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    5 Reasons Schools Should Go Paperless

    Paper – let’s be honest its the lifeblood of the modern classroom. Textbooks, worksheets, exercise note pads, and scrap paper are all essential school materials, so could education really exist without them? Yes, it can! And no we are not suggesting a revert back to the chalk and slates of the latter century.  In the digital age, there are many new tools available to help teachers deliver lessons and vital instructional material, all without touching a printer. Ebooks, Learning Management Systems, 1:1 devices, and fun edtech apps are all part of an increasing movement away from the manual paper-based classroom.  So why should you embrace this move away from the…

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    EdTech

    Benefits of Using Social Media in Schools

    Social media is a fundamental part of daily life for most people (exactly 3.48 billion according to the Global Digital 2019 report by Hootsuite and We Are Social). Schools are no exception. With staff and students both involved in various online communities, many schools have started tapping into social media to provide better service and assistance for everyone. But in an age which rightly has concerns over data privacy, cyberbullying and the sapping of attention spans, what are the real benefits of incorporating social media into the educational environment?   #EdTech relies on watertight data security 🔒https://t.co/PgaasBu2tP pic.twitter.com/kPVK8fqmlK — Kami (@usekamiapp) October 15, 2019   Building supportive online communities Online…

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    Teacher Tips

    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…

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    Characteristics of 21st Century Learners

    The purpose of education is to prepare the next generation. We want them to be productive and good members of our communities. So as the world evolves, our education system must follow suit to ensure we are preparing our kids for life within it.  In the busy and bustling 21st century our basic systems are transforming at a pace never seen before. The way we access and spread information, our work habits, methods of socializing, and much more have been revolutionized by the increasing sophistication of technology. As modern educators, it is more vital than ever that you are providing your students with the tools to tackle this tech-rich environment…

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    Teacher Tips

    Ways to Introduce Yourself Creatively on the First Day

    The first day of school sets the mood for the entire academic year. Everything from where coats are hung up, to which colored pens to use and how to behave in the new classroom will be defined on the first day (if not in the first few hours). But by far the most important impression of the beginning of the year is the relationship that is forged between teachers and students.  As a teacher, it is crucial that you make firm impressions to your students while managing to create a wonderful first-day experience. But opening yourself up to a brand new class can be an unnerving experience, even for the…