Questioning Toolkit Essential Questions These are questions which touch our hearts and souls. They are central to our lives. They help to define what it means to be human. Most important thought during our lives will center on such essential questions. What does it mean to be a good friend? Articles > Don't be a hero - Leader Magazine Collecting and analysing evidence on what improves student learning outcomes has been my life’s work. Some may even call it an obsession. Over the last 30 years, I have analysed the findings from more than 1,400 meta-analyses based on 80,000 studies on educational effectiveness – involving more than 300 million students. If I’ve learned anything from all this research, it’s that almost everything a teacher does in a classroom works.
This Tiny Country Thinks Virtual Citizens Will Make It Rich With 1.3 million citizens, Estonia is one of the smallest countries in Europe, but its ambition is to become one of the largest countries in the world. Not one of the largest geographically or even by number of citizens, however. Largest in e-residents, a category of digital affiliation that it hopes will attract people, especially entrepreneurs. Started two years ago, e-residency gives citizens of any nation the opportunity to set up Estonian bank accounts and businesses that use a verified digital signature and are operated remotely, online.
Developing a communications strategy — NCVO Knowhow Step-by-step guide to producing a comms strategy for your organisation. Includes exercises and downloads. A communications strategy is designed to help you and your organisation communicate effectively and meet core organisational objectives. Here we look at the key elements of a communications strategy as well as how press/PR plans, web strategies and marketing plans fit into your organisation’s overall communications strategy. Writing your communications strategy Using your students' smartphone cameras A week ago, I was delivering a teacher training course on the use of technology tools at York Associates, and was blessed with a group of nine fantastic trainees who were all enthusiastic to learn about practical ideas they can apply when they get back to their classrooms. The range of technological knowledge and abilities varied widely from teachers who hardly made use of technology in the classroom to teacher trainers who were involved in making decisions about the use of technology in their national curriculum. However, despite the title of the course, it was essential to highlight the fact that tech tools are merely tools, and not the ‘main star’ of the show. Technology is not there to confound the technophobic teacher or indulge the technophile. It is there to create more valuable and interesting learning opportunities, to make the teacher’s job easier, and to motivate the students. And the use of the smartphone camera demonstrates this most effectively.
Why we need to ask bigger, bolder and better questions about education It's time for less dogma, fewer polarised, sterile arguments and the humility to realise how much we can learn from others. Two hundred and sixty four million children in the world do not attend school. (Unicef) That number is increasing not decreasing. So the task in many countries, often scarred by famine, poverty, conflict or prejudice, is basic but hard: to train enough teachers; get children to come to school. Three examples of improving education in developing countries are the work Sir Michael Barber and his team have done in Pakistan, the new schools being set up in Africa e.g. in Sierra Leone, and the work of big foundations e.g Lemann trying to do similar work in Brazil. Historically there are four main philosophies that provide the starting points for much of the current debate about the purpose of education: They appear in different guises in different settings:
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Ethical Leadership in Education - National Governance Association Ethical Leadership for a better education system “The nation trusts us to form young people into the best that they can be. The public expects us to know what kind of example we should set them, but do we? 35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking This is a sponsored post. I’ve scoured the internet, including all of my favourite social media sites, to bring you a fantastic collection of online inquiry and inventive thinking resources that I know will inspire and motivate both you and your students. The collection includes Lego, science, practical activity ideas, engineering, videos, animation, technology and a tonne of fun facts – so there is sure to be something for everyone! Sean Kenney Lego Certified Master Builder’s YouTube Channel: Best-selling author and artist, Sean Kenney, uses LEGO toys to build anything and everything you can imagine.