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12 August 2015
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Report shows rise in language learning among Scottish students
Data show more students in Scotland are studying a foreign language at a higher level, a reversal of a trend showing a decline in the number of language students, according to a Scottish Qualifications Authority report. Entries in French have risen 10% and 28% in Spanish. The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland) (09 Aug.)
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New Zealand schools find success with trade programmes
Some schools in New Zealand are offering students opportunities to enrol in trade academies. Officials from one college partner says the programmes, which are designed with industry in mind, are helping with student retention. "They're staying longer because they're more engaged," said Tamaki College's deputy principal, Russel Dunn. Stuff (New Zealand) (11 Aug.)
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Why school leaders should sweat the "small stuff"
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Sweating the "small stuff," such as learning students' names and visiting with teachers, is important for school leaders, school administrator George Couros suggests in this blog post. "Going out of your way to talk to a student, might seem 'small' to you, but it could be a world of difference to a student that day," Couros writes. Connected Principals blog (07 Aug.)
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Leadership and Governance
Study: Lack of Chinese-language skills hurts Hong Kong students
Ethnic minority students in Hong Kong who do not speak or write Chinese are at a disadvantage when it comes to higher education and jobs, according to a recent study. The study by Hong Kong Unison cites a lack of Chinese-language courses in primary and secondary schools for the gap. South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (free registration) (11 Aug.)
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Can calculators extend maths lessons?
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Calculators have yet to be used to their full potential in maths classes, Jeanne Carroll, a senior lecturer at the College of Education at Victoria University in Australia, writes in this commentary. She explores research around the use of calculators and gives examples of how calculators can deepen maths understanding. The Conversation (Australia) (09 Aug.)
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Educator: Digital citizenship lessons should start early
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Teaching students about online behaviour and etiquette should start early, writes Cory Hurst, who teaches middle-school history at iCademy Middle East. In this blog post, he shares four tips and four Web resources to support lessons about digital citizenship. "Through proper education and oversight of online activity, we can help ensure that our students use the Web in fun, safe, and productive ways," he writes. T.H.E. Journal (04 Aug.)
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