Alabama Elementary School Creates Tech Learning Ground for Teachers

(TNS) — Decatur City Schools has created what school leaders call a one-of-a-kind playground for teachers at Oak Park Elementary. Spark Lab is a place where teachers go for professional development in a game-like environment and learn the most innovative techniques to teach science, technology, engineering and math-based education. DCS technology coach Faith Plunkett came up with the idea after she was asked at a conference in Florence about what she would change to make education better. “I was in the area of professional development, and I wanted something that…

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How education can affect our socio-cultural milieu

Few people recognise the conflict that education in a society like ours necessarily involves. The Constitution of India carries a transformative vision of society, implying a major change in the values and behaviours embedded in culture. Many of these values and behaviours impinge on religious beliefs. They are not compatible with the fundamental values, such as equality and justice, enshrined in the Constitution. The State is supposed to play a negotiating role, reconciling and mitigating the conflict between Constitutional values and those entrenched in culture. The State’s institutional apparatus, including…

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Telangana elections: Education to create hurdles for TRS in elections?

HYDERABAD: Despite tall claims, education is turning out to be a thorn in the flesh for TRS. The slow rate of growth of the State’s literacy at 66.46 per cent that pegged the State at 25th position in national rankings and below Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh — which have lower revenue rates — as per the 2011 census, could become a challenge for the Pink Party. Congress, which has been critical of TRS over non-implementation of education-related policies, particularly non-payment of fee reimbursement dues, has made a tall claim…

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Drastic changes in education policy recommended

LAHORE: A moot on research in education has recommended bringing drastic changes in education policy, teachers’ education programmes and curriculum to serve unreached and out-of-school children. The recommendations were announced in the concluding session of the conference organised by Punjab University Institute of Education and Research at Faisal Auditorium here Thursday. University of Education’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Rauf-e-Azam, Dean Faculty of Education Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhtar, Institute of Education and Research Director Prof Dr Rifaqat Ali Akbar, Department of Secondary Education Chairman Prof Dr Abid Hussain Chaudhry, conference Secretary Dr…

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