Enhance Kids’ Learning with a Versatile Eye-Care Monitor

Times have changed and e-learning has become part and parcel of my children’s lives. Every two weeks, my boy does his English composition course online (you can read my review of the course here). On top of that, both of my children have to use the computer every week to complete their Koobits homework given by their Math teachers in school.

It has therefore become imperative that we take steps to take care of their vision. We were blessed to have this 24-inch eye-care monitor sent over by BenQ.

Model: BenQ GW2480T

From time to time, we also do some online research with them. Recently, my husband has embarked on learning about a new country every one to two weeks with them:

The BenQ GW2480T has a unique Brightness Intelligence Technology (B.I. Tech.). As the term implies, the monitor, via a sensor, detects the ambient light condition and adjusts the brightness, and or colour temperature of the screen automatically. Students can thus focus on their task at hand instead of spending time dealing with the complicated monitor settings.

Parents can also have peace of mind when children are able to independently work on the computer to complete their homework or research without straining their eyes further. Initially, my kids were using my laptop for their homework. After we have had the BenQ GW2480T monitor, we just simply connected it to my laptop and now there’s no need to squint anymore because of the screen size!

Playing Math games on Koobits
Completing e-learning homework via SLS

As you can see, the viewing distance is ideal now. What I like best is that the Low Blue Light Technology filters out harmful blue light for both good sleep quality and eye health. The GW2480T with Flicker-Free Technology also effectively diminishes eye fatigue and irritation for better viewing comfort and studying efficiency.

For those who’d like to know the key features of the BenQ GW2480T:

 24 inches, 16:9 aspect ratio  1920×1080 resolution  Height Adjustment Stand (HAS)  Brightness Intelligence Technology (B.I. Tech.)  Low Blue Light Technology  Flicker-Free Technology  Color Weakness Mode  IPS panel  HDMI 1.4 / DisplayPort 1.2 / D-sub / Headphone jack

Now that I have this monitor to work with, it has also made it more comfortable for me to prepare lessons or just use it for leisure or blog. I imagine it’d be good for watching drama series or movies too via Netflix if you have your monitor in your bedroom. I just prefer to lounge in bed while I catch up on my shows on Netflix so where I’ve placed the monitor currently is not ideal for that. But since the priority is having the kids work on the digital assignments comfortably while protecting their eyesight, that’s where this monitor will stay for a long, long while.

There’s a National Day promotion (7% off, no GST) from 1st Aug to 31st Aug 2019 so do take advantage of the offer to get the BenQ GW2480T for better eye health!

Disclosure: I received the BenQ GW2480T for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are mine.

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Improve Composition Writing with Big Ideaz Education {Review}

Writing well is not an innate skill for the majority of us. It is something that needs to be developed over time, through practice, and with the appropriate guidance; it’s not just something that the average person can naturally pick up from reading more.

Earlier in Term 2, Hui Ing approached me to ask if I’d be interested to review a writing course. She is a former Primary School teacher and the founder of Big Ideaz Education.

Big Ideaz Education is a provider of English composition writing courses and creative writing workshops for primary school children in Singapore. There are live weekly writing classes for P3-P6 as well as online courses (P1-6).

For the online courses, the Writing Academy is for P4-6 (PSLE Format compo) and the Junior Writing Academy is for P1-3 (4-Picture Compo).

I chose to review an online course for my boy who is currently in Primary 2. I felt that he would benefit from writing regularly from a young age, so I enrolled him for the Junior Writing Academy.

What to Expect from the Junior Writing Academy

Every month, two video lessons are released and there are assignments to be completed. The videos are not more than 10 minutes long, and are bite-sized and easy to understand, even for the young ones. I sat through a few videos with my boy and I did not interfere during the lessons. He was able to understand the lessons and complete the assignments I printed out from the website.

I would then scan the completed assignments then upload them on the portal. The assignments would be marked by Hui Ing, a former MOE teacher, and returned within about 5 working days with comments for further improvement. If needed, a second draft would be required for submission; otherwise, just go on to the next lesson, if available, for the month.

I like that the lessons are progressive and always build on something that they have just learnt or have learnt earlier in the course. Even if they have forgotten, you can always revisit the videos to revise, as long as you are still enrolled in the course.

Sample of a marked assignment (Draft 1):

I think it’s great that there are only two lessons per month for the Junior Writing Academy. It’s not overwhelming and yet provides the younger ones with the opportunity to have some practice writing each month. To be honest, if there was a lesson per week, we may not be able to cope with it as we are not that disciplined to work on it weekly.

The thing about online courses is that you need to have self-discipline. Sending your child to a brick and mortar enrichment class means you don’t need to print out assignments or send assignments over, and run through the marked assignments. Thus, if you know that you are not very self-disciplined, you might want to opt for the weekly classes conducted. However, currently weekly classes are only for P3-6, in Tampines, so you can consider it if your child is older and if the location is convenient for you.

I’m actually quite glad that I’ve started him early on this online course so that when he goes to P3 next year, he would have a better grasp of how to write better compositions. As he is young and there are no exams for P2, I take this online course as an opportunity to stretch him to develop his writing skills in a stress-free environment. I am also in no rush to improve on any particular component of composition writing at this point as he is still new to it, so I’m not bothered by only being able to access the stipulated two lessons per month. If you have a child in the lower primary, I would recommend this online course for the reasons I have stated earlier.

There are also some free resources on their website, so be sure to check them out when you are browsing Big Ideaz Education.

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary subscription to the Junior Writing Academy. No monetary compensation was provided. Opinions are 100% mine.

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