with hot-button issues is an inevitability for anyone working in the colourful world of education, but even the most experienced are ....Read more

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How can a classroom management solution help with… classroom management?
09/06/2017
NetSupport DNA 

Ok, so let’s explain... The term “classroom management” is often used to refer to two different things. The first is the generic name for software solutions to help teachers conduct technology-led lessons (like NetSupport School) – while the second definition is to do with managing students’ behaviour in the classroom.

We’re sometimes asked whether there is a cross-over between the two areas and whether there are ways that NetSupport School can help teachers promote good behaviour ....Read more

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How student-centred is your learning environment?
30/05/2017
NetSupport DNA 

In the last of her three-part series on student-centred learning, Educational content consultant, Natalie Nezhati takes a look at ideas for higher education.

There’s an outdated stereotype of university. It involves students who listen passively in lectures, quietly take notes in seminars and occasionally respond to a direct question. But this rarely reflects reality. Typically, higher education is lively and interactive with great emphasis on critical thinking, enquiry and autonomy of thought. It’s a dynamic sector and most institutions work hard to create a student-centred experience. ....Read more

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"Growing up with the internet" report released
25/05/2017
NetSupport DNA 

A little while ago, we highlighted the fact that more needs to be done to by online technology service providers to protect children’s rights and privacy when using the internet. Now, a new report by the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Communications takes the quest for stronger legislation to the next level, by making recommendations directly to the Government.

Supporting the Children’s Commissioner’s recommendations from her report in January, the “Growing up with the internet” report was released at the end of March this year and has looked in detail at every aspect of children’s interactions with the internet: from the devices ....Read more

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How student-centred is your learning environment?
22/05/2017
NetSupport DNA 

This week, Educational content consultant, Natalie Nezhati looks at the techniques that can work for student-centred learning in the secondary classroom…

The Secondary Edition

Enter any UK staffroom around this time of year and you’ll probably hear a teacher bemoaning a year eleven class who still expect to be ‘spoon-fed’. They’ll say they lack independence, can’t think ....Read more

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Working together: Teachers, Techs and Safeguarding Leads
18/05/2017
NetSupport DNA 

Author: Alan Mackenzie, e-safety adviser

I’ve written and spoken previously about the importance of adopting a whole school, standardised and cohesive approach to safeguarding in the context of online safety.  As technology evolves, new statutory guidance is released and when staff join or leave the school, I think it’s important to reflect on the issue of online safety which, as we all know, is so incredibly important in order to safeguard our students. 

School technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated – and so must the technology that we use to mitigate risk: it must be fit for purpose, provide mechanisms for the school to be pro-active ....Read more

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