Teach Middle East Magazine Apr - Jun 2020 Issue 3 Volume 7 - Page 49

EN A moment with This includes text, emoji, photo and even video. This gives peace-of-mind to parents and teachers. The second challenge has been awareness - we’ve found that as soon as teachers learn about GoBubble, they get excited at the learning opportunities through safe communication and collaboration. We’re in 34 different countries now, and that has all been through word of mouth with teachers telling other teachers about the power of GoBubble. We’re thankful to our community of global educators in helping to raise awareness of the impact GoBubble can provide. They also love how we reward kindness - unlocking new stickers for the kids based on the likes they give, not the likes they get. The kinder they are, the higher their score. We’re also delighted to be part of the Future of Education programme, an initiative run by the Dubai Future Accelerator with the KHDA, to bring GoBubble to schools across the UAE. We’ve already seen a 400% increase in schools across the Middle East joining GoBubble since the start of Covid19, and more than 25% of all Dubai independent schools are now registered. clearly demonstrated in the superb work being done across the whole Middle East, both in education and industry. By creating opportunities for students to do this and experience it in real terms, can be transformative irrespective of the age, curriculum model or school system. I am of the view that there are two fundamental traits for a successful future - balance and positive wellbeing. The digital world, however in moderation, is full of huge potential for students. They need to use technology as an enabler, balancing it with; sleep, fresh air, time with their families and friends, away from screens, where they can learn the power and art of communication. What are the three key things that every school/ teacher should know about safeguarding children online? 1. Children do not seek to put themselves in danger. They just want to chat with their friends 2. Modelling positive behaviours is critical. By giving them a safe area to do that reduces incidents and improves offline behaviours too 3. Empowering students to help deliver your messages can create a culture of safeguarding all children inside and outside school How can schools prepare students to face the future? There are five key competencies that underpin digital living today and in the future - creativity, collaboration, communication, citizenship and critical thinking. These elements forming the 4th industrial revolution, are After the Bell Term 3 Apr - Jun 2020 49