A big problem with dealing with emergencies is that, by definition, we don’t expect them to happen, and we don’t know what they will be. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb points out in his book The Black Swan, if anyone had predicted 9/11, it wouldn’t have happened, or at least, not in the same way. Airlines would have installed non-opening bullet-proof doors to the cockpit and taken various other measures to make such an assault nigh on impossible.
Woody Allen famously observed that 80 percent of success is showing up. He was referring to the process of being selected for an acting part in a film, but it’s broadly true in life in general, and certainly school in particular.
One of the events that should be in every school’s calendar is Safer Internet Day, which this year falls on 7th February. Intended to promote awareness and discussion of how to keep youngsters safe online, it involves classroom activities and discussions, and can be quite exciting, especially for younger children.
As part of our celebrations to mark our 15th anniversary, Groupcall once again joined the ranks at Bett, the largest education technology show in the world. Our presence in the Microsoft Village, as one of their key partners, gave us a unique opportunity explore their School Data Sync project and its applications.
Social media is one of the most popular developments in technology among young people today; to say it’s a powerful tool is an understatement. However, like anything, it does not come without challenges and potential pitfalls. In light of this, ensuring that children present themselves in a safe and sensible manner whilst online is crucial.