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14 March 2013  
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Students in Turkey have a leading role in flipped instruction
    This 17-minute film details the success of flipped instruction in Turkey and the ways technology was used in the instructional model. In one case, students used a green screen and tablet computer to film themselves. Another feature of flipped instruction in Turkey is that students act as "teaching assistants," meeting regularly to discuss progress and making adjustments to the difficulty of lessons as needed. Edudemic (13 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does Twitter help students learn?
    Twitter can be a valuable educational tool, suggest Emma Rich, a senior lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Bath, and Andy Miah, a professor and director of the Creative Futures Institute at the University of the West of Scotland. In this blog post, they write about an experiment in which they tested Twitter's educational use. They found, among other things, that students were engaged in reciprocity and instinctive thinking, but that the 140-character limit can lead students to oversimplify complex matters. The Guardian (London)/Higher Education Network/Learning and Teaching Hub blog (13 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Young Canadians find open arms in aerospace
    Young Canadians are enthusiastically pursuing education in aerospace and related fields and finding early career paths to match their ambitions. And the future looks even brighter. "Aerospace engineering will become more and more necessary as our need for air transportation and our desire for ever-expanding space exploration continues to grow. We will continue to rely on aerospace engineers to design and develop advanced technologies and new aircraft and spacecraft to meet those needs," said Barbara Bowen, manager of special programmes at Manitoba Aerospace. Financial Post (Canada) (11 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Leadership 
  • International teaching summit focuses on evaluations
    Countries worldwide are struggling to establish a definition of great teaching and develop a method to assess teachers based on that definition, writes Andreas Schleicher, special adviser on education policy for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. It is with that in mind that teacher evaluations were to be addressed this week at the International Summits on the Teaching Profession, hosted by the OECD, Education International and the Ministry of Education of the Netherlands, Schleicher writes in this blog post. The Huffington Post/The Blog (12 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  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 Australia.

  • Australian school changes the formula for maths lessons
    Following disappointing student achievement in maths, a school in Australia removed the course from its regular curriculum and replaced it with a student-led flexible study programme. Through the programme, students are able to work one-on-one with teachers -- and in small groups with each other -- using technology and other resources to finish the maths curriculum at their own pace. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (13 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reform and Research 
  • Russia reinstates rigorous physical-education programme
    Schools in Russia are expected to return to the physical-education programme adhered to in the 1930s, in which students will be taught "to stand up for themselves, their family and, in the final run, the Fatherland," President Vladimir Putin said. It remains unclear whether all aspects of the curriculum, such as rifle skills, will be implemented. The Wall Street Journal (13 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How technology has affected student learning
    Research appears mixed on whether technology is affecting students' ability to concentrate and learn in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. However, many -- including Darren Northcott, national official for education at the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers -- have found benefits of using technology in the classroom. At one school in England, Ted-Ed videos and social media are used to engage students, and educators use the Internet to aid student research. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network/Teacher's blog (11 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Meet the presenter: Tim Shriver
    In his Annual Conference and Exhibit Show video (second featured video), chairman and CEO of Special Olympics Tim Shriver discusses the value of listening to young people's vision of their future. "The world of young people with and without intellectual differences is coming to the ASCD conference with a simple message: We want to be heard," he says. And whether you're gearing up for Chicago or getting ready to follow the conference from home, don't miss Gene Carter's most recent Inservice blog post. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New PD Online course -- Formative Assessment and Common Core Standards: English Language Arts/Literacy
    With the Common Core State Standards' call for greater academic rigour, teachers must learn more effective ways to assess their students during instruction. This new PD Online course shows teachers how to carry out effective formative assessment to help monitor their students' progress toward mastery in their learning. Visit to learn more about this interactive and in-depth online course and browse all of our PD Online courses on the common core. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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