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08 March 2017
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Learning and Teaching
Minecraft incorporates teacher ideas
Minecraft incorporates teacher ideas
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More than 75,000 teachers and students are using Minecraft: Education Edition in the classroom, with the game offering teacher-approved features such as lesson plans and easier interfaces. Educators say they're using the game in various ways, such as during storytelling assignments to build language skills.
EdTech magazine online (03 Mar.) 
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Program to test students' experiments in space
Program to test students' experiments in space
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The International Space Station will become a testing ground for 21 student-created science experiments, including one involving the process of photosynthesis. The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program explores how microgravity affects various organisms in space.
PBS (06 Mar.) 
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Professional Development
UAE schools participate in teaching, learning workshops
Educators from 58 private schools in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, are sharing their expertise through the Knowledge and Human Development Authority-led Abundance Group. Officials say the group's workshops are focused on sharing best practices in teaching and learning.
The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (07 Mar.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Hungary considers safeguards for school travel
Officials in Hungary are considering new rules that would govern school travel, following a bus crash that involved Hungarian students in Italy earlier this year.
ABC News/The Associated Press (06 Mar.) 
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Technology
Computer-free ideas for computing lessons
Computing lessons can be just as powerful without giving students access to devices, write Helen Caldwell and Neil Smith, editors of Teaching Computing Unplugged in Primary Schools. In this commentary, they share five ways to engage students in computational thinking with physical activities.
The Guardian (London) (01 Mar.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Study: Online bullying rarely happens in isolation
Just 1% of students who are bullied endure it only online, according to a study of students in Britain by researchers at the University of Warwick. Researchers also found that some of the effects of online bullying are comparable to in-person bullying.
The New Zealand Herald (06 Mar.) 
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ECIS News
Early Childhood Conference: Deepening Connections
St. John's International School, Waterloo, Belgium. 24-25 March 2017: website and full schedule here.
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ECIS/ASL Middle Leader Programme and Certificate
Building and Leading Teams, International School London, Qatar: 7th & 8th April. Register now and more information here.
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