Digital technology

Bringing parents into the digital age

By Melissa Schwalger 24 September, 2015

In the early eighties, my primary school had about five computers, producing screens of green or orange text. They cost about $5000 each and although they were in a heavily…

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3Rs + C for coding?

By Diana Clement 14 July, 2015

Should we or shouldn’t we teach computer coding in schools? The curriculum is cramped as it is. But there is a growing belief that the 3Rs need to be supplemented…

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The flipped classroom

By Diana Clement 6 October, 2014

Diana Clement looks at the phenomenon that’s, well, turning classroom practice on its head. Key points A new way of teaching that uses technology to reverse the usual order of…

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Slamdunk for digital education

By Diana Clement 14 July, 2014

Technology writer Diana Clement accepts an invitation to trial a new portal and website for teachers. Network 4 Learning’s Pond.co.nz portal has launched and early users are giving it the…

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Make way for Minecraft

By Diana Clement 29 April, 2014

More and more Kiwi teachers are logging on to the internet phenomenon Minecraft– to use it as an educational tool. Diana Clement reports. Minecraft has been likened to virtual Lego:…

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Digital learning – coming, ready or not

By Diana Clement 18 July, 2013

Key points Ultrafast broadband and the Network for Learning are transforming the classroom. Teachers need more professional development to make it work. Academics are concerned that the implications of this…

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BYOD – the good oil plus useful links

By Diana Clement 6 April, 2013

More and more educators seeing the value in learners from pre-schoolers up being allowed to use their own tablets, smartphones, iPods and other electronic devices in class. Trying to pretend…

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Talk the good talk

By EA Staff 7 January, 2013

In the 21st century educators need to become professional communicators. Case in point was the Auckland teacher who fired a quick email to parents asking what they thought were the…

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The ITC revolution

By Sarah Jones 23 October, 2010

There’s no shortage of commentators writing and researching about young people’s relationship with technology. Educators such as James Paul Gee, Stephen Heppell and Derek Wenmoth promote the benefits – even…

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Faster broadband for better learning

By Sarah Jones 19 July, 2010

Thorrington School Principal Paul Armitage: “We will make better use of the internet’s data-hungry multimedia, video conferencing and online learning tools. It will open the door on twenty-first century teaching…

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