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Finland's education ambassador spreads the word

Finland's education ambassador spreads the word | H812 | Scoop.it
Finland's former chief inspector is no longer needed – except as a global spokesman for Finnish success, as Peter Wilby discovers
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We've tried re-inventing the wheel and it doesn't work....let's copy Finland instead.

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Educational inequality: look beyond the classroom - Telegraph.co.uk

Educational inequality: look beyond the classroom - Telegraph.co.uk | H812 | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Educational inequality: look beyond the classroom Telegraph.co.uk Add to this the implications for our economy – with research to suggest that the gap in educational attainment between rich and poor costs the UK £1.3 trillion a year...
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There's a helping hand for youngsters who might otherwise slip through the nte when it comes to educational opportunity

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Parents warned over the use of 'educational' mobile apps - Yahoo!7 News

Parents warned over the use of 'educational' mobile apps - Yahoo!7 News | H812 | Scoop.it
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Parents warned over the use of 'educational' mobile apps
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Parents have been warned by an expert that some mobile apps that claim to help children learn have little educational benefit.
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Don't throw out your books! Maybe the future is not digital after all......

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3 Greatest Myths about Owning a Business

3 Greatest Myths about Owning a Business | H812 | Scoop.it

When I was younger I wanted my own business, but I didn’t know how to begin. Should I buy a franchise, join a multi-level marketing company, or start my own business?

 

I went to seminars, presentations, and sales pitches on selling everything from milk additives to fuel additives, from soap to jewellery.

 

A lot of the presentations were very high-pressured. They were designed to get you to buy, sign, and commit. It was all about selling the dream of a life of leisure; you could live like a king and enjoy life without hard work. You could be different from the average Joe—no longer serving the man but living the dream.

 

Having started and run three successful businesses myself and spoken to hundreds of small business owners I can look back over 35 years and say, “Yep, that was definitely a bunch of crap!”

 

These are the three great myths:


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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So true! Yes, you do have to get real when you think about starting your own business. All those overnight successes you hear about, well, there are very few of them and with hindsight most people's idea of "overnight" tends to foreshorten over time!

 

Read and get real.

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Ben Bishop's curator insight, July 16, 8:14 PM

this is truthful reality, nothing is easy in life, only if you work for it! Business are still necessary though in life and if you are able to manage it, it should be an alright way of income, same with any other job!

I have seen this all in action as most businesses in my town have closed down due to hard times! 

MichaelJDay's curator insight, July 24, 1:46 PM

Truth!

annie garfoot's curator insight, August 8, 9:26 AM

Having started and run three successful businesses myself and spoken to hundreds of small business owners I can look back over 35 years and say, “Yep, that was definitely a bunch of crap!” These are the three great myths...

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Best Social Media Sites for Small Business

Best Social Media Sites for Small Business | H812 | Scoop.it
<<<=== Start & Share Over Here =) I have previously discussed how small businesses can use social media.  In those discussions I strongly emphasized that you should be on these sites to grow your customer base through engagement.  I have now compiled a list of the best …

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Social media, indeed any communications tools have to be congruent with your product or service

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RingCentral's curator insight, July 9, 5:55 PM

#socialmedia #smallbusiness

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Europe's Educational Evolution - Project Syndicate

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Europe's Educational Evolution
Project Syndicate
DUBLIN – Europe is grappling with great challenges – too great for any one country to address.
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Good to note that the EU is investing more heavily in education. Surely its education that promotes all innovation and progress: encouraging that the EU perspective is set correctly for once.

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More than 205 trillion instructional options have not improved education - Examiner.com

More than 205 trillion instructional options have not improved education - Examiner.com | H812 | Scoop.it
More than 205 trillion instructional options have not improved education Examiner.com Education: Why is it that students in Finland and Poland, working on traditional blackboards and living in less affluent communities, are bypassing American...
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This applies also to the UK where the PISA results are closely monitored. This is an obvious target for some evidence-based educational research. I have long suspected that the 'rush to technology' is not the holy grail of our future education. Let us learn from the top performing nations and apply the lessons in the UK - asap.

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Gordon Brown on on upholding the universal right to educational opportunity. - Project Syndicate

Gordon Brown on on upholding the universal right to educational opportunity. - Project Syndicate | H812 | Scoop.it
For far too long, the cause of universal education has taken a back seat to other great international movements for change. Now, for two new reasons, education has returned to its rightful place atop the global policy agenda.
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A basic right still denied for many. Even in the UK today, we have still not achieved equality of educational opportunity for all.

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Genetics outweighs teaching, Gove adviser tells his boss

Genetics outweighs teaching, Gove adviser tells his boss | H812 | Scoop.it
Dominic Cummings' 250-page paper attacks fear of elitism and waste of billions of pounds, and calls for slimmed-down ministry (Gove adviser says 70% of educational performance 'genetic'.
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Another criticism of Gove's policies - too many civil servants and not enough good teachers

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We're in danger of becoming a nation of educational slackers - MiamiHerald.com

We're in danger of becoming a nation of educational slackers - MiamiHerald.com | H812 | Scoop.it
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We're in danger of becoming a nation of educational slackers
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Educational policy has a strong bearing on the country-to-country differences in the standings.
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Its not only the UK that is falling behind on international educational measures

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The 10 Biggest Educational Trends (And What Tea...

The 10 Biggest Educational Trends (And What Tea... | H812 | Scoop.it
Do you know the ten biggest educational trends making the rounds today? What about how teachers feel about each?
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There is a plethora of innovative teaching methods and tools currently being unleashed. All of them look interesting, but not all of them will ultimately prove to be either successful or make effective improvements in educational practice. No matter what the mode of delivery or educational tool, we should remember that without passionate and compassionate teachers, no educational method will be successful

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British white boys risk becoming an 'educational underclass' - Pandagon

British white boys risk becoming an 'educational underclass' - Pandagon | H812 | Scoop.it
British white boys risk becoming an 'educational underclass' Pandagon The report, called Requires Improvement, has been drawn up by a working group of educational experts chaired by Sir Robin Bosher of the Harris Federation of Academies and a...
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This is a serious issue. If we don't produce some effective interventions very soon our society will become increasingly, perhaps dangerously, polarised

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Fatal Attraction: America’s Suicidal Quest for Educational Excellence

Fatal Attraction: America’s Suicidal Quest for Educational Excellence | H812 | Scoop.it
RT @mesterman: Educators! Read this via @YongZhaoUO & @BruceLeeTeacher http://t.co/HRBwMPUDBh @largerama @LeanneCameron @SimonBreakspear @E…
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China is not the model to follow in educational practices: beware those bearing "benefits" of ever-improving examination scores..........

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China's Education Gap - New York Times

China's Education Gap - New York Times | H812 | Scoop.it
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China's Education Gap
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BEIJING — Every September, the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities, dubbed the Harvard and M.I.T.
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It looks bad, and for more information on the inequalities in China read this very interesting book on the subject:

The End of the Chinese Dream

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Keep Calm and Doodle On - Engaging Science — NOVA Next | PBS

Keep Calm and Doodle On - Engaging Science — NOVA Next | PBS | H812 | Scoop.it
Recent psychological research has found that doodling in class could actually benefit students' attention, memory, and learning. (Encouraging students to doodle may actually increase their interest in educational subject matter.
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This is good, it's confirmation of what other creatives and  thinkers have been saying for years.

 

Take a look at Orbiting the Giant Hairball where Gordon MacKenzie has written on this topic - long live the creative thinkers, we need them today more than ever before.

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10 Traits Business Owners Need to Succeed

10 Traits Business Owners Need to Succeed | H812 | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

E. E. Cummings

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Venkatesh Balakumar's curator insight, July 5, 5:30 AM

Additionally, regular exercises definitely  add to keep up these ten habits 

Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, July 5, 10:58 PM

PDGMan

MichaelJDay's curator insight, July 25, 5:46 AM

These look like obvious fundamentals but we must *do these* to help bring us to some level of success that we aspire to.

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This much I know about…why educational research matters more than ever

This much I know about…why educational research matters more than ever | H812 | Scoop.it
I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about why educational research matters more than ever. It's OK to be unsure about what you thi...
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This is so true. Approaches to education are constantly changing: we know there is no one magic answer to effective teaching. This is why we must constantly reflect on our practice and ask ourselves "What have I done today that will make a real difference to my students?" If you're struggling to answer that one, then you need to to become more reflective and search out some answers - now.  

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3. What is educational research

This is the third film and it provides you with an explanation of the different types of educational research.
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Not greatly inspiring but does cover the key essential of educational research

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Going ballistic over education - Financial Times

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Going ballistic over education
Financial Times
But one issue that unites everyone – whether from the Tea Party, the White House or Planet Zarg – is the idea that America needs better education.
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Analysts urge educational system reform, as Italian youth trail behind for ... - Xinhua

Analysts urge educational system reform, as Italian youth trail behind for ... - Xinhua | H812 | Scoop.it
Analysts urge educational system reform, as Italian youth trail behind for ...
Xinhua
ROME, Oct.
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Italy also trails behind

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Transforming GCSE rankings is an educational breakthrough - The Guardian

Transforming GCSE rankings is an educational breakthrough - The Guardian | H812 | Scoop.it
The Guardian Transforming GCSE rankings is an educational breakthrough The Guardian Following a lengthy process of consideration – and sustained lobbying from the education select committee – the Department for Education has confirmed there will be...
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A more realistic way of measuring performance improvement in schools.

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Higher education is in an expensive muddle with too many useless degrees - Telegraph.co.uk

Higher education is in an expensive muddle with too many useless degrees - Telegraph.co.uk | H812 | Scoop.it
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Higher education is in an expensive muddle with too many useless degrees
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I have found myself reflecting on higher education. This isn't just idle speculation.
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To some extent I agree with Roger Bootle, some higher education institutions do offer degrees of questionable value. I would disagree when he says that higher education has been largely free from market intervention. Surely we have witnessed situations such as the shortage of computing engineers some years ago. The "shortage" was met with an influx of students studying the subject. When these students graduated, the shortage was filled, but probably over-filled, to the extent that many of the computer engineers could not find employment in their discipline. To this extent market interventions are a rather blunt instrument with which to micro-manage the burgeoning higher education sector.

 

In my own area of business education, I believe that there is a way forward. Being an applied area of study, some business schools are combining academic study of business with real-world experience. Exponents of this are theOpenUniversityBusinessSchoolwhich has close links to various areas of commerce and business activity. Another exponent of blending the practical with the academic is the business guru Henry Mintzberg. In his 2004 book, Managers not MBA’s, Mintzberg posited that the business of managing cannot be learned just from the classroom. Potential managers had to get their hands dirty in the “world of business”  Mintzberg has collaborated with some business schools and introduced a practice-based qualification the International Masters in Practising Management (IMPM): the Lancaster University Management School is involved in this programme.

 

No one seems to talk today of what we used to call “sandwich courses” where the student would move between the world of commerce and the world of academe quite smoothly. Of course ties do exist between academic and practical learning, but should we be extending these links and deepening them? I believe we should. This should be placed high on the education and political agenda. Perhaps some of the energy and activity akin to “musical chairs” constantly surrounding GCSE and “A” level exams should be diverted to an examination of how we can make higher education more relevant to how we live in the 21st century. I would stress though that any tendency to denigrate learning to the level of a commodity, more akin to training than education, should be fought fiercely.

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If Social Media Were A Cheeseburger

If Social Media Were A Cheeseburger | H812 | Scoop.it

Includes 7 Key Social Media Strategies & 50 Ways To Get Started With Social Media!


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Glenn Daniels's curator insight, January 12, 2013 11:51 AM

Learn, Learn, Learn and then start all over again

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