Sep 26

What do parents think about technology?

I read an interesting article about parents and technology – and thought I’d share it. It’s based on a research study out of the US that asked parents how they see technology used by their children, what they thought the benefits of tech use were, and also what they worried about.

It’s interesting to see that the themes raised by parents in this study are the same as the concerns and patterns that parents tell me about in Australia. They have similar ideas and they see similar benefits – but also similar worries!

You can listen to the report below, or read it here.

If you are short on time, have a look at the infographics – see if you agree or not with the research outcomes!

https://www.marketplace.org/2015/05/15/education/learning-curve/parents-find-promise-and-peril-education-technology

 

 

 

Sep 18

Do Something! Getting our kids engaged and active

This week I want to share with you a great website that your kids can use to take action and feel connected to big-picture problems.

I have worked with some kids that are chomping at the bit to DO SOMETHING! – whether it’s to support the environment, end animal cruelty, support those without homes or address bullying at school. While they are passionate, excited and inspired it’s great to be able to get them involved in local, national and even international events!

The website www.dosomething.com gives our kids ways to DO exactly that.

More than just links to charity websites, this website lets you choose your favourite cause:

 

Then specify how long you have to spend doing something:

 

Then they ask for HOW you’d like to engage:

From these selections, your child might make posters or write to an MP, contribute to a discussion or sign a petition. With younger kids you’d clearly want to be supervising their activities! But there is a great range of long-term and short-term actions that they can get involved in.

A great example is the project that talks about the recent Hurricane Irma in the US. The page offers insight into how to help, and what is currently being done to support those living through this disaster.

I’ve used this website in class after we have studied climate change or damage to the Great Barrier Reef or animal testing. Sometimes the students can get disheartended at the size and scope of these problems – ‘Do Something’ enables them to take action and to contribute to solutions.

Give it a go at home and see what your kids think!

 

 

Sep 04

Why aren’t more women working in STEM industries?

This week I had the opportunity to chat to Kulja and Dylan at RRR radio here in Melbourne. We covered a few topics – all to do with women in the workplace. They were great fun and really knowledgeable – it’s good to be intereviewed by folks who know what they are talking about!

This was my first radio interview – so a bit nerve-wracking but they made it easy and low-key. No sticky questions or bizarre comments! Just a great chat about an (increasingly) important topic. Besides chatting on live radio, it was interesting to see how things work and to enjoy that amount of (well-used and working!) technology in one place 😁

Thanks RRR for having me!

If you are interested, my interview is now live on their website here: http://ondemand.rrr.org.au/grid/20170828091833