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Nigel Coutts

What might our children most need from Education? - The Learner's Way - 0 views

    In these times of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA), in this Post Truth era, what do our children most need from their education? How do we best prepare them for their future?
Allison Burrell

Blekko - A Search Engine Safe for Students - 13 views

    "Blekko, a new search engine, is trying to provide more relevant search results that are spammer and content-farm free. Described as "Wikipedia meets search", the engine will use human oversight to separate that trusted content from that of spam. They also use the slashtag, /, to limit the results to only those of trusted sites. Blekko has predefined slashtags that you can use, like "/people" for a people search or /blog for a blog search. There are also topics and other categories like /basketball or /android. Since many of these tags are predefined, you might have to create your own slashtag if Blekko does not recognize what you are searching for. As you name your slashtag, you can list keywords and then enter the sites you want Blekko to search. You can share or browse slashtags of other users, too. This engine is heavily based on its users, much like Wikipedia is. Since it is still in beta testing stages, it is very likely that the site will improve sometimes in the near future. This search engine would work well in a classroom. With the safe environments that teachers want to provide with children who are searching the Internet, Blekko would help ensure that they are yielding appropriate results. It would also be a great tool to use with parents at home when browsing the Internet with their children."

What You Have To Know About Homeschooling - 1 views

Homeschooling can be a good way for your children to learn, but if they don't have a good teacher, then your homeschooling efforts will be worthless. A good teacher is one of the most important asp...

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Nigel Coutts

Change and why we all see it differently - The Learner's Way - 0 views

     If the young people of today are to thrive beyond the walls of the classroom they will need to be able to cope with a world characterised by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. The children of todays Kindergarten will enter the workplace in the fourth-decade of the 21st Century. We debate the merits of teaching 21st Century Skills and what they might be while teaching children who have lived their entire lives in that very century. The challenge is how will schools and individual teachers respond to this drive for urgent change.
Nigel Coutts

How might we prepare our students for an unknown future? - The Learner's Way - 0 views

    How might we prepare our students for an unknown future? If we accept that we are living in times of rapid change and that the world our children will inhabit is likely to be very different from the world of today, or perhaps more importantly, different from the work our current education system was designed to serve, what should we do to ensure our children are able to thrive?
Felipe Moncaleano

The Ultimate Guide To Online Privacy | Edudemic - 0 views

  • What’s the harm in essentially ignoring that privacy policy? While the majority of the time it’s harmless, there are some ne’er-do-wells that may gather your personal information and sell it to marketers, advertisers, or spammers. While terrible, it’s not unheard of.
  • According to a recent report, there’s a big reason users don’t read privacy policies: they’re too damn long. Of the top 1,000 websites, the longest privacy policy takes about 45 minutes to read…the average takes 10 minutes. About 72% of these websites allow users to opt out of being tracked. However, about 40% make you make navigate to a different (sometimes hard-to-find) section of the website to opt out.
  • Google has tools like the Google Dashboard, the Ads Preferences Manager and encrypted search if you’re looking for some of the more popular ways to manage your Google interactions. Most recently, Google launched an extension for Chrome called Keep My Opt-Outs, which allows you to opt out permanently from ad tracking cookies. And pretty soon Chrome will be extending the availability of 2-step verification, an advanced account security solution that is now helping protect more than 1,000 new accounts a day from common problems like phishing and password compromise. Right now it’s available to Google Apps Accounts and should available to the general public in a few weeks.
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  • (10/4/10): A new icon alerting users to behaviorally targeted advertising could soon start making its way onto more Web ads.
  • The companies involved in this new industry “need to talk to their audiences. They need to describe what they do, how they do it and the value it brings,” Randall Rothenberg, president of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, said in a statemen
  • Tools To Stay Safe(r) The following list is from EPIC (electronic privacy information center) which has the following disclaimer above and below the list. To see the full list of tools from EPIC, click here
  • The Huffington Post has a terrific dashboard of all privacy news in one place. Laid out like all other HuffPost pages, the site focuses on how the top web companies (Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) are dealing with online privacy
  • Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is a great place to get easy-to-digest literature about what rights you actually have online and more.
  • CyberAngels ( describes itself as “your cyber neighborhood watch.” The organization finds and reports illegal material online, educates families about online safety, works with schools and libraries, and shares basic Internet tips and help resources. Family Resources ( is a Web site produced by Symantec that helps parents provide guidance to their children who are using the Internet. Its goal is to provide parents with the information they need to keep their children and computers safe online and to help parents make sure that their children are good cybercitizens
  • Pidder is a German startup and, more importantly, the first social network based on privacy by design. Pia Pauls, a co-founder of the site, reached out to Edudemic to make everyone aware of Pidder and it’s definitely worth checking out. Here’s a synopsis directly from Pia: In addition to social networking where you stay in control of your own data and only share it with those you deliberately choose, pidder is a place to easily and securely manage passwords and logins. Pidder even provides an identity management service allowing the use of pseudonyms.
  • Be conscious of Web security.
  • However, about 40% make you make navigate to a different (sometimes hard-to-find) section of the website to opt out.
Josh Allen

How Web 2.0 has changed the face of education - 0 views

  • The term Web 2.0 was coined in 2004 to describe a shift towards new ways of using the web as a platform for tools and services that have an emphasis on user participation and interaction.
  • arriers that some learners encounter in schools and colleges are broken down, with previously sidelined pupils becoming engaged and excelling at learning.
  • Barriers that some learners encounter in schools and colleges are broken down, with previously sidelined pupils becoming engaged and excelling at learning.
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  • Teachers are able to give learners more open ended and collaborative tasks to research and present in the medium of their choice, encouraging autonomy and independent learning
  • While this may be appropriate in some circumstances, it is important to educate children about safe internet use, and make them aware of the risks, so that their approach to using the internet is safe outside school as well. Some
  • While this may be appropriate in some circumstances, it is important to educate children about safe internet use, and make them aware of the risks, so that their approach to using the internet is safe outside school as well
  • Other concerns include the potential for some online tools to be a distraction to learners in class. This is largely an issue of classroom management and is not specific to Web 2.0
  • However, using Web 2.0 for learning is more about particular methods and approaches to teaching than introducing a new set of technologies and tools
  • However, this is not about technology for technology's sake and we need to use technology when it is effective and appropriate to do so. As with most new technology, successful implementation relies on effective leadership, reliable infrastructure and support, and the space and time to allow teachers to innovate and embed technology into their everyday practice.
Bob Bartley

Photosynth - 0 views

    This looks amazing, 3d photo environments, can you imagine children making a virtual field trip out of this to share as a project with kids overseas or ina different part of the country???
Jeff Johnson

Online Portfolio Tools (Dr. Helen Barrett) - 0 views

    Much of this work began with my Online Portfolio Adventure, where I recreated my presentation portfolio with at least 33 different online services, software and strategies between September 2004 and the present time. In 2006, I began exploring the use of Web 2.0 tools, and constructed portfolios using these tools. One advantage of Web 2.0 tools is that many of them are free, although WikiSpaces may place ads on the page. There is some concern about security in a K-12 school environment, so care should be taken when using these tools with children. In a recent blog entry, I discussed different Online Portfolio Strategies and developed a GoogleDocs page to compare a few of the different choices available
Jorge Gonçalves

10 Super Helpful iPad Apps for Early Childhood Educators - 0 views

    These days it seems like just about everybody has an iPad. Thanks to their portability and ease of use they continue to be a popular device for casual, business, and educational uses. Educators in particular are finding them useful for early childhood lessons since the touch screens allow children of all ages and levels to start learning in new and inventive ways. But with so many apps in the iTunes store it can be daunting to find the best ones for your needs. Here are 10 iPad apps that are great for early childhood educators.
Cara Whitehead

Summer Program - 0 views

    VocabularySpellingCity has a new summer word study program that allows children to sharpen academic skills as they play. These simple assignments are a daily workout for the brain, building literacy skills such as vocabulary, spelling, and writing.
HAMZA massaoui

Newtown school gunman used rifle to kill victims ~ GLOBAL NEWS - 0 views

    All the victims at Sandy Hook school in Newtown died of gunshot wounds, H Wayne Carver II said. A list of the dead has been released. All the children were aged six or seven, and all the adults were women. The gunman, named in media reports as Adam Lanza, killed his mother before driving to the school and opening fire.
lily xu

Customized Kids Climbing Toys at High Quality in China - 0 views

    children climbing product can Exercise the child's courage
lily xu

Professional Plastic Toy Manufacturer/Supplier in China - 0 views

    happy island outdoor plagyground equipment for the children to school

Educational coloring pages - help children to learn English - 0 views

    Coloring pages can help to learn english language. Pictures with vocabulary and alphabet for children. Free to print online.
Nigel Coutts

Taking time to design programmes for understanding - The Learner's Way - 0 views

    Identifying what our children need to learn is one of the most important processes within education. For the teacher this is the question they engage with as they design their teaching and learning units. By no means is this an easy task and the teacher must balance multiple factors to ensure that the programmes they design provide their students with the learning they require. Even the most effective sequence of lessons is of little value if what it sets out to teach has little importance in the lives our learners are likely to lead. 

More Child-friendly Ways to Make Money - - 0 views

    Children who love to do something productive in their free time can definitely use it to make some extra money. These jobs can play by their skills or strengths and your child is definitely free to choose whatever type of job appeals to them. If you liked our previous article about making money for kids, then here's another one for you. Read more
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