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27 December 2012  
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Scottish school adopts social media curriculum
    A school in Scotland is teaching students about the libel risks associated with social media websites, such as Twitter and Facebook. Educators said the lessons -- included in the personal, social, health and economic section of the national curriculum -- focus on the ways in which students are using social networking websites and the potential problems they might experience. "Students need to know that whatever they say may just come back to bite them," said Carol Manley, a senior teacher. The Drum (Glasgow, Scotland) (27 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Leadership 
  • Italy thaws longtime hiring freeze for teachers
    Recent examinations to fill teaching positions in Italy resulted in 321,000 people applying for 11,500 available jobs. The exams -- the first to be administered using computers -- typically are held every three years, but have been postponed for years due to tight budgets and hiring freezes that limited prospects for new teachers. Now, however, some critics question the usefulness of an exam in determining who is qualified to teach. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (24 Dec.) 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 British Columbia, Canada.

  • Should British Columbia make changes to its curriculum?
    A group of Chinese-educated tutors in British Columbia are recommending that the province make changes to its maths and science curriculum. The educators point to exam results, saying student achievement is declining, but teachers in British Columbia say they disagree with that assessment. The tutors say their greatest concern is the recent decision to eliminate all Grade 12 provincial exams except English 12 or its equivalent. The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) (27 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Canadian schools' buddy programme supports math, reading
    Some elementary-school students in the Vancouver area who struggle in math and reading are getting extra help from local high-school and university students. The new programme called Learning Buddies provides about 150 volunteers to 15 schools, with more school sites to come. "Because it's young adults [teaching], they feel a sense of belonging, a little bit of bonding. They become happier learners, more motivated learners," Renfrew Elementary School teacher Leah Wong said. The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) (24 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reform and Research 
  • Most Israeli high-school students use cellphones during class
    A recent study shows that 94% of high-school students in Israel use mobile phones in class to surf social networking websites, take photos and videos, and complete other tasks. Many also report text messaging and making phone calls during class. "The use of the devices largely stands out. Students who highly disturb the flow of the lesson also are at risk for potential long-term, persistent and accumulative damage that expands far beyond the classroom," wrote researchers from the University of Haifa. The Jerusalem Post (free registration) (25 Dec.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  ASCD News 
  • Meet 2013 Annual Conference presenter Carol Ann Tomlinson
    In a video clip (second from the left) on the 2013 Annual Conference website, Carol Ann Tomlinson discusses her own start as a young teacher working in a school "spare in its means" and the aha moment that taught her that today is what we have to work with, whether it's perfect or not, and that "seizing the day is really the way to go". In the clip, Tomlinson shares a story about an educator who has embodied that mindset for the duration of his career. Watch. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The free Educator Advocates programme can help you stay informed about the education policy and politics that affect your day-to-day work. Key programme benefits include the Capitol Connection e-newsletter; timely action alerts on issues where your input can make a decisive difference; and access to the ASCD Action Center, a one-stop shop for learning about legislation. Participating also means joining forces with colleagues to help lawmakers make education decisions that most benefit our schools and students. Sign up. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday, 1 Jan. Publication will resume Thursday, 3 Jan. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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