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BBC News - Do children need to learn to code? - 0 views

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    "From September 2014, a change to the curriculum means the study of computing - and specifically coding - will be mandatory across all state primary and secondary schools in England.

    The government has announced that 2014 will be its 'Year of Code', as it attempts to tackle a skills shortage in an increasingly digital world.

    But are teachers ready for the move and how will they engage pupils with the subject?"
John Evans

BBC News - Brain scientists to work with schools on how to learn - 3 views

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    "Brain scientists to work with schools on how to learn"
John Evans

Self-regulation technique helps students focus in class - Canada - CBC News - 6 views

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    "At Cindrich elementary school in Surrey, B.C., 10-year-old boys are putting themselves to bed earlier, an enthusiastic girl in Grade 6 takes herself for a run when she's feeling hyper, and a diminutive boy who is still learning English tells his teacher he will do better work if he sits on a special cushion.

    It is all part of self-regulation, a philosophy of education that is moving into public schools in British Columbia."
John Evans

Searching Google for contemporaneous news - @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch - 2 views

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    "I still miss that beautiful visual presentation, but you can still use Google News to search contemporaneous news.

    Contemporaneous news offers students unfiltered, personal connection to the past and forces them to wrestle with issues of bias and historical perspective.

    Contemporaneous news focuses a media literacy lens on how news is/was reported.

    How many different ways is the same story reported? How does the story evolve over the course of days, weeks, years? How do stories reported at the time differ from the way a story is reported with the benefit of hindsight or without the homongenization of textbook coverage?

    We can engage learners in considering why a story is placed where it is placed in a newspaper, why a particular headline was crafted, how our language has shifted, and why search terms may be time-contextual. (For instance, why searches for World War I, African Americans, the Holocaust, might not be effective in contemporaneous sources.)"
John Evans

Using Google News to Uncover Primary Source Documents | Creating Lifelong Learners - 7 views

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    "This is a cool tool for finding archived newspapers from at least one hundred years ago via a Google news search. Particularly, as examining primary source documents can be an effective component of Common Core instruction, I hope you'll find this useful. "
John Evans

BBC News - Coding in class - teachers told to take a back seat - 0 views

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    "The pupils use the Scratch tool, developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which gives them them ready-made lines of code that they put together to make games and movies. The aim is that eventually they will begin to adapt the code and eventually write their own.

    They have been learning coding in their citizenship lessons with teacher Juliet Heppell. She says you don't need to be a computing expert to get children started on the path to becoming confident computer coders.

    "I am self-taught. I can do some very basic things, but beyond that I just know where to send them to learn more," she says. "
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