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Judge, Citing Inequality, Orders Connecticut to Overhaul Its School System

Judge, Citing Inequality, Orders Connecticut to Overhaul Its School System | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
In a decision that could fundamentally reshape public education in the state, a judge on Wednesday ordered changes in everything from how schools are financed to how teachers are paid and evaluated.
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Judge Thomas Moukawsher of State Superior Court in Hartford said that “Connecticut is defaulting on its constitutional duty” to give all children an adequate education.
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What’s Next for Entertainment: Three Predictions From Google Australia’s Head of Marketing

What’s Next for Entertainment: Three Predictions From Google Australia’s Head of Marketing | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
Google Australia and NZ’s head of marketing sees video, users, and reality itself coming together in hugely exciting ways. Here are three predictions.
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Imagine students not having to learn about ancient Rome just through lines in a textbook but actually being able to walk around an ancient Roman marketplace virtually, guided by their teacher. On top of all this, when you think about what can be explored with Google Maps, Street View, and the Cultural Institute (home to art galleries and famous monuments), we're looking at a world where anybody anywhere can learn anything.
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What Drives My Education Work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

What Drives My Education Work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it

skeptical about some of the investments in education made by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and concerned about the rapid spread of charter schools. Here, an educator who works for the Gates Foundation describes his reasoning in helping to advance that agenda. Readers know that NPQ is both skeptical about some of the investments in education made by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and concerned about the rapid spread of charter schools. Here, an educator who works for the Gates Foundation describes his reasoning in helping to advance that agenda.

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Hard thinking on soft skills

Hard thinking on soft skills | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
The nation’s PK-12 education ecosystem seems poised to embrace programs intended to enhance soft skills. Soft skills are important, and schools have an important role in shaping them, but the reality is that research on soft skills is soft.
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The nation’s PK-12 education ecosystem seems poised to embrace programs intended to enhance soft skills. Soft skills are important, and schools have an important role in shaping them, but the reality is that research on soft skills is soft.
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The Open University at 45: What can we learn from Britain's distance education pioneer?

The Open University at 45: What can we learn from Britain's distance education pioneer? | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
Ben Wildavsky reflects on the 45th anniversary of Britain’s Open University (OU) broadcasting its first lectures over BBC television and radio. He argues that any reformer seeking to serve large numbers of nontraditional students effectively would be remiss not to pay close attention to the OU’s pioneering model.
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the first correspondence course, teaching shorthand, was offered in the 1700s; the University of London began offering distance-learning degrees to students around the world in the mid-19th century. Access, affordability, accountability, and scalability are the watchwords of the day, together with high hopes for the educational technology that promises to make all those things possible.

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Why is bread fluffy, vinegar sour, and Swiss cheese holey? - Erez Garty

Why is bread fluffy, vinegar sour, and Swiss cheese holey? - Erez Garty | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
Where does bread get its fluffiness? Swiss cheese its holes? And what makes vinegar so sour? These foods may taste completely different, but all of these phenomena come from microorganisms chowing ...
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Where does bread get its fluffiness? Swiss cheese its holes? And what makes vinegar so sour? These foods may taste completely different, but all of these phenomena come from microorganisms chowing down on sugar and belching up some culinary byproducts. Erez Garty shows how your kitchen functions as a sort of biotechnology lab, manned by microorganisms that culture your cuisine.

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The Pine A64 Is A $15 PC With Endless Possibilities

The Pine A64 Is A $15 PC With Endless Possibilities | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
PINE64 has so far raised over $1.4 million in its Kickstarter campaign for their tiny, yet versatile, $15 computer. The Pine A64 costs less than three bottles..
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$15 computer; 1.2Ghz board, 512MB SDRAM, 10/100Mbps Ethernet Port, 3.5 MM Audio/Mic Output, 4K HDMI and 2 USB ports.

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Are textbooks behind teachers’ steep learning curve in the classroom?

Are textbooks behind teachers’ steep learning curve in the classroom? | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
Kate Walsh details the findings of a new NCTQ study, Learning about Learning, which finds little evidence that scientific advancements can be found in the coursework, specifically in the textbooks that are required reading, taken by aspiring teachers.
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Are textbooks behind teachers’ steep learning curve in the classroom? Teacher candidates ought to get some value for the $40 million we estimate they are spending on these textbooks each year.
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How menstruation works - Emma Bryce

How menstruation works - Emma Bryce | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
At this moment, three hundred million women across the planet are experiencing the same thing: a period. The monthly menstrual cycle that gives rise to the period is a reality that most women on Ea...
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Transparency as a mentality Vs. "code of silence" | Ayiti Now Corp

Transparency as a mentality Vs. "code of silence" | Ayiti Now Corp | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it

http://www.haiti-now.org/2016/01/transparency-as-a-mentality-vs-code-of-silence-ayiti-now-corp/    Aug 15, 11:22 – Alex Lizzappi: Hi Geraldine, alex Miami, how are you? Did you receive my emails? Were detailed enough? Aug 15, 11:27 – Geraldine Minustha: Hello Alex I fine and you. Yes I did. For me they were fine except for the picture of the woman you post. But …

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I #witnessed the #arrest and the #reading of the #sentence, all things considered I still don’t know what is #UNHR going to do with my #report. #Restavek #Haiti http://www.haiti-now.org/2016/01/transparency-as-a-mentality-vs-code-of-silence-ayiti-now-corp/

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Sessions related to other topics (ICT4E, gender equity, financing, monitoring and evaluation, etc.)

Sessions related to other topics (ICT4E, gender equity, financing, monitoring and evaluation, etc.) | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
Sessions related to other topics (ICT4E, gender equity, financing, monitoring and evaluation, etc.)
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School feeding can act as a compliment to learning. Effects can result in spending more time in school, enhanced learning in school, or sometimes both. School feeding generally has the biggest impact on children coming from the poorest households.
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Educating Children and Youth in Crisis and Conflict Situations

Educating Children and Youth in Crisis and Conflict Situations | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
Improve equitable access to education, especially for the most vulnerable, such as displaced populations, ethnic minorities and war-affected youth.
Provide safe access to schools for students and teachers, especially  for girls.
Rebuild education systems, including the teaching corps. Improve the management of school systems.
Prevent and mitigate conflict and crisis though activities such as the development of conflict -sensitive education programs, and community engagement.
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Improve equitable access to education, especially for the most vulnerable, such as displaced populations, ethnic minorities and war-affected youth.Provide safe access to schools for students and teachers, especially  for girls.Rebuild education systems, including the teaching corps. Improve the management of school systems.Prevent and mitigate conflict and crisis though activities such as the development of conflict -sensitive education programs, and community engagement.
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Improving Early Grade Reading

Improving Early Grade Reading | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
USAID is working to produce meaningful, measurable improvement in student reading for the largest possible number of children through support for programs that improve teaching techniques and learning materials; support regular assessments in partner countries to measure reading skills; maximize instruction time spent on basic skills in the classroom, especially reading; support instruction in native languages in early grades; and promote parental and community involvement in early grade reading.
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Improve teaching techniques and learning materialsSupport regular assessments in partner countries to measure reading skillsMaximize instruction time spent on basic skills in the classroom, especially readingSupport instruction in native languages in early gradesPromote parental and community involvement in early grade reading
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Is virtual reality ready for school? | Brookings Institution

Is virtual reality ready for school? | Brookings Institution | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
A new back-to-school ritual seems to have taken root in technology circles, as each fall we speculate on whether (and how) education technology will transform the traditional classroom experience. …
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Facebook acquired Oculus Rift in 2014, sparking speculation about possible educational applications. In 2014, Google introduced Google Cardboard, a low-cost ($10-15), low-tech piece of equipment that creates an immersive experience using, well, cardboard (and a smartphone). The internet giant has also developed the Google Expeditions app, which uses Google Cardboard to create VR field trips where teachers (“guides”) can take their students (“explorers”) on educational adventures. This summer, one of the major education publishers, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), partnered with Google to create field trips on the Expeditions app aligned to HMH science and social studies curricula, complete with teacher guides, student activities, and lesson plans.
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Personalized Learning Plan

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The Personalized Learning Platform comes with a comprehensive curriculum and interdisciplinary rubric. Each course is made up of projects and focus areas that have been vetted by Stanford University's SCALE program and align to Common Core State Standards.
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Explore the Curriculum The Personalized Learning Platform comes with a comprehensive curriculum and interdisciplinary rubric. Each course is made up of projects and focus areas that have been vetted by Stanford University's SCALE program and align to Common Core State Standards.
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A new curated digital collection of videos and learning resources for teachers everywhere

A new curated digital collection of videos and learning resources for teachers everywhere | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
Kim Preshoff is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of science teachers in her community. With more than 25 years of classroom experience, she’s an expert at how to use the force of curiosity to keep kids eng…
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A new curated digital collection of videos and learning resources for teachers everywhere
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Fourteen Economic Facts on Education and Economic Opportunity | The Hamilton Project

Fourteen Economic Facts on Education and Economic Opportunity | The Hamilton Project | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
The Hamilton Project offers fourteen facts on education and economic opportunity.
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Around the World without Fuel or Fear

Around the World without Fuel or Fear | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
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Around the World without Fuel or Fear

 

Learn how breakthroughs in clean technology can take us to new heights with the explorers who broke the record for the world's longest solo flight using only solar energy.

Speakers: André Borschberg, Bertrand Piccard, Al GoreTopics: Energy, Climate, Fourth Industrial Revolution
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Who's Creating Your Digital Dossier?

Who's Creating Your Digital Dossier? | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
When and how is your digital identity created? How are the digital marks you are making impacting you? How can you reap the benefits of a strong digital identity while still maintaining a safe onli...
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When and how is your digital identity created? How are the digital marks you are making impacting you? How can you reap the benefits of a strong digital identity while still maintaining a safe online experience? In this lesson, we will explore the concept of a digital dossier and learn what we can do to take control of our digital lives. 

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Schools, black children, and corporal punishment

Schools, black children, and corporal punishment | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
As we approach the annual celebration of Dr. King’s life, it is worth examining the difference in how our schools discipline black and white children, Dick Startz writes. Startz finds that in U.S. public schools, black children are twice as likely as white children to be subject to corporal punishment.
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The continuing disproportionate corporal punishment of black children is a reminder that some aspects of the “bad old days” are not fully behind us.

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How do carbohydrates impact your health? - Richard J. Wood

How do carbohydrates impact your health? - Richard J. Wood | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
The things we eat and drink on a daily basis can impact our health in big ways. Too many carbohydrates, for instance, can lead to insulin resistance, which is a major contributor to cardiovascular ...
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The things we eat and drink on a daily basis can impact our health in big ways. Too many carbohydrates, for instance, can lead to insulin resistance, which is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes. But what are carbs, exactly? And what do they do to our bodies? Richard J. Wood explains.

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Food For The Poor Updates 1/1/2016 | Ayiti Now Corp

Food For The Poor Updates 1/1/2016 | Ayiti Now Corp | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it

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Food For The Poor Updates 1/1/2016 Where is the money? Humanitarian Aid – Haitian Bishops – Caritas Haiti – Food For The Poor  http://www.haiti-now.org/2016/01/food-for-the-poor-updates-112016-ayiti-now-corp/

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2015 GLOBAL EDUCATION SUMMIT - Documents and Multimedia

2015 GLOBAL EDUCATION SUMMIT - Documents and Multimedia | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
THE 2015 GLOBAL EDUCATION SUMMIT - Documents and Multimedia
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Session related to reading in primary grades

Session related to reading in primary grades | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
1. Learning as a Pathway of Poverty Learning is pivotal in breaking the cycle of poverty and social exclusion experienced by many worldwide. Panelists will discuss how better learning outcomes will result in greater equality and prosperity.
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n education, it’s critical to focus on quality of primary schooling, including: standards; starting where poor children are (not necessarily with the official curricula); early investment in grades 1,2, and 3; accountability and teacher pedagogy; use of mother tongue which requires “logistics, coordination and creativity, teacher placement and support”; attention to funding and resources to achieve these goals; and systems, scale-up and sustainability.

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Expanding Access to Higher Education and Workforce Development

Expanding Access to Higher Education and Workforce Development | Teaching and testing | Scoop.it
As globalization increases the demand for higher-level skills, a growing number of young people in the developing world find themselves without the relevant knowledge to fully participate in and contribute to economic growth. USAID is helping countries expand equitable access to higher education and workforce development programs, while improving the quality and relevance of these programs.
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Increase access to vocational/technical/higher education and training for underserved and the disadvantaged, including women, persons with disabilities and marginalized ethnic groups.  This includes the provision of merit and need-based scholarships, internships and exchange programs that align with host country development goals.  Improve the quality of higher education and research in support of country development priorities.  USAID promotes public-private partnerships, including university. partnerships and alliances), to deliver skills, and science and technology relevant to market needs.Improve the relevance and quality of workforce development programs.
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