Finland aims to get more students moving during the day | Japan opens center to research active-learning method | Students in Ireland study ideal conditions for learning
14 January 2015
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Finland aims to get more students moving during the day
Hundreds of schools in Finland have adopted "Finnish Schools on the Move," which seeks to keep students moving more throughout the day. A recent pilot programme found that, of those participating, about half of elementary-school students and one-third of middle-school students saw an increase in movement. The Atlantic online (09 Jan.)
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Japan opens center to research active-learning method
Educators in Japan are preparing to research and develop strategies to engage students in "active learning" -- a process that encourages the use of problem-solving skills. A team of about 10 educators will be tapped to work at the center. The Mainichi (Japan) (08 Jan.)
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Ireland credits improved teacher training, resources for exam results
Officials in Ireland are citing additional resources for schools and a greater focus on teacher training for encouraging results from primary-school exams in maths and literacy. The Irish Times (Dublin) (13 Jan.)
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Leadership and Governance
Latin American countries explore new programmes to enhance education
Latin American countries are under pressure to improve their education systems as they seek to also improve their economies and workforce. Among other initiatives, programmes similar to Teach for America in the US are being implemented in Mexico and other countries, and a chain of low-cost private schools focused on technology integration has opened in Peru. The Christian Science Monitor (11 Jan.)
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South Africa pilot programme launches digital transition in schools
Five schools in Gauteng, South Africa, are launching the country's "Big Switch On," a pilot programme that provides students with technology and tools to support new ways of learning. Officials say the programme is the first step in South Africa's goal of going paperless in schools, and there are plans to expand broadband access in the future. (South Africa) (13 Jan.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
UK schools embrace technology in remodelled libraries
Several schools in the UK have embraced technology, remaking traditional libraries to better reflect how students learn. This article features one academy, which saw book loans rise by 400% since remodelling its library in 2013. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (08 Jan.)
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