Saturday, December 11, 2010

Education & Digital Learning Current Awareness for December 12/10

A review of news and blog articles, commentaries, research, reports, and technology issues as they relate to education, digital learning, children and youth. Covering the week ending December 12, 2010.

News & Blogs

Gay and lesbian teens are punished more at school, by police, study says
Gay and lesbian teens in the United States are about 40 percent more likely than their straight peers to be punished by schools, police and the courts, according to a study published Monday, which finds that girls are especially at risk for unequal treatment.

Washington Post, December 6, 2010

More gay and bisexual teens expelled and jailed
Researchers found that when all teens committed the same amount of bad behaviour, those with a history of homosexual feelings or relationships were between 30 and 50 per cent more likely to be stopped by the police, 40 per cent more likely to be convicted of a crime as adults and more likely to be expelled from school.

Ottawa Citizen, December 6, 2010

Full-day kindergarten popularity outstrips plans to pay for it
Teachers have been generally supportive of the program but are already raising concerns about space, with the tightest classroom squeezes yet to come. Enthusiastic parents have driven up enrolment figures, creating new financial pressures. And Ontario residents aren’t the only ones watching – other provinces are moving in the same direction. [Canada]

Globe and Mail, December 8, 2010

Teachers’ union tones down criticism of Avison report
A day after blasting a report that found an individual convicted of sexual assaults on students had his teaching licence restored, the head of the B.C. teachers union says that instructor should be turfed. [Canada]

Globe and Mail, December 9, 2010

American Teens Trail Global Peers in Math Scores
American teenagers made modest progress on an international exam, but still performed below average in mathematics compared with their peers in other industrialized countries, according to results released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education. [US]

Wall Stree Journal, December 6, 2010

Canadian students enjoy equal education regardless of background: report
Canadian students earned among the best scores in the world in a literacy and skills test that measured, for the first time, their ability to manage digital information. [Canada]

Hamilton Spectator, December 7, 2010

Western Nations React to Poor Education Results
A respected international survey that found teenagers in Shanghai to be the best-educated in the world has prompted officials elsewhere across the globe to question their own educational systems, and even led the British education minister to promise an overhaul in student testing.

New York Times, December 8, 2010

Teachers, Chief Call for Aboriginal Education Initiative in Southern Ontario
An Aboriginal educational initiative that would kick-start professional development and build understanding among non-aboriginal and aboriginal school communities across southern Ontario is being proposed by the Presidents of Ontario's two largest teacher federations and Regional Grand Chief for Lake Huron Region Isadore Day, who also represents the Union of Ontario Indians (UOI). [Canada]

CNW, December 10, 2010

Ottawa, chiefs agree to pursue wholesale reform of native education
The Conservative government and the Assembly of First Nations have agreed to pursue root-and-branch reform of the way on-reserve children are educated, hoping to reverse decades of failure. [Canada]

CNW, December 9, 2010

Cheating pupils smuggling mobile phones into exam halls
More teenagers are being caught cheating in tests by smuggling BlackBerrys, iPhones and MP3 players into exam halls, figures show. [UK]

The Telegraph, December 8, 2010

Tackling bad behaviour 'is not our job', teachers claim
Teachers are reluctant to tackle badly behaved children because it is “beyond their remit”, according to Government research. [UK]

The Telegraph, December 10, 2010

Evolution Survives Assault on Louisiana Textbooks
Louisiana’s high school biology textbooks have survived the latest creationist-flavored attempt at distorting education about evolution. [US]

Wired, December 8, 2010

Free tuition money going unclaimed
Only one in five low-income families in Canada has taken up the federal government’s offer of free money for their children’s post-secondary education.

Toronto Star, December 5, 2010

Clickers and Technology Integration
So many techno-centrists believe in their heart-of-hearts that the road to student- (or learner-centered) instruction is paved with high-tech devices. New technologies can transform traditional teaching. That is what they want to happen.

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice, December 4, 2010

Research & Reports

Going Virtual! 2010. The Status of Professional Development and Unique Needs of K-12 Online Teachers
Going Virtual! 2010 is a follow-up report to the Going Virtual! Research series started in 2007. The purpose of the series is to describe current trends on the status of professional development for K-12 online teachers, as well as identify the unique needs and challenges faced by these instructors.

EdTech, Boise University, November 2010

Leadership and Collaboration for Better Broadband:
CoSN CTO Forum Report on How School Districts are Overcoming Broadband Connectivity Challenges

Report details how school districts across the country [US] are overcoming broadband connectivity challenges through collaboration

Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), December 2010

Is the link between large high schools and student victimization an illusion?
Contrary to teachers’ and students’ perceptions, bullying may not be any more commonplace in larger high schools than it is in smaller

Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 102(4), Nov 2010, 933-946.

Youth & Technology

4 (More) Tools for Teaching Kids to Code

ReadWriteWeb, December 8, 2010

4 Effective Tools for Monitoring Your Child’s Online Safety
If you’re concerned about your child’s online safety, you aren’t unusual. Seventy-eight percent of respondents to a survey conducted by Yahoo had similar worries, and more than 70% of them took some action to manage their children’s online and mobile activities.

Mashable, December 6, 2010

I Know What You Read Last Summer - E-Readers and Privacy
EFF's E-Book Buyer's Guide to E-Book Privacy provides a review of the privacy policies of various e-book providers - both hardware and software makers - from the Amazon Kindle, to Google Books, to the Internet Archive. The report is based on what the policies say themselves, not on how they're enforced in practice.

ReadWriteWeb, December 7, 2010