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Act now to minimise the damage to education | Letter | Education

Following the decision to slow down the return to school for most pupils, it is time for the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, and the government to admit to the critical nature of the situation and embark on a national campaign to be ready for the start of the new school year in September (Boris Johnson urged to set out recovery plan for schools in England, 9 June). I am a governor of a primary school and from the start, as…

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Home school in Dagenham: three children, no tablet, no computer | Education

When Kelly Rivers left school at 15 she never dreamt she would one day be thrown into the role of teacher to three of her six children, and with no access to a computer, tablet or printer. But that is the challenge she has been facing under lockdown – and she has been finding it tough. “I have to message a friend whose child goes to the same school and ask what their children have been asked to do,” she…

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The vision for a national Open School is a good one. The BBC is ready to make it happen | Tony Hall | Education

The Covid-19 crisis has transformed all our lives in ways we could barely have imagined just a few weeks ago. In so many areas, we will be desperate to go back to “normal life” as soon as safely possible. But in others, however, what we have learned in this crisis will – and should – reshape our thinking for ever. Educating the nation’s children is one of those areas. All of us have had to adapt to play our part…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

I received an email message from a member of our church this week, who has someone in their Sunday School class having trouble with audio and video quality in a Zoom videoconference. I did not receive any more specific details than that via email, so I had to compose a pretty generic and wide ranging response. This is what I emailed to them. It is difficult to know what these connectivity problems / issues were without more context, but often…

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The Internet is NOT the Best Place for Kids to Learn After the Coronavirus Pandemic – Education Article

 If the Coronavirus quarantine has taught educators one thing, it’s this.   Online learning is not better than in-person schooling.   After all these years of corporations throwing apps at us and well-meaning administrators providing us with devices and philanthrocapitalists pumping billions of dollars into ed tech first academic schemes, we can all see now that the emperor has no clothes.   When schools nationwide are closed to stop the spread of a global pandemic and learning is restricted to…

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Online learning: how to acquire new skills during lockdown | Education

For many of us in self-isolation, it can feel like the coronavirus has put the world on hold as we wait for release from our temporary imprisonment. But increasing numbers of people are using the time to build their skillset, with an upsurge in enrolments on online learning platforms such as edX, FutureLearn and Coursera, which offer “massive open online courses” – or Moocs. Coursera, for instance, has seen an eightfold increase in enrolments for social science, personal development, arts…

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Durham University retracts controversial plan to provide online-only degrees | Education

Durham University has retracted controversial plans to provide online-only degrees due to the coronavirus pandemic following a backlash from students and lecturers. The university’s senate was due to vote on a resolution that would see Durham develop a range of online degrees to “complement its existing high quality residential educational programme”. But it was withdrawn on Wednesday after many senate members expressed opposition to the proposals. The plans, which would also reduce the number of modules taught in person by…

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‘The gap will be bigger than ever’: grammar school exams still going ahead | Education

In this time of crisis, exams are off: GCSEs, A-levels, Sats. All except one … the 11-plus, a test that was phased out in most parts of the country decades ago, but that means everything to families in areas still operating a system of grammars and de facto secondary moderns. A quick scan of grammar school websites around the country shows that, so far, it is business as usual. The entire world may have stopped in its tracks but, in…

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Harassment fears as students post extreme pornography in online lectures | Education

Students are posting extreme pornography in online lectures, prompting academics to warn that the switch to digital learning in the coronavirus pandemic will increase harassment at UK universities. Several universities have taken disciplinary action against students for posting abusive images in lectures hosted on the Zoom video app in the past week, according to Aisha Gill, professor of criminology at Roehampton University. The cases come after the University of Derby suspended six students over “degrading and offensive” comments allegedly made…

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I’m a teacher in Italian quarantine, and e-learning is no substitute for the real thing | Lizzie Winter | Opinion

The past week has seen drastic changes all over the world, in particular, Italy. This began last week with a lockdown in northern Italy, the closure of schools and universities across the country, and now a complete lockdown across the whole nation. My life as a primary school teacher here in Tuscany has changed radically. I have been working at a private international school for two years, and what once involved me walking to school, interacting with colleagues and teaching…

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‘Guys ask for more money’: why female-led startups underperform | Education

The first time Olivia Champion pitched a business idea based on her academic research was so disheartening she nearly gave up. The 10-strong panel she faced were all men, bar a few women responsible for administration and taking minutes. Their first question was: “Why are you here?” “It took the wind out of my sails immediately,” she says. “I thought, ‘Blimey. This is going badly.’” She had been convinced her idea was good, but after that rejection she began to…

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Labour’s broadband plan could radically change young people’s life chances | Education

Researching the digital lives of teenagers brings with it great highs and lows. The highs are realising that new doors are opening for young people as they expand their horizons beyond their everyday worlds. The lows are different. Our research revealed young people in deprived areas are struggling to get online and stay connected. Some schools have poorly designed and funded IT systems and there are colleges that all but choke off digital engagement. Sandra Leaton Gray. Often, school is…

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Teachers on Twitter: why you should join and how to get started | Teacher Network

I’ve been using Twitter for six months and it’s already one of the best career decisions I’ve made. For a while, it seemed that my relationship with teaching was going to be short lived (the first rush of excitement and energy was gone and in need of resuscitation). But thanks to some of the inspiring educators on Twitter, I have fallen back in love with teaching. Earlier this year, a colleague (@historychappy) presented a 10-minute continuing professional development session on…

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Welsh, Hawaiian and Navajo … now Gaelic is in line for a rescue | Education

Sorley MacLean’s poem Hallaig, a lament to the cleared homesteads of the Isle of Raasay, is his most famous work, lauded by Seamus Heaney, the Irish Nobel laureate whose translation was published in 2002, and the inspiration for countless other poets and songsmiths. Yet few have ever read the poem as MacLean wrote it, or any of the other masterworks from the lyrical canon of Scottish Gaelic literature. Barely 60,000 people speak Gaelic, one of Britain’s fragile minority languages which…

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The Best Guide On How to Write a Synthesis Essay – EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS – Education Article

Any academic career – regardless of which degree is being earned – is full of writing assignments. The nature of these essays may vary, though. When given a new style to master, it can be a little overwhelming. However, with a little investigation, anyone can learn the tricks for each genre. Here, we are going to give a guide to creating the perfect synthesis essay. Defining This Style The initial thing to learn concerning any paper’s approach is to learn…

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The best way to learn – video textbooks! – EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS – Education Article

At Clutch Prep we call ourselves “the video version of textbooks”. Make no mistake however, we truly offer so much more. Founders Marcio, Artem, Johnny, and Alain were students at Florida International University (FIU) who saw a need in the community for something more than your average tutoring services. Online tutoring was a relatively new concept and they believed they could create something better than what was already available online at the time. And boom, the idea for Clutch Prep…

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