British Columbia lays groundwork for "innovation schools" | Does asking for help hinder student achievement? | UK headteacher describes decision to convert school to an academy
 
04 February 2015
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British Columbia lays groundwork for "innovation schools"
British Columbia soon will designate select schools as "innovation schools". Educators working at the schools will test and evaluate new instructional models, including personalised instruction. The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) (29 Jan.)
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Does asking for help hinder student achievement?
A recent study by researchers at the University of British Columbia analysed the effects on achievement of help-seeking among students. The study, involving students solving computerised geometry problems, showed that accessing too many computer-generated tips too quickly had a negative effect on student achievement. Also, students deemed low-skilled were shown to learn more from failed attempts than from help-seeking. EdSurge (29 Jan.)
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UK headteacher describes decision to convert school to an academy
A high-profile private school in the UK recently converted to a state-funded academy with the goal of reducing fees for students and expanding access to the high-quality education provided there, headteacher Hans Van Maurik Broekman said. The Guardian (London) (01 Feb.)
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England could convert 1 in 5 schools to academies
England would convert thousands of struggling schools into academies under a plan to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron as part of his party's election platform. Officials say the proposal would affect 1 in 5 schools in the country. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (02 Feb.)
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Some schools in Japan seek to help students cut back on tech
In response to poor performance on recent exams, the board of education for one Japanese prefecture has called on parents to adopt "no-computer-games days." Some local education officials say excessive use of computer games and other technology is tied to lower educational achievement. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (30 Jan.)
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Teacher: Why Australian schools should not assign homework in kindergarten
In Australia, the focus on testing and student achievement has had a negative effect on education, asserts teacher and writer Michele Freeman. In this commentary, she writes about her own son, who was assigned a homework book to complete as he began kindergarten, and notes that the country should not be solely focused on academics in numeric terms. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (27 Jan.)
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