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When "smart" devices become cheating devices

Increasing numbers of secondary students are using their smartphones to cheat on schoolwork. Exactly what are they doing, and what can be done to stop it?

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Classroom technology: What do students think?

Is technology in the classroom mostly a benefit to learning, or mostly a barrier? Educators have been debating the question for at least a decade. Yet the voices of the ultimate “end-users” - aka students - need to be included in the conversation, too.

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The case against a blanket phone ban

Calls for banning smartphones in schools are being heard right around the world, following the recent lead of France and Albania. But what's the case for the other side?

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Is online pornography the new sex ed?

Are young people getting their sex education from pornography? The New Zealand Education Review Office thinks so - and most international experts agree. Should schools be doing more to address this?  

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Do Australian schools need to ban phones?

Some 90 percent of Australian students admit to using devices in class, and research shows kids get better marks in personal-tech-free zones. So should schools ban phones outright?

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Tips for teaching with apps

The rise and rise of digital learning has spoiled educators for choice when it comes to teaching apps. But having too many options on the table can be as daunting as having too few.

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Family Zone Classroom: Your superpower for managing student internet

As an educator, you don’t need x-ray vision to figure out that you and your students aren’t always on the same page.

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How our Partner School Program can work for your school community

In the classroom - as in the rest of life - technology giveth, and technology taketh away. So how can schools ensure that they get the best out of connected learning environments, while minimising the downside?

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Digital citizenship: What it is, why it matters

It’s a bit of buzzword in educational circles today. But what does it really mean? What (if anything) is special about good digital citizenship as distinct from good citizenship generally?

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The real cost of bullying in schools

Sure, bullying is nasty. But what about its cost in real terms?

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