On Facebook, even Harvard students can’t be too paranoid

International Teaching

4/6/17

The other day I noticed that the little green light next to the camera built into my computer screen was on. It’s perfectly possible that I had recently used some app that required the camera, and forgotten about it; but I couldn’t find a way to turn it off. It’s unlikely anyone was really watching me pretend to work, but my computer definitely was. Either way, it started to make me self-conscious. I thought about putting a piece of duct tape over the lens, but that seemed a little unhinged. Perhaps, I thought, I should just put some tape over the green light.

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Social mobility is not on the agenda this election - that's why Teach First has devised its own manifesto

International Teaching

3/6/17

For quite a while now education has been out of the political spotlight. With results improving and more parents having a choice of good school, attention has focused on other topics like immigration and the NHS. But in this election, it has re-emerged as a theme – with debates about school funding, free school meals and grammar schools coming up frequently in hustings and on the doorstep. But while education has been a stronger theme than in recent elections, there’s been little attention paid to the biggest problem: the huge gap between the achievement of children from rich and poor backgrounds. Out of the three main manifestos, "social mobility" is mentioned only

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Fuse Universal announces plans for Networking Soirée in June

International Teaching

3/6/17

LONDON UK (June 1, 2017). Market leading learning provider Fuse Universal announce plans for their Summer Networking Soirée, taking place on 15th June at the Montcalm Hotel in London. The event provides an unforgettable opportunity for learning professionals to network with like-minded peers, connect with existing Fuse Universal clients and hear from thought leader and Fuse CEO Steve Dineen on “The Secret of Transforming Your Company Into a Learning Organisation.” For the first time, on the evening of the Soirée, the Fuse Universal team will share the secrets of engagement success from progressive global brands.

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Ananya Vinay, 12, wins US spelling bee with 'marocain'

International Teaching

3/6/17

A 12-year-old girl from California has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee after a tense final in Washington. Ananya Vinay from Fresno correctly spelled the word marocain - a type of dress fabric - to defeat Rohan Rajeev, 14, from Oklahoma. The rivals had correctly spelled words including cheiropompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte as each waited for the other to slip up. But Rohan misspelled the word marram and Ananya got two words right to win. She said she felt "amazing" after her victory, adding: "It was just fun to see how far it would go.

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Schools have become a bureaucratic nightmare - it's time teachers wrestled back control

International Teaching

3/6/17

With the General Election less than a week away, education is again in the spotlight. Invariably, we are being served the same old mix of pledges, policies and promises: free school meals, more grammar schools, abolishing university tuition fees, getting rid of the post-code lottery, all trotted out with the short-term goal of enticing the voter. If we wanted to dig a little deeper to see what each party’s vision for education was beyond the election, invariably, we would be disappointed. There are no big ideas; no evidence, either, of long-term strategic thinking. Nor are there any properly considered responses to the immediate problems of teacher recruitment and retention or on

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Sporting plan to boost boys in ballet

International Teaching

2/6/17

Moves from Angry Birds and Minecraft as well as footballers' goal celebrations are being used to encourage more boys to take up ballet. Just 1.8% of ballet exam candidates are boys, says the Royal Academy of Dance. Now the RAD has enlisted help from Marylebone Cricket Club to challenge gender stereotypes in dance and sport. Royal Ballet principal dancer and cricket enthusiast Alexander Campbell said he was delighted to be an ambassador for the project. Under the plan, Marylebone Cricket Club and the Academy will run a pilot scheme in primary schools, with boys encouraged to take up ballet and girls to play cricket.

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It’s about race and class, but it’s funny, not grim’: Channel 4’s new take on school drama

International Teaching

2/6/17

From Grange Hill to Waterloo Road, television audiences have always loved a good school drama. Now Channel 4 is hoping that viewers will tune into watch Ackley Bridge – its lively take on life at a newly-created academy school in a fictional Yorkshire town – and at the same time reconsider stereotypes about white working class and Muslim children. Created by Ayub Khan-Din, the writer of East is East, and directed by Penny Woolcock, a documentary maker working on her first primetime drama, Ackley Bridge is an entertaining, honest look at the problems that arise when two comprehensives – one with predominantly white pupils, the other attended largely by Asian children – are

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‘I wake at 2am worrying about the children’: the headteachers leaving Britain's schools

International Teaching

2/6/17

It’s five in the afternoon at the Forest school, a boys’ comprehensive near Wokingham, Berkshire, and most of the staff and students have gone for the day. But headteacher Mary Sandell is still in her office, as she is every day. The room, with its slatted blinds and motivational messages – “Make your mark on the world”; “Keep your promises” – is the one she entered as a newly appointed head three years ago. Her buzzword then was “‘fizz: I want to go into classrooms and feel fizz. I want children to feel energy and passion.” 

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Pupils using fake Tinder accounts to prank teachers amid rise in social media tricks, experts warn

International Teaching

2/6/17 

Teachers are being humiliated by a growing social media trend whereby pupils play tricks to shame them, it has been reported. In one case, a teacher was “stood up” for a date in a restaurant, set up by her pupil using a fake Tinder account. She had been expecting to meet an attractive adult whom she believed she’d been talking to on the dating app, but instead had an embarrassing photo of the event shared across the school. In another incident, a number of school workers saw photos of themselves shared across the internet after a student set up a fake online account posing as a colleague. Increasing numbers of school staff are being targeted by such scams, the Times Educational

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Virtual College and Interserve seminar examines ‘Reforming apprenticeships: a digital approach’

International Teaching

1/6/17

Virtual College and Interserve Learning and Employment will be delivering a free seminar at this year’s Learning Technologies Summer Forum Conference. Entitled ‘Reforming apprenticeships: a digital approach’, this seminar is highly relevant to organisations looking at how to maximise their apprenticeship levy and will explore the place of digital learning content in the delivery of apprenticeship standards. Interserve Learning and Employment are a leading training provider who deliver education and work-based learning that supports economic growth across the UK. They have partnered with learning technologies supplier of the

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How Labour took me from teenage mother to shadow education secretary

International Teaching

1/6/17

Politics changes lives. You would expect me, as a politician, to say that. But I don’tsay it as a politician: I say it as someone whose own life was changed. I was born on a council estate with a mum who, despite doing everything she could for me, couldn’t help me learn to read and write because she had never been taught herself. As the jargon would have it now, I was not “school ready”. And I am no longer ashamed to say that I left school at the age of 16, pregnant and without any qualifications. A third of Sure Start children’s centres in England lost, says Labour. It would be easy to think that the direction of my life, and that of my young son, was already set. After all, my

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