Teachers at a primary school in Northern Ireland are using the popular fidget spinner toy to teach lessons in maths and English. Among other things, students held debates on the merits of the spinners and used maths to determine whose spinner would spin the longest.
Two French students used a pressure cooker, copper tubing and a pan of water to create their own geyser and developed maths equations to explain how the water spouts erupt. The teenagers say they hope their model, presented recently at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, can be used to predict geyser eruptions.
It is common for international education partnerships to be driven by power differences in which education in developing countries is seen as lagging, asserts author Jennifer Klein. In this blog post, she shares several ways countries can adopt an "asset-based" mindset in which they are working "from and with" each other.
There are more than 8,000 international schools worldwide -- up from about 1,000 English-language international schools two decades ago, according to data from ISC Research. Bruce McWilliams, the executive vice president of International School Services, says the growth is driven by interest in English-based education worldwide.
Teachers and parents have a new tool from Google to help students learn about online safety and digital citizenry. Google's recently announced "Be Internet Awesome" programme includes educational resources such as an online game called Interland, which educators who helped test the game say resonated well with students.
A business school in Paris is using an artificial-intelligence platform called Nestor to see if students are paying attention when they watch video lectures. The platform, which uses facial-recognition technology and the user's webcam to monitor movement and expression, sends an alert to the student's screen if his or her attention wanes.
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