UAE schools focus on literacy | Study explores language switching in the brain | Why is Mandarin immersion so popular in US?
12 September 2018
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Learning and Teaching
UAE schools focus on literacy
UAE schools focus on literacy
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Schools in the United Arab Emirates are adding courses and focusing more on reading skills. Fiona Redding, a librarian at one community school, says students this year will be taught research skills, including how to find information and determine whether it is relevant to what they are researching.
Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates) (10 Sep.) 
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Study explores language switching in the brain
Study explores language switching in the brain
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The brains of bilingual people turn off one language system before turning on the second one when they change languages, according to a recently published study. Researchers studied the brain activity of people who are fluent in English and American Sign Language to measure how much effort was involved as they used the two languages.
Newsweek (10 Sep.) 
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Professional Development
Teachers in Canada learn about coding
Some educators in Canada are planning to learn about computer coding by attending a daylong workshop called Teachers Learning Code. The programme was developed by Canada Learning Code and is designed to help teachers integrate coding into their lesson plans, says Carolyn Van, the organisation's director of programme design.
The Toronto Star (09 Sep.) 
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Leadership and Governance
UNICEF: Half of 13- to 15-year-olds experience peer violence at school
Nearly 50% of teens ages 13 to 15, or 150 million adolescents around the world, said they experienced peer violence in and around school, according to a UNICEF report. The report also showed that about 720 million school-age youths live in countries that don't completely prohibit corporal punishment at school, while the total cost of all violence against children was estimated at $7 trillion.
CNN (05 Sep.) 
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Technology
Study: Video games could improve maths scores
Study: Video games could improve maths scores
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Boys who play multiplayer online games might be getting a maths boost from the activity, according to a study by researchers at the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia. Researchers found a potential link between male teenagers' maths scores and daily gaming.
Georgia Straight (Vancouver, British Columbia) (10 Sep.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Study links early language exposure to better IQ, language outcomes later
Researchers found that the frequency of children's conversational turn-taking at ages 18 months to 24 months accounted for 14% of the variance in IQ scores and 27% of the variance in Verbal Comprehension Index scores at ages 9 to 13, after adjusting for socioeconomic status. The findings in Pediatrics also showed that adult word count was linked to IQ and language skills, but the association weakened after controlling for socioeconomic status.
2 Minute Medicine (10 Sep.) 
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