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Technology Providing A New Tool For Learning
When you think of an iPad, you think of apps such as Angry Birds and Temple Run but now it seems as though technology can be used in a classroom environment by students and teachers: not as a gaming device but as an effective tool for learning.
Hove Park are using iPads to modernize education in all classrooms. In a learning environment, whether at home or at school, iPads can be used to aid students through the use of innovative educational apps. Different subjects are able to use different apps in order to encourage students to do work at home and help improve their knowledge by using technology that can be accessible at home too.
By using an iPad in school, it helps students to develop their communication and interactive skills.
Hove Park students used iPad technology to film and edit all the content seen here in their BBC School Report.
Debate over sixteen-year-old voting age
Hove Park students are split 50-50 over whether or not sixteen-year olds should be able to vote for a new government and whether or not people so young should be in charge of the future of the country.
The debate has been sparked by how in the Scottish referendum for independence in 2014, 16-year-olds will be able to vote. Should this be the minimum voting age in the UK? This has led to discussion in and out of politics about whether 16-year-olds should be able to vote.
At Hove Park School, we decided to conduct a survey to see whether or not people agreed with the change or opposed it. We surveyed 105 Year 10 students, and a slight majority of 55 were in favour of the change whilst 50 opposed it. Those who agreed with the change mostly felt that teenagers had strong opinions on the subject and could be mature enough to make the right choices in politics. The people who said no believed the exact opposite- that 16-year-olds simply weren’t mature enough to vote and wouldn’t take the responsibility seriously.
Interviews with Sixth-Form students, Year 10 students and a Politics teacher in the Sixth Form revealed that they were all mostly in favour of the voting age being changed. They cited the same reasons which answered the survey- that 16-year-olds on a whole were intelligent and mature enough to take voting seriously.
From Seagulls to Royals
80% of Hove Park Students expressed their disappointment at the news that Brighton and Hove Albion manager, Gus Poyet is the odds on favourite to get the Reading Manager job.
He shocked Seagulls fans across the county as Brighton gave Reading permission to speak to him. Poyet, who joined the Seagulls in 2009 when they were bottom off the league, is still deciding about leaving them to join Reading.
Poyet joined Brighton & Hove Albion and in his first whole season as their manager got them promotion to the Npower Championship. Seagulls fans will be disappointed if they lost Poyet whilst they are still fighting for promotion to the Premier League. Poyet is reported to have said that his ambition was to get Brighton to the Premier League.
Reading, who are in the Premier League, are now on the verge of getting relegated from the Premier League and for Brighton they are just outside the play-off places on goal difference. It would be a huge change for Poyet if he left the Albion to join Reading as he has just got to know the team.
A Hove Park student said “Poyet has just got us promoted to the premier league and it would be a big shock for all the fans if he left”. We asked 60 students and staff at Hove Park School about what they think about Gus Poyet leaving Brighton for Reading and only 20% of them said he should leave as he needs a tougher challenge than Brighton.