Educator: IB's "humanitarian values are everything" | More schools in N. America transition to standards-based grading | Ontario schools to give more weight to grades earned in IB programme
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16 April 2014
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Educator: IB's "humanitarian values are everything"
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme over the course of more than four decades has earned a reputation for academic rigour and excellence, said Ian Hill, former deputy director general of the IB. Hill offers a history of the formation of IB, saying it was founded on "international mindedness". "Academic rigour is important, but the IB's humanitarian values are everything," he said. South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (free registration) (14 Apr.)
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More schools in N. America transition to standards-based grading
A growing number of schools in North America are transitioning away from traditional letter grades that educators say provide little information about how students are performing in the classroom. Instead, schools such as Georges Vanier Elementary School in Surrey, British Columbia, are using standards-based grading to more clearly tie students' grades to their mastery of certain concepts. CNN/Head of the Class blog (07 Apr.)
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US, Australian teachers learn from each other through partnership
A university in the US and an institution in Canberra, Australia, have developed a partnership in which teaching students from the US recently visited an Australian secondary school to learn about the curriculum, teaching methods and more. "It's also a means of feedback. It's a way they can reflect on their practice through having the objectivity of a pre-service teacher coming into their classroom and working with them," said Michael Battenally, principal of Melba Copland Secondary School. ABC (Australia) (09 Apr.)
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UNICEF: Predictable education funding needed for Syria
The global community needs to guarantee three years of funding for educational and other services for Syrian refugee children to prevent them from becoming a "lost generation," says UNICEF. The Guardian (London) (14 Apr.), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (13 Apr.)
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Australian students Skype for 24 hours with schools worldwide
Students in Australia participate in the Skype Around the World programme twice each year, in which students stay at school for 24 hours and Skype as many schools as possible in that time. Jenny Ashby, an ICT specialist, said the goal is for students to Skype with a purpose. "This time our topic is all about learning, so they're finding out how everyone around the world learns, and what things help them learn and what things they have in their schools," she said. Australian Teacher Magazine online (07 Apr.)
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Schools in Canada launch BYOD tablet programmes
Beginning in September, three secondary schools in British Columbia are expected to require students in some grades to use iPads or similar tablet computers in the classroom. Steve Rauh, principal of West Vancouver Secondary, said that he has some money set aside to loan tablet computers to students whose families cannot afford them. CBC.ca (Canada) (11 Apr.)
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Rosetta Stone signs on as a Principal Sponsor of the Leadership Conference
Rosetta Stone, a long-standing ECIS Affiliate Member and international provider of language-learning software, has generously signed on to be a Principal Sponsor of the Leadership Conference, 24-26 April in Seville. Come and try out Rosetta Stone software for yourself at stand 21. Jan van den Beld, a linguist and leading expert in mobile technology for international schools, will be on hand to answer your Rosetta Stone questions.
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