Fewer students study languages in Australia | Singapore students outperform peers on PISA | New Zealand seeks to recruit, retain teachers
07 December 2016
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Learning and Teaching
Fewer students study languages in Australia
Fewer students in Australia are studying foreign languages, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Sydney, Wollongong University and the University of Technology in Sydney. Some assert that the drop could be tied to the marginalization of community languages in the school system.
Special Broadcasting Service (Australia) (05 Dec.) 
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Singapore students outperform peers on PISA
Singapore students outperform peers on PISA
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Students in Singapore ranked first in reading, maths and science out of the countries that administered the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment, according to results released today. Shanghai, China, previously held the top spot.
BBC (06 Dec.) 
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Professional Development
New Zealand seeks to recruit, retain teachers
New Zealand is reporting more than 600 teacher vacancies. Post Primary Teachers Association President Angela Roberts says filling the positions will require recruiting and retention efforts.
The New Zealand Herald (06 Dec.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Research supports later school start times
Even a modest delay in school start times -- as little as 15 minutes -- can have positive outcomes for students, according to a study by researchers at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Researchers studied data from 1,377 students at two high schools in Hong Kong.
Reuters (01 Dec.) 
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Technology
Computer Science Education Week underway in US
Computer Science Education Week underway in US
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Schools in the US are marking Computer Science Education Week 5 Dec. through 11 Dec. Sheena Vaidyanathan, a teacher and computer science integration specialist, shares several ways her school engages students in the subject.
eSchool News (free registration) (02 Dec.),  EdSurge (30 Nov.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Analysis: Tech could affect students' sleep
A majority of students sleep near an electronic device and that could be affecting their health, according to an analysis by British researchers of 20 studies of children on four continents. Officials say the findings could have implications for one-to-one device programs in schools.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (29 Nov.) 
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