[2019 version] So you are leaving us…

Goodbye

Your @ecolint.ch, @learning.ecolint.ch or @pgce.ecolint.ch account is a ‘G Suite for Education’ account. Depending on whether you are a staff member, a PGCE student or an Ecolint student dictates how much time you have to get any content out of your account before it is deactivated and then deleted. My advice is to decide upon … Read more

Focus on… Passwords

Focus on... Passwords

123456, Password, 12345678, qwerty, 12345, 123456789, letmein, 1234567, football and iloveyou. If you have just read your password – congratulations you are using one of the top ten most commonly used passwords – according to SplashData. Passwords and user credentials in general are an important and regularly overlooked element of somebodies online activities. If a … Read more

[2018 version] So you are leaving us…

Goodbye

  Your @ecolint.ch, @learning.ecolint.ch or @pgce.ecolint.ch account is a ‘G Suite for Education’ account. Depending on whether you are a staff member, a PGCE student or an Ecolint student dictates how much time you have to get any content out of your account before it is deactivated and then deleted. My advice is to decide … Read more

It is always worth asking the young people!

Talk

“Make sure that the pictures are photos that your grandma would approve of!” A group of students that are currently undergoing training to become ‘digital leaders’ were asked to offer some advice about what type of photos should and should not go on an Instagram account that has just been set up. It demonstrates some … Read more

Digitally giving feedback upon student produced work

Stylus

I have produced the above flowchart to support educators who wish to digitally give feedback upon student produced work. There are more ways than expressed on the diagram – but it is a starting point for educators trying to make the most of the ‘Yoga’ capabilities of the recently issued laptops. A PDF version of … Read more

How should we deal with mobile phones in school?

Smartphone

We could completely ban them – like French schools are doing from September. There is an interesting article here about how that should work (in theory). “The use of a mobile telephone by a pupil is forbidden in elementary schools (écoles maternelles), primary schools and secondary schools (colleges) with the exception of certain places or … Read more

‘5 pieces of advice’ for parenting young people and their digital devices

Five

At the request of the Campus des Nations Parent-Teacher Association at a recent meeting, I am sharing ‘5 pieces of advice’ for parenting young people and their digital devices. I have tried to keep the advice general as the names of apps/games/devices change so regularly. Engagement, openness, discussion and understanding are the key to having … Read more

How old is old enough for a smartphone?

Smartphone

I have a child of ‘not quite old enough for a smartphone yet’ age. The time is ticking away towards decisions needing to be made and agreements worked through. I recently came across this positive article upon the topic that I thought I would share: Common Sense Media – Why Getting My 11-Year-Old a Phone … Read more

Should under 16s be using WhatsApp?

WhatsApp Icon

You may have seen this ‘Updated Terms Of Service And Privacy Policy’ pop up recently when you have been using WhatsApp. All WhatsApp users in ‘the European Region’ will be seeing it and the key thing to note is the change in minimum age. WhatsApp has changed the rules – if you live in the … Read more