Education blog - NetSupport DNA
Author: Tom Whittaker, Guest student blogger
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (14th-20th of May), hosted by the Mental Health Awareness Foundation, is focused on stress which, through research has been shown to be a key factor of damaging mental health. This emphasis aims to tackle mental health problems such as depression and anxiety and make people understand that they are not alone. The subject of mental health is a sensitive one for many and this week is in place to spread awareness of this topic, encourage people reach out for help and teach people how to look after their mental health. This year, the Mental Health Awareness Foundation is encouraging people to run a “Curry and Chaat” ev....Read more
Mindfulness in education. Is it right for everyone? Will it or won’t it make a difference? Is it worth investing time into it to find out?
The subject of teaching or directing mindfulness sessions in schools seems to be one where opinion is polarised; with some advocating its worth and others saying that it is inappropriate for all kinds of reasons. Let’s see…
What is mindfulness?
In the past, mindfulness has been employed to treat certain adult mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety. Despite its origins in Buddhism, it’s a secular practice that uses techniques to ....Read more
Sexting is a relatively new term, but it’s something that the majority of people are now aware of. With the proliferation in technology in recent years – especially smartphones – it’s becoming a growing problem amongst children who are taking and sharing explicit pictures at increasingly younger ages. According to the National Police Chiefs Council, figures show that the number of cases of sexting images involving children has more than doubled in two years: 6,238 offences for 2016-17, compared to 4,681 for the previous year, reports The Guardian.
The tech landscape is rich with apps and possibilities, but some quality products really stand out. To finish the discussion, each of our panellists chose a favourite app (easier for some than others!) and shared it with the rest of the group. There were some great choices that are useful on many levels – for personal use, teaching and networking – read on to find out what they are!
Traci Good – eSafety expert
“I’ll go old school and say ....Read more
Figures released today (April 18, 2018) by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the charity that searches for and removes online child sexual abuse imagery, show that more of this disturbing material is being found than ever before.
The data is published in the IWF’s Annual Report, which provides a yearly global measure of the number of online images and videos of children being sexually abused to government, the police and the internet industry. The eagerly awaited report also ....Read more
Using technology for teaching and learning in school is a great way to engage students and set them up for the future. But on the flipside, schools must ensure that they do everything they can to keep them safe online – by employing technologies to safeguard them throughout the school day and equipping them with the digital skills and know-how to be able to make responsible choices as they use the online space outside of school time.
There are two huge subjects in education at the moment: funding (or lack of it) and GDPR. In chapter 3, our Big EdTechDebate panellists discuss how budgets cuts are affecting the landscape of learning – and the impact of GDPR on schools, both ahead of and after its implementation.
From a Trust perspective, Al Kingsley discusses what has been the impact of budget cuts and some ....Read more
With increasing amounts of technology on board, schools and businesses are finding that managing their IT assets with NetSupport DNA helps them to be more efficient and increases the visibility of their IT estates – all whilst keeping a lid on costs in areas such as power management and software licence management.
So, as a special Easter present to everyone, we’ve just released a new version of NetSupport DNA, 4.6, with even more enhanced and easy-to-use features to enable customers everywhere to maximise ....Read more
It’s always exciting to hear about emerging technologies and what applications they could potentially have. The education sector has no shortage of new arrivals so, in the Big Education Debate 2, our panellists discussed the edtech they’d seen at Bett 2018 – and what impact new developments could have on teaching and learning.
The best place to start off this particular discussion was, of course,....Read more
Following our first foray into gathering a group of edtech experts together and filming the resulting discussion to share, the feedback was so positive that we decided to make a second one! This time, we had a slightly different roster of panellists to reflect the subjects of the day, and they all warmed up with much-needed coffee and bacon sandwiches before the call of “Action!” on the freezing February day that was chosen for the shoot.