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Reading, Writing, ‘Rithmetic…and R-rated content?

A huge number of children have been exposed to inappropriate content at school. Rachel Helyer Donaldson discusses the difficulties and realities of teaching children to be responsible digital citizens in a world where R-rated material is sometimes just a click away.

Mental dexterity: the case for learning a second language

We’ve all heard that learning another language is supposed to be beneficial. Jaylan Boyle steps outside the political debate and looks at what the experts have to say on the subject.

Technology and the pre-schooler

How much digital technology should children be exposed to in their early childhood education years? By Sara Carbery.

Outdoor classroom day – so kids can play, and learn, outdoors

Children are not getting outside as much as they used to. Enter Outdoor Classroom Day, a global initiative to get kids playing and learning outdoors. JODY HOPKINSON looks at why New Zealand schools need this as much as any those in any other country.

Teachers’ Strike: Premature Exhortation?

Lyall Lukey, Convener of the recent Education Leaders Forum “Valuing Educators-Revaluing Education” argues that precipitate strike action is counterproductive to lifting the status and salaries of present teachers and recruiting the next generation.

Play IS learning: why play-time matters more than you think

Anna Clements looks at a Bay of Plenty school that is experiencing the joys and benefits of implementing a play-based learning approach.

Learning on beanbags: do ergonomics matter in education?

Kiwi kids are increasingly working on beanbags, but what is the impact on their bodies? And should schools be showing the same concern that employers are legally required to do, for their students? RACHEL HELYER DONALDSON looks at some of the effects of learning in a modern learning environment.

Can you have a life and be a primary teacher at the same time?

A large part of the reason behind tomorrow’s industrial action boils down to one big question: can you build a life and be a primary school teacher at the same time? The four people interviewed for this story, who are in and around the day-to-day of that life, say the answer, as matters stand, is categorically ‘no’. By JAYLAN BOYLE.

We need to talk about…life-long learning

Roger Smyth discusses how micro-credentials will help resolve the emerging need for training but raises questions about how the government is going to effectively fund life-long learning.

Disruptive changes in tertiary education: complementary or contentious?

From MOOCs to micro-credentials, tertiary education and training is adapting to keep pace with a changing world. But, asks Education Central, what might that mean for New Zealand institutions, and is the degree under threat?
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Technology and our tamariki – are we getting it right?

Paediatric physiotherapist Julie Cullen looks at the impacts of edu-gaming and time spent on devices on the wellbeing, development and educational outcomes of Kiwi kids. With so much research now to consider, are we getting it right when it comes to technology and our tamariki?