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27 February 2013
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Learning and Teaching 
 
  • Experts mull a simpler way to teach maths in New Zealand
    Results from the recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study test showed that students in New Zealand are lagging behind their peers in other developed countries in maths. Now, officials are considering a return to a more basic curriculum to boost performance. One proposal calls for a focus on helping students memorise basic maths before they try to understand and complete more complicated problems. The New Zealand Herald (23 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Russian" maths programme gets students started early with algebra
    An after-school programme used in the US has students learning maths Russian-style, with an approach that focuses on logic, abstract models instead of rote memorisation and algebra at the earliest grade levels. The Russian School of Mathematics programme was launched in Massachusetts in 1997 by engineer and Russian immigrant Inessa Rifkin, and co-founder Irina Khavinson, an educator. Wicked Local/Newton, Mass. (25 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Youth today are growing up with both new opportunities and new pressures. Pressing questions arise for us as educators and parents: How do we raise balanced, responsible, and caring youth in today's opportunity-rich yet challenging context? Presented in collaboration with CASIE.
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Professional Development 
 
  • School encourages professional development through research
    Engaging in education research is a "superb" form of professional development for teachers, writes Tom Sherrington, a headteacher at a school in England. In this blog post, Sherrington describes how teachers at his school meet throughout the year to conduct research projects -- on topics such as the effect of reading aloud in class -- and share results with the full faculty at year's end. "We've found teachers are highly motivated by the process; it is voluntary, self-directed and unpaid, yet they engage with it because of the rewards that this level of rigour brings," Sherrington writes. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network Blog (22 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Your back-to-school guide for all things edtech
SmartReport on ISTE 2016 is packed with highlights and insights from the year's biggest K-12 edtech show. We discuss how to rewrite social codes to achieve equity and transform the status quo; learn how BYOD is moving past devices to create individualized workspaces; and discover the myths and truths of edtech funding. Read Now
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Leadership and Governance 
 
  • Teachers in France oppose increased instructional time
    Following his proposal to lengthen school weeks, France's education minister, Vincent Peillon, now is seeking to shorten summer holidays by two weeks. Both moves have upset teachers, who last month launched industrial action in response to the reforms. Supporters say the increased instructional time is intended to raise students' performance, while teachers say they are not being offered anything in return for the additional workload. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (25 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Your back-to-school guide for all things edtech
SmartReport on ISTE 2016 is packed with highlights and insights from the year's biggest K-12 edtech show. We discuss how to rewrite social codes to achieve equity and transform the status quo; learn how BYOD is moving past devices to create individualized workspaces; and discover the myths and truths of edtech funding. Download Now
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Technology 
  • International study considers effects of online bullying
    Young victims of cyberbullying and mobile phone bullying were just as likely to skip school or contemplate suicide as those who experienced traditional bullying, a study of students in Singapore showed. While male victims of cellphone bullying were more prone to suicidal thoughts than females, researchers found no evidence of gender differences associated with skipping school. The findings appear in the International Criminal Justice Review. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (19 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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ECIS News 
  • Register now for the April Leadership Conference in Berlin
    Registration is now open for the ECIS April Leadership Conference in Berlin 4-7 April. The theme for this year's conference is Strike the Balance. The conference will feature dedicated strands for: Business/Finance Managers, Trustees, Advancement Officers and Admissions Personnel. Heads of School, Secondary Principals and Elementary Principals will have exclusive sessions, as well as be able to partake in additional strands. There will be numerous networking and social opportunities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Register now for the SISG Diploma Module
    SISG Diploma Module is designed to challenge thinking and to provide the tools for board members, school owners, and administrators, to build on their existing knowledge and strengths to further the sustainable success and effectiveness of their schools. There will be a focus in this Module (8 - 10 March 2013) on effective financial and risk management, dashboard management, balanced score card and marketing. Registration details can be found on our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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