Growing number of students from China are studying abroad | How to choose books that encourage cultural understanding | A closer look at education statistics, worldwide
17 August 2016
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Learning and Teaching
Growing number of students from China are studying abroad
Growing number of students from China studying abroad
It is widely expected that students in China will attend college abroad, asserts writer Julia Wang, who describes her own experience in this commentary. Data show that China now has surpassed India, South Korea and other countries in the number of students studying overseas.
The Atlantic online (15 Aug.) 
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How to choose books that encourage cultural understanding
How to choose books that boost cultural understanding in the classroom
Teachers must remember their students' diverse cultural identities as they choose global literature, write Maria Jose Botelho and Natalie Sowell, both of the Five College Consortium's Doors to the World project. In this blog post, they offer tips on what to consider when choosing texts that boost cultural awareness in the classroom.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (09 Aug.) 
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Professional Development
OECD: Countries should provide more pay, support for teachers
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is advocating for smaller class sizes and higher salaries for teachers. That approach is based, among other things, on an international study of education systems showing the benefits of investments in the teaching profession.
U.S. News & World Report (11 Aug.) 
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Creating Proficient Readers with Multisensory Literacy
Multisensory approaches to literacy have gained popularity in recent years as educators explore new ways to keep their students engaged. When combined with systematic and explicit instruction, multisensory literacy begins to move learners towards being proficient readers.
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Leadership and Governance
Afghanistan makes education a priority
In the post-Taliban era, Afghanistan has invested heavily in education, and with the help of international support and passion from its citizens, education has become one of the country's biggest successes. This year, 9.5 million children in Afghanistan will attend school -- up from fewer than 900,000 in 2001.
The Diplomat (Japan) (16 Aug.) 
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Taking a Multisensory Approach to K-5 Reading
Elementary school is a crucial time of growth in the educational journey of children, and strong literacy skills are a key facet of that journey. Using a multisensory approach to K-5 reading can lay a foundation for reading proficiency that lasts a lifetime. Learn how!
Is virtual reality the future of education?
Is virtual reality the future of education?
Developers in China are working on adaptive, computer-based teaching that some say could be the future of education. Such virtual-reality classrooms, which have gained more acceptance in Asia, would use technology to determine whether a student is drifting off or uninterested and could even change the instructor's gender to match cultural preferences.
Bloomberg (09 Aug.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
How schools can connect virtual reality, games to curricula
The popularity of "Pokemon Go" carries lessons for the classroom, suggest Amber McLeod and Kelly Carabott, both of Monash University in Australia. They encourage educators to keep an open mind about apps and games, including "Pokemon Go," and share how they can connect with curricula.
The Conversation (Australia) (14 Aug.) 
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With more and more demand internationally for higher education, ECIS can help you to understand how the growing international schools sector can impact your admission pipeline, as well as how you might make better matches with your institution. For more information and to apply for membership online, please visit our website.
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