When choosing technology tools for the classroom, teachers should consider those that promote critical thinking and problem-solving, suggests Amy Williams, an International Baccalaureate English teacher at the International School of Dusseldorf in Germany. In this commentary, she shares why she often opts for tech-free lessons.
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Principals can improve test scores in their schools by having cohesive goals, good relationships with teachers and a solid professional-development programme for the staff, suggests Mick Coelli, an Australian economist. Coelli and his team analysed literacy and test scores, staff and parent surveys, human resources documents and other school data.
Schools' mandatory bring-your-own-device policies are not enforceable, asserts Katrina Casey, New Zealand's ministry of education deputy secretary. At issue, she says, is that not all families can provide devices.
A Classroom of the Future exhibit is on display at the Cape Town Science Centre in South Africa. The exhibit, supported by technology firms, includes games such as Minecraft: Education Edition and Rock Band 4, plus tablets and interactive whiteboards.
The greater access that students have to electronic reading devices, such as iPads and mobile phones, the less likely they are to read, according to a recent study by Murdoch University lecturer Margaret Merga. Findings also show that frequent readers prefer paper books.
Languages offered for study in schools should be regularly reviewed to ensure students are getting the most benefit, writes Warren Midgley, an associate professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. In this commentary, he examines languages that are considered important to learn, according to data, and compares them to what languages are available and popular among Australian students.
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Founded in 1965, ECIS is a global membership organisation that provides professional development opportunities to its members who are comprised of international schools, individuals and educational organisations.