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11 September 2019
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Learning and Teaching
Teachers in South Africa alternate, blend language
Teachers in South Africa alternate, blend language
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Policy in South Africa requires schools to set a language of learning and teaching -- typically English or Afrikaans. Some educators are alternating and blending language -- including students' mother tongues -- to help students learn, a process known as code switching or code mixing, an approach supported in this article by Michael Kretzer and Russell Kaschula, both of Rhodes University.
The Conversation (Canada) (08 Sep.) 
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Study: Longer tests reduce STEM gender gap
Study: Longer tests reduce STEM gender gap
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Female students appear to be better at sustaining accuracy over time during tests, according to a study that looks at data from the Program for International Student Assessment and compares student performance at different stages of tests. Boys outperformed girls at the start of tests on STEM subjects, but the longer the tests went on, the more the gender gap shrank, researchers say, suggesting that boys get less accurate over time while girls have a steadier performance.
Cosmos Online (04 Sep.),  Newsweek (03 Sep.) 
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Professional Development
7 tips to keep students motivated
7 tips to keep students motivated
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There are ways to help students reflect on their work and learning environments while staying motivated throughout the year, according to Kendal Rolley, English coordinator of a bilingual K-12 school in Vietnam. In this commentary, Rolley shares seven strategies maintain student motivation, including helping them set and commitment to goals.
KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (04 Sep.) 
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Leadership and Governance
University partners to help students in Bahamas
University partners to help students in Bahamas
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Hampton University in Virginia is offering students in the Bahamas free tuition, room and board for the fall semester in the wake of Hurricane Dorian as part of an agreement with the University of the Bahamas-North. The students can remain at the school after the upcoming semester, but would be charged.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (07 Sep.) 
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Technology
Internet fuels essay-for-hire industry
Internet fuels essay-for-hire industry
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People living in developing countries are writing essays and completing other work for colleges students in the US, UK and Australia -- a cheating method made easier with the internet. The essay-for-hire industry has grown as have the number of English speakers and the availability of high-speed internet, the New York Times reports.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (07 Sep.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Facial recognition software limited in Chinese schools
China is restricting the use of facial recognition and some apps used to monitor students. The move comes after online critics expressed concern about student privacy.
BBC (06 Sep.) 
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