13 January 2021
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Learning and Teaching
7 global efforts to ramp up remote learning
Countries worldwide are taking steps to improve remote teaching and learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. This article highlights seven such initiatives, including an effort in Colombia by El Origen Foundation to provide tablets to students.
Full Story: Reuters (06 Jan.) 
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Canada radio station airs broadcasts in Ayajuthem
(Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images)
A country music radio station in British Columbia, Canada, is airing a daily broadcast in Ayajuthem, a Coast Salish dialect of the Homalco, Klahoose, K'omoks and Tla'amin Nations, to teach words and phrases to listeners. The broadcasts are helping some listeners reconnect to their heritage language and bond with others who have similar cultural ties, such as teacher Koosen, Devin Pielle of Tla'amin First Nation, while also teaching some of the language.
Full Story: Toronto Star Newspapers (tiered subscription model)/The Discourse (Canada) (11 Jan.) 
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Professional Development
How to help tech-averse staff improve confidence, skills
There are four strategies that help to bolster teachers' technology skills, writes Jennie Devine, principal at a school in Italy. In this commentary, Devine suggests first helping them adopt a mindset that they know more than they think they do and explain that seemingly "catastrophic" errors can be fixed.
Full Story: TES (UK) (07 Jan.) 
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Distance Learning through PBL Video Contest
Mix up distance learning with this student-led and standards-aligned video project. Challenge students to think critically about global topics like enviro justice, global health, and industrial systems. Teacher & student resources provided. 10K+ in cash prizes will be awarded. More info!
Leadership and Governance
New South Wales will delay plans to return international students to Australia -- a priority for the government. Officials say they will continue to work on a plan to help the students come back this year.
Full Story: The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (10 Jan.) 
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Individual schools and teachers in Scotland will need to determine the best approach to teaching and learning. Officials say live, online lessons will not be universal but part of a "mix" of tools, which some advocates say could lead to disparities in education.
Full Story: BBC (free registration) (10 Jan.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Did pandemic lead more people to learn a language?
More people decided to learn a language during the last year's pandemic-related periods of lockdown and quarantine, and as a result, language apps and enrollment in various virtual courses spiked. In this commentary, Sophie Hardach shares her experience learning Luwian and examines why people decided to pick up a new language during the health crisis, saying some were inspired to stay connected to the world despite isolation, while others say they had the time to pursue a life goal.
Full Story: BBC (free registration) (06 Jan.) 
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Add real value to your professional development
The ECIS Preparing for International Teaching Certificate (PITC) is a professional development qualification which will help your teachers develop their skills and deepen their knowledge around the intersection of intercultural awareness and global competence. Learn more about this dynamic course here.
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Inclusive Recruitment: Advertising, Application to Appointment: 18 & 25 February 2021
One of the root causes in the gap of having a diverse staff representation at all levels is largely due to ineffective recruitment processes. The processes need to be robust in monitoring and evaluating that all outcomes through the recruitment intake cycle are fair and reasonable. The series of workshops will be interactive, with anecdotes, and practice scenarios. Learn more about these two vital workshops here.
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