What is augmented reality and how can it be used in education?

It has been shown that knowledge retention improves dramatically when children’s learning incorporates audio, video, and visuals and so a growing number of schools are embracing the use of augmented reality in the curriculum. Augmented reality is in simple terms an enhanced version of the real world that is achieved through the use of digital visual elements and sound delivered via technology. The applications of augmented reality in schools are vast and as teachers get to grips with the technology they are finding more and more exciting ways of using it to enhance children’s learning. With young children it is... Read More »

Tips for online research in the classroom

Many teachers use websites for a range of purposes with pupils in the classroom and this practice has many positives as it can be an effective way to integrate technology into lessons covering a range of subjects. Pupils are usually highly motivated when using computers in their lessons and it is useful to be able to use this motivation to build on their learning. It is important that in these lessons like in any other the teacher has planned the lesson and knows exactly which websites will be used and has looked at them previously to check their suitability for... Read More »

Should teachers accept end of term gifts from pupils?

The tradition in some schools to give a gift to the class teacher and teaching assistant at the end of term to thank them has been around for a while but some schools try to discourage this practice or ban it completely. There are a variety of reasons that some schools are uncomfortable with this gift-giving with one reason being that it could be construed as a bribe. The thought that any teacher would treat a pupil in their class differently because of a gift is however ludicrous. Another reason that people who are against this idea give is that... Read More »

Will a tutor help my child to catch up academically?

Many children have missed out on time in the classroom both last year and this year and continue to do so if they are required to isolate for any reason. Some parents are worried about this and the effect it has had on their children and want to help them to catch up and so parents are turning to private tutors to support their child’s learning at home. Although the financial commitment of hiring a private tutor is considerable and possibly out of the reach of most families some parents feel that it is necessary to ensure their child progresses... Read More »

Is homework for Primary school children useful?

There is much debate amongst academics about the benefit or not of homework for primary school aged children, but it has become commonplace in the majority of schools and the school homework provision is looked at by inspectors visiting the school. Many parents find that getting children to complete homework is quite stressful and struggle to find the time after school or at weekends when children may be engaged in other activities and hobbies but is it worthwhile and does it benefit pupils? The justification for setting homework for primary school pupils is mainly in giving them the opportunity to... Read More »