• How can schools reduce waste
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    How can schools reduce their waste?

    Trash, waste, refuse – we all know there is too much of it. At worst it clusters our waterways, critically damages animal species and pollutes our living spaces. At best it ends up in a landfill or incinerator – both of which cause their own environmental and health issues. So what’s the solution?  For schools, there are lots of effective measures you can take to decrease your community’s waste output (both in and outside of the school premises). Let’s dive in and take a look at what you can do to reduce school waste:   Audit your school waste Boring as it may sound, the best solutions are backed by…

  • How to improve your confidence in classroom technology
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    Improving your confidence with new classroom technology

    Tech-savvy – it’s one of those elusive qualities, like charisma or dress sense. Some people seem to just have it, the rest of us mere mortals stumble behind, struggling to make sense of the latest Windows update.  But as the world of education (and to be honest the world in general) becomes more tech-focused, the skills of the tech-savvy are increasingly a requirement for the majority. Fortunately for all those self-labeled ‘technology illiterates,’ or anyone who wishes they had a bit more of a handle on classroom technology, the good news is that you too can become versed in the magic of tech wizardry. With some well-directed effort, you can…

  • How to create a collaborative classroom
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    How to create a collaborative learning environment

    The concept of the collaborative classroom can feel a bit like an ill-defined buzzword – surely there are elements of collaboration going on in lessons every day?  In fact, collaborative learning is a systematic approach to encouraging deep thinking and knowledge sharing amongst students. Not only is this super exciting, but it is also much easier to achieve in the age of powerful and portable educational technology! The collaborative classroom offers a seismic shift away from the victorian teaching fashion of rote learning and strictly directed individual activity. Instead, it empowers students to guide each other and think critically about concepts by engaging with peers – awesome right? But this…

  • What is digital citizenship?
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    What is digital citizenship?

    The average internet user spends more than a quarter of their life on the World Wide Web, according to the Digital 2019 report (by HootSuite and We Are Social). For better or for worse, the internet is now our primary tool for work, communication, managing finances, and shopping… to name just a few.  In a modern world where a significant portion of life is online, it is educators’ responsibility to ensure that young people are equipped with the tools they need to navigate it.  But how to know where to start? In such a vast and new digital environment, how do we know which skills are necessary, let alone how…

  • how to use social media properly
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    How to Use Social Media Properly

    Social media is now a part of everybody’s lives. In fact, as of 2019 there are 3.48 billion social media users, according to the Global Digital 2019 report by Hootsuite and We Are Social. As educators, who use social media for both professional and personal purposes, it can be tricky to know exactly how you should be employing the platform. With the majority of students ( and employers) now owning some form of social account, how can you ensure that you are productively building your professional network and engaging in interesting discussions whilst also maintaining appropriate professionality?  Whatever you put on your social media accounts reflects on you, so it’s…