An article for school magazine – International students

International boarders day trip to Kangaroo Island on 19th April, 2016.
International boarders day trip to Kangaroo Island on 19th April, 2016.

 

Wilderness School encompasses a rich diversity of cultures alongside an excellent learning experience. Teachers and students are respectful of different cultural backgrounds. This relationship enables our school to build a harmonious learning environment where individual confidence is treasured by the celebration of diversity and curiosity. As an International student, I aspire to share the uniqueness of my culture with people who have been raised in different cultural backgrounds. This valuable exchange of knowledge extends through and beyond our school community.

 

Being this year’s International Student representative, we have established a new committee to broaden our traditional perception towards International students and acknowledge the majority and minority cultures around the campus. To achieve this, we aim to organise activities that will foster intercultural understanding between all students, and allow an opportunity to interact with Wilderness international students. In an assembly last week, we presented visual statistics about our school’s cultural backgrounds, which was informative and interactive. We also invited international students to share videos about their home countries to the middle and senior school, which the audience greatly appreciated. Furthermore, we formally introduced the International Students committee and following this, we introduced all of our international students whose home-based is overseas. The highlight of the assembly was when we distributed treats and snacks representing different cultures to teachers and students before they were dismissed. This assembly was the first of the many activities that we have planned for 2016 leading up to International Day in Term 2.

 

The committee’s ultimate goal is to build a bridge between international and local students and make Wilderness a home away from home. Together, all students no matter what their cultural backgrounds have learned to embrace the differences of our unique individuality.

 

 

 

Lowell So

International Students Representative 2016

Report overview

Should Social Media Be Used In Education? 

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Background of investigation 

Social media is unquestionably widespread in today’s society. It plays the role to facilitate communication and open the door to the outside world without physical presence. These features are suggested to be beneficial to education alongside the emerging convenient technology. It is, however, argued that social media is a form of entertainment that cannot be put together with education because students’ personal growth is put at risk.

The following points formed my body paragraph:

  • What is social media?

Information technology is dominating the 21st century and making information more accessible throughout the world.

  • Why social media?

There are good reasons why educators incorporate social media into their classrooms, in particular for educational improvement and innovation.

  • The advantages of using social media in classroom

Experts have also outlined other valuable features of social media in the classroom, including a strong peer network, enriched school-wide communication, and shared knowledge beyond school community (Lynch. M, 2016 and Ramasubbu. S, 2016).

  • The disadvantages of using social media in classroom

It can be challenging to decide the most appropriate social media for students from the many options. Apart from that, the danger of distraction while using social media is a general concern shared by many (Lynch. M, 2016). Additionally, some teachers’ hesitation of using social media in classroom is driven by the ‘fear factor’.

  • Solutions to the problems

In regards to online safety, it can be achieved by teaching students digital citizenship and awareness of privacy breaches (Ramasubbu. S, 2016). Above all, it is important to implement constructive policies to facilitate E-learning and give staff appropriate training to inspire students (S. Ramasubbu, 2016).

Reflection

Society is largely immerged in social media despite some people attempt to resist it. Looking at the prospect of 21st-century education, to embrace social media rather than resist it is the best option in the foreseeable future.

 

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