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21 January 2015
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What other countries can learn from Dutch schools
Research has shown that principals and teachers in the Netherlands have high levels of autonomy and decision-making. Some educators say such autonomy provides flexibility when implementing education mandates and standards. The Hechinger Report (15 Jan.)
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Top UK private school offers free multimedia textbooks
A top private school in England is believed to be the first in the UK to publish free online textbooks that cover a whole exam syllabus. The Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge, which has been a leading supporter of education technology, plans to first publish 12 multimedia textbooks for IGCSE biology, which will be available to download worldwide. BBC (18 Jan.)
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How mindfulness can fit into professional development
Mindfulness techniques can benefit educators, primary-school teacher Emma Waters writes in this commentary. She suggests several ways educators can use mindfulness and shares how the practice has helped her "be present." EducationHQ (20 Jan.)
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Britain leader suggests redirecting ed-tech funds to teachers
Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers in Britain, recently said that schools should stop spending money on iPads and other devices and instead invest the money in teachers. He noted that the estimated quarter of a billion pounds a year the country spends on school computers could have funded wages for more than 8,000 teachers. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (19 Jan.)
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Some schools in Uganda include robotics lessons
Students in Uganda are getting more opportunities to learn about robotics via the Fundi Bots programme. The programme is active in 15 schools and encourages students to use everyday items to construct robots. CNN (20 Jan.)
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What are best practices for providing digital feedback?
Feedback to students through computerised instruction is best when an explanation is provided after students get the wrong answer, said Fabienne Van der Kleij from the Cito Institute for Educational Measurement and the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Researchers also suggest rethinking strategies that allow students to "try again" and determining the best time to provide feedback. The Hechinger Report (19 Jan.)
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