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08 July 2015
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Swiss schools enhance lessons with language exchanges
In Switzerland, a French-speaking school and a German-speaking school recently coordinated a meeting so students could practice their language skills. The program is part of a national initiative to increase the use of such exchanges. SwissInfo (06 Jul.)
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How should schools in Canada teach maths?
As maths achievement continues to decline in Canada, some educators are finding hope in a new, discovery-based approach they say is having positive effects on student achievement. Others, however, cite evidence that more traditional lectures and maths drills are more effective. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (02 Jul.)
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New Zealand focuses on training teachers in ed tech
About 14% of teachers in New Zealand say they are properly prepared to use digital devices in the classroom, according to a recent survey conducted by the government. Now, the Education Council is focused on providing additional training and opportunities for teachers to "up-skill". 3 News (New Zealand) (04 Jul.)
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Leadership and Governance
Hong Kong could reduce classes amid dwindling enrolment
A decline of new students in Hong Kong has resulted in the elimination of 41 Form One classes nationwide. Officials say that number could change over the summer. Last year an initial cut of 47 classes was reduced to 18. South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (free registration) (07 Jul.)
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Turkey grants teachers oversight of social media use
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Turkey has banned the use of social media in high schools nationwide if students do not have permission from a teacher. The ban also covers posting photos and video taken inside of schools. Hurriyet (Turkey) (02 Jul.)
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Report debunks 7 mobile learning myths
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Mobile learning does not have to be "on the go" and does not have to take place on mobile phones, according to researchers at the University of South Africa, Pretoria. In a recent report, they seek to debunk those and five other myths about mobile learning. eCampus News (free registration) (06 Jul.)
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