Private-school operators in Singapore are adopting college-style living for students that goes beyond traditional boarding. The hostels are designed to promote interaction and collaboration among students through classes, sports activities and cultural evenings.
Students who rely on memorisation to learn maths may not perform as well on difficult test problems as students who do not use memorisation, according to an analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Data also show girls may be more likely to use memorisation than boys.
Making science stick Hands-on learning in the science classroom sets objects and concepts within a real-world context. Students connect theory to experience and learning sticks. Get more insights on effective science instruction from the Smithsonian's Carol O'Donnell in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
Seven teachers in Singapore recently received the Inspiring Teacher of English Award. One teacher, Naznin Rehana Begum, says she has her students present information about their group discussions to help build their confidence.
The United Nations aims to vaccinate more than 41 million children in West Africa's Lake Chad area against polio after an outbreak in northeastern Nigeria. "The re-emergence of polio after two years with no recorded cases is a huge concern in an area already in crisis," said UNICEF Regional Director Manuel Fontaine.
The German Education Minister recently proposed an investment of more than £4 billion over the next five years on digital infrastructure in schools, including faster internet and wireless access points. A recent survey revealed that fewer than 2% of Germany's students have access to a school computer each day.
About 100 people age 30 and younger participated recently in Amnesty International Saskatchewan's Youth Activist Conference. The focus was on helping young people get involved in human rights activism, and participants say social media is a big part of that effort.
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