Teachers love Google’s free education products, but worry they’re being lured into a more sinister plan

Google for Education tools have taken off “like grass on fire,” industry analysts say. The software is completely free and Chromebooks, which are laptops manufactured by other companies running the Google Chrome operating system, are deeply discounted for classrooms. These tactics have worked: Google-powered devices made up almost 60% of computing devices purchased for US classrooms in 2017, up from 5% in 2012. Eighty million teachers and students use the platform worldwide, and there are 30 million Chromebooks in classrooms. Teachers have expressed suspicions about why the mega-corporation is giving away the valuable…

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Norms not followed in teacher appointments at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University: Scheduled Caste Commission

Lucknow: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has pointed to flaws in the reservation roster for appointment of teachers at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University here. The commission found that vacancies in the reservation rosters, submitted by BBAU vice chancellor RC Sobti ‘prima facie’, were not in accordance with the prescribed format of the department of personnel and training (DoPT). In its report, the commission said the vice chancellor could not explain how the posts were de-reserved if Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates had applied for the posts but the selection process…

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NCTE set to grade B.Ed and teacher training institutes to improve quality

The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) will start grading B.Ed colleges and teacher training institutes in the country from July 10, starting with Bihar. According to Dr. A. Santhosh Mathew, chairperson of NCTE, each institution will be classified into four categories: A, B, C and D. Those falling in category D will be asked to close down while category C institutes will be inspected again within a year’s time and if it fails to improve it will be asked to shut shop. Under the revised framework, the institutions will…

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Secret Teacher: Your child is our lowest priority unless they're exam-age

It’s year 8 parents’ evening. The dining hall is alive with the buzz of conscientious parents ready to hear how their children are getting on, and whether the 13 years of love, worry and encouragement they’ve invested in their offspring are bearing fruit. I’ve got back-to-back five minute appointments, and halfway through the evening a queue has built up. As a mother and daughter get up to leave, my stomach drops. Uh-oh. Blond hair, long face, pointy chin. Next is either Tom or Tim … but I can’t tell them…

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Primary school supply teacher who 'turned up drunk' on first day banned from classroom for two years

A primary school supply teacher has been banned from the profession for two years after turning up drunk to work on her first day. Hannah Elizabeth Day slurred her words while reading a story and was “unsteady, confused” and “swaying” while teaching at Our Lady and St Philomena’s Catholic Primary School in Liverpool in October 2014. A disciplinary hearing also heard she was allegedly playing Pacman on her mobile phone during the lesson – a claim which Ms Day has denied –  and that a water fight broke out between…

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University admissions: Sharp rise in unconditional offers 'makes institutions look desperate'

The sharp rise in universities giving unconditional offers of places to sixthformers makes institutions look “desperate” and risks making students “sit back and twiddle their thumbs”, a leading headteacher has warned. Peter Hamilton, head of The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Hertfordshire, told an education conference that he was concerned at the sharp rise in unconditional offers which saw a  93 per cent increase last year. The number of unconditional offers rose from 12,100 in 2014 to 23,400 in 2015. They now account for 2.5 per cent of all offers,…

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