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20 August 2014
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Schools in Australia consider later start to benefit students
Several schools in Australia are adjusting their schedules or giving students a choice in start times because of concerns that students are waking up too early for school and not getting enough sleep. Officials say that students need about 10 hours of sleep each night to reap maximum benefits. Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia) (tiered subscription model) (19 Aug.)
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Japan showcases efforts to improve students' health
Delegates from developing countries recently visited schools in Japan, where they were most interested in efforts to promote students' health -- an area that Japanese schools take great interest in. Visitors toured infirmaries, met nurses and learned about data collected about students' body measurements. The Japan Times (15 Aug.)
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Professional Development
In-house PD programme launched in Australian independent school
An independent all-girls school in Australia has implemented a new initiative that lets teachers use 20% of their teaching time to participate in structured professional development focused on integrating technology into classroom lessons. Teachers apply for the yearlong programme, which is operated in-house. EducationHQ/Australian Teacher Magazine (19 Aug.)
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Leadership and Governance
Head teachers in England push rival league table
The Association of School and College Leaders and the National Association of Head Teachers in England are joining with other groups to promote a new league table designed to compete with current school league tables. Officials said the new table takes more factors into account and avoids the "artificial filters" that are common in the current system. The Guardian (London) (12 Aug.)
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Can digital distractions be controlled in the classroom?
A man uses a smartphone in New York City
(Mike Segar/Reuters)
Technology has various academic uses in the classroom, but educators and experts say it also can be distracting for students. In this article, Kyle Albert, a researcher and writer specialising in the integration between technology and education, writes about several ways teachers can help control such distractions, such as setting clear guidelines and keeping students' attention with engaging lessons. eSchool News (free registration) (14 Aug.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
Report: More secondary schools are offering Latin in England
New data show that about 600 state secondary schools in England are offering Latin -- up from about 100 a decade ago -- thanks to online courses and new digital materials. However, many Latin teachers are concerned with proposed GCSE curriculum changes that could put unrealistic expectations on students going forward. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (18 Aug.)
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Cross culture workshop taking place in London in October
Crossing Cultures with Competence, a workshop that will focus on how to explain core cultural differences in attitudes and values will take place 1-2 Oct. in London. Learn how to help others understand the family and individual challenges they face when moving to a new country. The training is designed for people who already have significant intercultural backgrounds of some nature, including: teachers, school counselors, relocation professionals, mental health professionals and human resources managers. For more information, please see our website.
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