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08 November 2012  
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • How mobile devices help schools worldwide connect
    Schools worldwide are using technology to connect with other schools. At one school in West Sussex, England, educators say they chose to make such connections using mobile technology because of anticipated problems with trying to connect online with students in developing countries, such as Uganda and Afghanistan. Instead, students send text and picture messages on mobile devices and have used a videoconferencing program to communicate. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network Blog (06 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers in Britain discuss approaches to multicultural education
    In this article, teachers in Britain share their experiences teaching in multicultural classrooms. Rachel Coombe, of Peterborough, writes that she uses a lot of visuals to teach her students, who are Hungarian, Czech, Lithuanian, Slovakian, British and Russian -- just to name a few. Another teacher writes about the benefits of having travelled to help build relationships with his students. The Guardian (London) (07 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should Quebec expand lessons in nationalism?
    In Quebec, Canada, educators and observers are questioning the need for the province to focus more on its own history in the classroom. While students and others say that nationalism should be a greater part of history lessons, still others say teachers may be hesitant to teach such lessons because they do not want to give opinions in the classroom. The Gazette (Montreal) (tiered subscription model) (06 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Australian researcher considers power of iPads in the classroom
    In this blog post, Australian researcher and parent Daniel Donahoo writes about the importance of tablet computers and mobile technology in education. He writes, in part, about an experience he had at a meeting with fellow parents in which teachers described the benefits of using iPads in the classroom. The technology, Donahoo writes, "re-inspired" educators and led them to discover new ways to teach students and engage them in classroom lessons. Dad blog (05 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Leadership 
  • Ontario teachers plan to scale back administrative tasks
    Teachers in Ontario, Canada, who were planning to go on strike Wednesday, have delayed the job action until 11 Nov. Teachers are planning to reduce their time spent on administrative tasks, including staff meetings. Now, however, talks between the union and the government, which fell apart earlier this year, have resumed. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (07 Nov.) 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 Northern Ireland.

  • N. Ireland urged to consider changes to exams
    Teachers in Northern Ireland say the country's exam system could be viewed as second tier as England undergoes changes to its General Certificate of Secondary Education qualifications. "The public must have confidence in the exam system. The pace of change in England is rapid, and we run the risk of having a Northern Ireland examination system perceived as second rate, with examinations valued less by universities than their English counterparts," said Deborah O'Hare, Northern Ireland president of the Association of School and College Leaders. BBC (07 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Independent body to review education system in N. Ireland
    Work will begin this month on an independent review of Northern Ireland's education system. The review, conducted by independent assessors from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, was prompted by concerns that the current education system is inadequate. Education Minister John O'Dowd now is seeking to raise the bar, in part, through the review, as well as through legislation that would raise standards for teachers. Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland) (08 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Reform and Research 
  • Chinese parents spend more each year on learning English
    More Chinese parents are investing in English education for their children, some spending nearly £1,000 a year on lessons. Many of these programs use American textbooks and curricula and some hire native English speakers from other countries to teach students. "It is expensive, but worth it," parent Zhang Xue said. China Daily (Beijing) (03 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • Join or renew your ASCD membership
    ASCD members get access to our many professional-development products, resources and events and become part of our community. Membership plans come in print/online and online-only format, and range from student to premium. All members receive access to our online library; Educational Leadership, our flagship publication; and the Education Update and ASCD Express newsletters. We also offer member books, member prices on resources and meetings, the Policy Priorities newsletter, and more. Join or renew today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to engage online learners
    In the November issue of Education Update, writer Stacey Curdie-Meade outlines several unique benefits of online learning, among them its asynchronous nature. Her article zeroes in on how different student groups can benefit from online learning and explains how educators can leverage the advantages of an online learning environment and keep students engaged. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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