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Schools and Colleges Try Virtual Reality Science Labs. But Can VR Replace a Cadaver? | ... - 1 views

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    "When Case Western Reserve University launches a new health education campus with the Cleveland Clinic next year, one feature will be conspicuously absent. There will be no place for cadavers.

    The school plans to replace the usual anatomy labs with a new series of hands-on experiences, including a virtual-reality simulation."
John Evans

From Fortnite to the classroom: the 'floss' dance craze sweeping schools | Tes News - 1 views

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    "Fidget spinners, dabbing, bottle flipping… teachers can find it hard to keep up with every new fad, so here's the low down on the floss dance and how to deal with it in your classroom."
John Evans

Why primary schools need to embrace picture books | News - 0 views

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    "I love picture books. I would go as far as to say I am obsessed by them. And because of that - because I use them all the time in my teaching and rave about them in our school - I know something that those schools less keen on picture books do not: they are an absolutely essential tool for boosting literacy. 

    But let's clarify what I mean by picture books. I'm talking about books where the art and the words work together to create meaning so that, without either, the story is nonsensical."
John Evans

Can creativity be taught? | eSchool News - 2 views

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    "As we look at future jobs and technological advancements, having creativity is essential in the workplace. Robots and AI will be able to handle many tasks, even replacing some types of jobs, but we will still need creative thinkers and designers to move ahead globally. As educators, how do we ensure that students learn this skill in our curriculums? Can creativity be taught? Why are some people more creative than others? If you tell students to be creative, do they even know what it means or where to begin?"
John Evans

Schools around the world are now teaching kids to spot fake news - 1 views

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    "Do students need to learn about fake news? And more generally, should they learn how news is created and how to evaluate its credibility?

    Thousands of schools all over the world believe the answer is yes."
John Evans

Why Chinese children are better at math than Americans - Business Insider - 1 views

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    "For the most part, American children aren't great at math.

    But Chinese children tend to be excellent.

    Testing half a million students worldwide, the Program for International Student Assessment is one of the most widely cited measurements of global education, and it's consistently found Chinese students at the top of the academic pile ... and Americans much nearer the bottom. Some experts argue that the PISA assessment, like any standardized tests, primarily measures a student's ability to take the test, not their knowledge, but hardly anyone disputes that the American education has some work to do when it comes to math. 

    In Lenora Chu's new book "Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve," she begins to unearth the cultural differences that lead to this gap - and it's not just about what happens at school."
John Evans

Bullying is still rife in schools. Here's how teachers can tackle it | Teacher Network ... - 2 views

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    "Many people will know what it feels like to be bullied. Despite a wealth of research and well-meaning interventions at a local level, bullying is still a common problem in UK schools (pdf) - and associated with depression, anxiety and even suicide."
John Evans

The Future of Coding in Schools | Edutopia - 1 views

  • Very few people grow up to be professional writers, but we teach everyone to write because it’s a way of communicating with others—of organizing your thoughts and expressing your ideas. I think the reasons for learning to code are the same as the reasons for learning to write. When we learn to write, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas. And when we learn to code, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas in new ways, in a new medium.
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    "Mitch Resnick, one of the creators of Scratch, on why he thinks coding should be taught in all schools-it's not the reason you'd expect."
John Evans

The Library Voice: Community Coloring & Creating.....It's All The Rage In Libraries, Sc... - 2 views

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    "This week Naomi Gelfand, who is a teacher librarian in Washington DC shared such a fun idea with all of us on her Facebook page.

    In her library, she created a Coloring Table with a giant coloring sheet on it, a lot like the coloring books that are all the rage right now.  "
John Evans

How AI and Eye Tracking Could Soon Help Schools Screen for Dyslexia | EdSurge News - 0 views

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    "In an era of breakneck change and tech innovation, evaluating dyslexia in young students looks much the same today as it has in the past: A struggling reader's parents and teachers might sit down, gather information and assess the child on their strengths and weaknesses to determine a diagnosis and appropriate interventions.

    Often this is done via paper tests-despite the growing usage of predictive analytics in schools, where there are seemingly as many data dashboards as students in a classroom. All that's to say, it seems like an industry almost too tempting for deep-pocketed tech investors and an ambitious startup with an eye on using machine learning to trim the fat.

    "Today's methods are quite cumbersome," explains Frederik Wetterhall, the CEO and co-founder of Lexplore, a company that has devised a dyslexia screening tool that pairs eye tracking cameras with AI and algorithms. "With paper- and pen-based tests, it's quite hard to read the results and takes a lot of time. [Educators] ask, 'Who are the kids we think have difficulties?' and they miss a lot of kids.""
John Evans

New book! Different Schools for a Different World | @mcleod | Dangerously Irrelevant - 2 views

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    "As some of you may have realized by now, Dean Shareski and I have a new book out. Titled Different Schools for a Different World, it describes 6 key relevancy gaps between today's schools and what students and society need from them:"
John Evans

Sir Ken Robinson on how schools are stifling students' creativity - The Globe and Mail - 0 views

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    "While many Canadian educators struggle to find the solution to students' declining math scores, there's one expert who says we may be looking at the problem the wrong way. Sir Ken Robinson - education guru, author and adviser - says relentless testing and the push for standardized scores are destroying students' imagination and talent. He argues that schools are stifling instead of nurturing kids' creativity.

    Sir Ken's 2006 TED talk, How Schools Kill Creativity, has had 47 million views and become one of the most popular talks in history. He was in Montreal this week for the Einstein Youth Forum, and sat down for an interview with The Globe and Mail."
John Evans

Coding and Computational Thinking In Schools | - 4 views

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    "Coding or computer programming in schools is becoming a big push in schools around the world. Political leaders have been looking at statistics and realised that technology fields will employ a growing number of citizens in the future."
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