Edtech is treating students like products. Here’s how we can protect children’s digital rights

Tiffani Apps, Karley Beckman and Sarah K. Howard, University of Wollongong Schools’ use of educational technologies (edtech) grew exponentially at the height of COVID lockdowns. A recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has exposed children’s rights violations by providers of edtech endorsed by governments in Australia and overseas. The lockdowns have ended but edtech remains embedded [...]

By |2022-06-20T11:43:32+10:00June 20th, 2022|Categories: Education, Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

Uncovering the triggers of severe COVID-19 in kids

Conor McCafferty and Professor Vera Ignjatovic In most cases, children are largely protected from severe COVID-19. They have fewer symptoms, less severe disease and tend to recover more quickly than adults. Only 1.7 per cent of children will be hospitalised for COVID-19 – most will have mild or no symptoms. For previously unknown reasons, a [...]

By |2022-05-24T16:13:19+10:00May 24th, 2022|Categories: COVID, Science & Research, Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

‘I always have trouble with forms’: homeless people on how poor literacy affects them – and what would help

Benjamin Hanckel, Western Sydney University; Alan Morris, University of Technology Sydney, and Keiko Yasukawa, University of Technology Sydney Homelessness remains a huge problem in Australia and an important contributing factor is low literacy levels. We interviewed 23 people who were homeless or had experienced homelessness to find out how they viewed literacy and participation in [...]

By |2022-05-24T15:54:46+10:00May 24th, 2022|Categories: Education, Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

Belonging isn’t just a buzzword, it’s the key to our kids’ education

This week in every corner of Australia, schools, workplaces and communities will gather in various ways to celebrate Harmony Week, and whether it’s through shared food, music, songs or stories, this is a time for us to embrace inclusiveness, respect and importantly, a sense of belonging for everyone. According to the OECD’s latest report Trends [...]

By |2022-04-04T17:20:31+10:00April 4th, 2022|Categories: Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

Anxiety & the effects of COVID on young people

Join Andrew Fuller as he chats with guest A/Prof Noel Cranswick about the rising levels of anxiety in young people during COVID. Clinical anxiety is on the rise due to dramatic changes: School, friends, online social interaction, family stress, home environment and more The increase in screen usage and its health ramifications Practical approaches to [...]

By |2022-02-22T09:54:03+11:00February 21st, 2022|Categories: Anxiety, COVID, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Podcast|Tags: |0 Comments

The growing loneliness in young people

Join Andrew Fuller as he chats with guest Maggie Hamilton on loneliness in young people, it's effects, and what we can do to help them navigate through it. How loneliness affects young people Parents can turn their child’s boredom into an opportunity to develop contemplation and independent thinking Talking about uncertainties with our young [...]

What we know about our children after 2021

By Associate Professor Hernan Cuervo, Dr Annie Gowing , Dr Yong Zhao and Professor Jim Watterston   In 2021, families across the nation and around the world endured a second year of interrupted schooling, with the associated challenges of home-learning, working from home and isolation from the support networks of extended family and friends. For [...]

By |2022-01-24T16:08:26+11:00January 24th, 2022|Categories: COVID, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

Schools are surveying students to improve teaching. But many teachers find the feedback too difficult to act on

By Ilana Finefter-Rosenbluh, Monash University; Melissa Barnes, Monash University, and Tracii Ryan, The University of Melbourne Education departments have been investing in feedback-based tools to assess school performance. These include student perception surveys, where students provide feedback on the quality of their learning and their experiences in the classroom or at school. The hope is [...]

By |2021-11-29T15:35:38+11:00November 29th, 2021|Categories: COVID, Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

9 ways to support your teen’s mental health as restrictions ease

By Marie Yap, Monash University; Anthony Jorm, The University of Melbourne, and Mairead Cardamone-Breen, Monash University Headlines about the impact of the pandemic on youth mental health have left many parents worried about their children and unsure what they can do to help. Now, as restrictions are eased – and school, home and social lives [...]

By |2021-11-22T12:38:38+11:00November 22nd, 2021|Categories: COVID, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

The tutor learning initiative needs to be open to learning – but not just by students

With the Victorian tutor learning initiative (TLI) extended through 2022, government and non-government schools can continue to engage teaching professionals to provide extra individual learning support to students whose learning may have suffered in 2020 and 2021. There’s $480 million being invested in the initiative to allow this program to run in schools during 2021 and 2022. More [...]

By |2021-11-08T11:41:44+11:00November 8th, 2021|Categories: COVID, Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments