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.”
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