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Say no to computer-based exams?

Digital and mobile learning have created a world of opportunities and computers are part of most classrooms across the world. Education is certainly no exception to the technology revolution. But, in some ways, we seem to be lagging behind in one aspect... examinations. Perhaps we might have expected that computer-based exams (CBEs) would have replaced the traditional pen and paper exams by now. They haven't - but they will do in the coming years. So, what are the pros and cons of computer-based exams? Paper-based exams There aren't too many advantages to paper-based exams. Most people who support paper are…

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How can kids prepare for the jobs of the future?

The phrase "the jobs our children will do in the future don't even exist today" is nothing new in itself. You would have heard employment commentators saying it over a decade ago (if not even further back), but it is a phrase…

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What essential skill is almost never taught in schools?

So here's the question: What essential skill is almost never taught in schools? It's not a trick question, but it's one that we are pretty sure that few people could answer with confidence. The skill in question is most definitely an essential…

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Should homework be banned?

Homework. If there was ever a topic that will spark debate, this is it. For decades now, homework has become accepted as being part of school life. All students across the globe - of both primary and secondary age - expect to…

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The school of the future.

Generally speaking, schools have looked the same for the last 75 years or more. Of course, technology is now a key part of the classroom, and interactive whiteboards may have replaced the traditional chalkboards. But still the basic premise remains the same…

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Parents’ Guide to Social Media

The way the world perceives social media has changed over the years. Social just had a novelty value in its infancy but it has grown to become the preferred mode of communication for millions - even billions - of people worldwide. Some…

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QWERTY or DVORAK: which is best to type fast?

Computer keyboards traditionally use the QWERTY layout. This was initially designed for use with conventional typewriters. The DVORAK layout is seen as a good alternative - but which is the best layout to use to type fast, and why? Why QWERTY? The…

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The impact of digital tools on children and their grammar.

It's almost 40 years since the song 'Video Killed the Radio Star' became a worldwide hit. Topping the charts in 16 countries, its lyrics predicted the dawn of a new age in the music industry – video. The song's video was famously…

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How can computers and technology help autistic children?

Autism, or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), is the name given to a range of similar conditions, including Asperger’s Syndrome. Autistic Disorder is also referred to as 'classic' autism and is the most common. Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) is…

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