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07 March 2013  
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  • China considers best ways to serve cross-border pupils
    Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, a Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress and former secretary for education and manpower, is encouraging officials in China and Hong Kong to give greater consideration to the needs of students who cross the border each day for school. Among her suggestions are for China to begin operating Hong Kong-style schools. One official in China said he plans to propose such a move, with the schools being staffed with principals and teachers from Hong Kong. South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (free registration) (02 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Learning management system increases access to mobile learning
    The Stanford Mobile Inquiry Learning Environment, which has launched in India, Argentina and the US, allows students to use cellphones -- primarily Android devices -- to create, share, answer and evaluate academic questions. A similar project is under way in Southeast Asia that would allow access using tablet computers. The work is done through a learning management system that does not require access to the Internet, making it ideal for communities worldwide with limited resources, the project's creator Paul Kim said. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (28 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Code-breaking exercise is used to teach maths
    A cross-curricular exercise where students role-played as World War II code-breakers helped students learn about factors, multiples and other maths concepts, says Charlotte King, grade 8 maths teacher in Oxfordshire, England. In this blog post, King describes how she transforms her classroom into "Hut 8: Station X," where students are charged with deciphering messages using several techniques to help the war effort. "We learned that mathematicians and musicians were good at cracking codes because they are good at finding patterns," one student wrote after the exercise. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network Blog (04 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Leadership 
  • England launches on-the-job training programme for teachers
    In England, officials are hoping to replace some university instruction for teachers with on-the-job training, and have designated 150 new "teaching schools". The goal is to have 500 such schools by 2015. The initiative also is being credited with removing historical barriers between private schools and state schools by designating some private schools as teaching schools. BBC (04 Mar.) 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 Ireland.

  • Administrators in Ireland seek to curb cyberbullying
    Schools in Ireland are being urged to take a stronger stance against cyberbullying, in part, by educating students about its dangers. Educators also are seeking a social media liaison, dedicated to taking requests from schools. "Principals tell me that the social networks either do not respond or are slow to react to their requests to take down abusive posts about a student in their care," said Clive Byrne, director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals. Silicon Republic (Ireland) (04 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ireland plans to install broadband Internet in all schools
    Ireland expects to install high-speed broadband Internet in all schools by 2014, following the announcement that a pilot programme would be expanded to include all secondary schools in Dublin, Meath and Kildare by the early part of this year. "By bringing 100Mbps uncontended connectivity directly to the premises many students will now have vastly enhanced access to new and innovative educational tools," said Ireland Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte. Silicon Republic (Ireland) (05 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • Gearing up for the Annual Conference experience
    The 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show is coming to Chicago on 16-18 March, and it's not too late to register for a one-, two-, or three-day pre-conference institute; the main event; or the live streaming Virtual Conference. Also, whether you'll be attending virtually or in-person, be sure to bookmark the Conference Daily newspaper for event coverage, schedule changes, photos, and more. And if you're looking for tips on where to eat and what to see in Chicago, we have you covered. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The faces of poverty
    An upcoming issue of ASCD Express will explore how schools must challenge traditional ideas of poverty and create new responses. We're looking for short essays on the theme "The Faces of Poverty" by 15 March. Visit the Inservice blog to access the submission guidelines, and stop by the ASCD website to read the current issue on putting students at the center. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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