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03 May 2017
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Students learn 21st-century skills with stamps
Students learn 21st-century skills with stamps
Stamps are helping students at a school in Singapore learn visual literacy, history, geography and wildlife. Interested students meet after school with teachers to discuss stamps that have educational subject matter.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (02 May.) 
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Seesaw programme helps create global connections
Seesaw program helps create global connections
Technology is helping connect some kindergartners in the US with peers in China. Those participating in the US-China Kindergarten Exchange use digital portfolio tool Seesaw to communicate with virtual pen pals.
Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (27 Apr.) 
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Teachers from Zambia observe in US school
Several educators from Zambia recently visited a school district in Pennsylvania through a Rotary International programme. Charles Zulu, a retired principal from Zambia, observed that project-based learning was used more in the US school than at a school in Zambia.
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (01 May.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Schools in China install webcams
More schools in China are installing webcams in classrooms, which provide livestreaming video that can be viewed online. The video feeds can be seen by parents and others who want to monitor students, but the initiative has raised concerns about surveillance.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (25 Apr.) 
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    Global Read Aloud reaches more than 1M students
    More than 1 million students in six countries participated in the Global Read Aloud this year, writes Pernille Ripp, a US teacher who started the programme seven years ago. In this blog post, she describes how the event works and why it's important to build global connections.
    Education Week (tiered subscription model) (27 Apr.) 
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    IB students learn about world's resources
    Students at a school in California recently participated in a clean-up day as part of their International Baccalaureate unit, "Sharing the Planet." Students learned about the world's limited resources while completing community service and cleaning debris and trash from area waterways.
    The Independent (Livermore, Calif.) (27 Apr.) 
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    The Innovation in Schools issue of Global Insights is here
    Contributors include Tony Wagner and Ted Fujimoto. Read on.  
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