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Phil Taylor

50 Reasons It's Time For Smartphones In Every Classroom - 2 views

  • To be clear–learning can happen in the absence of technology. Integrated poorly, technology can subdue, distract, stifle, and obscure the kind of personal interactions between learner, content, peer, and performance that lead to learning results.
John Evans

10 Reasons to Create Makerspaces in Your School - The Tech Edvocate - 3 views

    "Makerspace is a relatively new method of teaching students in a space where they can get hands-on experience working with concepts they recently learned. The point of the space is to make, create, and invent new things. There are many advantages to giving students a place to apply concepts, and those benefits are true for all areas and fields of study.

    If you have been thinking about creating a maker space in your classroom, here are a few things to consider to help you understand why you should go ahead and do it."
John Evans

5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Learn to Code - Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific - 0 views

    "The Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11, is an annual initiative that mobilizes educators, parents, nonprofits and the industry to inspire all young people to learn computer science and open the door to a promising future. With our rising digital economy and the nonstop pace of technological change, we have an imperative to prepare young people to pursue careers that are in demand.

    Computer science refers to the academic discipline of studying what can be done using a computer and how to do so. At the foundation of this is computational thinking, a mental process that allows one to formulate problems so as to design possible solutions that a computer or human can easily understand.

    Coding is one way that computational thinking can be expressed. It is simply writing a list of step-by-step instructions for computers to perform what we want to do. More importantly, it provides everyone a platform to unleash our creativity to create software websites, games, and apps.

    More than half of today's jobs require some technology skills, and this will increase to 77 percent in the next decade, according to IDC. With youth unemployment in Southeast Asia alone almost three times that of total unemployment rate, coding and computer science serve as the gateway for youth to secure a more fulfilling career or even venture into entrepreneurship. In the Philippines for instance, an entry-level tech position pays 38 percent more than the minimum wage.


    I strongly encourage everyone to try coding-and here's why:"
John Evans

4 Reasons Your School Should Invest In A 3D Printer - 3 views

    "The use of 3D printers is becoming increasingly prevalent across the workforce, from medicine to confectionary, aerospace to sportswear.

    The mere concept of them can seem daunting, and it is therefore easy for school leaders to overlook the benefits a 3D printer can have for their pupils. We've put together a list of strong arguments in favor of this fantastic investment in a bid to help you put forward a winning pitch to your school decision makers."
John Evans

Edutech for Teachers » Blog Archive » 10 Reasons for Students to Blog Infogra... - 0 views

    "So, you want to increase motivation for reading and writing, improve confidence levels and/or encourage ICT literacy? Well, regardless of the rationale, blogging is a very powerful learning tool that can assist teachers with these goals.

    Still not convinced that blogging is a meaningful activity? Then check out the nifty sketch note shown below, one that illustrates ten additional reasons you should get your blog on with your students."
John Evans

Five reasons to teach robotics in schools - 1 views

    "Technology is critical for innovation, yet schools struggle to get students interested in this area. Could teaching robotics change this?

    The Queensland government has just announced plans to make teaching robotics compulsory in its new curriculum - aimed at students from prep through to year 10.

    Robotics matches the new digital technologies curriculum, strongly supported by the university sector and states, including Victoria.

    But while, worldwide, there are increasing initiatives such as the Robotics Academy in the US to teach robotics in schools, Australia isn't doing enough to get it taught in schools.

    To explain why we should teach children how to program robots in schools, we first need to understand what a robot is.
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