The best of the web on education from kindergarten to postsecondary, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail education editor Simona Chiose.
How to turn iPads into creative tools
The practice of using iPads in the classroom could lead to students and teachers interacting more with the technology than with each other unless educators make conscious decisions to utilize technology for creating rather than consuming. This is an interesting example of how one group of first graders interpret poetry on their screens.
Students must be learning partners
While students complain about teachers, professors often complain about students, particularly when they spend time in lecture on Facebook. A new survey used by British universities asks students to consider when they take responsibility for their learning. Among the questions: ‘How often have you come to class without completing readings or assignments?’
Testing makes each country a learning lab
Testing student achievement internationally turns each country into a laboratory, says one of the people responsible for the OECD’s PISA test, that tests the literacy, math and science knowledge of 15-year-olds around the world. The tests have shown that equity and quality are not at odds, says Andreas Schleicher; in fact, some countries are particularly good at attenuating the impact of social background on learning success.
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