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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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ICT can be a good job app

A competition for schoolchildren in years 4-12 that rewards the creative application of computer technology has been extended to NSW schools after running for two years in Queensland. Software giant SAP, hopes to extend its Young ICT Explorers (YICTE) competition ...

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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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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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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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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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Safety in the virtual world

Cyber bullying is the number one cyber safety concern for teachers, according to a national survey involving over 1000 respondents. Strategies to assist young people to make good online decisions ranks number two, followed by strategies to assist parents help ...

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