Questions that absorb educationists andpoliticians alike centre around equippingchildren for a world for a better, value-centred future.
Passion is the thing that separates good teachers from great teachers. There is no doubt that our pupils will feed off and emulate our attitude and our passion – or, alarmingly, the lack thereof. We also know that teaching is a wearisome task, and it can be difficult to maintain our passion over a long career.
Research has shown that the average high school pupil needs eight-and-ahalf to nine hours of sleep per night to be optimally effective in class and on the sports field.
After attending last year’s Schoolnet conference at Durban Girls’ College, I returned to school motivated by a presentation that I had attended. It was presented by Kevin Sherman and was entitled ‘Project Based Learning’ (PBL).
Agbobloshie dump site in Accra, Ghana is known as a computer graveyard. In 2008, the BBC reported that illegal ‘e-waste’ – about 50 tons per year of it from well-known brands – was befouling African waste sites. Since then, the problem has escalated.
The Think Global School (TGS), conceptualised in San Francisco, has been launched in Sweden. By the time they graduate from the private non-profit high school, students will have lived in 12 different countries. They will also be information technology gurus, as advanced communication technology will be at the core of the curriculum. The first year will take the students to Stockholm, then Sydney, Australia; Beijing, China; and Hong Kong. Year two will include Santiago, Chile; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Berlin, Germany. As juniors and seniors, the students will study in Vancouver, Canada; Barcelona, Spain; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Amman, Jordan; Bangalore, India; and finally Washington DC, USA. In Sweden, public high school Young Business Creatives, which specialises in global business education, will host TGS.
Cuba is widely regarded as a ‘web-starved’ country, but Havana-based blogger Yoani Sanchez – whose blog called Generation Y has a huge following amongst Cubans living abroad – aims to change all that. Sanchez is one of thousands of young people who recognise the power of the internet. She’s using her Blogger Academy – where the teachers are volunteers and instruction is free – to draft others to oppose the one-party socialist system in Cuba. On an island where the media is almost entirely state-controlled and less than 1% of the population has an internet connection, more than 30 citizens crowd into Sanchez’s living room to learn how to use Twitter or write code in Wordpress for their own blogs.
A new online lesson service will stockpile lessons from secondary schools in England – which can then be accessed by teachers and students anywhere.
In Como, Italy, middle school teacher Luca Piergiovanni – a 37-year-old former disc jockey with a degree in Literature – is garnering international acclaim.
Scholars and social commentators alike have speculated about how the Egyptian government was able to shut down the internet almost completely during the recent political upheaval.
What, you may ask, do cows have in common with motorised, futuristic floating islands?