British Computer Society concerned about interest in computing | Programme supports students with visual impairments | Ireland rolls out edtech plan
20 June 2017
ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief
An ASCD SmartBrief supplement for international members
Learning and Teaching
British Computer Society concerned about interest in computing
Data showing a modest rise in the number of students taking a new computer science General Certificate of Secondary Education has the British Computer Society concerned about the future of the economy. Data also reveal that, in 2016, only about 20% of girls took the computer science exam.
BBC (18 Jun.) 
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Programme supports students with visual impairments
A US school recently piloted a teacher-training programme in Argentina and India aimed at helping educators support students with visual impairments. The Perkins School for the Blind plans to expand the programme to reach 1 million teachers worldwide by 2030.
Reuters (14 Jun.) 
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Professional Leadership
Australian panel recommends STEM goals
Higher-education institutions in Australia should improve science, technology, engineering and maths education, and teachers should receive more STEM training, according to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training. The panel offered 38 recommendations to help improve workforce training.
ZDNet (19 Jun.) 
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Regional Spotlight
ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief highlights education practices and policies in specific regions to give readers more in-depth insight into that country or region's education system. This edition focuses on Hong Kong.
Poll reveals how students in Hong Kong view themselves
Data show 1 in 4 students in Hong Kong who participated in a survey by the Centre for Life and Ethics Studies of the Society for Truth and Light reported feeling like a failure. As a result, researchers are encouraging parents to spend more time with their children.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (19 Jun.) 
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Reform and Research
Study: Some students struggle with emotions
Study: Kids with dyslexia may struggle with emotions
Students with dyslexia in Singapore were not only more likely to have problems learning to read and write but also have higher levels of depression, according to a study by researchers at the University College London. The study included data from students in 13 primary schools.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (20 Jun.) 
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Does dominant hand dictate maths abilities?
Students who prefer to use their left hands may perform better at tasks such as problem-solving and complicated maths functions, according to an IFL Science report. However, the report showed that left-handed and right-handed people performed the same on more simplistic maths problems.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (20 Jun.) 
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Bringing marginalized voices into the classroom
Whatever the makeup of your classroom or school, all students benefit from seeing events, eras of history and life in general through a variety of perspectives. A secondary school English teacher shares ideas for pairing literature with supplementary readings and current topics so that students consider how identities intersect and issues resonate across difference. Read now.
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16 resources on being a teacher leader
No matter their roles, teacher leaders shape their school's culture, improve student learning and influence practice among their peers. Teachers can adopt various leadership strategies that best fit their talents and interests. Learn how to evaluate your leadership style and start improving your practice and school today with this selection of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource®. Read now.
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