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Linewize: “we learn from our choices”

By | 3 May 2016

Imagine herding cats. 32 young and inquisitive cats.

Now imagine herding those cats while they have their noses buried in tablets and laptops with almost unrestricted access to the world wide web.

It’s an odd image, but one that goes some way towards explaining why managing Internet access at schools is a very hard job.

On the one hand, you don’t want students accessing inappropriate content, or spending their time and the school’s bandwidth frivolously.

On the other hand, you don’t want to restrict their learning opportunities, for example by blocking information on breast cancer, and you also want to teach students how to think critically about their own activity – so that when they leave the protective environment of the school, they’ll have the skills to keep themselves out of harm’s way.

You’d want such a service to be easy to use, administrated centrally, give teachers some discretion about what is or isn’t allowed, run on just about any hardware, integrate with Google Apps For Education, be really cost effective, and most importantly, help students learn from their choices.

That’s Linewize. Linewize helps everyone in schools succeed with digital learning.

It almost feels like co-founders Scott Noakes and Michael Lawson are on a kind of pay-it-back to pay-it-forward track with Linewize; freeing teachers and students to learn at an amazing pace, and allowing new ideas, innovation and hard work to thrive in schools – starting in Canterbury, rolling out across New Zealand – and taking off around the world.

Keep tabs on Linewize’s own progress here as they go from herding all those early-stage cats, to becoming a global success story.