Look up?

 

In today’s world we are completely immersed in technology. Recently, while reviewing Web 2.0 tools and looking at how to incorporate new ideas into the classroom. For example I used the star wars and arcade generator off classtools.net. Though these web 2.0 tools are marvelous to use and explore it’s easy to forget how immersed in technology we are becoming.

It’s sometimes easy to forget to look up at the world around you. One prime example of people forgetting to look up at the world around us is at the Bus stop.

 

While we stand at the bus stop we are all culprits of having our phones out and checking our phones for updates and news.

Though I see the benefit of the being immersed in technology I think it’s wise to remind ourselves of how to put away technology, even for a brief period in time.

 

 

Pause and take a moment – Before you tweet

Future Careers dashed because of a Tweet? 


On this blog there is a lot of reference to using online social media platforms such as twitter, blogs, educational websites and resources. Each of these websites allows for people to add and express opinions on these social media platforms – which is great!

However, sometimes it’s easy to forget  that these are public online social media platforms that can be accessed by anyone. 

Students have to abide to strict internet usage policies, and most schools have certain websites blocked in schools to ensure safety. However, outside of school what protects students from making a social faux pas mistake online for the whole world to see?

Students outside of schools may not realise the impact that their social media platforms will have on future opportunities. For example:

66 percent of recruiters reconsidered candidates because of spelling and grammar errors in their social profiles (U.S. Money Worldwide, June 15, 2015)

Though this may seem irrelevant to education it may make a good lessons on creating awareness of pause and think before using any social media platform which can be accessed.


Resources


12 things students should never do on social Media 

Social Media Mistakes 

Examples of Students being expelled

Digital Classrooms – Ireland

With each passing day more and more of our lives are becoming more technology based.

However, instead of ignoring this – the Irish Education system is embracing this and preparing students for this modern global society by investing 210 million euros!

This will benefit Ireland and with the recent launch of the http://education.ie/en/Publications/Policy-Reports/Digital-Strategy-for-Schools-2015-2020.pdf – it’s clear to see that Ireland education system will only benefit from this huge investment.


For more information about the Digital Strategy for Schools please refer to the links below:

  1. http://education.ie/en/Publications/Policy-Reports/Digital-Strategy-for-Schools-2015-2020.pdf
  2. http://www.labour.ie/download/pdf/digital_strategy_for_schools.pdf
  3. http://education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2015-Press-Releases/PR15-10-07A.html
  4. http://www.schooldays.ie/education-news-item/210m-investment-in-digital-technology-for-schools-announced
  5. #digitalstrategy
  6. #digitalschools

On this Day

History Resources are abundant online. But how can you make students use history outside of the classroom?

One resource I’ve found that students seem to use even after leaving the history classroom is On this Day in History.

It’s a great little resource which can be looked up online and now is available in app form. Encourage students to download the app and use it. Even incorporate it into lessons to show how history is relevant.

http://www.on-this-day.com/

Interesting Resource

Ever have trouble remember someone’s name but you can remember what their name began with? Was it a, no b? Well this project252 is similar in allowing people to upload resources beginning with each letter.

Well worth looking at all the resources or even taking one resource a day for a while until you’re familiar with a sizeable amount. There is still time to contribute as well!

http://project252.donenda.com/featuredletter.php

Great project and looking forward to seeing it completed!

Mental Health Day – Subject Overload?

awp-world-mental-health-day

With mental health day just passing by I notice more and more students under stress as June starts to become a reality for most. Recently I came across a clip from a television show called Waterloo Road. This show revolves around the staff, students and the community surrounding the school. Despite the show not being an actual school – the issues that are addressed by the school are real.

The reason why the clip caught my attention was the vice-principal stating that students are under a lot of stress come exam time and should be supported and guided in how to cope with stressful situations. However, instead of the staff supporting the children one boastful member stated that kids these days receive easy exams. The vice-principal instead of getting frustrated and angry asked his staff to sit one exam and see the difficulty and stress students undergo during exam time. The majority of the staff did take the exam – however all was not what it seemed.

Upon been given their test – they teachers realised it was mock exams of other subjects which they themselves did not teach. What transpired was the staff reacted the same way students do when under huge amount of pressures. Some knuckle down and try their hardest – others had a knee-jerk reaction and wanted to leave the exam without attempting as they didn’t understand the exam.

in-class-vs-in-exams

The staff became aware of the strain and stress that students are put under after it was pointed out to them that students do undertake up to and over five subjects (and in Ireland most students take seven subjects for the Leaving Certificate).

A few things to take away from this clip is

  • Students have more than one subject!
  • Little bit at a time – if students seem overwhelmed, break it down a little bit at a time for them.
  • Timetable – encourage timetables for study.
  • Encourage students to get a full nights rest – it will make a world of difference to their mental and physical health.

Also one heart-warming story I heard recently was a phenomenal teacher who made caramel slices for stressed final year students. Maybe surprise students with a small homemade treat or a five minutes rest at the end of class might make the world of difference!