Can collaboration boost interest in STEM? | Students write stories for book vending machine | Brain study aims to see how poverty affects children's growth, later success
19 July 2017
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Can collaboration boost interest in STEM?
Can collaboration boost interest in STEM?
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US students have fewer opportunities than peers in China and India to collaborate and connect with others during science lessons, according to a recent study. Lead researcher Elizabeth Brown of the University of North Florida at Jacksonville asserts that educators should showcase how scientists work in teams in the hopes of engaging students in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (12 Jul.) 
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Students write stories for book vending machine
Students write stories for book vending machine
A school in Australia is using a vending machine that distributes short stories written by students in an effort to boost literacy skills. The project helps students build literacy skills through writing short stories with an authentic audience, according to principal Rob Nelson.
Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia) (tiered subscription model) (16 Jul.) 
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Professional Development
England to spend more on education
Officials in England plan to increase education spending in the 2019-20 school year. In making the announcement, Education Secretary Justine Greening said the funding increase will boost per-pupil spending.
Daily Express (London) (17 Jul.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Malala advocates for education in Nigeria
Nigeria should declare a "state of emergency" over its state of education, asserts Nobel laureate and education advocate Malala Yousafzai. During a visit to the country this week, she urged officials to make education a priority.
Reuters (17 Jul.) 
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Students from 150 countries test robotics skills
Students from 150 countries test robotics skills
Students from 150 countries will compete this week in an inaugural international robotics competition in Washington, D.C. Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and founder of the sponsoring organisation, FIRST Global, says the goal is to make robotics as appealing to students as sports.
National Public Radio (17 Jul.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Can bilingual children easily add a 3rd language?
Can bilingual children easily add a 3rd language?
Children who learn two languages are able to more easily learn a third, according to National University of Singapore researchers. For the experiment, 40 infants, a mix of monolinguals and Mandarin-English bilinguals, were challenged in the African language Ndebele.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (17 Jul.) 
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