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05 December 2012
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Learning and Teaching 
  • Some schools in China launch literacy initiative
    Some Chinese schools have announced a new literacy initiative that officials say is needed to help curb the effects of students' technology habits. Now, schools have established standards for reading and writing in Chinese characters. "We want more schools and cities to join so we can promote our own language and culture and solve major problems in Chinese education," said Xu Dingbin, chief of the Wuhan Education Bureau. China Daily (Beijing)/Xinhua (03 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Finland ranks No. 1 in education
    Finland has the top education system in the world, according to a ranking of developed countries calculated for the education firm Pearson. Other top systems under the rankings include those in South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Lower-ranked countries -- based on students' scores on exams that assess proficiency in maths, science, literacy and other subjects -- include Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia. BBC (27 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Professional Development 
  • Training on bullying issues sought for New Zealand's teachers
    Advocates in New Zealand are urging the government to provide training for teachers, administrators and others in addressing bullying, particularly cyberbullying. NetSafe Chief Technology Officer Sean Lyons recommends that anti-bullying training be required for school staff, and that at least one staff member be focused on cyberbullying. Stuff (New Zealand) (28 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership and Governance 
  • UK recruits more teachers from Canada
    Some schools in the United Kingdom are looking outside of the country for qualified teachers and are recruiting more teachers from Canada. While nationwide figures were not available, some educators say they've recruited at least 30 Canadian teachers for work in the new school year. Canada has been a prime location from which to recruit teachers given the currently poor prospects for new Canadian teachers to work in their own country. The Guardian (London) (28 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Survey: Many Australian teachers reject social media
    Teachers in Australia using social media in the classroom appear to be the exception rather than the rule, according to a recent survey that found 72% of teachers believe students should not have access to such sites at school. Among their concerns were that students could be subjected to cyberbullying and that interaction between teachers and students online could cause problems. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (01 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Interest Area Spotlight 
  • More students are engaged in service learning in Japan
    In Japan, a growing number of college students are engaging in service learning experiences, in which they use what they have learned in the classroom in the real-world -- and vice versa. Supporters say the experiences help students develop social skills and encourage civic engagement locally and globally. New Straits Times (Malaysia) (28 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ECIS News 
  • Capture Nice conference experience online
    Thanks to all of you who made the ECIS 2012 Annual Conference in Nice a success. We could not have done it without our wonderful speakers, delegates, exhibitors and sponsors. Please remember to provide us with feedback to make next year's event even better. You can relive the experience by viewing slideshows of the conference on our website. And if you couldn't make it to Nice, don't feel left out! You can browse through session handouts online and watch streaming video of the Saturday plenary session. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Next Annual Conference to be held in Amsterdam
    Mark your calendars now for the next Annual Conference, which will be held 20 to 24 of November at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam. The chosen theme is "Strike the Balance." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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