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French Politics: France's Integration Problem A correspondent of mine stated this morning that the recent terror attacks demonstrated that France had "spectacularly failed" to resolve its integration problem. Here is my reponse: How do we judge relative success and failure of integration? Have we been spectacularly successful in the US in integrating African-Americans (who have been here longer than most of us but still face challenges all their own)? The French journalist Jean Quatremer pointed out this morning that because France doesn't keep ethnic/racial statistics, we don't know how many Muslims serve in the French military and police, but we do know that they are "spectacularly" overrepresented.

8 things we can't accept in education We can't accept what's been done in the past as the only way to do things in the future. Obviously changing just for the sake of changing is not appropriate, but we can't ignore the changes that are happening all around us, and as such there must be corresponding changes in education. We can't accept not teaching the 'whole' child. More and more frequently our students are entering our schools with needs that extend far beyond just 'learning.' In order for education to be successful, we can't ignore the external factors that play a critical role in what we do in education. We can't accept working in isolation and working in silos.

77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better If someone granted you one wish, what do you imagine you would want out of life that you haven’t gotten yet? For many people, it would be self-improvement and knowledge. Newcounter knowledge is the backbone of society’s progress. Great thinkers such as Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and others’ quests for knowledge have led society to many of the marvels we enjoy today. Your quest for knowledge doesn’t have to be as Earth-changing as Einstein’s, but it can be an important part of your life, leading to a new job, better pay, a new hobby, or simply knowledge for knowledge’s sake — whatever is important to you as an end goal. Life-changing knowledge does typically require advanced learning techniques.

Travel Guide to Paxos Greece "Despina" and “Christa” are passenger ferry boats that connects Paxos and Corfu. Departures/Arrival points are Paxos (Gaios - New Port) and Corfu (New Port - Setti Venti Café). - Refreshments available on board - WiFi available on board * Tickets are interchangeable with “Christa” service (see below) - dependent on availability * Contact to check return discount availability The student Voice: Our Survey, part 5 – Common Practices That Don’t Work One question from our student survey that generated very specific and (I think) helpful responses was: What is a very common teacher practice that occurs all the time in class but just does not work for you? Here is a representative sample of the responses: Taking notes of the projector and it doesn’t work because it doesn’t help me to understand and take it in if I am just mindlessly writing down notesReading to me does not work for me.just taking notes and listening to lectures. It always makes me tire and uninterested.

Data, Information, Knowledge Many bloggers have discussed the difference of “data”, “information”, and “knowledge”. Here is my attempt. (1) To become knowledge, information must be linked into a context. 10 Apps For Making a Great Slideshow Presentation on the Go Many of us have to present information to our bosses, potential investors, or colleagues at some point in one’s working life. While your trusty iOS device can’t help you in terms of building your confidence beforehand, it can help you present that information in a more appealing and attractive manner that’s guaranteed to grab people’s attention. Here are ten of the best apps to use to do precisely that, and give you the edge when making that all important presentation at work. We suggest trying them and seeing which ones work best for you:

5 Characteristics of a Change Agent cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by visualpanic (change agents) – People who act as catalysts for change… In my work through school and organization visits, I have been fascinated to see the correlation between the speed of change and an individual who is “leading” the charge. The schools that have someone (or a group of people) helping to push the boundaries of what can be done in schools seem to move a lot quicker with a larger amount of “buy-in” through the process. As Malcom Gladwell describes in his book, “The Tipping Point“, he states: The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts.

SOFI 2017 - The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World A high dependence on agriculture, as measured by the number of people employed in the sector, leaves the PoU 9.6 percentage points higher (25 percent). For low-income countries, the increase is equal to 13.6 percentage points (29 percent). The finding is different for middle-income countries where the rise in PoU is less pronounced and occurs later (from 2015–2016). 7 differences between mind map and Learning Map There is no difference, you are going to say. But there is. The main difference is that mind maps are all designed for presenting the idea or organizing/planning things together, thus all features are subjected to those needs, although you can use mind mapping tools for variety of different purposes depending on your creativity. Learning Map on the other hand is visually and functionally designed only for educational purposes, for presenting a learning topic to the learners which must be very consistent, properly curated, meaningful and supported with appropriate didactic learning materials.

Can iPads help achieve a state of Flow? I’ve just had the pleasure of being inspired by Keryn Davis at Core Education, New Zealand. Keryn was speaking to a selected group of talented NZ teachers and the not quiet as talented me, who are all carrying out research projects on teaching and learning in 2015. Keryn spoke to us about the power of play in schools and used research and her own data to convince all of us that this was a significant issue for educators to explore. Starting with the work of Lev Vygotsky, Keryn highlighted that people naturally stretch themselves during play. Vygotsky said: “In play, a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behaviour; in play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.” This idea struck me as quite profound and had me hooked the rest of the way.