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| February 28, 2018

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Globalisation and advances in smart technology are transforming jobs, workplaces and careers at an unprecedented rate. More is being demanded of schools to prepare young people for an unpredictable and uncertain future, but there are limits to what schools can achieve in isolation from the wider community. Both schools and industry play a role in ensuring that all children and young people are given learning opportunities that enable them to reach their full potential and develop the skills and capabilities that are needed in future jobs.

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NJEdge aims to deliver and sustain a healthy, vibrant, and thriving technology ecosystem that is purpose-built for the communities we serve. Through active collaboration, adaptive technology, transformative engagement and defined solutions, we have designed a national model of excellence in research and education networking in New Jersey and beyond.As a member-driven, non-profit technology consortium of academic and research institutions in New Jersey, our dedication to higher education, K-12 education, healthcare, public and non-profit service members, collaborating partners and subscribing patrons drives our commitment to constant innovation and elevated learning.Gain your edge by joining us on the pathway to success with our dynamic technology solutions.

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What Is the Relevance of Technology in Education?

Article | March 10, 2020

The latest developments in education are nothing short of amazing. And they are all as a result of technology. Such advancements are empowering tutors to create a more impactful learning experience for the young in the education system. The relevance of technology in education is the capability of reaching more learners efficiently and effectively. Technology is all around, and as time progresses, it expands. Even though many prefer to utilize conventional teaching methods, there are massive possibilities with the adoption of technology.

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THE MANY BENEFITS OF STEM EDUCATION

Article | March 10, 2020

If you’re concerned that STEM is taking up too much classroom time, consider this: STEM permeates the curriculum in ways subjects taught in isolation can’t. STEM also teaches the skills students need for success beyond their formal education. Teachers know that they have to take advantage of every minute of instructional time they can get with students. STEM programs, with their integrated lessons, seem to usurp a considerable amount of instructional time. That can lead to arguments about pulling kids away from traditional subjects like science and math.

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Outdoor Play for Students with Special Needs

Article | March 10, 2020

When you think of a playground what do you think of? Swings, slides, roundabouts? Many years ago, these would be constructed without too much thought gone into the risks to ordinary children falling or losing grip. I have several siblings. We all sustained injuries at the local park. One fell off the high slide and lost her front teeth. One slid forward on the slippery rocking horse and had stitches in her chin. Another caught her foot on the roundabout as she tried to jump off when another child was pushing it too fast for her liking. I could go on. Today playgrounds have to meet the European safety standards and safety surfacing has to be installed under swings, slides, and roundabouts. This must adhere to the current standard for impact absorbing playground surfaces. It is good that playgrounds today meet these safety standards. Yet. If your child is unable to walk, how will they get on that swing, that roundabout, that slide? More and more children with disabilities are being educated in mainstream schools. Parents no longer think that a disability should stop their child from accessing the local playground. What is available to students with disabilities in these playgrounds? Special schools have had to cater for students with disabilities when planning a playground but do ordinary schools? It is an act of discrimination if a child with a disability cannot enjoy being out on the playground as much as the able bodied child. There was a time when the only wheelchair swing took ages to set up for a child to enjoy just 5 minutes of swing time. Anbakgard in Denmark have designed a wheelchair swing that takes just two minutes to set up and has additional seating for peers to join the experience. To see one in action go to https://YouTube.be/vh4NSOTULdA. There are roundabouts that include a safety space for wheelchairs and slides that allow adults to accompany children on them for support. There are outdoor trampolines specifically for wheelchairs. There are birds nest swings that allow students with mild physical disabilities more space to enjoy the vestibular sensory stimulation. There are many sites that now provide play equipment to suit all kinds of needs. One such site is https://www.gljones-playgrounds.co.uk who provided our school with a lot of its play equipment. There are climbing walls specifically geared to wheelchair users. Visit http://www.rockclimbingcentral.comto see the benefits to building muscle strength, endurance, strength, agility and flexibility. When our children have missed out so much on play during the pandemic it is important that we provide all children with their right to play by ensuring that playgrounds everywhere are inclusive.

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Elon Musk invites students to hack SpaceX and Tesla ahead of his Hack Club AMA

Article | March 10, 2020

The Hack Club is a group dedicated to helping high school students learn coding “through tinkering and building projects.” The outlet takes place at high schools across the United States, where students work at their own pace to develop problem-solving skills. Eventually, the students work toward developing applications, websites, and games, according to the club’s website.

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Spotlight

NJEdge

NJEdge aims to deliver and sustain a healthy, vibrant, and thriving technology ecosystem that is purpose-built for the communities we serve. Through active collaboration, adaptive technology, transformative engagement and defined solutions, we have designed a national model of excellence in research and education networking in New Jersey and beyond.As a member-driven, non-profit technology consortium of academic and research institutions in New Jersey, our dedication to higher education, K-12 education, healthcare, public and non-profit service members, collaborating partners and subscribing patrons drives our commitment to constant innovation and elevated learning.Gain your edge by joining us on the pathway to success with our dynamic technology solutions.

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