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25 March 2015
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UAE plans boarding school with multilingual curriculum
The United Arab Emirates will open its second boarding school this year -- a Swiss school that will focus on English, French and German languages. The school's opening comes as data show the UAE's seven International Baccalaureate schools are nearly at capacity. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (23 Mar.)
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How much is too much when assigning homework?
Assigning more than 90 minutes of homework could result in negative student performance, according to a recent study. Data show 60 minutes of homework may be ideal. Researchers say the findings reveal that the nature of the homework may be more important than the amount of time spent completing assignments. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (23 Mar.)
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UAE expands teacher-training programme
The United Arab Emirates is in its second year of the Edaad Training Programme, which now is enrolling 55 people in a four-month training programme designed to help them succeed as classroom teachers. The programme targets those who never have worked as teachers and focuses on such areas as classroom management and English-language skills. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (23 Mar.)
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Schools in Finland to teach by topic, not subject
Finland has announced plans to dramatically overhaul its education model and do away with teaching by subject. Instead, teachers will teach by topic. Officials say the model will allow for more collaborative and cross-curricular lessons. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (20 Mar.)
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Report: Distance learning has evolved worldwide
Distance learning is taking off worldwide due largely to advances in technology, according to a recent NewsLI study. Among other things, the report finds that such advances could help drive down the cost of higher education. TMCNet (23 Mar.)
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Canadian teachers integrate aboriginal heritage into curriculum
Some schools in Alberta, Canada, are enhancing the learning of students by creating programmes that use local aboriginal language and culture as teaching tools. One school teaches the Cree language, drumming in music and dancing in physical-education class, while another invites tribal elders to lead activities using traditional songs, games and stories. Calgary Herald (Alberta) (18 Mar.)
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ECIS announces New Teacher Induction Programme
Do you have new teachers for next year? ECIS will be offering a New Teacher Induction Programme for international teachers on the ECIS Academy for international educators. Visit the site to express your interest at ECIS Academy.
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Come and join us in "Catalysing our Creativity" at the ECIS Leadership Conference in Brussels from 8-11 April 2015. An exciting programme awaits beginning with pre-conference workshops and tours. Our line-up for the main conference includes Juliana Rotich, Executive Director of Ushahidi, Graham Brown-Martin, the founder of Learning without Frontiers, Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA and Jay Shuster, Production Designer at Pixar. Registration and more information is available here.
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