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Breeding brainpower through connection

May 30, 2017

When Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens took the YourTutor office by storm a couple of months ago, it left us variously intrigued, thrilled, and ultimately for many of us breaking out in a cold sweat about the possible fate of humanity in not-so-many years.

As an organization that has optimism for individuals and our species in our DNA, we went looking for an antidote to the cold sweats and may have found it in Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist.

EARCOS 2016 Learnings: 3 Simple Steps To Open Your Mind To Change

Oct 31, 2016

Day three of the EARCOS Leadership Conference* and it’s time for some reflection on what I’ve seen, heard and learned.

7 Of The Best Websites And Apps To Help You Study

Jun 8, 2016

While technology can be a big distraction when it comes to study time, it can also be a huge help if used in the right way.

We’ve narrowed down 7 of the best websites and apps you should have in your toolbox, designed to help you get ahead with your homework and study.

Adapting High School Education For The Emerging Age of Robots

May 25, 2016
Yesterday I sat around a conference table with a group of my colleagues to discuss a topic that's critical for our organisation: innovation. There were team leaders from all the key areas of our business - not just technology and product design - but also marketing, client services, new business development and tutoring services. Several people were joining the conversation from locations across the country via video conferencing.
 

Google And Parents Steering 84% of Aussie Students In the Wrong Direction

Feb 19, 2016

Up to 84% of students across the country turning to Google and their parents for homework help are risking poor learning outcomes, according to new research.

Research Shows Most Students Going Online For Homework Help

Jan 29, 2016

New research from the NBN Digital Parenting Report has found that 75% of students are using the internet to assist them with learning at home.

8 Ways Responsible Internet Use Can Benefit Families

Jan 11, 2016

Parenting in the modern age can be overwhelming at times. The headlines are full of online dangers regarding cyberbullies, sexting, predators, and identity theft that can leave even the most grounded parents wondering if the daily struggle with power cords and wi-fi are worth the risks. Even though our technology poses real threats, responsible Internet use can offer our families a myriad of benefits.

With a little effort and well-thought out choices, it is possible to harness our technology to strengthen familial bonds and connections. Today’s Australian teens are increasingly connected, with 82 per cent of our children saying the Internet is very important to them and half of our teens admitting it is extremely important. To drive this concept home, 72 per cent of our kids go online daily and 89 per cent own mobile phones which can allow access to the digital world.

Surprisingly Educational Games: Boxcars

Sep 18, 2015

In science, you learn about some of the wonders of the universe. Plate tectonics, evolution, and relativity are all really cool, but many of them are hard to visualise.

Evolution is especially fascinating. We can see the products of evolution all around us, but what does it look like? How awesome would it be to watch?  To help answer that, let’s have a look at Boxcars.

To Fan The Flames Of Learning, Start With Ember.js

Aug 11, 2015

As an education technology company, we strive to make student outcomes better through the best use of technology. To support this, our service has developed constantly over 12 years to adjust to changing student needs and we are always striving to do more. That's why today we release a new online classroom, built from the ground up.

Pluto: The Last Place We've Never Been

Jul 15, 2015

At the very end of 1985 I was helping my parents make Christmas pudding.  No-one makes pudding quite like our family.  In the years between Voyager 2 and New Horizons, what started as a recipe from a very old copy of Maura Laverty's "Full and Plenty" has been tweaked and refined over into the Smyth Family Christmas Pudding.  The year 1985 was the first year I remember being old enough to help make it.  As we were weighing out dried fruit and beating eggs, the television was on and we were watching Carl Sagan explain the very first up-close pictures ever taken of the swirling, banded clouds and delicate, tilted rings of Uranus.  I had never seen anything so mysteriously beautiful.  No-one had ever seen this before.