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Summer 2014 edition now online

| November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Summer 2014 edition now online

All articles from the Summer, 2014 edition reproduced online.

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A (w)hole new kind of hostel: how to build an insect hotel at your school

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A (w)hole new kind of hostel: how to build an insect hotel at your school

Shrieks filled the air and I realised that I had misjudged my audience when I included those photographs of beetles, spiders and blind snakes in my presentation. Getting a group of teenage girls to embrace the idea of an insect hotel was going to be a bit more difficult than I had thought.

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Zootopia. The new Zen zoo?

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Zootopia. The new Zen zoo?

The nature and function – or pros and cons – of zoos are worth discussing with your students, especially in the light of a new Danish venture.

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Finding new farmers

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Finding new farmers

The global agriculture sector needs serious support, say advocacy organisations such as Food Tank, based in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States (US). The world’s most far-flung subsistence farmers battle soil erosion and drought and are in dire need of new lifesaving technologies and the skills to use them.

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Crowdsourcing clean-ups: this is Litterati

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Crowdsourcing clean-ups: this is Litterati

American Jeff Kirschner is the brains behind Litterati. It’s a simple, clever way to leverage technology to encourage young people to get involved in cleaning up the planet.

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Get going with going green!

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Get going with going green!

The ‘Trends Shaping Education 2014 Spotlight: Think Green’ report, recently released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), looks at how schools across the globe are equipping students to deal with future environmental challenges.

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An elephant never forgets – have you forgotten the elephants?

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An elephant never forgets – have you forgotten the elephants?

Did your school commemorate World Elephant Day on 12 August? At the Brookhouse School in Nairobi, Kenyan organisations Wildlife Direct and Hands Off Our Elephants and former South Sudanese child soldier (now African celebrity), Emmanuel Jal, joined with parents, teachers and students to mark the important occasion.

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The new Todd Learning Enhancement Commons: the academic heartbeat of St Alban’s College

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The new Todd Learning Enhancement Commons: the academic heartbeat of St Alban’s College

A far cry from the dark, dingy interior that once was, the new Todd Learning Enhancement Commons (LEC) is a hyper-modern, bright and spacious new facility at St Alban’s College in Pretoria, Gauteng.

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Now for NAPLAN in Australia

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Now for NAPLAN in Australia

The Australian federal government is getting the online National Assessment Programme – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) ready for 2016. Making the country’s largest school assessment programme digital presents several key challenges but will, says the government, enable “tailored testing” and timeous marking and feedback for Australia’s 9 500 schools. NAPLAN will also test students’ ability […]

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Don’t lose the longhand

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Don’t lose the longhand

EdWeek.org journalist Sarah D. Sparks reports that whilst laptops and tablets are being used in more and more of the world’s classrooms, students may be better off taking notes longhand. Sparks cites studies published in the June 2014 edition of Psychological Science conducted at Princeton University and the University of California Los Angeles. Researchers quizzed […]

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Back to school: edX extends its reach

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Back to school: edX extends its reach

EdX is one of the world’s most popular massive open online course (MOOC) providers and online learning platforms, offering courses from the world’s best universities. In early September, it extended its reach, offering 26 online courses to high school students around the globe to prepare them for tertiary education. Some are calling edX’s new menu […]

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