Digital tools and technologies offer students meaningful, "in the moment" connections to people, places and issues that extend far beyond where they live, writes Cathy Collins, a Chinese exchange programme coordinator in a Massachusetts school district. In this blog post, Collins highlights examples of global collaboration projects that have engaged students in real-world problem-solving while learning about other cultures.
Ofsted recently published a report calling for more focus on reading and maths in early learning. The report has drawn criticism from some, including experts in early-years education, parents and teachers, who say the report could result in less play-based learning in Year One programmes.
Online Learning at Harvard for PreK-12 Educators Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education is pleased to offer the fall series of online workshops for preK–12 educators. Grounded in day-to-day teaching and leadership practice, these workshops are designed with flexibility and accessibility in mind. Learn more.
Fewer students in Victoria, Australia, are pursuing degrees in teaching since the state published new standards for seeking the credential. Victorian Education Minister James Merlino says the higher standard will help to raise the bar for teaching and learning.
Students could see more emphasis on science, technology, engineering and maths as well as skills and vocational training in schools under a new pilot programme. The changes aim to better prepare students for the job market.
School leaders may not need to create new policies and procedures to govern social media use, suggests Tanner Higgin, director of education editorial strategy at Common Sense Education. Instead, he writes in this commentary, social media can be seamlessly included in existing policies in four main ways.
Researchers at Michigan State University are leading a multiyear study that could have implications on how science, technology, engineering and maths is taught in colleges and universities worldwide. Researchers will consider best STEM teaching practices, among other things.
The Language and Design of Learning, 4-7 April 2018, Hotel Palace Berlin. Registration for the conference is now open -- visit here.
Managing and Embracing Conflict - Places still available
American School in London, 10-11 February 2018. What vital work must leaders do to manage and embrace conflict in their professional lives? During this course you will learn to identify conflict when it happens, as well as your role and responsibility in it. Come away with new strategies and explore why conversations are so important in conflict. We will also look at approaches to prepare for, engage in, manage conflicts ... and indeed avoid them. Book here to secure your space.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw, playwright
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