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10 September 2014
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Intricacies of early learning the focus for academy in Canada
An all-kindergarten academy in Canada was built with the learning styles of its 680 students in mind, with lots of natural light, windows, heated floors and white walls that are used to display student work. The school also has adopted a play-based approach to learning, meant to engage students and help them learn from each other. The Toronto Star (05 Sep.)
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Teachers, students gain Web access to 100 objects from British Museum
Students and teachers will be able to view images of and learn about 100 objects from the British Museum through an online resource designed to supplement history lessons in the classroom. The collection, the product of a partnership between the museum and the UK's Department for Education, aims to engage students with the objects, the oldest of which is a 700,000-year-old hand axe. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (02 Sep.)
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Principal: Sometimes leadership means giving up control
Some schools have shied away from utilising social media over fears of what could happen, but George Couros, an administrator in Alberta, Canada, writes about the need for courageous leadership. He highlights the example of a school in the US that has turned over its Twitter account to the school community, with students and others taking turns posting to the account. Connected Principals blog (06 Sep.)
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Report urges adoption of incentive pay for teachers in Canada
Canada should adopt performance-based bonuses and other incentives for teachers that are tied to students' achievement, according to a recent report from the Fraser Institute. According to the report, such a system would improve the country's competitiveness in education. Some critics, however, noted that incentive programmes do not always lead to better performance. Canadian HR Reporter/The Canadian Press (08 Sep.)
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Books, blogs to help American students connect with peers in France
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French-immersion students at a South Carolina middle school will connect to peers in France by writing to each other, reading and blogging about books that both groups of students have read. Grant funding has helped with the purchase of computers for the programme which will include allowing the students in France to visit South Carolina. The Greenville News (S.C.) (tiered subscription model) (03 Sep.)
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England to provide PD for teachers in foreign languages
England is ramping up efforts to prepare educators to teach foreign languages in the country's primary schools. Officials recently announced a network of foreign language hubs for teachers, which will train 2,000 primary and secondary school teachers over two years. BBC (05 Sep.)
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