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30 September 2015
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How smartphones have changed boarding schools
Smartphones have altered the boarding-school experience, asserts the former national director of the Boarding Schools Association, Hilary Moriarty. In a recent interview, she says that today's students have greater access to parents and others to reach out to for support. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (28 Sep.)
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UK test results rise after phonics-based reading instruction
Officials in England are pointing to recent reading test results as evidence that its phonics-based approach to instruction is paying off. Data show higher pass rates in London, and some say the results are inconclusive on whether the rise in scores is because of the new approach. BBC (24 Sep.)
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School leaders who want to have a wider influence on education, and a chance to sharpen their own views, should write a blog and publicly share their thoughts, Dan Kerr, a school principal in Quito, Ecuador, suggests in this blog post. The give-and-take he receives from his readers has made him "a better educator and a better leader," he writes. Connected Principals blog (27 Sep.)
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Japanese among 13 language A-levels being eliminated
Pearson plans to eliminate A and A-S level exams in Japanese -- leading some to worry the move could affect the study of the language in England. Japanese is among 13 languages -- including Polish, Turkish and Arabic -- being eliminated. Six language A-levels will continue to be offered in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. The Japan Times (25 Sep.)
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Google launches free 3D field-trip pilot programme
Six states and three countries will participate in a new 3D virtual field-trip pilot programme announced by Google on Monday. The field-trip simulation system, which is free for schools, includes about 100 trip options with plans for it to offer college tours and other options in the future. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (28 Sep.), T.H.E. Journal (28 Sep.)
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Moving students through 5 stages of second-language acquisition
There are five stages of second-language learning, asserts Virginia "Jenny" Williams, who holds a doctorate in curriculum studies and educational leadership from Georgia Southern University. In this commentary, she shares how she uses assessment and scaffolding to teach English-language learners. Language Magazine online (26 Sep.)
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A new Teacher-Leader micro-credential, the ECIS/ASL EduLeader Certificate will be launched at our ECIS November Conference in Barcelona. "Symposium 1 Understanding Power" takes place on 18 and 19 November 2015. Attend one symposium or attend all four (taking place between November 2015 and June 2016) to receive credit. For more information, visit this link EduLeader or register here.
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