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Allow pupils to use Google in GCSE exams, says academic

Allow pupils to use Google in GCSE exams, says academic | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
A Harvard physics professor says schoolchildren must be allowed to access the internet and talk to friends in the exams hall to reflect the conditions seen in the workplace

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 8, 2014 7:42 AM

El profesor Eric Mazur, Decano de Física Aplicada en la Universidad de Harvard, muy conocido por su metodología de enseñanza "Peer Instruction" afirma que los adolescentes deberían tener acceso a internet y discutir preguntas con sus compañeros de clase durante los exámenes para que de esta manera realmente puedan estar preparados para el mundo real.

 

Estoy completamente de acuerdo y yo agregaría que las actuales formas de evaluación a través de exámenes y prácticas en aula deberían ser completamente reemplazadas por evaluaciones permanentes durante el desarrollo de las actividades lectivas, que deberían estar menos centradas en las tradicionales y aburridas (con honrosas excepciones por supuesto) clases magistrales y más en discusiones, desarrollo de proyectos, trabajos colaborativos y con enfoque interdisciplinar. Todo ello por supuesto conlleva a una mayor dedicación del profesor, a que él mismo desarrolle habilidades de trabajo en equipo, sea más creativo, se interese por la tecnología más allá del Word, el Powerpoint y el correo electrónico. En consecuencia.. un enorme reto por delante.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, December 17, 2014 11:12 AM

Changes recommended by professor in how young people do GCSC exams to reflect the workplace conditions...using Google and conferring?

ғelιх c ѕeyғarтн's curator insight, December 20, 2014 5:03 AM

What fun.

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IELTS and newspapers -

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Advice on and how and why to use newspapers to improve reading and vocabulary skills for IELTS, with suggested practice exercises and useful links

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Brigid's curator insight, March 9, 2014 10:45 AM

Read a news article each day 

www. breakingnewsenglish.com

Mark A J Ellis's curator insight, January 28, 2016 9:33 AM

Some handy links here to remind us to do this regularly

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Climate change: 'Hothouse Earth' risks even if CO2 emissions slashed

Climate change: 'Hothouse Earth' risks even if CO2 emissions slashed | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
Researchers warn that even limited climate warming could trigger conditions not seen in a million years.
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BBC - Future - How the menstrual cycle changes women’s brains – for better

BBC - Future - How the menstrual cycle changes women’s brains – for better | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
Right after a period, women have better spatial awareness. Three weeks after, verbal skills peak. It turns out the monthly cycle does change the brain – but not in the ways you think.
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BBC - Future - Are first impressions really accurate?

BBC - Future - Are first impressions really accurate? | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
New research has found that some of us are especially good judges of character... but only in specific circumstances.
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BBC - Capital - Why so many people fall for scams

BBC - Capital - Why so many people fall for scams | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
A psychology professor delves into the common tricks that scammers employ to suck people in – and the types of people most likely to part with their money.
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This Neuroscientist Explains Why Today's Kids Have Different Brains

The No. 1 thing they need to know is that kids’ brains are physically different from the brains of kids a generation ago because of the way they’re taking in information—because of this fast-paced digital intake, which is different from the way a lot of people here grew up. We were reading textbooks in black and white.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 28, 8:21 AM

Very interesting.

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How artificial intelligence is shaping the classroom in China

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It’s not every day that we get to look into the future of learning. But with recent artificial intelligence development in China’s classrooms, we’re taking a sneak peek of what it will look like.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 20, 1:01 AM

This raises a lot of ethical questions for me.

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WHY IS CHINA LEADING AI APPLIED IN EDUCATION?

Before diving into how China is changing the classroom, it’s worth exploring why they are doing it.

China wants to adopt AI in education as part of a larger government initiative. To put it simply, China wants to help “set the global standard” of AI, and is working nonstop to become the global leader in the technology. To do this, China is adopting AI in every sector, Education included, as well as investing heavily in the technology.

For example, just this month the city of Tianjin announced that it would devote $16 billion USD to support AI initiatives. The ultimate goal is to bring in corporate investments to help the city prosper from AI and boost the city’s technological infrastructure.

Tianjin is also setting up a separate $1.5 billion USD fund to promote intelligent manufacturing—something that would dramatically improve the lives of the city’s 15.5 million residents.

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British 'linguaphobia' has deepened since Brexit vote, say experts | Books | The Guardian

British 'linguaphobia' has deepened since Brexit vote, say experts | Books | The Guardian | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
New research shows teachers reporting that the vote to leave the EU has hardened monolingual attitudes...
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The English question: Young are less proud to be English

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A survey for the BBC asked if England was better now or in the past and what makes someone English.
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David M's comment, June 4, 3:50 PM
Hardly surprising considering the rather farcical and embarrassing events of the last two years. Good for them.
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The NHS doesn’t need £2,000 from each household to survive. It’s fake maths | Phil McDuff | Opinion | The Guardian

The NHS doesn’t need £2,000 from each household to survive. It’s fake maths | Phil McDuff | Opinion | The Guardian | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
The language of politics warps our democracy again and again, as in this tax calculation.The media must unpack statistics, says economics and social policy writer Phil McDuff...
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Your Brain on Reading (Why Your Brain Needs You to Read Every Day)

The reading brain can be likened to the real-time collaborative effort of a symphony orchestra, with various parts of the brain working together, like sections of instruments, to maximize our ability to decode the written text in front of us.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 26, 1:34 AM

Interesting article with some good links to research.

faith ward's curator insight, May 26, 10:13 AM
Great links to current reading research.
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Smart knows that’s not English – how adland took a mallet to the language | Media | The Guardian

Smart knows that’s not English – how adland took a mallet to the language | Media | The Guardian | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
Baffling slogans have become the new norm in advertising, with such grammar-mangling examples as ‘Live your unexpected’, ‘Find your happy’ and ‘Eat more amazing’...
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Why Does This Recording of 'Laurel' Sound Like 'Yanny' to Some People?

Why Does This Recording of 'Laurel' Sound Like 'Yanny' to Some People? | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
From a factual standpoint, the audio is a recording of the word "laurel," but that hasn’t stopped some from hearing it differently.
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BBC - Capital - What is the future of English in the US?

BBC - Capital - What is the future of English in the US? | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
Similar to the UK and Australia, US citizens can rely on the luxury of being native English speakers – but in today's changing world, could monolingual Americans be left behind?
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BBC - Capital - Why we hate using email but love sending texts

BBC - Capital - Why we hate using email but love sending texts | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
They both allow us to stay in touch, but while email often attracts ire, text messaging is more popular than ever. Is the way we choose to communicate saying more than we might think?
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Do social media threaten democracy?

IN 1962 a British political scientist, Bernard Crick, published “In Defence of Politics”. He argued that the art of political horse-trading, far from being shabby, lets people of different beliefs live together in a peaceful, thriving society.
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Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet | News | The Guardian

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet | News | The Guardian | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
The long read: No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting?
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Sonic doom: how noise pollution kills thousands each year | Life and style | The Guardian

Sonic doom: how noise pollution kills thousands each year | Life and style | The Guardian | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
From heart disease to type 2 diabetes, noise is having dire effects on people’s health. So who is most at risk, what can be done about it – and can you protect yourself?
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How many words do you need to speak a language?

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The vocabulary required to be understood in another tongue may not need to be vast.
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BBC - Future - What would it mean for AI to have a soul?

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To ask whether it’s even possible, we first must understand and define what a soul actually is, argues Brandon Ambrosino.
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How Men and Women Learn Languages Differently

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According to the study, women are better at learning languages then men, following findings that show how both brain areas associated with language work harder in girls when dealing with language tasks, and that boys and girls use very different parts of the brain when completing language tasks.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 6, 1:45 AM

Interesting article.

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The secrets of a diary written on castle floorboards

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A hidden diary written by a French carpenter provides a rare insight into the private lives of villagers in the late 19th Century.
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How young Americans are set to change the US forever

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The great diversity of millennials means that the US is on the cusp of huge changes.
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Why Spanish speakers in US are getting into trouble

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From border patrol interrogations to ranting customers, language and immigration take centre stage.
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Immigration has been good for Britain. It’s time to bust the myths | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian

Immigration has been good for Britain. It’s time to bust the myths | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
Far from squeezing hospitals and schools, migrants subsidise and staff them. The real damage is caused by austerity, says Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty
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BBC - Future - Why our facial expressions don’t reflect our feelings

BBC - Future - Why our facial expressions don’t reflect our feelings | News for Discussion | Scoop.it
For centuries, we’ve believed that facial expressions mirror our innermost emotions. But recent research has found that may be far from the truth.
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