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Italy: New plans for better education 7.4.2014 On 27th of March, the new Minister of education, Stefania Giannini, presented her plan for education, university and research to the Commission of the Senate. In her speech, the Minister pointed out that the newly appointed government has placed education among its top priorities. Priorities revolve around measures to reduce the high number of staff on temporary contracts, to increase educational quality through the evaluation of teachers and schools, to encourage foreign language learning of pupils in primary education as well as sport and food education starting from pre-primary level. The Minister has also confirmed allocating resources for the renovation of school buildings and has promised a revision of teachers’ labour contracts. In particular, attention will go to how salary increases are allocated.

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One vision of tomorrow’s college: Cheap, and you get an education, not a degree (Illustration by Doug Chayka) Higher education — increasingly unaffordable and unattainable — is on the verge of a transformation that not only could remedy that, but could change the role college plays in our society. Can you imagine the benefits of colleges having little bricks-and-mortar overhead, of each student being taught in ways scientifically tailored to their individual needs, of educators, students and researchers being able to capi­tal­ize on global intelligence? In “The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere,” Kevin Carey, director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, a public-policy think tank in Washington, lays out a provocative history of how the university system got to this point and one vision of the revolution that’s beginning because of digital innovation.

Step by Step: Designing Personalized Learning Experiences For Students The phrase “personalized learning” gets tossed around a lot in education circles. Sometimes it’s used in the context of educational technology tools that offer lessons keyed to the academic level of individual students. Other times it’s referring to the personal touch of a teacher getting to know a student, learning about their interests and tailoring lessons to meet both their needs and their passion areas. As with most education jargon, the phrase isn’t fixed, but it usually connects to the idea that not all students need the same thing at the same time.

Part 1: Flipping The Classroom? … 12 Resources To Keep You On Your Feet Welcome to another post rich in resources. If you have come here looking for links that will guide you to videos and multimedia to use in a Flipped Classroom that is coming in a future post. Perhaps you have tried a little Flip of your own and want to learn more. If you are beginning to investigate what a Flipped Classroom is, with the thought of possibly trying some kind of Flip yourself… then this is also the right place. I have researched and tried to find you the very best resources to get educators in all positions thinking about what a Flipped Classroom” really is”? I know that if you take a look at the resources provided you will walk away with a better understanding, and a well thought out implementation.

Sixth form colleges left on starvation rations by government cuts, says report Sixth form colleges are on “starvation rations” as a result of government funding cuts that have put their survival at risk, according to a report. Almost four out of every 10 sixth form principals say it is likely their college will cease to be a going concern within five years, according to Tuesday’s report, while seven out of 10 say they cannot provide students with a quality education with the money they are set to receive next year. Research by the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA), which represents England’s 93 sixth form colleges, reveals an alarming picture of a beleaguered sector “under serious threat”, with almost all college leaders worried about the financial health of their institutions. In contrast with schools, where the government has largely protected budgets, sixth form colleges have been subjected to three separate funding cuts since 2011, with the threat of more to come as the treasury seeks further savings.

Letter to a young learner After a lifetime of being a student of my mother‘s — she was a gifted teacher who stoutly defended my right to color outside the lines — and ten years of teaching students at UC Berkeley and Stanford — I was rewarded by being able to recognize an important student when she came along. She is twelve. While she is bright in school, her interests are not those of her schoolmates or teachers. I work closely with her mother on planning some work with her during the summer and after school once a week.

Trends, challenges, and developments for higher education’s next 5 years What’s coming up for education and technology over the next five years? The New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report for higher education* just derived eighteen concepts for its upcoming report. Check ’em out, and tell the team if you have a project that fits into one or more of them. A quick note before approaching these: remember that the technology items are only 1/3rd of the current report. People often forget this, or only pay attention to the tech.

6 Ways To Make Online Education More Inviting The most popular complaints about online learning are lack of engagement, slow response time from the instructor, and a loss of the sense of community. Imagine that it’s your first day of school. You’re walking down a hallway with no signs or room numbers. You don’t know who your teacher is, who your fellow classmates are, and no one will help you find your class. Are you really concerned about learning algebra at this point? Anxiety is the enemy of learning.

Education and Training Monitor calls for greater investment in education Member States must invest in education to avoid ‘educational poverty’, a Europe-wide report has found. The EU’s 2015 Education and Training Monitor said investment is needed to build more inclusive educational systems in Europe and combat unemployment. It called for Member States to focus efforts on improving the accessibility, quality and relevance of their education and training systems. The findings come as numerous Member States make cuts to their education budgets, which have fallen by 3.2% across Europe since 2010.

How To YouTube Your Classroom YouTube is popular. Over 3 billion videos are viewed each day. Each month, YouTube will see approaching a billion unique visitors. And projected estimates for 2011 includes over a trillion video playbacks. A trillion. Whatever mechanisms YouTube uses to deploy content works. How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory By Suzie Boss The following suggestions for turning K-12 classrooms into innovation spaces come from Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World, published in July by Solution Tree. How can we prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators?

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