Interest week in education for the third week of January 2014.
A small Scottish charity partners to fund Arabic textbooks to schools that 'timeshare' their facilities and teachers, enabling refugees in Syria to gain an education. A moving initiative that will save children from child labour exploitation and protects their own culture by providing the books in their own language.
In the USA a Republican (Sally Kern) proposed a bill, aiming to protect schools, that would make it illegal and punishable by law for any child to bring to school food in the shape of a gun, wear any clothing that showed a gun or bring a plastic or wooden toy to school that looked like a gun. Huff Post has more.
Ben Johnson gave a great description of the WILD HOG Question Method and how students can be stretched, in terms of their thinking and responses. Ben also users the term "Learning Engineer" and we love it! While New Zealand Prime Minister John Key promises to reward teachers financially if they grow student success.
Education Next discusses the potential for tests to hurt student-choice while Edutopia provide a large list of assistive technologies via their Pinterest account - great idea and very engaging. The New York Times provides a snapshot of the impact of screen-time on educational achievement and refutes the belief many parents have that screen time is mostly educational in some sort of way:
"The survey said lower-income families reported that their children spent more time with educational programming on screen than middle-income and higher-income families did. Families earning less than $25,000 said 57 percent of their children’s screen time was educational, while families earning $50,000 to $99,000 said it was 38 percent.
Michael H. Levine, the executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, said that particularly for the most vulnerable children who might falter in their academic careers, “we need to have a better balance in the way these media are used.”
This has been an interesting week for GET.
We have had the respected educator Neale Pitches provide an article to GET and Jeff Johnstone survived the many floods in Indonesia.
We also saw at least one state in America try to distance itself from the Common Core controversy by simply renaming the new system. It didn't convince many that something new was afoot.
Australians thought their schools were getting taken over by Gaia worship and moved to ensure the separation of church and schools, as those in the US call it.
The Times of India reports that there is no country-wide quality mechanism for Indian public schools and the nation is in shock at the results for learners - with a population of over 1. Billion. The report includes:
"Firstly, till date there was no dedicated mechanism for ensuring quality education in our schools. Now we are going to appoint area education officer, who will monitor at least 50 schools and keep vigil and work dedicatedly to ensure quality education in schools." More here.
Michelle Obama tells the Washington Post that her experience and background can motivate more to stay in school, set high goals and experience success.
Apple Computer gives away gift cards for its own online stores to entice Australian and New Zealand schools to buy Mac products while one school in the middle of NZ turns off their WIFI "after a survey of parents revealed concerns about radiation exposure."
Finally, In Indonesia's students are happy but failing, says a report by the OECD. It says the emphasis on rote learning "cannot bridge the gap between their knowledge and its practical implementation".
We complete with an older but fantastic animation based on Sir Ken Robinson's views. We love this talk and the animation that accompanies it to challenge our notions of what education means and what is does for us.
"This is what I believe is the essence of school leadership for the 21st century"
This is a post shared with permission by Jeff, from his School Leadership for the 21st Century blog.
Jeff was principal at Willow Park School in Auckland up until August 2013. He is now the Education Director at the Asia NZ Foundation
Hybrid Pedagogy places digital tools within both established and evolving teaching practice. A recent article lists a number of online tools, gives a primer on their use and explains those terms that are thrown around in smart-people conversations that are often confusing for the rest of us.
A Primer for EdTech: Tools for K-12 and Higher Ed. Teachers - Michelle Kassorla (@drkassorla) is an Assistant Professor of English at Atlanta Metro State College
Globaledtalk.com is a contribution platform for educators, published by Craig T. Hansen