Tag: Spring 2010 Edition

Learning about listening

| September 21, 2010
Learning about listening

As vuvuzelas and screams spurred Spain on to win the 2010 Soccer World Cup, a group of mixed hearing students – part of Hear the World’s Global Explorers – explored the Amazon jungle. Their mission was to debunk the myths around hearing loss. Says team leader Bill Barkeley – who lost most of his sight […]

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New British government makes initial announcements

| September 21, 2010
New British government makes initial announcements

The new British government education department has announced measures to meet one of its education pledges – to improve classroom discipline. The proposed changes are still being discussed by the Education Partnership (the governmentprofessional association forum, which used to be called the Social Partnership) in association with representatives from the teaching profession, but key elements […]

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From the editor

| September 21, 2010
From the editor

Like many journalists, I balk at the general idea of censorship. In 1994, addressing the International Press Institute Congress, Nelson Mandela took a similar view: “A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be […]

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IT and schools an inseparable combination

| September 21, 2010
IT and schools an inseparable combination

By Sue Soulsby The 1980s heralded my introduction to computers – robust, small, manageable Ataris with that delightful little turtle in the LOGO programme, scuttling around the screen as one directed it with strange commands. We have progressed to sophisticated banks of computers with stored programmes accessed through servers. My area is remedial education. For […]

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Robots and avatars – teachers and trainers of the future?

| September 21, 2010
Robots and avatars – teachers and trainers of the future?

The idea of using robots as ‘test teachers’ isn’t exactly new, and the machines in question have thus far only been able to execute basic imitative movements. But more sophisticated models have recently left the assembly line. They operate via artificial intelligence software, and have been designed as possible language instructors. RUBI is one such […]

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UK Facebook adds panic buttons to aid bullied teens

| September 21, 2010
UK Facebook adds panic buttons to aid bullied teens

Facebook UK has added a new option to its list of technological applications available to users. While Facebook doesn’t use the term ‘panic button’, this is how the new application is being described. If teens suspect that they are being victimised by cyberbullies, they can click on the button and be connected to the Child […]

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1 516 lessons and counting

| September 21, 2010
1 516 lessons and counting

Sal Khan earned a Computer Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard, and used to be a hedge fund analyst. These days – with no formal teaching credentials – he runs the not-for-profit Khan Academy from his small ranch house in Mountain View, California, and is one of YouTube’s […]

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Keep out of teacher’s private emails, declares court

| September 21, 2010
Keep out of teacher’s private emails, declares court

The Supreme Court of Wisconsin, USA, has ruled that personal emails written by teachers on school computers are private and cannot be disclosed to records requesters. The ruling was the result of a local citizen’s request to make public all emails sent and received by five teachers via school computers in the Wisconsin Rapids School […]

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Moving it at St Andrew’s School for Girls

| September 21, 2010
Moving it at St Andrew’s School for Girls

The purpose of the programme is to enable all learners to gain competence, knowledge and confidence from healthy physical activity, given the new and embedded importance of physical education in the core school curriculum. We want young girls to have the ability and desire to remain committed to regular participation in healthy physical activity. Children […]

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Teaching in a ‘whole brain’ classroom

| September 21, 2010
Teaching in a ‘whole brain’ classroom

Neethling is known as South Africa’s ‘creativity guru’ and his company, Solutions Finding, has had enormous success in ‘profiling’ individuals and corporates from all walks of life, both locally and internationally. Briefly, Solutions Finding offers brain profiling instruments in a variety of disciplines. Known as NBI®, the Neethling Brain Instruments provide assessments of an  individual’s […]

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More is more – the advantages of multilingualism

| September 18, 2010
More is more – the advantages of multilingualism

By Jaco Kruger In an education environment shaped by 11 official languages, the issue of multilingualism is a concern for schools and parents alike. Should the former opt for a safe option of an education that offers a Home Language and a First Additional Language only? Would the latter prefer that their children learn as […]

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