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

Desert VR Experience created for Individual and Societies class

Desert Camp VR

A four scene VR experience created from 360° images taken during a geography field trip to Morocco. The images where taken with a Ricoh THETA S and a Nexus 6 smartphone using the Google Camera app. The students will use their own smartphone devices and school provided Google Cardboard headsets. The context of the lesson … Read more

So you are leaving us… [2017]

Campus des Nations

[The 2018 version of this post can be found here] [ Updated – Monday 19th June 2017 ] Your @ecolint.ch, @learning.ecolint.ch or @pgce.ecolint.ch account is a ‘Google Apps for Education’ (GAFE) 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 … Read more