Διεθνή Media

Video games can turn university graduates into better employees | Matthew Barr

the guardian - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 09:00

Video games improve communication, adaptibility and critical thinking – just the attributes that employers are looking for

In recent years, Boris Johnson has excelled at making ignorant pronouncements and illiterate blunders. From offensive remarks on burqas to reciting Kipling in Myanmar and his ludicrous statements on Brexit, Johnson has perfected the art of getting it wrong. It feels like he’s managed to offend just about everyone. For video game educators like myself, that moment arrived way back in 2006, when Johnson attacked video games as a learning tool.

“They [young people] become like blinking lizards, motionless, absorbed, only the twitching of their hands showing they are still conscious,” he wrote. “These machines teach them nothing. They stimulate no ratiocination, discovery or feat of memory – though some of them may cunningly pretend to be educational.”

Continue reading...
Categories: Διεθνή Media

Ofsted promises fairer deal for schools in tough areas

bbc education - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 03:07
Inspectors to focus on good teaching and a broad curriculum alongside results, says Ofsted.
Categories: Διεθνή Media

'Snow day' becomes 'e-learning day'

bbc education - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 02:15
Winter weather at least meant a day off school. But now technology is threatening to keep pupils studying.
Categories: Διεθνή Media

Norfolk council rebuked over special needs provision

the guardian - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 02:01

Ombudsman has upheld 11 complaints against county council in two years

The local government ombudsman has reprimanded a local authority over its provision for children with special educational needs after upholding 11 complaints against the council over the last two years.

The ombudsman’s office said the number of complaints upheld against Norfolk county council was one of the highest in England, particularly given the relatively small population.

Continue reading...
Categories: Διεθνή Media

Ofsted plans overhaul of inspections to look beyond exam results

the guardian - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 02:01

New guidelines will shift focus towards quality of education rather than ‘outcomes’

The way nurseries, schools and colleges in England are inspected is to undergo its biggest overhaul in a decade, with proposals by Ofsted aiming to address concerns that education has been too narrowly focused on exam results.

The new guidelines will be launched by Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools in England, in a speech on Wednesday, with a consultation on revised inspection frameworks for state and independent schools as well as early years settings and further education colleges.

Continue reading...
Categories: Διεθνή Media

U.N.C. Chancellor to Leave Early After Ordering Removal of ‘Silent Sam’ Statue’s Base

NYTimes - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 00:55
The chancellor authorized the overnight removal of the remnants of the Confederate monument. It was quickly announced that she would step down in two weeks.
Categories: Διεθνή Media

Junior high school students caught forming swastika with their bodies

the guardian - Wed, 16/01/2019 - 00:01

California youths traded racist and violent messages in county called ‘hotbed for white supremacists’

A group of California junior high students were caught forming a swastika with their bodies on school grounds and exchanging racist and violent messages on a group chat, administrators said.

The scandal at Matilija junior high school, which culminated in an emotional meeting with parents and school officials Monday night, has sparked intense debate in a region that has experienced a sharp increase in reported antisemitic incidents.

Continue reading...
Categories: Διεθνή Media

London state school says 41 students offered Oxbridge place

the guardian - Τρίτη, 15/01/2019 - 21:10

Many of the successful applicants at Brampton Manor academy are from minority ethnic backgrounds

A state school in east London is celebrating after 41 of its students – almost all of them from minority ethnic backgrounds – secured offers to study at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge later this year.

Brampton Manor academy in Newham opened its sixth form in September 2012 with the objective of increasing progression rates to Oxbridge and other elite Russell Group universities among students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Continue reading...
Categories: Διεθνή Media

Birkenhead school's meal threat angers parents

bbc education - Τρίτη, 15/01/2019 - 18:15
Parents who owe money for school dinners have been told their children will be given toast or bread.
Categories: Διεθνή Media

Impact of social media on children faces fresh scrutiny

the guardian - Τρίτη, 15/01/2019 - 17:08

UK researchers study 40,000 households to explore biggest risk factors for mental health

Barely a day goes by without concerns being raised about the effect of social media on children’s mental health. Now a study aims to delve behind the headlines to ascertain whether it has been unfairly vilified.

By analysing data from a longitudinal survey of 40,000 households, researchers from Portsmouth and Sheffield universities hope to identify the biggest risk factors for children’s mental health. This could help determine whether social media are negative or positive for children’s wellbeing and in what circumstances.

Continue reading...
Categories: Διεθνή Media

Les contrats Cifre ouvrent les portes des PME aux jeunes chercheurs

lemonde_edu - Τρίτη, 15/01/2019 - 17:04
Les doctorants, qui sont chaque année plus nombreux à bénéficier d’un financement Cifre, portent désormais majoritairement leur dévolu sur les petites et moyennes entreprises dans leur choix de partenaire.
Categories: Διεθνή Media

Los Angeles Teachers Strike, Disrupting Classes for 500,000 Students

NYTimes - Τρίτη, 15/01/2019 - 13:27
Teachers in the nation’s second-largest school district are asking for smaller classes and larger support staff. Officials say they cannot afford to say yes.
Categories: Διεθνή Media

University switches off social media to help student well-being

bbc education - Τρίτη, 15/01/2019 - 13:04
A university is switching off its social media channels to promote a healthier online culture.
Categories: Διεθνή Media

The Gender Achievement Gap Starts Later for Asian-American Students

NYTimes - Τρίτη, 15/01/2019 - 12:00
A study gives educators insight into how to help American boys in general, pointing to the influence of social pressures.
Categories: Διεθνή Media

Britain’s university offers system is unfit for purpose and needs replacing | Graeme Atherton

the guardian - Τρίτη, 15/01/2019 - 10:00
If universities based offers on actual – not predicted – grades, disadvantaged students would get the break they deserve

The decision regarding which university to go to and which course to choose is the biggest that most young people will have faced in their lives, and it’s made even more significant for those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the eye-watering debt most will accumulate. They need the support to help choose the course that is best for them, and avoid dropping out, which would leave them with the cost of higher education without the benefit. Unfortunately, the majority are not getting this support, as students in these nations remain tied to an archaic process based around predicted grades governing university entry.

The present process, whereby the majority of students receive the offer of a university place based primarily on their expected grades rather than actual ones, is a product of a process designed for a time when less than 5% of the population went to university. Unfortunately, it has become seen by too many inside the higher-education sector as the only way to admit students in an era when nearly 50% of young people, rather than 5%, are going. The consequence is that students are making decisions earlier than they need to, and those whose grades don’t match the offer, are forced into the peculiarly homegrown phenomenon of clearing, where a decision that will shape your future career (and, given what we know about marriage patterns, your personal life as well), is made in a frenzied search at the end of August.

Continue reading...
Categories: Διεθνή Media

One in 10 students in England 'rich enough to avoid big debts'

the guardian - Τρίτη, 15/01/2019 - 09:36

Richest undergraduates escape hefty fees by paying for university in one go, study reveals

About 10% of students in English universities avoid having to rack up large debts and pay “sky-high” interest rates because they are rich enough to pay their fees upfront, researchers have said.

Approximately 110,000 undergraduates are “escaping” the student fee system by paying for university in one go thanks to a “get-out-of-jail-free card” from their wealthy families, according to a think-tank.

Continue reading...
Categories: Διεθνή Media

Student loan ban: some universities could lose a third of their intake

the guardian - Τρίτη, 15/01/2019 - 09:16

New figures show up to 36% of freshers have fewer than three Ds at A-level – and would be barred under leaked proposals

Some modern universities could lose about a third of their students and face a struggle to survive if plans go ahead to stop young people with lower grades qualifying for loans, data obtained by Education Guardian suggests.

The prime minister’s review of post-18 education, due to report next month, is expected to recommend a cut to tuition fees. But another idea that has been leaked is to limit numbers by stopping young students qualifying for a loan if they get fewer than three Ds at A-level.

Continue reading...
Categories: Διεθνή Media

A century of adult education has been tossed aside – is it too late to rescue it? | Laura McInerney

the guardian - Τρίτη, 15/01/2019 - 09:15

In 1919 local councils were given the task of educating the public. Now a centenary commission is looking to salvage what is left

The face of a man I met just once, 15 years ago, still haunts me. He was around 40, pale and thin, with no distinguishing features beyond obvious exhaustion. I was working in the enrolment office at a further education college when he slumped into a chair opposite my desk.

“I want to retrain,” he told me. “As what?” I asked. “As anything,” he said. Good at school, he had dropped out early to become a builder and earn his family some cash. Now a foreman, he wanted more from life: to be a teacher, or an accountant, or anything that didn’t involve heaving pallets from place to place.

Continue reading...
Categories: Διεθνή Media

To save the rainforest, we need to work with the palm oil industry | Jennifer Lucey

the guardian - Τρίτη, 15/01/2019 - 09:00

As a tropical field ecologist in Borneo, I learned why science must work with industry to protect the planet

Lots of academics worry that focusing too much on the real-world impact of research threatens pure, curiosity-driven science. But really the two go hand in hand, especially when it comes to solving the complex question of how we achieve sustainability despite increasing human pressures on our planet.

As a tropical field ecologist studying rainforest destruction in Borneo, I saw the impact of the expanding palm oil industry on tropical biodiversity first hand, and so it was always a high priority to ensure the research I was doing made a difference. I was driven by scientific curiosity about how nature responds to the most drastic human activity, but also by the motivation to find solutions.

Continue reading...
Categories: Διεθνή Media