Category Archives: Parents

Finding the right devices for education

When looking for suitable and affordable devices for education, there are many factors to consider. Whether you are a post-grad researcher looking for a powerful personal laptop, a parent wishing to provide your child with a 2-in-1 device for further education, or indeed a head teacher needing to equip classes or an entire school with portable devices suitable for education, there are plenty of options to navigate.

There are also many different learning scenarios that a device may be required to support, so when choosing a device for personal use or school-wide rollout, it’s good to know what it can and can’t do, and in which scenarios it will be useful.… Visit the author's original post

E-STEP: Supporting Teachers’ and Parents’ Partnerships through Social Networking Technologies

The International E-STEP conference took place in Athens on November 7th. It was hosted by the 8th International Conference in Open and Distance Learning 2015, “Innovation and Research in Open & Distance Learning and in Information Communications Technology.” 

Over the last couple of years, the E-STEP project set about helping teachers and school leaders acquire and reinforce attitudes, skills, and knowledge that will enable them to effectively enhance parental involvement in schooling and interact with parents through social networking technologies. This culminated in the development of a specialised Training Framework and supportive materials for teachers around Europe that enable them to:

  • support, engage and motivate parents to utilize social networking systems in order to collaborate with teachers.
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Back to School and BYOD – What do students really need from their devices?

Is your school starting a BYOD Program this year? Wondering what information to give parents to ensure they purchase the right device? Below and at the Microsoft and Intel Parent Guide to School Devices website, there’s a simple list of 11 items that we think should be included in all school devices.

Necessary

  1. 10” Minimum screen, touchscreen and keyboard – In a typical day a student might type an English assignment, jot down history notes, figure out maths equations, video a science experiment and record a speech.
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