Blended learning gains momentum in India | German school features toy-free programme | Lack of sleep tied to academic problems in UK youths
05 April 2017
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Blended learning gains momentum in India
Blended learning gains momentum in India
A number of educators and experts believe that blended learning has huge potential in India, which struggles to meet its educational needs and recruit enough qualified teachers. The blended-learning push comes as officials are increasingly concerned about the state of educational standards in the country.
The Hechinger Report (29 Mar.) 
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German school features toy-free programme
A nonprofit organisation in Germany is supporting a toy-free kindergarten project. The programme requires that all toys be removed from classrooms for three months, while students develop their own ideas, interact socially, and learn to cope with their own boredom and frustration without toys.
The Atlantic online (28 Mar.) 
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The Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership provides current and aspiring preK-12 system-level leaders with the knowledge, skills, and tools to improve their own leadership and effect meaningful systemic improvement. Modules begin May and September 2017.
Professional Development
Encouragement boosts positive outcomes, study finds
Students who feel encouraged by their teachers may be more likely to continue their education after high school, according to a study of 4,300 students in England. Researchers found that the positive effects were greater among students with average grades and parents with limited education.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (31 Mar.) 
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Creating Proficient Readers with Multisensory Literacy
Multisensory approaches to literacy have gained popularity in recent years as educators explore new ways to keep their students engaged. When combined with systematic and explicit instruction, multisensory literacy begins to move learners towards being proficient readers.
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Leadership and Governance
Mexico border cities work to meet needs of students from US
School officials in Tijuana, Mexico, have developed an educational programme for students returning from the US. Educators say such students may not be fluent in Spanish, so the programme allows students to speak English and receive one-on-one tutoring.
National Public Radio (03 Apr.) 
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Taking a Multisensory Approach to K-5 Reading
Elementary school is a crucial time of growth in the educational journey of children, and strong literacy skills are a key facet of that journey. Using a multisensory approach to K-5 reading can lay a foundation for reading proficiency that lasts a lifetime. Learn how!
Can social media data predict academic declines?
Can social-media data predict academic declines?
Officials in England are discussing a program in which data from the Facebook accounts of students and their parents could be used to predict performance. Officials say their review would be restricted to open online forums of individuals and groups on social media.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (31 Mar.) 
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Give Your Teachers the Support They Need
As students return to their schools, keeping them engaged whether at home or in the classroom is crucial. Teachers understand this, but need support and guidance to integrate the digital experience more seamlessly with the class activities they have planned. Download this SmartFocus and learn how to best help your teachers!
Interest Area Spotlight
"Curriculum intensification" may not encourage women in STEM
Requiring more maths and science courses in high school, sometimes known as "curriculum intensification," may undercut female students' confidence in their skills, according to a study in the Journal of Educational Psychology. Researchers found that the approach yields gains for male and female students, but fewer female students than males then enrolled in maths classes at a university.
United Press International (28 Mar.) 
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A nine-month teacher preparation programme for current/prospective teachers, not restricted to US citizens, resulting in a US teaching licence:
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It's here! Check out the interactive SmartReport on STEM
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