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17 October 2018
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Do cellphones affect teens' memory?
Do cellphones affect teens' memory?
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Teenagers who use their cellphones to make phone calls more often score slightly lower than their peers on a memory test, according to a study of 700 teens by researchers at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland. Researchers posit that radiation may be responsible for the difference.
Science News (16 Oct.) 
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Study examines gender gap in high-school courses
Male students continue to occupy the most seats in science, technology, engineering and maths high-school courses in the New South Wales region of Australia, according to a study. The research, examining two decades of high-school course enrollments in Australia and Canada, indicates that female students dominate humanities-focused subjects, such as textiles, English and dance.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (15 Oct.) 
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Professional Development
Journalist serves as principal for a day
In this commentary, Henrietta Cook, education editor at an Australian newspaper, describes her experience of being principal for a day at Sydney Road Community School. Cook observes that the focus is on making students feel safe and secure, rather than on standardised tests.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (12 Oct.) 
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To help solve the world's biggest challenges, we must encourage students to be critical, active participants in their local and global communities by fostering empathy, connectedness and cultural understanding in classrooms. Bring social good to your classroom.
Leadership and Governance
Obama Foundation to launch Global Girls Alliance
The Obama Foundation will start the Global Girls Alliance, writes former US first lady Michelle Obama who made the announcement on the International Day of the Girl. In this commentary, she writes that the alliance will aim to empower girls through education at a time when more than 98 million teen girls worldwide are not able to attend school.
CNN (11 Oct.) 
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Panel studies effect of social media on youths
The House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee in England is studying how social media affects the health and well-being of youths. Officials are gathering information from the public, experts and technology companies, including social media firms, about how inappropriate material and illegal content are being addressed.
TES (UK) (15 Oct.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
How teachers can model global citizenship
How teachers can model global citizenship
Dominican Republic flag (Pixabay)
Educators can help prepare students for the future by demonstrating how important is to "investigate the world," asserts Charle LaMonica, director of World View, a public service programme at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In this commentary, LaMonica shares how students benefited from a teacher's trip to the Dominican Republic in partnership with the Global Youth Leadership Institute.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (11 Oct.) 
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ECIS Educators Conference 2018
This year's theme is "The Language and Design of Learning." Deep dive sessions, thought-provoking workshops and plenty of learning are all to be discovered 16-18 Nov. at the International School of Luxembourg. Sound interesting? Register now!
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For those who desire to create impact. Identify and nurture the skills and behaviours needed to be an effective teacher leader to influence your school community. Learn more here.
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