Students in Australia travel back in time for history lessons | How countries worldwide engage students in science | Educator: Hong Kong should make maths lessons relevant, fun
22 July 2015
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Learning and Teaching
Students in Australia travel back in time for history lessons
A primary school in Australia allows students to travel in time to a room that models what education was like a century ago. The simulated time travel, part of history lessons, includes artifacts, such as tablets and uniforms. EducationHQ (15 Jul.)
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How countries worldwide engage students in science
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Some countries are engaging students -- from kindergarten to university -- in science lessons in innovative ways. This article highlights several programmes, including one in Germany in which young students focus on inquiry about natural elements and everyday objects. Nature (free content) (15 Jul.)
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Professional Development
UK teachers receive some training in Holland
The Britannia Teaching School Alliance for the first time this year launched a training programme for student-teachers that includes international placement with a teacher-training programme in Holland. One educator said the programme was a good fit because of the amount of time spent in the classroom. The Sentinel (U.K.) (21 Jul.)
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Leadership and Governance
How European, US language-learning requirements differ
Most European countries require students as young as 6 to learn a foreign language, according to the Pew Research Center. However, this is not the case in the US, where there is no national language requirement. Quartz (14 Jul.)
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Data: Fewer students in Australia studying STEM subjects
Fewer students in Australia are studying science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, according to data from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Educators teaching "out-of-field" subjects may be contributing to this trend, said Paul Weldon, Australian Council for Educational Research's senior research fellow. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (21 Jul.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
UK schools use app to engage parents in education
Fourteen schools in the UK are using the MarvellousMe mobile application to share students' daily work with parents. Educators say the app is intended to help to engage parents in students' education. Birmingham Mail (U.K.) (21 Jul.)
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Global Access Membership
This year we are also offering a new membership category -- Global Access Membership aimed at start-up/early stage international schools not yet accredited, and state and independent schools offering an international programme or an internationally oriented curriculum. The membership category offers these schools an opportunity to connect with the international school network and build their capacity. Global Access Membership allows schools worldwide to join the ECIS network and enhance the network.
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International Teacher Certificate now in Istanbul
The ECIS International Teacher Certificate has been developed to offer a high-level continuing professional development opportunity for experienced teachers. It is based on five standards developed by ECIS that are applicable to international teachers in any type of school, at any age level, any location and any curriculum. We are pleased to announce we have an institute taking place in Istanbul and applications must be made by 5 August 2015.
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