Ballarat Grammar teacher to attend Women in Agri-tech Education Symposium

BALLARAT Grammar agriculture teacher Noni Gabb is one of 15 female teachers chosen to attend the Women in Agri-tech Education Symposium in Brisbane next year, after a nationwide search. “I’ll be able to bring back new and emerging tech that I haven’t been exposed to and be able to teach in a lot more detail,” Ms Gabb said. “And I hope to find technologies that are relevant to all the enterprises that my students are interested in.” The two-day symposium kicks off a long-term project to increase digital literacy in…

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6 ways tech will change education forever

Technology has always been a driving factor in different aspects of human life. It has changed the way we live and perform various activities. One of the aspects of our lives that has been subjected to many changes due to the latest rapid developments in digital technologies is education. The advancement of digital technologies has opened up many opportunities for improving education and allowing people to learn better and faster. Today, we are going to give you the 6 most impactful ways technology is changing education as we know it. Tech empowered classrooms One…

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The financial plumbing of university education

In 1997, the Dearing Report recommended the widespread use of government loans to pay for university degrees in the UK. This, as we all now know, came to pass. The government-commissioned report also briefly touched on ways of securing private capital for higher education, one method of which would involve selling the government’s rights to the debt repayments. The authors were dismissive of this idea. Student loan debt, they wrote, “is a novel financial asset, which potential purchasers would be likely to discount heavily until a clear record is available”. The government…

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The collapse of democracy in England’s schools

Aditya Chakrabortty’s description of the process by which the private sector forces state schools into its net is very accurate (The private takeover of schools is well under way, Journal, 5 December). I have been involved with (regrettably unsuccessful) attempts to stop this coercive process in several schools, including speaking out on public platforms against the grant-maintained schools initiative in the early 90s, which was the thin end of the very aggressive wedge now transforming our education system. The diminution of any parental, even public, influence on these privatised schools…

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Tufts Expands Commitment to Prison Education

Hilary Binda, AG03, believes in the human capacity to observe, question, and reflect—in short, to learn and grow—at any stage of life. Binda, founder of the Tufts University Prison Initiative of the Tisch College (TUPIT), has seen that capacity firsthand in teaching a literature class to incarcerated men. “Students in prison have intellectual curiosity that is off the charts and an incredible drive to learn and teach others,” she said. “That’s part of the joy of teaching inside. There is also a radical diversity of skill and experience among students.” Now, through…

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Inspector General Faults Education Department

In a semiannual report to Congress, the Education Department’s inspector general took issue with the agency’s proposal to eliminate the gainful-employment rule without other accountability standards in place. Inspector General Kathleen Tighe, who retired from the department as of Nov. 30, also warned House and Senate education committee leaders earlier this year against eliminating the rule in an overhaul of the Higher Education Act. In the new report, which covered work by the inspector general from April through September of this year, Tighe said the for-profit college sector “continues to be a high-risk area for…

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Adequacy of facilities in schools correlates to quality of education

Adequate and up-to-date facilities in schools influence the quality of education and students’ performance. A study carried out in Tennessee, USA, found growing evidence of a correlation between the adequacy of a school facility and student behaviour and performance. “Building a school infrastructure is different from building an office infrastructure. The school infrastructure not only has to be functional and economical, but it also has to give a sense of self-worth to the students,” the report stated. Against this backdrop, the education ministry in its recent annual education statistics has…

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This is how smartphones and computers are disrupting your sleep

Researchers at Salk Institute in the US have uncovered how artificial light from smartphones and computers can disrupt sleep. The finding is more than just a curious study as it may lead to new treatments for migraines, insomnia, jet lag and circadian rhythm disorders. How smartphones and computer disrupt sleep Scientists found that certain cells in the eye process ambient light and reset our internal clocks — the daily cycles of physiological processes known as the circadian rhythm. When these cells are exposed to artificial light late into the night,…

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Love for international education takes alumna to the Philippines

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Of all the advice Evangeline Chow received while she was a student in the Penn State College of Education, one lesson sticks with her most. “Representation in the classroom matters,” the 2009 alumna recalled. “When the student body sees teachers who look like them, that means something.” Chow, the daughter of first-generation immigrants from Hong Kong, said these words, spoken to her by Maria Schmidt, assistant dean for multicultural programs, helped to inspire her teaching ambitions. During her five years at Penn State — she returned in…

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Solar power education in Region 8

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) -One school district saves money by being energey efficient and educating students at the same time. The Batesville School District is using solar power to offset electricity costs, and helping students position for possible clean energy careers. The school district installed a $5 million solar power system that is expected to make about $100,000 worth of electricity per year. This will save the district about $2 million over a 20 year period. According to Batesville High School Principal David Campbell, energy costs have been steadily increasing about…

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