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Yesterday was my son’s first day at his new school.
Were you ever that kid? The one new to the school? The one with the crisp uniform in need of at least a term’s worth of washing machine love to bring it into line with the other kids? The one looking tentative but with a nervous fake-it-till-you-make-it smile on your face?
It’s not easy that first day. That first week. Month. Or term.
I know he’ll get through it but right now I also know I need to be around a lot – more visible in and around the school than I have been at his former school.
I know this will support him but it will also help me to quickly learn the new ways at a different primary school.
The curriculum will be largely the same as what I’ve been used to since my eldest started primary school in 2001 – what is vastly different from that time is how that curriculum is delivered.
When my eldest son was in the same year as my youngest has started – Year 3 – there was one desktop computer with a big bulky screen and a huge box hard-disk drive for the entire class. One.
We only had one computer at home too.
Seems difficult to believe, doesn’t it?
I’ve just done a quick mental audit of internet-accessible devices in our house and I’ve counted up two desktop computers, four laptops, six tablets and five smart phones.
Yes, between Mr SY and I, a few of those are work specific but it really does indicate just how much such devices are an integral part of our lives.
In schools, many have implemented tablet and laptop programs that enable every kid to have access to such a device.
My youngest can pick up any tablet or get on the family desktop and intuitively know how to navigate his way around it.
So when Samsung wanted to partner with me to show how their GALAXY Note and Tab ranges are geared to not only entertain but to educate kids, I ran it past Master SY and he took all of two seconds to say yes and has “played” on the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) ever since it arrived for trial.
Now when I say play, I really mean play-work.
He may have been apprehensive about starting at a new school but he is a kid who loves school work when he’s there.
This year he’ll be tested for the first time in the NAPLAN tests.
These national education tests are held in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 – they started in 2008, the year my daughter was in Year 7. I’m grateful that the schools my now uni students attended never made these tests a stressful situation.
It’s my experience with three kids (two of whom have successfully graduated from the school system) is that mostly the stress comes from the child. I know this will be the case for Master SY. He’s not one to just have a go. He wants to know that how he answers a question is right first before making the leap to actually tick a box or press a button on a screen.
It’s something his early childhood teachers identified and something we’ve been working on with him so that it doesn’t hold him back as a life-long learner.
In regards to this year’s NAPLAN testing, with the free Samsung’s SkillsBuilder app, he’s been able to work through NAPLAN style questions at home in a format and on a device that feels like fun to him.
There is still hesitation when he comes to a question he’s not 100% sure about the answer but I can see the more that he works through the questions, the better his confidence in answering.
We’ve got another week of trialling and play/working to go so we’ll be back with more next week about that increased confidence afterwards.
He’s also been having “fun” on the Mathletics Student app on the GALAXY Tab (it’s coming soon to the Note 10.1). A program he’s familiar with through his previous school.
As a parent, I’m impressed that Samsung offers access to Australian curriculum-based content for students from K to 12 – they learn about topics relevant to them.
About the GALAXY Note 10.1
I’m a self-confessed Geek Girl. Love me a gadget. New technology doesn’t scare me and I have my parents and my late English grandfather to thank for that. They always had the latest TV or sound system or electronic device.
To me, loving and accepting advancements in technology was normal. Something I’m grateful for now that today’s advancements happen very quickly.
So, when I opened the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), I may have got a little too excited.
It’s stylish AND impressive in its design.
Here’s what I love (Master SY will be back next week with his review):
- It’s ultra-thin (7.9mm) – good for handbags or kids’ small backpacks if heading out with it.
- It comes with a S Pen – a stylus that slots into casing of the tablet so it’s always with you. I’m told that the functionality of the S Pen included with the 10.1 has an improved responsiveness compared with previous devices.
- The Multi Window functionality is ideal for multi-taskers like myself. You can run multiple windows of selected applications at one time and, using the S Pen, drag and drop content between the windows.
- You can opt to display the content in a magazine-style format, making it a more fun way to read, write, draw and watch videos. I love using the S Pen with the Scrapbook feature which allows you to easily collect and save any interesting content you might find or create in individual scrapbook files.
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