How should we deal with mobile phones in school?

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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

What on earth are Google Chrome Extensions, Google Docs Add-ons and Chrome Apps?

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You may have heard about Chrome extensions, Chrome Apps and Google Docs add-ons – you may already have some installed and running. This post will explore what they are, give some recommendations to try and discuss the digital citizenship angle on their use with students. What is a Chrome Extension Chrome extensions are small software … Read more

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

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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?

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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

Eight sources of podcasts that will be useful for IB DP Geographers students and educators

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Many times, while leading IB DP professional development workshops, I have mentioned how geography teachers like to write in reports ‘it would be beneficial to ENTER STUDENT NAME HERE to read around the subject more’. What I usually go on to discuss is the use of Flipboard as somewhere where worthwhile digital articles can be … Read more

Should under 16s be using WhatsApp?

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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