Weekly post #6 – Google Meet changes and the 4 C’s of Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Critical Thinking

Tiled view

Two things to check out In-built ‘Tiled’ view up to 49 people You can now see up to 49 people at the same time in the auto and tiled layout options in Google Meet. In addition, Google have added the ability to see yourself as a tile on the call. When you hover over your … 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

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?

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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