Bamboozled by i-World

I am sick of devices. iPads, iPods, iPhones, xboxes, wiius, playstations, etc., etc.. After getting my three children to school this morning I realised that the carnage had been slightly less painful than usual. I had nearly cleaned up the mess before leaving and we were actually on time!

The reason?

An in-house ban on all electricals before school, including television. Don’t get me wrong, my kids are not obsessive about it, they do plenty of sport and other stuff but as an exhausted parent it is easy to let this stuff creep up on you.

It feels like the whole world is becoming virtual with everybody spending most of their time staring at screens. I am just another parent bemoaning the present. ‘It wasn’t like this in my day’ etc.. Just like every generation before this. Much about the internet et al is positive, but it is all too easy to let it overtake you.

My children’s behaviour this morning was subtly different and we had a good laugh despite the stress.

That is not a coincidence.

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Ofsted warning over provision for school leavers

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-29145874

We need PROPER vocational skills taught in schools alongside core subjects. Help the less academic gain vocational skills whilst still having the opportunity to study mainstream academic subjects.

Web safety is all about parental control in increasingly complicated tech world…

** Web safety lessons urged for infants ** Children as young as five should be given lessons in how to use the internet safely, campaigners have urged.

< http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/education-21328411 >

Much of this is about parental control! As a father of three young children I can see how computer use and the internet is of increasing interest to the young. As children become ever more I.T. savvy it is extremely important that parents carefully monitor the content they are accessing.

Publishers of unsuitable websites aimed at the young should also be held strongly to account.

Also, ever more sophisticated mobile devices are equally if not more problematic as they are far more difficult to monitor.

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Facing up to online private tuition

As pupils across the UK ready themselves for the new school year an ever growing number of parents are turning to private tutors to top up their children’s classroom education.

 

The recent launch of Webtutornet.com, the UK’s first dedicated, safe and secure online private tuition resource run by Kensington & Chelsea Tutors, could well change the face of private tuition forever.

 

Nevil Chiles, founder of K&C Tutors and an education expert with over two decades of experience as a teacher and tutor within the education sector, has spent two years developing the technology behind the idea and he’s already received a lot of positive feedback for this innovative approach.

 

Nevil explained “Over the last decade since launching K&C Tutors I’ve witnessed a rapid growth in the demand for private tuition from across the social spectrum.

 

“With the recently much publicised dip in GCSE and A Level results it is likely that this trend will continue regardless of the economic climate. After all who doesn’t want to give their child the best possible start in life?

 

“Webtutornet is an idea I’ve had for some time and I decided to develop it into a service back in 2010. Clearly the internet is playing a bigger part in our lives and there’s no reason why face to face private tuition can’t be delivered over the web, provided that the technology is right.

 

“It is important to note that this isn’t some Skype style approach; this software has been written to our specifications specifically for the purpose of delivering live lessons online.

 

“We have tried to replicate every possible facet of a face to face meeting between teacher and student. Every tutor and student that registers receives a special pack that contains headphones, a webcam and a mouse pad and pen that allow tutor and pupil to access shared online resources both safely and securely during a tutorial.

 

“There is no software to download as it is entirely web based,” added Nevil.

 

One Oxford-based mother who has already utilised the online tuition service remarked: “What a relief to find someone who was able to communicate clearly and effectively with my daughter, and all without me having to be a taxi service or wait around whilst lessons were going on. It was brilliant!”

Tutors have also been quick to sing the praises of Webtutornet with Maths teacher Angad Rihal commenting: “Webtutornet offers an innovative method for delivering lessons to students. As a tutor it provides me with unrivalled flexibility and helps to incorporate technology and IT into private teaching.”

 

For more details visit www.webtutornet.com.