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The internet does have positives

When psychiatrists, psychologists and other clinicians discuss the use and overuse of computer-based technologies by school children and young people, it is tempting to assume that there is a near-exclusive focus on the negative, pathological and undesirable aspects of this ...

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No frontiers

School children across Australia can now connect and learn with their peers in developing countries thanks to a new global education program. ChildFund Australia recently launched the ChildFund Connect, a pioneering program developed by the non-government organisation to tap into ...

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Clouds can offer a soft landing

The lure of cloud computing is simple: someone else runs your computer systems, you pay for what you need when you need it and you can access unlimited quantities of computer capability as long as you can afford it. An ...

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Be careful what you post

Former Melbourne Girls Grammar student Sammi Strange probably felt she had struck gold when hired as a nanny for the British prime minister’s children. The excitement faded fast, however, when Strange was targeted by the British media which had scoured ...

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OMG, can I get that photo back?

The term “sexting”, although relatively new, describes a particular set of behaviours that have been occurring in Australia for more than five years. The sending and receiving of sexually explicit images via mobile phones or other applications such as instant messaging, ...

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The good, the bad and the gamer

The behaviour of teens over recent years has been changing, most would claim not for the better. Teachers and parents bemoan the rise of problematic behaviours in the classroom, playground and in the home. The “naughty” and disengaged boys show ...

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Embracing textbooks and Twitter

The NSW Education Department has announced it will review its current internet filtering policy. This announcement is not before time. Relevant 21st century learning and teaching demands we engage with the tools of today’s world, the technologies young people know and ...

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Learning to flick and think

When I deliver professional learning for educators, I am sometimes asked about how I find the time to keep up with the exponential growth of information. I’m almost embarrassed to say, I probably don’t invest any more time than most ...

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Teachers lack tech competency

On January 19, Apple announced a new innovation in the field of education – digital textbooks on iPads. In true Apple style, the new iBooks 2 software for iPad was hailed as a revolution, with Apple encouraging K-12 school students ...

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