Are schools preparing students for 21st-century workforce? | Students use tech to travel the world | Australia state expands robotics education
18 April 2017
ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief
An ASCD SmartBrief supplement for international members
Learning and Teaching
Are schools preparing students for 21st-century workforce?
The need for science, technology, engineering and maths skills in jobs that fall outside the technology sector is growing, but education programmes may not be preparing graduates for these sought-after skills, according to a report by researchers at the London School of Economics. The report suggests incorporating STEM skills across degrees to help fill the gap.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (16 Apr.) 
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Students use tech to travel the world
Students use tech to travel the world
Students in Amy Rosenstein's class have visited more than 40 countries using Skype. In this blog post, Rosenstein shares five best practices for videoconferencing. (18 Apr.) 
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Australia state expands robotics education
Students interested in robotics have access to a targeted programme now that Victoria, Australia, has opened its first tech school. Education officials are expected to open 10 such schools by the end of 2018.
The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (18 Apr.) 
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Professional Leadership
Villagers help fund school improvements in India
Some Maharashtra government schools in India are using crowdfunding to expand access to technology and other resources. Suresh Patil, headmaster of the zila parishad school, said financial support from villagers helped the school revamp its classrooms.
The New Indian Express (India) (18 Apr.) 
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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 Iraq.
Girls in Mosul, Iraq, eager to return to school
Female students in Mosul, Iraq, say they are eager to return to school following years in which education was under the control of the Islamic State. Educators say they are working to overcome challenges, such as teaching mixed-ability classes.
Reuters (17 Apr.) 
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Reform and Research
Private-sector efforts to support refugees may not match need
Efforts by the private sector to help educate refugee students displaced by the crisis in Syria trend heavily to education-technology resources, according to a report by Education International, a global federation of teachers' unions. Zeena Zakharia, coauthor of the report, said edtech may not necessarily be what's needed most to support education for these children.
National Public Radio (18 Apr.) 
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Persist, make sense, model: Seeing in every subject
Visualization ties together two mathematical practices from the Common Core State Standards: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them; and model with mathematics and use those skills to solve real-world problems. Not only does visualization enhance these practices in mathematics, it can also help students get a clearer picture and persist with problems in social studies, the arts, science and physical education. Read now.
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Typical instruction strategies for atypical learners
"With Building on the Strengths of Students with Special Needs," special-education expert Toby Karten focuses on specific disabilities and inclusive curriculum scenarios for learners in K-12 environments. She offers valuable advice on how to prevent labels from capping student potential and encouragement to help teachers continually improve learner outcomes. This resource walks teachers through the process of reinforcing, motivating, scaffolding and planning for instruction that targets learners of all ability levels. Learn more.
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