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05 August 2015
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Schools in Finland to stop teaching cursive writing to students
Schools in Finland are planning to phase out cursive handwriting classes in favor of teaching keyboard skills. Beginning in 2016, students only will be taught how to print their handwriting. "They don't have time to become fast at cursive writing, so it's not useful for them," Minna Harmanen of Finland's National Board of Education said. The Guardian (London) (31 Jul.)
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School in Norway uses video games as learning tool
Some students at a secondary school in Norway are using video games as a learning tool. The educators leading the initiative recently shared how they use and choose games for learning. "The teacher's job is not to be a good game player," teacher Tobias Staaby said. "You are supposed to be an enabler and catalyst for learning." KQED.org (31 Jul.)
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Professional Development
Survey: Many teachers in India use education technology
A survey of teachers in India found that 70% say they use computers in the classroom on a daily basis, but only 37% report using technology to gather student data. The survey, by Central Square Foundation, found that teachers already trained in using technology more likely were to try new tools in the classroom and use them regularly. The Times of India (03 Aug.)
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Why principals' leadership skills should be visible
Principals must be willing to be visible as leaders, principal Michael Hooker writes in this commentary. "Being a highly visible principal is a practice that enables greater contact with all key stakeholders within the school community," he writes. "It is time well spent." EducationHQ (31 Jul.)
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    Google Australia donation to provide STEM education to underserved students
    A donation from Google Australia will help fund programmes that teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics to underrepresented students. The money will be split between three organisations and used to encourage low-income students, as well as girls and indigenous Australians, to pursue STEM careers. The Australian (tiered subscription model) (31 Jul.)
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    Religious education could be broadened in Welsh schools
    The Welsh government is considering revamping its religious education to broaden the focus on religion, philosophy and ethics. The move comes after a report on the English system recommended scrapping Christian-focused religious education and teaching broader morals as a way to reduce extremism and radicalisation of students, said Huw Lewis, minister for education and skills. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (03 Aug.)
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