Invest In Knowledge - Tricia Rowe, Extra! Editor

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Benjamin Franklin

In the fast-paced world of digital devices and social media questions are being asked about this new culture of constant connectivity. This ever-changing digital landscape has as many merits as it does landmines. Are our young people keeping themselves safe? Are they being educated or just entertained? And, how much time is simply too much time?

As the Editor of Extra! and a mum of four, I am aware of this ever changing digital landscape and the growing statistics around the negative impact of too much screen time. I’m proud to present a tangible, engaging resource that is used throughout schools in Canterbury, Otago and Southland. Extra! is a premier newspaper in education programme published produced by Allied Press owner of Star Media. Not only is Extra! engaging and informative but, as a former teacher, I have ensured it’s aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum. Aimed at children in years 5-10, Extra! encourages them to be open, interested and informed about what goes on in the world around them.

A newspaper resource that is enjoyed and supported by teachers and children alike, Extra! aims to engage young people in current events, history, S.T.E.A.M projects, reading, writing, foreign languages and so much more! We truly believe having something physical in their hands makes all the difference! It offers the perfect opportunity for independent, group or whole class learning. Plus, our popular current events and spelling quizzes offer the chance for academic success to be celebrated.

Teachers and children often tell us how much they enjoy turning the pages and moving from quizzes and puzzles to indulging in some poetry or laughing at our tongue twisters. Although nothing comes close to the feeling they get when they open an issue of Extra! and see a piece of their work, their opinion or their review published in print. This really is the highlight of my job, the calibre of our young people never ceases to amaze me.

I look forward to meeting more children and teachers from throughout Canterbury and bringing you some exciting topics in 2019. These include the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, Robotics, Myths and Legends, Sustainability, the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Financial Literacy and more! Most importantly, I look forward to helping the children of Canterbury enjoy a little less screen time and a whole lot more learning.

Words Trish Rowe