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Study: Smartphones improve ESL lessons in Malaysia
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Smartphones are helping to improve teaching and learning in English-as-a-second-language classrooms in Malaysia, according to a recent study by Viji D/O Ramamuruthy from University Tunku Abdul Rahman and Srinivasa Rao of Kakatiya University. However, data also show students still prefer having a teacher in the classroom. EducationHQ (19 Oct.)
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UAE, N. Africa educators discuss Common Core
Educators from the United Arab Emirates and parts of Africa recently met to learn about the Common Core State Standards. The conference was held in response to the many private schools in those countries that teach to the standards. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (16 Oct.)
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Many Australian teachers are UK-born
After Australian-born teachers, UK-born teachers are the largest national group working in Australia's primary and secondary schools, according to data from the Australian Council for Educational Research. About 1 in 17 secondary teachers and 1 in every 20 primary-school teachers in Australia was born in Britain. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (18 Oct.)
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International study points to cause of achievement gap
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Disadvantaged students and their more affluent peers are taught vastly different maths content, according to a recent study of 33 countries. That difference, researchers at Michigan State University say, accounts for about one-third of the achievement gap on average. Data show that in the Netherlands, the gap accounts for about 58% of the gap, with similar issues found in Australia, Korea and the UK. The Hechinger Report (19 Oct.)
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Calif. students connect with peers who are Syrian refugees
A group of California high-school students took a virtual tour of a war-ravaged Syrian town and participated in a videoconference exchange with students who are Syrian refugees living in Jordan. The immersive experience, made possible in a virtual reality lab at the University of Southern California, is intended to build connections and humanize the world, writes Chris Plutte, of the Global Nomads Group. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (13 Oct.)
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Adolescent mood swings decline over time, study finds
A study in the journal Child Development, based on 474 Dutch teens who were followed from ages 13 to 18, found that boys and girls had similar changes in their moods throughout adolescence and that the mood swings tended to decline over time. HealthDay News (15 Oct.)
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ECIS/ASL EduLeader micro-credential
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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ECIS Educators Conference, Barcelona, 18-21 November 2015
The ECIS Annual Educators Conference is a fantastic professional development opportunity! Through the theme of this year's conference, Designing on Purpose, we hope to achieve a shift in focus to intention, impact and implementation, so that participants can return to their schools and begin to make a change straight away, as a result of the exchange of ideas at the conference. More information and registration here.
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