Sunday, January 2, 2011

Education & Digital Learning Current Awareness for January 2/11

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 last two weeks of 2010.

News & Blogs

Cautiously skeptimistic: Can we revamp Canadian education?
Many people say we’re in the Information Age, but it’s really the shaping of information into knowledge and applications that’s driving this new era. Being able to work and learn in this new environment requires people to possess skills and attributes that would allow them to shape, build, acquire, share and develop knowledge. They must also develop the ability to “unlearn” and “relearn,” as well as adopt new ways to collaborate, co-operate and innovate. [Canada]

Globe and Mail, December 28, 2010

Ten Reasons Why Education In Ontario Was Better In 2010
Top ten list according to the Ontario Ministry of Education...a PR piece [Canada]

Ontario Government News Releases, December 23, 2010

Record on education is Ontario premier’s best case for re-election
If Dalton McGuinty’s campaign team is smart, a veteran Liberal offered recently, the Ontario Premier will be doing photo-ops in schools as often as humanly possible between now and next fall’s provincial election. [Canada]

Globe and Mail, December 22, 2010

Latin lovers fight to keep the language in Ontario’s schools
Studies have shown that learning Latin significantly boosts grades and standardized test scores, even more so than learning languages that are still spoken today.

Toronto Star, December 28, 2010

Cheaters Find an Adversary in Technology
Mississippi had a problem born of the age of soaring student testing and digital technology. High school students taking the state’s end-of-year exams were using cellphones to text one another the answers...the company, Caveon Test Security, began working for Mississippi in 2006, cheating has declined about 70 percent [US]

New York Times, December 27, 2010

S. Korean City Pilots Robot English Teachers
Controlled remotely by English teachers in the Philippines, the 29 robots wheeled around the classroom while speaking to the students, reading books to them and dancing to music by moving their head and arms.

Education Week, December 29, 2010

Five Ed-Tech Themes for 2010
Education Week's Digital Education Blog's top five for 2011.

Education Week, December 29, 2010

Hundreds join push for single school system
Nearly a month after a former education minister launched a petition to eliminate Alberta's separate school system, 646 people have signed on to his call for a referendum into government-funded Catholic schools. [Canada]

Calgary Herald, December 30, 2010

Publishers seek young readers as book critics of teen literature
More than 70 young readers at the Montgomery County library in downtown Bethesda are a little-known sounding board for publishers of teen fiction.

Washington Post, December 26, 2010

Schools cope with shelterless students
Homelessness had come as a swift, unforgiving series of blows. First, his parents, whose marriage had imploded, disappeared. A few days later, Brewer came home from school to an eviction notice posted on the front door...Suddenly, he was one of a growing number of teens without parents, guardians or reliable shelter in one of America's richest communities. [US]

Washington Post, December 27, 2010

Hurdles Emerge in Rising Effort to Rate Teachers
It is becoming common practice nationally to rank teachers for their effectiveness, or value added, a measure that is defined as how much a teacher contributes to student progress on standardized tests. The practice was strongly supported by President Obama’s education grant competition, Race to the Top, and large school districts, including those in Houston, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, have begun to use a form of it...But the experience in New York City shows just how difficult it can be to come up with a system that gains acceptance as being fair and accurate. [US]

New York Times, December 26, 2010

Shanghai Schools’ Approach Pushes Students to Top of Tests
Discipline issues are rare at the middle school linked to the Jing’An Teachers’ College in Shanghai. The city is thought to have China’s best schools.

New York Times, December 29, 2010

Saudi Arabia girls' schools investigated over 'illegal' sports day
Private Saudi girls' high schools are being investigated by the education ministry for holding an "illegal" sports tournament...truly unbelievable.

UK Telegraph, December 21, 2010

Research & Reports

Shortage of Science Games Research Noted
While games and simulations have great potential to address challenges in K-12 science education, the research needed to achieve that potential is limited, says a new report by the National Research Council.

Education Week, December 22, 2010

Study: Muslim Students Set Their Eyes On Catholic Campuses
Catholic campuses had a higher population of Muslim students than the average four-year institution in 2009, according to a recent report by The Washington Post. Students cite the appeal of shared values. However, tensions can rise when Muslim students want to carve out their own space through Muslim prayer rooms, Muslim chaplains and student organizations. Host Michel Martin speaks with John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America about the influx of Muslim students enrolling in Catholic colleges. [US]

NPR, December 23, 2010

Youth & Technology

290+ Social Media Resources From 2010
See the "Education" section.

Mashable, December 26, 2010

10 Free Online Resources for Science Teachers
One of the greatest ways technology can empower teachers is by helping them demonstrate concepts and by making it easier for students to learn through their own exploration and experimentation...

Mashable, December 20, 2010

8 Educational Gadgets That Make Learning Fun

ReadWriteWeb, December 27, 2010