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▶ Derek Muller: The key to effective educational science videos - YouTube

Derek Muller is the Creative Director of Veritasium, a science video blog with 90 films based off of interviews with Australians about issues such as global ...
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5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback | UK Education News | Scoop.it
Teacher feedback must be informative and encouraging for students to fully understand whether they're learning and what they can do to improve the learning process.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Leonard P. Miller's curator insight, August 11, 2014 2:55 PM

Receiving and providing MEANINGFUL feedback in the classroom is critical for teachers. This article focuses on the student - appropriate feedback keeps them engaged!

Denise Lombardo's curator insight, August 12, 2014 5:37 PM

Easily digestible and shareable post on meaningful feedback - pass it around your staff room!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 21, 2015 6:53 AM

Feedback is so important when working with learners. It takes the mystery out of what is expected of them. 

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Science is downgraded in primary schools as English and maths given priority, say inspectors

Science is downgraded in primary schools as English and maths given priority, say inspectors | UK Education News | Scoop.it
Science lessons in primary schools have been given a lower status since national curriculum tests for 11-year-olds in the subject were scrapped, says a report by inspectors out today.
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Teaching with Pam

Teaching with Pam | UK Education News | Scoop.it
If Penguin are looking to publish a classic about teaching, they should consider the one above.  Pam McCulloch is a science teacher who has worked at Durrington High School since 1978.  Last year, ...
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Deeper Learning: Why Cross-Curricular Teaching is Essential

Deeper Learning: Why Cross-Curricular Teaching is Essential | UK Education News | Scoop.it
It is time that teachers and administrators realize that public education has reached a dam in the river. We have gone about as far as we can go with isolated instruction and learning. While it may
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The top 5 concerns facing school leaders - SecEd

What are the big five concerns facing school leaders today? Philippa Wilding discusses the most common worries she encounters and offers some solutions.

 

1. Pupil Premium

2. Teachers' Pay

3. Persistent Absenteeism

4. Governance

5. Maintaining Your Ofsted Grade

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What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning?

What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning? | UK Education News | Scoop.it
Parents and teachers wrestle with all the time: Should we be making learning easier for kids—or harder? The answer, according to research in cognitive science and psychology, is both.

 

So: the way in which we should make learning easier is to reduce cognitive load, especially when we are introducing new or complicated materials. (Parents and teachers, who are already experts at this stuff, often don’t realize how much cognitive load they’re imposing on kids and other novices.) Slow it down. Break complicated ideas into smaller pieces, taking them one at a time. Offer lots of opportunities for practice with feedback. Avoid using jargon and other technical terms. Eliminate extraneous or distracting information and focus only on what the learner needs to know at this moment.

 

But once the learner has attained some degree of mastery, ratcheting up the difficulty will help her stay in her “sweet spot” of engagement, where the task is not too hard as to be frustrating and not so easy as to be boring. This is also the place where learners can practice encountering adversity and challenge and overcoming them, a key experience in the development of grit.

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Secret Teacher: why our working hours just don't add up

Secret Teacher: why our working hours just don't add up | UK Education News | Scoop.it
This week's Secret Teacher gives Michael Gove a mental arithmetic lesson, busting the myth that teachers are lazy
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Education in wonderland - SecEd

A frustrated Sir Tim Brighouse calls for the powers that be to recognise the importance of effective CPD...

 

Of course you could hope that if sanity ever prevailed in Wonderland, the secretary of state would put in place systematic support for CPD by, for example, supporting beginning teachers with a chartered teacher status acquired over their first three or four years by visits to learn more about pedagogy, their subjects, whole-school issues, and how to overcome barriers to their children’s learning

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UK skills gap in STEM subjects

UK skills gap in STEM subjects | UK Education News | Scoop.it

After the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned of a shrinking pool of skilled workers in the UK, new YouGov research among businesses and academics shows that nearly six in ten employers of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates think there is a skills gap in Britain.

 

YouGov’s research backs up the OECD’s warning about the economic implications of not having enough skilled workers. More than eight in ten (83%) businesses and almost nine in ten (89%) academics think the skills gap needs to be bridged in order for the UK to be competitive in the world economy.

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Demo: The Movie - YouTube

This film follows science teacher Alom Shaha as he goes on a journey to explore the use of demonstrations in science teaching.

 

The film tells an interesting story and is primarily intended to encourage secondary science teachers to think about how and why they use demonstrations in their teaching. We hope that it will stimulate discussion amongst science teachers and others with an interest in science education about what constitutes 'best practice' with demonstrations.

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Passionate Stem teachers are key to our future success - FT.com

Passionate Stem teachers are key to our future success - FT.com | UK Education News | Scoop.it

From Sir Richard Lambert and others.


Sir, The UK economy’s continued growth depends upon a rapid increase in the productivity of sectors such as manufacturing, life sciences and research. It is therefore our duty to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

 

A projected 40,000 extra Stem graduates are needed each year to fill the 104,000 graduate-level Stem jobs the economy requires. But if the current skills shortage in these areas continues, this will not be possible. As a business community, we have a shared responsibility to help address this.

 

We believe the solution is simple: inspirational Stem teachers.

  
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Lack of confidence in delivery of new Scottish exams - SecEd

Lack of confidence in delivery of new Scottish exams - SecEd | UK Education News | Scoop.it

More than three quarters of secondary teachers in Scotland lack confidence in how the new National 4 and 5 exams will be delivered, only months before pupils are due to sit them, a survey has found.

Almost 80 per cent of teachers polled by the Scottish Secondary Teachers Association (SSTA) said they were not confident in assessing pupils for the Nationals, which replace Standard grades from this summer. 

 

The survey, which was completed by about half of the 5,500 teachers who were sent it, also found that 60 per cent of respondents were not confident in delivering course materials for the exams.

The exams have been devised under the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) reforms and will be sat by about 54,000 15 and 16-year-old pupils from April.

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Let's put some Eureka! into school science

Let's put some Eureka! into school science | UK Education News | Scoop.it
Plans to cut lab work from science A-level need not alarm us. What classrooms need is creativity, writes Alice Roberts
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Keep Calm and Doodle On - Engaging Science — NOVA Next | PBS

Keep Calm and Doodle On - Engaging Science — NOVA Next | PBS | UK Education News | Scoop.it
Recent psychological research has found that doodling in class could actually benefit students' attention, memory, and learning. (RT @novapbs: Encouraging students to doodle may actually increase their interest in educational subject matter.
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My best science lesson: dissecting cow brains to explore intelligence

My best science lesson: dissecting cow brains to explore intelligence | UK Education News | Scoop.it
Seeing my year 4s, dressed in white lab coats, scalpels in hand was quite an unforgettable experience – for me and them, writes Thomas Henley
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Welsh Government | £2.3 million to support science in schools

A package of funding worth £2.3 million to boost science in schools in 2014-15 has been announced by First Minister, Carwyn Jones today.
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Math, Science, History: Games Break Boundaries Between Subjects

Math, Science, History: Games Break Boundaries Between Subjects | UK Education News | Scoop.it
Game-based learning forces students to apply knowledge in a contextualized way, it creates an interdisciplinary learning experience where subject-specific knowledge is used in a context that requires diverse applications. The borders between disciplines become fuzzy and ambiguous.

 

Contrary to the popular view of game-based learning, then, the game is not simply a robotic teacher. It is not about drilling students with animated adaptive flashcards. It’s more interesting than that. Great game-based learning platforms do not attempt to trick students into memorizing facts. They are not “chocolate covered broccoli.” Instead, video games can be used as tools that encourage students to apply class content in contextualized ways.

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The new primary curriculum and improving science results

The new primary curriculum and improving science results | UK Education News | Scoop.it
Teachers meet government officials to discuss changes to the primary curriculum and a headteacher attacks Wilshaw's call for all nursery students to be school ready – this week's round up
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▶ UK Young Engineer of the Year 2014 - YouTube

Meet Rebecca Simpson, the UK Young Engineer of the Year 2014. 

The judges were wowed by her arcade game that encourages young people to revise science, technology, engineering and maths.

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What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn? | UK Education News | Scoop.it
What keeps students motivated to learn? Relevance, connections, and their teachers' emotional investment, among just a few criteria.

 

Educators have lots of ideas about how to improve education, to better reach learners and to give students the skills they’ll need in college and beyond the classroom. But often those conversations remain between adults. The real test of any idea is in the classroom, though students are rarely asked about what they think about their education.

 

A panel of seven students attending schools that are part of the “deeper learning” movement gave their perspective on what it means for them to learn and how educators can work to create a school culture that fosters creativity, collaboration, trust, the ability to fail, and perhaps most importantly, one in which students want to participate.

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Ministers 'passing the buck' on careers advice - SecEd

Speaking to manufacturing industry executives last week, Mr Cable said that successive governments had failed to get careers advice right but that teachers, particularly in the secondary sector, were an “underlying problem”.

 

However, a commentary on the careers situation, released by the University of Derby last week, highlights a range of other issues that are hampering the delivery of effective services. It identifies the abolition of the national Connexions network, the axing of statutory requirements for work experience, a lack of funding for schools, and delays in government guidance as key problems.

 

Schools were given the statutory duty to deliver careers guidance after the government axed the £200 million a year it cost to run the national network of Connexions careers services. 

 

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Cosmos: the remake of Carl Sagan's classic TV series - Sky1 16th March

Cosmos: the remake of Carl Sagan's classic TV series - Sky1 16th March | UK Education News | Scoop.it

If you wanted to remake the greatest science TV programme of all time, Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, your first choice of producer might not be Seth Macfarlane. But Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, about the history of the known universe and everything in it, which begins next Sunday, would not have happened without the Family Guy producer's sweary cartoon creations.

 

The result is, to paraphrase something Sagan might have said, billions and billions of light years from Family Guy's idiotic Peter Griffin: a lavish 13-part series shot by Hollywood film-makers, featuring jaw-dropping CGI and the music of a thousand violins, tubas and trumpets (just in case you weren't sure where to gasp at the epic-ness of it all).

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Academy chain stripped of 10 schools

Academy chain stripped of 10 schools | UK Education News | Scoop.it

One of the biggest chains of academies in England is to be stripped of control of 10 schools.

 

The decision was made after Ofsted inspectors raised serious concerns about the performance of some of the E-Act schools.

 

It will remain in control of the further 24 academies in its chain.

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China's poorest children outperform UK's middle class in international maths tests - Education - TES News

China's poorest children outperform UK's middle class in international maths tests - Education - TES News | UK Education News | Scoop.it

The latest analysis found that in the UK, the children of parents with a "professional" job - such as doctor or lawyer - scored 525.94 points on average in the Pisa maths test.

 

In Shanghai, China, the sons and daughters of parents with "elementary" occupations - such as cleaners and catering assistants - scored 568.9 points on average. In Singapore, this group scored 533.58 points.

 

In the UK children of "elementary" occupation workers fall far behind other groups, with an average score of 460.61, the findings show.

 

In Shanghai, the sons and daughters of "professional" workers scored an average of 656.06, and in Singapore this group scored 609.45.

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