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Obama promotes preschool education in Georgia visit

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President Obama on Thursday called for high-quality preschool programs for "every child in America," although he included no details on how to pay for it.

"I propose working with states like Georgia to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America, every child in America," he said after visiting an early childhood learning center in this Atlanta suburb.

 

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Why Is American Teaching So Bad? by Jonathan Zimmerman | The New York Review of Books

Why Is American Teaching So Bad? by Jonathan Zimmerman | The New York Review of Books | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

In this article, Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of Education and History at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at NYU, reviewes three books on American teaching: The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein; Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone) by Elizabeth Green; and, Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher by Garret Keizer.



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Two foster joeys meet for the first time [Video]

Two foster joeys meet for the first time [Video] | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Daintree Wonder Tours’ orphaned agile wallabies (Gough and Salvador) meet for the first time. Very cute!


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How Fingerprint is taking its kids' 'mobile edutainment' platform worldwide (interview) - Masters and PhDs

How Fingerprint is taking its kids' 'mobile edutainment' platform worldwide (interview) - Masters and PhDs | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Nancy MacIntyre has been flying around the globe sealing partnerships for Fingerprint Digital, which has created a platform on smartphones and tablets for educational games. That’s her thanks for addressing a tough problem: How to raise the spotlight for educational mobile games.

Discovery is the hardest problem for educational game creators to figure out (and that applies to anyone making games). With so many out there, it’s hard to stand out. But Fingerprint’s platform on mobile devices is akin to an app store for educational games. It stands out for parents as a way to sort through a bunch of educational titles.


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Education Administration PhD - Masters and PhDs

Education Administration PhD - Masters and PhDs | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

In the US, educational administration is often taken to include both management and leadership, whereas in the UK it is taken to be a separate activity – usually supportive of management and leadership. An education administration PhD will help you to progress your career in school or college management and administration. This page provides information on what is studied in these education degrees and where you can study them online.

 



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Why I'm grateful to be a teacher in this generation

Why I'm grateful to be a teacher in this generation | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Some people refer fondly to how teaching used to be as opposed to teaching today. But was it really better? Robert Ahdoot on SmartBlogs asks the question: Would you rather be a teacher then or now? His answer is “Now” – and he lists three reasons why.

His first reason is “Technology”, and he lists some of the things under this heading that he cannot now imagine working without ...

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Unidentified Glowing Object: Nature's Weirdest Events - BBC Series 3 Episode 2

Unidentified Glowing Object: Nature's Weirdest Events - BBC Series 3 Episode 2 | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

More about this programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03nt1hc Shocked divers discover a mysterious, giant glowing tube in Tasmanian waters – what is it?

 
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Education study finds in favour of traditional teaching styles - Online And Distance Learning

Education study finds in favour of traditional teaching styles - Online And Distance Learning | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Schools need to put more effort into evaluating what makes effective teaching, and ensure that discredited practices are rooted out from classrooms, according to a new study published by the Sutton Trust and Durham University.

The study suggests that some schools and teachers continue using methods that cause little or no improvement in student progress, and instead rely on anecdotal evidence to back fashionable techniques such as “discovery learning,” where pupils are meant to uncover key ideas for themselves, or “learning styles,” which claims children can be divided into those who learn best through sight, sound or movement.

 
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Brittany Maynard Has Died - About Health Degrees

Brittany Maynard Has Died - About Health Degrees | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Brittany Maynard ended her own life on Saturday November 1, 2014. She was diagnosed with brain cancer (a stage 4 glioblastoma) in spring and had decided to take her own life rather then she and her family having to endure the physical, mental and emotional anguish that would result from a lingering and painful death.

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ClassBadges

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ClassBadges is a free online tool where teachers can award badges to students for accomplishments or academic mastery. Through your teacher account, you can award badges customized for your classroom or school. Badges can easily be aligned to academic goals or associated with existing school awards.


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Présentation d'un outil pour générer des badges.( pédagogie de la réussite, visualisation des réussites)

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ClassBadges is a free online tool where teachers can award badges to students for accomplishments or academic mastery. Through your teacher account, you can award badges customized for your classroom or school. Badges can easily be aligned to academic goals or associated with existing school awards.

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States Are Prioritizing Prisons Over Education, Budgets Show

States Are Prioritizing Prisons Over Education, Budgets Show | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

If state budget trends reflect the country's policy priorities, then the U.S. currently values prisoners over children, a new report suggests.

A report released this week by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that the growth of state spending on prisons in recent years has far outpaced the growth of spending on education. After adjusting for inflation, state general fund spending on prison-related expenses increased over 140 percent between 1986 and 2013. During the same period, state spending on K-12 education increased only 69 percent, while higher education saw an increase of less than six percent.

 
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LeapFrog debuts its LeapTV educational console for kids

LeapFrog debuts its LeapTV educational console for kids | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

LeapFrog Enterprises has launched its LeapTV video game console for children with an educational twist — games approved by those who teach kids.

The LeapTV costs $150 and has a lot of content: eight games now, with 100 more educator-approved projects in the pipeline (and videos, too) for kids ages 3 to 8 later in the year. The new product is a bet that the living room console is here to stay despite the rise of the $20 billion dollar-plus mobile market — and that LeapFrog itself has a shot to carve out the market for smaller kids who enjoy educational entertainment (or more for their parents, who want their kids to learn while playing games). Kids will be able to play with personalization features and motion-sensing controls that are similar to those that Nintendo introduced with the Wii in 2006.

 

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X Factor over evidence: the failure of early years education - Online And Distance Learning

X Factor over evidence: the failure of early years education - Online And Distance Learning | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

A recent report to the House of Lords delivered sobering news. In the years 2002 to 2007, the £7bn plus spent on providing 12.5 (now 15) hours of free nursery a week for three year olds had no long-lasting benefits on educational outcomes.

This is a report for which I and colleagues at the University of Essex and Institute of Education have spent the last two years analysing data. Much of my previous work has been on social mobility; understanding the extent to which poor children can escape from a disadvantaged start in life. But the outcome of the report is not one I relish delivering. I had high hopes we would find that this policy did in fact positively impact those who needed it most. But the results we found were not so convenient.

 
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Best Tips and Resources for Elementary Math Teachers - Online And Distance Learning

Best Tips and Resources for Elementary Math Teachers - Online And Distance Learning | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Teaching good Maths doesn’t solely depend on the teachers, parent’s involvement is also necessary. Teacher can only guide kids in the school but at the home parents also need to look at the kids. By having transparent communication about the assignments and frequency of homework, both teachers and parents can identify problem solve it.

When children realize that Maths is all around them then they start relaxing and taking maths easily. When they find meaning of Maths in their everyday life they will be motivated towards it.

With the rapid growth in technology teachers do not need to worry about the resources. This article lists some of the most common ones:

 
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Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?

Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech? | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Only half of current working teachers believe they can use technology to motivate students to learn, compared to 75 percent of incoming teachers. Only 17 percent of current teachers believe technology can help students deeply explore their own ideas, compared to 59 percent of incoming teachers. And 26 percent of current teachers believe students can use technology to apply knowledge to problem-solving, compared to 64 percent of aspiring teachers.


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Current teacher training programs need to put more of an emphasis on innovative uses of technology in the classroom, as well as, an emphasis on retraining experienced teachers to use incorporate different types of technology to support and enhance learning.

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Le changement est en route par rapport à l'utilsation de la technéologie au cours. Les nouveaux profs en veulent, les anciens doivent davantage être informés. 

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Raspberry Pi Model A+ on sale now at $20

Raspberry Pi Model A+ on sale now at $20 | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

When Raspberry Pi announced the Model B+ back in July, they said that they’d also be producing a lower-cost variant, analogous to the original Model A. On November 10, they announced the release of the Raspberry Pi Model A+ at a new low price of $20.

Like the Model A, the Model A+ uses the BCM2835 application processor and has 256MB RAM, but it is significantly smaller (65mm in length, versus 86mm for the Model A), consumes less power, and inherits the many improvements that we made to the Model B+, including:



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Open Educational Resources (OER) - Advantages, Implications and Lists

Open Educational Resources (OER) - Advantages, Implications and Lists | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Open educational resources (OER) are digitized materials that are available for use and re-use in teaching, learning, and research, very often under a Creative Commons license.  In this page you can find out more about the many benefits – and some challenges – in using these valuable resources …

 



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Online Early Childhood Degrees

Online Early Childhood Degrees | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

What is early childhood education?  It is usually taken to be the education of children from birth to age 8.  Early childhood degrees prepare you for jobs in teaching and administration related to this age group.  To do this, the early childhood education curriculum track includes courses in child psychology, parenting, and early childhood instruction and learning strategies.

This page provides information on what is studied and where you can study these programs, as well as details on jobs, potential earnings, prospects and more…  

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Computer Health and Safety Issues - Online And Distance Learning

Computer Health and Safety Issues - Online And Distance Learning | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

There are several well-known health issues associated with working at a computer and hence with studying online. In particular, it is known that working at a computer can result in the following health issues:

Eye strain: Working at a screen causes you to stare more intently at a small area than you would under other circumstances.Upper limb disorders: These are sometimes referred to as RSI (repetitive strain injury).Headaches: Some people report headaches after working at a screen for a long period.
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This page deals with computer health and safety issues of online learning. In particular it demonstrates the need for a well designed computer workstation (with an ergonomic chair and ergonomic computer desk) and the need for a healthy work schedule.

 
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Rethinking Teacher Time to Optimize Professional Learning - Online And Distance Learning

Rethinking Teacher Time to Optimize Professional Learning - Online And Distance Learning | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Recently, a team of 15 CTQ-KY teacher leaders and 1 administrator took on the challenge of rethinking teacher time to optimize professional learning. This team analyzed current teacher schedules and conducted an intensive three-day chat discussing teacher needs and opportunities for reallocating time. The group created the following shareable infographic with 3 recommendations for reallocating teacher time.

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How Teachers Can Motivate Students of Any Age - Masters and PhDs

How Teachers Can Motivate Students of Any Age - Masters and PhDs | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

“Every teacher wishes their entire class was intrinsically motivated,” says Kathy Branchflower, a veteran fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at Lincoln-Hubbard School in Summit, New Jersey. Branchflower says that our cultural inclination to praise and reward kids, often for minimal achievement, has contributed to the decline in kids’ intrinsic motivation. Another culprit in reducing inner drive is kids’ overly structured lives, Branchflower adds, because children lose confidence and motivation when adults make the decisions for them. To build it back, she reminds her students that they are responsible for their own learning, adding that she is a mere facilitator to their education.

 
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Secondary Education Masters - Masters and PhDs

Secondary Education Masters - Masters and PhDs | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Getting a secondary education masters degree can open doors that lead to more challenging educational or administrative positions in the subject area for which you are most passionate.

If your goal is to enter the administrative side of education, a secondary education graduate program that focuses on supervisory and administrative tasks in a school will be more beneficial and it will be to your advantage to pursue this specialization in your program. On the other hand, if you want to teach in secondary schools, then you will need to pursue a teaching specialization in your masters program.  

 

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How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom - Masters and PhDs

How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom - Masters and PhDs | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Mark Benden, Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at Texas A&M Health Science Center, says too much sitting is bad for our health, and students are now facing a host of challenges that may stem in part from too much time in a chair, including obesity and attention disorders. So five years ago, Benden and his team began studying what happened to students when they got out of their traditional seats and moved to standing desks.

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What Does Tomorrow’s Student Look Like - Masters and PhDs

What Does Tomorrow’s Student Look Like - Masters and PhDs | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Just as the teacher’s job has changed from ‘sage on the stage’ to ‘guide on the side’, so too has the student’s job. Take a peek into the near future at tomorrow’s student. Today, you’d call this child the ‘techie’ minority. Tomorrow, s/he’ll be the majority.

 
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Smells like STEAM spirit in Seattle - Masters and PhDs

Smells like STEAM spirit in Seattle - Masters and PhDs | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

With Microsoft, Amazon and T-Mobile in Seattle’s backyard, it’s not surprising to find technology making its way into the region’s schools and districts. Many are moving towards blended learning environments and have secured grant or local funding to reach their goals.

EdSurge recently took a snapshot at how some Seattle area districts are implementing technology around the idea of STEAM — Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math:

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Software dev shortage transcends international boundaries - Online And Distance Learning

Software dev shortage transcends international boundaries - Online And Distance Learning | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

There is a real shortage of software developers – and it’s a global problem.

Getting children engaged with programming is especially important and the government can play a role in developing this interest, panelists said.

Reid noted that children love technology-related classes in school, but don’t show the same enthusiasm for learning how to program. Attracting children to programming as they get older is challenging because they tend to avoid the discipline since they don’t understand it, he said. Governments, he continued, can help remedy this by adding programming courses early in the education process.

 
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