K–12 Experts Weigh In on Training Teachers to Use Education Technology

For K–12 schools implementing new classroom tools, professional development is crucial to guaranteeing that both teachers and students make the most of such investments. A recent PwC report notes that of 2,000 K–12 teachers surveyed, only 10 percent reported feeling secure in their ability to incorporate “higher-level” technology into their classrooms, highlighting a need for quality training programs to develop teachers’ skills with emerging tech. Getting teachers up to speed on how to effectively teach with technology isn’t just about teaching them how to use tech tools, however. Any professional development plan needs to focus on encouraging…

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Tech makes new demands on teachers

The digital age is changing the world at an accelerated speed. The question is: Are teachers concerned about understanding the rapid changes being brought about by technology? Or is digital technology disrupting their comfort zone and the business of teaching? Although I see the accelerated changes and the disruption as exciting, it requires teachers to adopt and adapt to new technologies if they are to survive in the classroom. Technology has revolutionised many industries — and teachers, as agents of change, need to venture into a different mode of teaching.…

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No students in this school: Sanskrit institute with four teachers in dire straits

From a distance, this government-run Sanskrit school in Sikar district of Rajasthan appears like any other run-down school with the building in need of paint. But once you enter the premises, it becomes clear that something else is amiss. The school is erringly quiet – there are no children on the small playground or, for that matter, in the classrooms. The Government Upper Primary Sanskrit School in Pratappura village has six classrooms, four teachers — but not a single student. The teachers report for work at about 8am, water the…

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Feeling blue: Your children can ‘catch’ stress from friends and teachers in school

Are you feeling stress out? Blame it on your fellow batch mates or colleagues. New research suggests that if students and teachers of a school appear to be stressed, the chances of the same feeling percolating to a new colleague are quite high. The study, published in the journal Teaching and Teacher Education, found a significant link between burnout among early-career teachers and exposure to both a school-wide culture of burnout and burnout among the young teachers’ closest circle of colleagues. “If you are surrounded by people who are downcast or…

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HC notice to CBSE rule saying teachers not to accompany kids in school buses

New Delhi The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to the city government and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on a plea challenging the board’s amended rule that teachers will not accompany students in school buses and not be allotted non-academic work. A division bench of acting chief justice Gita Mittal and justice C Hari Shankar sought a response from the CBSE and Delhi’s Directorate of Education (DoE) by November 6. The plea filed by NGO Angika Development Society through advocate Arjun Harkauli challenged the CBSE’s October 2016…

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Corruption in education: Teachers education council asks staff to declare income and assets

To curb corruption and bring in greater transparency, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has asked all its employees to furnish details of their income and assets including property that will be put up on its website. According to sources, the council has over a period of time received a number of complaints regarding corruption and the move is aimed at checking that. “All the employees have been asked to provide details of their incomes, vehicles, property and its present market price. Data for three years has been sought…

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Microsoft selects 6 teachers, 2 schools from Gujarat as education innovators

Microsoft India on Monday announced the selection of six innovative educators and two showcase schools from Gujarat in the 2015-2016 class of Education Innovators. These educators and schools are among 168 Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts and 45 Microsoft Showcase Schools selected across India. The educators from Gujarat include Manish Purani and Jeroo Chothia of Valsad-based Atul Vidyalaya, Bhavna Desai and Krupali Sanghvi of Ahmedabad-based Udgam School for Children, Bijal Damani of Rajkot-based SN Kansagra School and Dr Lakshmanbhai Chaudhari of Patan-based Adarsh Vidyalaya. The two showcase schools are Udgam…

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Teachers in deprived schools 'more likely to be inexperienced'

Teachers working in the most deprived schools, where attainment levels are lower and children are needier, are more likely to be inexperienced and therefore less effective at their job, according to new research. The study by the University of Cambridge was published on Wednesday ahead of a summit organised by the Sutton Trust education charity to discuss how to improve social mobility through schools – in particular, how to ensure the best teaching for the most deprived children. The study found that experienced teachers, who are more effective than those…

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New primary school tests discriminate against dyslexic pupils, say teachers

The government’s “pedantic” new spelling tests for primary school children will stifle creativity and discriminate against pupils with dyslexia, teachers and campaigners have warned. The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) said it has been inundated with calls from primary headteachers who are alarmed about the new system, which will require 10- and 11-year-olds to correctly spell more than 100 key words before they are judged to have reach expected educational standards. The system will come into effect for exams taking place this summer. Following an outcry from teaching unions, the government…

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Student loans: Teachers should have debts written off after 10 years in classroom, headteachers declare

Teachers should have their student loan debts written off after spending 10 years in the classroom, as part of a package to help solve the recruitment crisis in schools, head teachers have declared. The idea is one of a series of measures being put forward by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) to the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, and aimed at overcoming teacher shortages. In a speech to the ASCL’s annual conference, Ms Morgan admitted schools were “struggling to attract the brightest and best” as…

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