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How a stimulating learning environment can improve outcomes
A stimulating and creative classroom environment is essential to ensuring that students excel, asserts Rod Pitcher, an education scholar from Australia. In this commentary, he writes about the role of the teacher in helping to craft such an environment and how a teacher's attitude can affect students. EducationHQ (03 Nov.)
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Are traditional teaching methods more effective?
More traditional methods for teaching and learning may be more effective, according to a recent study from Sutton Trust and Durham University. Researchers found better performance under teaching methods that focused on using class time efficiently, rewarding effort and establishing clear rules for students' behavior. The Guardian (London) (31 Oct.)
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Educator: Resources to manage schools' social media accounts
Educators increasingly are using social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, writes Noelene Callaghan, a technology teacher at a high school in Australia. In this commentary, Callaghan shares several resources to help educators manage their school's social media accounts. They include sites such as Hootsuite, which allows users to manage multiple accounts at once. EducationHQ/Technology in Education (29 Oct.)
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Portuguese town requires students to learn Mandarin
Students ages 8 and 9 in Sao Joao de Madeira, Portugal, known as the country's shoe capital, are now required to learn Mandarin Chinese so they can one day compete in the Asian footwear market. China is becoming an important export market for shoemakers, and officials hope the language classes give students an edge later in life. Business Insider/AFP (02 Nov.)
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Australia's literacy, maths exams to be all-digital by 2019
Australia's national literacy and maths exams will be taken only online beginning in 2019 under a recent decision to roll out interactive testing. Online exams will be available for optional trials beginning in 2016, and government officials have pledged additional resources to help schools prepare. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (31 Oct.)
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How interactive activities can make language learning more fun
Language teachers in the UK are looking at new ways to engage students in foreign-language learning when interest in language degrees is on the decline. At a recent event in London, 400 students sang, drummed and played hide and seek while learning Spanish, French and German. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network (03 Nov.)
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ECIS would like to give you the opportunity to take the stage during the Opening Plenary at the Annual Conference. Share your thoughts on innovation or an innovative programme at your school. Send us your video (no more than 5 minutes long) on the topic that you would like to present in front of an audience of over 1,000 fellow international educators and school leaders. We will review the video entries and select the most relevant to be presented in the plenary meeting during the Annual Conference this year. We will notify all entrants of the outcome of the selection process by email, within three working days of the deadline. Please send your submissions to conference@ecis.org; the best format is either a link upload or a YouTube/Vimeo video. Deadline: 7 Nov.
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