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You know it’s more than an interesting week when you have World Literacy Day (March 5), World Maths Day (March 6), and World Science day (March 7) all tucked together in one week. Happy times! With such a wide range of education professionals using our site, we have plenty of topical stuff to share with you. As always, we are very excited. Read on:
Gone are the days when pencils were the most important tools for a student. Now even mobile devices have a place in the classroom, as explained by Marty Schultz:
‘We taught a class on designing apps, as an after school club. The app lets kids build their own Wish List for their birthday, holiday, share it with their friends, and send it to their parents when the list is complete.’
Technology is part of children’s literacy in the 21st century
Technology delivers a huge range of media to young people, and much of the content is educational, as pointed out by Cliff Jones.
‘The difference between now and the pre-digital age is that consumption also encourages productivity. From tablet apps to online gaming, children are interacting and communicating rather than simply viewing or reading.’
Kids don’t have to settle for being Bad-At-Maths, thanks to technology
‘Play’ with science at home
As Holly Seddon does, with her kids at home. She says, and I agree with her (and not because she is my Editor) that science lessons in schools ARE getting better (more interactive, more fun, more ‘real world’) but they can still be so focussed on teaching to a curriculum that they don’t have the freedom to just ‘do’ science and just experiment as much as the kids (and probably the teachers!) would like.
Take a look at this thread to read about some great science experiments you can do for your kids at home, and don’t restrict it only to the World Science Day.
Real books vs E-books
Opinions about page and screen (and the shift from page to screen) vary hugely in this discussion. While the lovers of ink and paper argue that the physicality related to reading a real book beats an e-book any day, others are convinced that interactive app books are more fun! Why don’t you jump in and tell us if you are the kind who loves turning pages of what are still called ‘real books’ or you would much rather have 50 books in your bag that weigh less than one physical book?
Has handwriting gone the way of Sinclair C5 or does it still have an important place in our children’s education? Or as few people say (including me) – Both are important. Find out and add your two cents.
Did I already mention I am very excited about sharing all the amazing content we have, to celebrate the Literacy Week, and since we have a word-limit for all the blog posts, I have Storified the rest of the cool content that you should totally read this week! Feel free to share the Storify link with your kids, teachers, aunts and uncles. And some bored colleagues in the office too.