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28 November 2012
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Learning and Teaching 
  • Why UK schools should not discount nonsense words
    While some in the United Kingdom say the inclusion of so-called "nonsense" words on exams is confusing pupils, there are signs that such vocabulary could be beneficial, author Louise Schweitzer writes in this blog post. Nonsense words are part of literature and have been shown to help students develop creative, lateral thought, Schweitzer writes. However, it is important such words be used alongside "proper vocabulary, the rudiments of grammar and basic spelling", she notes. The Guardian (London)/Comment is free blog (19 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • School in British Columbia caters to aboriginal students
    British Columbia's oldest language and immersion programme, Chief Atahm School, is commemorating its 21st anniversary this year. At the specialty school, students learn academic lessons but also are taught about their aboriginal traditions, including the Secwepemctsin language, which is the language of instruction until Grade 4. The Toronto Star (23 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Professional Development 
  • Official: UAE teachers must be involved in reforms
    Efforts to improve education in the United Arab Emirates will be successful only if the country's teachers are involved in the process, asserts Andreas Schleicher, head of the Programme for International Student Assessment. Schleicher is calling for additional teacher training, the elevation of teaching as a profession and for ensuring teachers have a "voice." Current reforms call for more classroom technology and less rote learning. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (21 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership and Governance 
  • European nations pay a high price for student mobility
    Among European nations, student mobility is a growing trend, leading to some concern over the cost of educating students from other countries. In Belgium, officials estimate it costs about £8,067 to educate one student from the Netherlands each year. "It is problematic if we have a large group of students from outside our society that we need to finance," said Noel Vercruysse, of the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training. "Most of the Dutch students go back to the Netherlands." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (25 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Technology 
  • Thailand tests use of cloud computing in schools
    In Thailand, which has adopted a One Tablet Per Child programme, schools are testing the use of cloud computing as a means of connecting schools and allowing teachers and students to access the same resources. So far, the Braincloud System has been installed in six schools and will be piloted through March. The Nation (Bangkok) (24 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Interest Area Spotlight 
  • UAE to maintain English education requirement
    Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates, says all students must learn English. His remarks come after questions over whether students participating in Arabic or Islamic studies should be exempt from the requirement. "Passing the English exams is for all students, without any exemption," he said. "This is so the students are bilingual in Arabic and English, and are aware of what is going on around them and able to use the latest technology." The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (21 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ECIS News 
  • Call for Proposals for 2013 April Leadership Conference
    Next year, ECIS will be hosting its annual April Leadership Conference in Berlin, Germany. Join us 4-7 April for sessions and speakers focused on the theme "Strike the Balance." We are currently accepting speaker proposals for the conference, and the deadline to submit is Wednesday, 2 Jan. Find out more about the conference or submit your proposal today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Learning to love the iGeneration: Register for the ECIS Tech Conference
    Is your school ready to embrace the latest technology? The ECIS ICT Interest Group is hosting a Tech Conference on 14-16 March 2013 at the ACS International Schools Cobham campus in London. "Learning to love the iGeneration -- is education ready to embrace the irresistible IT vision of tomorrow's classroom" will focus on: the role of IT in redefining schools of the future, social media, data access and more. Early bird discounts are available until the end of November with fees for as little as £180 for ECIS members. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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