February 28, 2018

Reflect on your last 24 hours. How many of those hours did you spend in engaged conversation and how many did you spend online or on some form of technology? 

Have you ever suffered from “Phantom Vibration Syndrome” when you’re sure your phone is ringing on silent but it’s not. 

Australians (and people everywhere) are spending more time online than anything else. Technology has absolutely changed the world for the better, but I believe we all need t...

August 15, 2017

The latest higher education rankings are out today and Australia has 6 universities in the top 100 globally. 

There are so many post-secondary options and it's important that students are informed and know which university specialises in what. It is worth visiting universities in high school so that students get a feel for different universities and what they may offer an individual student. It's very inspiring and motivating for the senior years i...

August 2, 2017

Just in case you haven't seen this TED talk from 2013 it's worth a watch. Working with students every day I've seen first hand that this is true. Attitude is everything and perseverance is vital for classroom and life success.

If you want to take the Grit Scale test and see further research and Angela's book click here.

Another recent article citing Carol Dweck's work on attitude being more important than intelligence is here.

From TED

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July 27, 2017

Returning to Australia after attending and presenting at the Building Learning Communities EdTech conference in Boston, USA I've never been more happy to be working in education.

The Economist's The future of learning edition last month was yet another reminder that technology has the potential to transform education but what matters is how edtech is used. It discusses the best way technology can help students is through bespoke instruction.

For exa...

July 1, 2017

Holidays are a wonderful time for students to take a break, have fun, socialise (offline!) and enjoy sport and creative activities. They are also a great time to get ahead. 

1. Read, read, read. Encourage reading a novel for fun over the holidays or even 2 or 3 if your child is a fast reader. With technology usage reducing the ability of students to focus this is a great way to bring back focus and have true "time out"! They could even visit t...

June 14, 2017

As mothers to young children and in our roles as a GP and teacher we constantly ask ourselves “how can we help our children thrive?”

When it comes to our role as parents we must not only set early limitations on technology use but importantly role model healthy technology habits ourselves. 

Rules regarding technology are important as we know young people are more likely to engage in negative behaviours online if there are no rules for technology use...

May 8, 2017

Irresistible: Why We Can’t Stop Checking, Scrolling, Clicking and Watching is the latest New York Times bestselling book by Australian born New York based Adam Alter.

In this article from The Australian last month Alter discusses Steve Jobs not using technology with his kids and not allowing it in his home. He then goes on to talk about the Waldorf School of the Peninsula which "doesn’t allow iPhones, iPads, computers, etc. And 75 pe...

February 6, 2017

In this Grattan Institute report released today Engaging students: creating classrooms that improve learning.

The report states that, "Learning, not silence, must be the end goal.

The teacher’s ambition should not necessarily be a quiet classroom, but a genuinely productive class.

The broader aims are to help students feel comfortable, be confident in their own abilities, be willing to participate and make mistakes, and be keen to challenge them...

October 19, 2016

By now many of you tech savvy people have probably already tried this app.

This app isn't perfect but it can certainly help us reduce the time we spend on our phones and more time being in the 'moment' each day.

There are loads of functions to assist you getting offline and understand just how much time you or your kids are spending online.

If you don't already have this app you can download it here.

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