Change The World: New Perspectives In Education

Nelson Mandela said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As an educational software developer, I am aware of the need to provide children with a relevant, future-forward, engaging education. I need to be fully aware of new trends in curriculum and pedagogy. It is fascinating to research the different approaches being adopted across the world and choose the most innovative ideas for my products.

Due to my broad knowledge of educational trends, friends and relatives often ask my opinion about different directions in educational practices. Knowledge is changing rapidly and so is education. I started this blog to help people keep up with the latest ideas and tools being used to help both children and adults in their learning. I hope that this blog manages to change a little bit of your world and gives you some new perspectives. Please enjoy.

The Advantages of Smart Boards in Business

The smart board is an ideal replacement of the obsolete overhead projector. These interactive whiteboards are valuable and expedient investments for businesses as efficient presentation platforms, training aids and technological canvases that promote active team collaboration. Smart boards are designed to function in tandem with computers, projectors and interactive software. In addition, they can detect, accept and respond to touch input, which facilitates real-time writing capabilities. Here are the main advantages linked to purchasing the smart board for your company. Versatile The smart board has virtually no limitations in terms of the media which can be displayed. The types include photos, graphs, texts, spreadsheets and video presentations. Ideally, the interactive whiteboard will work with any program which is available in the connected host computer. You can also purchase tailored smart board software which will allow you to create a virtual notebook with different types of media. Moreover, the compiled material can be edited or modified on the whiteboard directly. These extensive features are guaranteed to enrich business presentations and to improve training experiences for the employees. Access to Online Tools There are valuable online resources which are beneficial in the business environment. These include knowledge databases, financial market data, news articles and company review forums. In the past, this type of information could only be quoted or paraphrased in the business meetings. With a smart board, the relevant data can be discussed ‘as is’ through direct access of real-time information. This promotes easy and efficient monitoring of the commercial world and allows current issues to be tackled with more speed. Eco-Friendly Tool The interactive board is an environmentally-friendly business...

The 3 Main Things You Need to Consider When Choosing a Primary School for Your Child

Primary schools provide the educational foundation that children need in later schooling years and throughout life. If you have a 5-year-old child, you are required to enroll them to start on their prep classes and proceed all the way to year 7 of primary education. Easier said than done, it’s not always easy deciding where your child should start their academic learning from. To help you out, read on to see some important parameters that you can use to arrive at a final decision. Private vs. Public The decision to take your child to a public or private school mainly revolves around personal preferences or past observations. However, note that each private school is not exactly like the next, same with public schools. The management and performance differs with each one. However, there are two factors you’ll need to know about these two categories. One, public schools outnumber private schools by far. This means it’s easier to get a place in the former than the latter. Two, private schools are naturally more expensive that public schools because public schools only require the voluntary annual levy which is quite a small amount. Success rate of the school The other thing to consider is how successful a school is. This can only be determined by its academic performance. Although it’s not very easy to always find this out, you can use certain indicators. First, ask about the curriculum and find out which subjects are taught, and if there are any extras. Then, evaluate the teacher-student ratio. You can find this out quite easily by entering a class and estimating the number...

Down To Earth: Using The Garden As A Childcare Teaching Resource

Incorporating garden-based themes into your childcare educational programs is a great way to incorporate early science concepts in very down to earth way. By harnessing children’s natural urge to explore and dig, you can create an engaging learning unit for them. Here is a way to incorporate insects like wriggly worms into your learning program, and explore their role in the food cycle. Nature walk Have a walk around the garden and get the children to spot insects. If your children are a little older, get them to count how many insects they are finding. On a fine day, you can set up art easels in the garden and get the kids to draw or paint some of the insects they can see. Compost cycle Set up a glass box with a layer of black dirt from the garden and a layer of white play sand. After the children have finished their lunch, add their food scraps and cover them with more garden dirt. Add some compost worms and get the children to draw the box with separate layers. Take a photo on day 1. Keep the box covered with a dark cloth and bring it down every few days to uncover so that children can observe the food breaking down, and the worms mixing the play sand with the dirt. As the worms eat the food scraps and mix the sand and dirt together, the box will become more consistent in colour, rather than having distinct layers of material. You can use this as a way to discuss how food is digested. Growing silk worms As an example...

Staying After Graduation: How To Extend Your Australian Student Visa

The international student community is large and made of many nationalities. Australia also has a thriving economy when compared to much of the world, with employment prospects to match. It’s hardly surprising that many students want to stay on in Australia after their studies, whether it’s for postgraduate studies or to seek employment and build a life down under. If you or someone you know is a foreign national studying in Australia, what are the options for staying after graduation? Have You Already Been Excluded? When planning for a future in Australia, you need to be aware of your exact current circumstances. Not all student visa holders are entitled to apply for an additional visa, and this is the case if you have a Further Stay Restricted condition imposed on your visa. This is classed as condition 8534 or 8535, and you can find out if these conditions apply to you by checking your visa status online. While unfortunate, these conditions are often imposed on foreign students whose Australian course of studies is for a duration of 10 months or less and are also a condition of short stay tourist visas. Generally, you will need to leave Australia before applying for a new visa. In some cases, these conditions can be waived, and a migration agent will be able to help you with this process. Changing A Standard Student Visa Fortunately, there are many options that will allow you to either apply for a new student visa or change your visa type altogether. If you wish to continue studying, either for a new undergraduate degree or a postgraduate degree,...

Celebrating Holi at Your Child Care Centre

The Indian festival of Holi is a fun filled, colour packed festival celebrated by Hindis in Northern India, and Indian expatriates. The festival is celebrated with coloured powder and water, and special treat. It is traditionally a day of visiting family and making a new start to the year and marks the start of spring and associated bright colours in nature. If your childcare draws from a population with a high Hindi population, or you simply would like to introduce a new cultural festival into your calendar for some ideas on how to integrate Holi into your child care education program. Babies Paint each baby’s hand and press it to a paper. Cut the handprints out when dry, and turn the handprints in “flower” petals for a large colourful flower for the parents and carers. They’ll love getting a personalised flower from their child. Toddlers Reference the mixing theme of Holi by getting the rooms to visit each other through the day for the meals. Get the toddlers to visit the children in the other rooms and give them colourful gifts such as balloons and pack of bright confetti. The toddlers can also swap these gifts with each other. Pre-Schoolers/Out-of-School care Older children love participating in colour runs. Get the children to bring in some old clothes and set up a running path, constructed from a straight tarpaulin. Mix small packs of cornflour and powder food dye into small rice paper packs and fill water pistols with food dye and water and let the kids take turns running up and down the path while getting sprayed with coloured water and...

Sensory Play Ideas for Preschool Students

Preschoolers enjoy sensory play and find it a useful way to pick up concepts and solidify ideas. Here are some ways to incorporate sensory play into school or home play. Play dough A standard salt play dough recipe of 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of water and 2 cups of flour can make some all-natural non-toxic play dough. Try dying the play dough with natural food dye for an extra pop of colour. You can print out some simple sight words on A3 laminated page sand numbers and get the children to roll out ‘snakes’ of play dough and trace the words and numbers over with the play dough. By physically tracing/shaping the words you help to cement the patterns for the children in an interactive manner. Rainbow oats Using wholegrain oats, mix one cup of oats with 1.5Tbsp of natural food dye and dry the oats in the sun or in the oven at 50 degrees. The oats are an ideal medium to soak up the colour and the small amount of moisture means they can be dried back into the same shape. Preschoolers love the texture and can mix the colours to create rainbows, and practise tracing shapes and numbers into a sensory tray. They can also be used as a fun textural craft supply to stick onto collages and artworks. Cornflour slime Have an energetic little friend on your hands? Cornflour slime is made by mixing two parts cornflour with one part water and food colouring to suit. This slime thickens as force is applied—known as a shear thickening slime. Get your pre-schooler to see...