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31 January 2013  
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Use of tablet computers is expected to rise in India's schools
    More schools in India are expected to begin using tablet computers in the classroom with the release of more high-quality, affordable devices. The government reportedly is supportive of the use of tablets for learning, and the technology is seen as particularly beneficial in rural parts of the country. However, it is not expected that rural areas will be able to take full advantage in the next several years because of insufficient broadband access and power supplies. ZDNet (30 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UK teachers hit a high note with maths lessons
    Three primary-school teachers in the United Kingdom are using music to teach maths. The teachers write the songs and lyrics, which include information relevant to the maths curriculum, and then post them on a blog. In one case, all students who heard a song about prime numbers got a prime-numbers question correct on an assessment -- saying they recalled the words from the song. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (28 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Leadership 
  • Tweets that changed one educator's week
    In this blog post, Lisa Noble, a teacher in Ontario, Canada, describes how her week was affected by Twitter. First, she and hundreds of others were able to subscribe to a Twitter feed of a reporter covering an important labour issue, giving them access to timely updates. Next, Noble writes how her students are benefiting from the tweets of a Canadian astronaut, who is providing updates of his mission and experiences at the international space station. Lastly, Noble writes that a tweet of her own provided needed help from her professional network. Powerful Learning Practice/Voices from the Learning Revolution blog (29 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Czech students to be required to learn two foreign languages
    The education ministry in the Czech Republic announced last week that the country will start mandating students to learn a second foreign language in school. Students will start taking their first foreign language, typically English, by third grade, and by eighth grade they will begin learning another language. Currently, studying two foreign languages is an option, not a requirement. Prague Daily Monitor (22 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should England establish a National Teaching Institute?
    In this blog post, Tim Brighouse, a former London commissioner for schools, and Bob Moon, emeritus professor of education at the Open University, write that countries with top education systems have embraced professional development for teachers. However, they write that such a system is lacking in England and suggest the creation of a National Teaching Institute "to provide coherence and ambition to the activities that support classroom teachers". The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (28 Jan.) 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 Israel.

  • Israel considers merits of student fundraising
    Some are calling on the Israeli government to prevent students from going door-to-door for school fundraising efforts, calling the practice "risky". Supporters, including Herzliya Deputy Mayor Tova Rafael also questioned the educational value of the practice. In response, the Education Ministry said it is reviewing the matter. The Jerusalem Post (free registration) (31 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • US students travel to Israel, other countries to teach
    Through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Global Teaching Labs programme, students travel to foreign countries for three-week stints as high-school teachers. Their focus is on teaching science, technology, engineering and math, and students recently had the choice to travel to Italy, Germany, Mexico and Israel. "I got to teach a couple of aerospace classes, but in general, the teachers asked us to supplement their course with a presentation, or videos or something which is not in the books," said Bridget McCoy, who recently taught in Israel. The Jerusalem Post (free registration) (30 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reform and Research 
  • England seeks to prevent students from falling behind
    In response to recent disappointing test results, England has announced a plan to raise English and maths achievement among primary-school students. The plan calls for small-group sessions and one-on-one tutoring during lunch, as well as interventions for students who do not meet certain standards. "The consequences for a pupil being left behind in the basics when they start secondary school can last for the rest of their education," Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said. "Every child should have the chance to succeed and get off on the right foot when they start their new school." The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (31 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASCD News 
  • A whole child deserves a whole teacher
    "To develop the whole child, teachers need Habits of Mind that help them problem solve, become better critical thinkers, and communicate," write ASCD authors Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick. In a recent Whole Child Blog post, Costa and Kallick explain the role that Habits of Mind play in teacher -- and student -- performance. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Take the access and equity survey
    How do we give students around the world equitable access to effective teachers and principals? That question and other issues around teacher and principal effectiveness are currently being discussed by educators in the ASCD Forum group on ASCD EDge. Weigh in on the current forum topic of equity and access by taking our survey, and visit the group page to contribute a blog post with your thoughts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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