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‘Naked intimidation’: how universities silence academics on social media | Education

When Cardiff University PhD student Grace Krause began getting headaches and back pain after staring at a computer screen for days on end, she decided to speak out online. “Staff are marking hundreds of essays in an impossibly short time. It is exhausting. Everyone is in crisis mode. Stressed, moody, morose, everyone feels like they’re drowning,” she wrote on Twitter. The tweet came after a colleague had killed himself on campus and the inquest cited workload as a factor. Within…

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Farting fish fingered | Education

If it seems bizarre that serious scientists in Scotland should publish a study of farting in herrings, how improbable is it that they were almost beaten into print by a team of Swedish researchers who had discovered the same phenomenon? But that’s great minds for you. Bob Batty, of the Scottish Association for Marine Science, was certainly surprised when he made the discovery with two Canadian fellow researchers, Ben Wilson, of the University of British Columbia, and Larry Dill, of…

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The Ongoing Study of How and When Teachers Should Praise Students – Education Article

    Should teachers praise their students?     It’s a simple question with a multiplicity of answers.     A 2020 study published in the journal Educational Psychology concludes that teachers who use praise see a 30% increase in good behavior from their classes.     Meanwhile, reprimands actually increase misbehavior and unwillingness to comply with instruction.     Researches suggest a 3:1 or 4:1 praise-to-reprimand ratio. So for every one reprimand, a teacher should provide three or four…

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Top geneticist ‘should resign’ over his team’s laboratory fraud | Education

A row over scientific fraud at the highest level of British academia has led to calls for one of the country’s leading geneticists and highest-paid university chiefs to leave his posts. David Latchman, professor of genetics at University College London and master of Birkbeck, University of London – a post that earns him £380,000 a year – has angered senior academics by presiding over a laboratory that published fraudulent research, mostly on genetics and heart disease, for more than a…

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Put More Movement in Your Middle Grades Lessons – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog My Teaching Secret I have a teaching secret. Not the good type, like a trick or tip to make sure every lesson is a success…but the kind I’m NOT proud of. Here it is: Despite all the writing and speaking I do about making learning student-focused, participatory, and engaging, deep down what I really crave is a compliant, calm, predictable classroom. The truth is that I feel the most comfortable in the driver’s seat of learning –…

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‘People can’t learn about treatments they need’: why open access to medical research matters | Education

In December 2002, a Belfast teenager made world headlines after his father, Don Simms, won him the legal right to access an experimental drug. Jonathan Simms had been diagnosed with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), a cruel and fatal neurodegenerative condition that gives sufferers an average of one year to live. After receiving the drug pentosan polysulfate, Jonathan lived for another 10 years, defying all medical expectations. The court ruling made medical history: until that point the drug had only ever…

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It’s NOT About Google (Part 3) – SULS046 – Education Article

I love Google tools, but it’s NOT about Google! It’s about how we can use these tools to create dynamic learning experiences for our students. In this 4-part podcast series on Dynamic Learning with Google, Kasey shares all her favorite lesson ideas! In part three, Kasey explains how we can go BEYOND our curriculum and help students discover their passions, and how we can use Google tools to support this strategy! BONUS: Get the Dynamic Learning with Google Toolkit to…

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Research demonstrates how the use of bad language can alter our behaviour | Education

I have a friend who can’t say “fuck”. She never has been able to and shakes her head helplessly when teased and dared to give it a go. She’s not a prude. But she has such a strong reaction to the word that she cannot bring herself to utter it. Using the f-word in the first sentence of this article wasn’t done for gratuitous effect. But how did you react to reading it? Would it have been more agreeable to…

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Universities must overhaul the toxic working culture for academic researchers | Anton Muscatelli | Education

Academic research is an exciting, creative and varied endeavour, yet there is growing evidence that our culture has developed unhealthy levels of anxiety and stress. As the UK increases research and development spending – all the more important after Brexit – we will see much-needed growth in the number and significance of researchers. Yet it’s clear that we also need to make changes to their working conditions. This is underscored by a new survey from research funder Wellcome, which says…

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‘How can we compete with Google?’: the battle to train quantum coders | Education

There is a laboratory deep within University College London (UCL) that looks like a cross between a rebel base in Star Wars and a scene imagined by Jules Verne. Hidden within the miles of cables, blinking electronic equipment and screens is a gold-coloured contraption known as a dilution refrigerator. Its job is to chill the highly sensitive equipment needed to build a quantum computer to close to absolute zero, the coldest temperature in the known universe. Standing around the refrigerator…

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The Surprising 1-Day Motivational Intervention that Improves Student Achievement @coolcatteacher – Education Article

A surprising intervention was shown to improve grades. The intervention took one day and was a very minimal activity by most considerations. Dr. Lauren Eskreis-Winkler digs into the research and shares what they learned. Learn More About the Research Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts. Whether they do or don’t, to get the most out of listening you can use this Podcast PD Template Hyperdoc. Just make a copy and adapt it for…

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Devilish digits

Marc Abrahams reveals mathematical proof that Mikhail Gorbachev is the Antichrist In 1988, Robert W Faid solved one of the oldest and most famous problems in mathematics. Yet almost no one noticed. Cracking the nut that was nearly two millennia old, Faid calculated the identity of the Antichrist. In the rarified world of mathematicians, certain problems become the focus of intense pursuit. The four-color map problem was finally solved, by Wolfgang Haken and Kenneth Appel, in 1976. Fermat’s last theorem…

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How to get published in an academic journal: top tips from editors | Education

Writing for academic journals is highly competitive. Even if you overcome the first hurdle and generate a valuable idea or piece of research – how do you then sum it up in a way that will capture the interest of reviewers? There’s no simple formula for getting published – editors’ expectations can vary both between and within subject areas. But there are some challenges that will confront all academic writers regardless of their discipline. How should you respond to reviewer…

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Key Facts About the EdTech Market in the Philippines – Education Article

Education has evolved tremendously over past centuries. From studying under tree, to segregated schools, to public and private schools, and from black slates, to boards, and now to smart class, forms of education and how we receive it have come a long way and keep changing. With the introduction and deployment of technology in the sector, the education world is again going through another tremendous phase of change, be it in the way it teach, learn and even manage. This…

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Four students from Napa’s New Technology High School win award for spy documentary – Education Article

Four New Technology High School students created a documentary about an unsung hero, Eileen Nearne, who spied for the British during World War II. The film won second prize in the international competition Milken Family Unsung Hero Discovery Award. The eleventh graders — Jackie Vega, Priscilla Sanchez, Kevin Jakoby and Charles Brooks — will split the $3,000 prize. Students in Nancy Hale’s 10th-grade humanities class were tasked with finding a World War II unsung hero to research and present in…

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‘We’re at breaking point’: will UK scientists’ big ideas survive Brexit? | Education

Professor Jurriaan Ton, a Dutch expert in plant science at Sheffield University, feels British. His son was born here, his family love Yorkshire, and after more than a decade of producing highly cited research in the UK he has invested “massively” in the resources needed to make his blue skies research a success. But if he finds himself frozen out of grants from the European Research Council (ERC) after Brexit, he will hit a brick wall. “If I am no…

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