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Teaching Twitter could become a class act

British school students may soon be learning about William Shakespeare and Ashton Kutcher.

British school students may soon be learning about William Shakespeare and Ashton Kutcher.

British schoolchildren may soon be studying the tweets of Ashton Kutcher along with the sonnets of Shakespeare.

A leaked Government report due to be released shortly, recommends that British primary school teachers be given much more flexibility in deciding what lessons to teach.

And while it emphasises the continued necessity of teaching traditional subjects such as spelling, history and arithmetic, it also recommends that students be taught about online media and instructed about web-based skills including how to use a spell checker.


Magic studio

“Magic Studio enables you to build and share interactive learning resources quickly and easily, with no specialist skills required. It’s an online service so you don’t have to install any complicated software – you can access your account from anywhere with a broadband connection. This means you can prepare content when and where it’s convenient and have the flexibility to deliver learning wherever it’s needed, both in and outside the classroom.”

Transgender youth face extreme harassment at school, report says

Transgender youth are physically and verbally harassed and face extremely high levels of harassment in school, even more than lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGBT) students, says a new study released by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.

At the same time, however, transgender youth are more likely to speak out about LGBT issues in the classroom, says “Harsh Realities: The Experiences of Transgender Youth in Our Nation’s Schools,” the first comprehensive study on transgender students. more » » »

The Textbook Problem

Is It Possible to Teach World History in High School? The other day I browsed through a tenth grade world history textbook. It was full of lush color. It offered many angles of entry into history -…
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Free Access to Digital Textbooks and Bestsellers from Bookshare

Free Access to Digital Textbooks and Bestsellers from Bookshare
Bookshare, the world’s largest accessible digital library for persons with print and learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, is providing free membership to qualified U.S. schools and students thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education (OSEP). more » » »

How Teachers Can Get More Respect, Part 1

Most teachers feel that their profession does not get the respect it deserves. In 2000 a survey of teachers conducted by Scholastic reported that 79% felt that respect for the profession is a problem in teacher retention. I don’t think much has changed since 2000.

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What Does Obama’s Education Agenda Mean For Us?

Taking School Seriously

President Obama outlined his view of K-12 public education yesterday,,0,817684.story

Most of the ne…

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