Thursday, December 16, 2010

Education & Digital Learning Current Awareness for December 19/10

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 19, 2010.

News & Blogs


Full-day learning not ‘watered down,’ Premier says
Premier Dalton McGuinty said he is not “watering down” the full-day learning program that is the cornerstone achievement of his second-term in office. Read our article on these changes [Canada]

Toronto Star, December 15, 2010


Suspended Toronto student wants apology
The Toronto student who was punished for criticizing his school's physical education department says he wants a public apology and to have his suspension wiped from his school record. [Canada]

CBC, December 12, 2010


PM to make native education a priority
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has taken a personal stake in improving the way children are taught on reserves by agreeing to meet collectively for the first time with first-nations leaders – a gathering where education would top the agenda. [Canada]

Globe and Mail, December 16, 2010


Ex-PM Martin slams Ottawa over funding of aboriginal schools
Former prime minister Paul Martin says it is "unforgivable" that Ottawa is shortchanging the funding of aboriginal education. [Canada]

Ottawa Citizen, December 16, 2010


Quebec ends religious teaching in publicly-funded daycares
Quebec will no longer allow religious education in the province's subsidized daycare programs. [Canada]

Ottawa Citizen, December 17, 2010


Deck the Halls with diversity
Across Canada, December means a sensitive balancing of different cultural and religious traditions for many schools and teachers — while for others, the run-up to Christmas looks much as it always has, filled with letters to Santa, Christmas ornament crafts and carolling sessions. [Canada]

Ottawa Citizen, December 15, 2010


Immigration Vote Leaves Obama’s Policy in Disarray
The vote by the Senate on Saturday to block a bill to grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant students was a painful setback to an emerging movement of immigrants and also appeared to leave the immigration policy of the Obama administration, which has supported the bill and the movement, in disarray. [US]

New York Times, December 18, 2010


US government sues school for refusing teacher Mecca pilgrimage leave
The US government is suing an education authority in Illinois because it refused to give a Muslim teacher unpaid leave to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. [US]

Telegraph, December 14, 2010


Los Angeles Schools to Seek Sponsors
Facing another potential round of huge budget cuts, the Los Angeles school board unanimously approved a plan on Tuesday night to allow the district to seek corporate sponsorships as a way to get money to the schools. [US]

New York Times, December 15, 2010


Don't touch pupils' fingers, music teachers are told
Music teachers are being told not to touch the fingers of pupils learning to play instruments. [UK]

Telegraph, December 12, 2010


Harvard Planning a National Digital Public Library
Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society announced this week it will research and plan an initiative to construct a "Digital Public Library of America" with funding from the Sloan Foundation. [US]

Digital Education - Education Week, December 16, 2010


Great reads for younger eyes
You're never too young for good literature. Here are a few suggestions for the young readers on your gift list, from babies to teens.

Toronto Star, December 15, 2010


Research & Reports


Labour Market Experiences of Youth After Leaving School: Exploring the Effect of Educational Pathways Over Tim
This report examines the link between educational pathways and labour market outcomes of youth from all 5 cycles of the Youth in Transition Survey. The educational pathways are organized according to three major criteria: (1) No postsecondary education, (2) Direct route to postsecondary education, and (3) Indirect route to postsecondary education. [Canada]

Statistics Canada, December 17, 2010


Laws fail to keep sex offenders from working in schools, federal report finds
People with a record of sexual misconduct are often able to land positions in public and private schools as teachers, support staff, volunteers or contractors, slipping through a system of background checks meant to thwart them, federal investigators reported Thursday. [US]

United States Government Accountability Office, December 2010


U.S. Education Secretary Highlights Best Practices of Bullying Policies
Key examples in state laws are highlighted as legislation that works to help protect students. [US]

US Dept. of Education, December 16, 2010


Survey Analyzes Educators' E-Book Use
School librarians are much more likely to purchase e-books than teachers, partly because it falls within their school budgets, says new research on digital books in K-12 schools. Access the survey.

Education Week, December 14, 2010


Youth & Technology


5 Predictions for Game Mechanics in 2011
Almost everyone agrees that education needs reform. But most efforts to use games to educate children have been failures, largely as a result of designers having to please parents and teachers before kids’ needs are served...

Mashable, December 17, 2010


As the Social Web Grows, Access Becomes a Right
As the social web becomes more common, universities start to make use of it. As they do, their reliance on it grows until often the only place to access essential information is online. But what of those who cannot utilize that information in the same way as the majority of their fellows?

ReadWriteWeb, December 15, 2010