"Their mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers. Research shows that boys are having trouble reading, and that boys are getting worse at reading. No one is quite sure why. Some of the reasons are biological. Some of the reasons are sociological. But the good news is that research also shows that boys will read — if they are given reading that interests them
When it comes to gender gaps, boys and girls start out a little bit different, but these differences become rapidly magnified by a culture that sees them—and encourages them to see themselves—as fundamentally different creatures. Thanks to their extra conversation with peers and parents, girls' small verbal advantage balloons by kindergarten into a significant gap in phonological awareness, the key stepping stone for learning to read. the reason boys don't read and write as well as girls has little to do with innate brain wiring and everything to do with the reality that girls engage more than boys with words: talking, reading, journal writing, or endless text-messaging...Read the article
Bookmarks and Posters | Boys into Books 5-11 | School Library Association
At TEDxPSU, Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain. Bring back the boys.
ACARA invites feedback on the cross curriculum priorities information published on the Australian Curriculum website, particularly the overviews, organising ideas and learning area statements. We welcome this feedback through Friday, 9th September 2011.
The cross-curriculum priorities information can be found on the Australian Curriculum website at http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/CrossCurriculumPriorities. The navigation bar on the left hand side of the page will take you to each priority and links can then be followed to the learning area statements for that priority.Feedback can be provided on one or more of the priorities.
Individuals and groups who wish to view and to provide feedback should register by clicking here and following the instructions provided.
For further information, please contact ACARA’s senior project officer for the cross-curriculum priorities (Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and Sustainability) Deborah Palmer via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine Evans, senior project officer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, via email email@example.com.
thetelegraph.com.auSpelling Bee is being conducted for the enjoyment and benefit of New South Wales schools by Nationwide News, with the assistance of major sponsors, Capilano Honey, HarperCollins and Dreamworld.
thetelegraph.com.auSpelling Beeinvolves several stages through which students must advance in order to be eligible to participate in the Grand Final, to be held at The Daily Telegraph on 26th September, 2011.
Note: All students, including home schooled students, can be registered to play theSpelling Bee gameand enhance their spelling skills. Only registered New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory schools are eligible for semi-finals and the grand final.
Very SWEET! Schools with the highest percentage of active Spelling Bee participants at the end of the Spelling Beewill be entered into the draw to win an $8000 pallet of honey to be used as a P&C fundraiser.
thetelegraph.com.au’sSpelling Beeis an opportunity for your school to be part of a high-profile state-wide contest and to display your students’ talents and mastery of spelling.
Students can play against their class mates and friends with the new player vs player functionality. Throughout the Spelling Bee there will be weekly prizes up for grabs. For more details check out the championship information on the website. Participation online is FREE. Check out the Championship information Start by locating your schools' ID School login is the same for each class in the school. To set up your class you will then need to click on add class and enter each student. Each student will be given an automatic login and password which can be personalised.
I read this post recently and it made me reflect on practices in various schools I have been in. This issue often causes much discussion and a range of different responses from teachers and executives.
Should students who win an award for his talents in a particular subject area receive that award if they have got themselves into trouble? Should the award be withheld? Should they have to wait until their behaviour is acceptable? Does one thing have nothing to do with the other?
Photoshop for kidsby NicoleDalesio Nicole is a 5th grade teacher/ tech. trainer, Adobe Education Leader, and Google Certified Teacher: I'm interested in digital media: digital art and video art. I'm always looking for new ways to integrate technology into the school curriculum, and using technology for creative purposes.
Nicole has 13 videos stored here with many covering many aspects of this program- made easy enough for kids to follow.
The Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, has today announced the appointment of Dr Michele Bruniges as the new Director-General of Education and Communities and Managing Director of TAFE NSW. Dr Bruniges has a PhD in Educational Measurement, a Master’s Degree in Education, a Graduate Diploma of Educational Studies and a Diploma in Teaching.
Dr Bruniges is expected to start her new role in late August.
News Media Release from:
The Hon Adrian Piccoli MP Minister for Education MEDIA RELEASE Monday 11 July 2011 NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL OF EDUCATION NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has announced the appointment of Doctor Michele Bruniges as the new Director General of the Department of Education and Communities and Managing Director of TAFE NSW. “I am delighted that after an international search Dr Bruniges has accepted one of New South Wales’ most important public sector jobs,” Minister Piccoli said. “Dr Bruniges has extensive leadership and management experience in the education sectors in NSW, the ACT and at the Commonwealth level. Her understanding of the key contemporary national and international education issues and challenges is second to none,” Minster Piccoli said today. “She has outstanding knowledge and skills in the development and maintenance of high quality teaching and learning standards, and in curriculum, assessment and reporting practices. “Ensuring our children are educated effectively and giving business the well-trained staff it needs are integral to the state’s progress, and Dr Bruniges will do both extremely well. “While her most recent role was leading the national school reform agenda as an Associate Secretary with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Doctor Bruniges started her career as a teacher in New South Wales public schools. “She also taught at TAFE in Western Sydney and worked with the Adult Migrant Education Service teaching English,” said Mr Piccoli. Dr Bruniges has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Measurement, a Masters Degree in Education from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies and a Diploma in Teaching from the Goulburn College of Advanced Education. She is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and the recipient of numerous professional awards, including a Churchill Fellowship to study student achievement in education in the US and the Netherlands, an Exceptional Service Award from the Professional Teachers Council New South Wales for promoting teacher professionalism and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators. “I congratulate Doctor Bruniges on her appointment, and I look forward to working with her to the benefit of education and training in New South Wales.” MEDIA: David Bold 0423 202 369
I have seen the individualsmall whiteboard become very popular of late and they have a place in the classroom as they save a lot of mess and wasted paper. Education World offers five lessons to engage students in learning with whiteboards. Included: Tips from whiteboard users plus alternatives to whiteboards! "As thousands of teachers have found, whiteboards are a great way of actively involving students in the learning process -- and a terrific tool for immediate feedback and assessment."
However, I can also see theselarge whiteboards being a great tool in the library and in many classrooms. From an economical point of view I like that you can make your own collaborative-sized whiteboards by visiting your local hardware store. It also supports the drive towards the #paperless classroom. The boards can be used many times unlike butchers' paper of old.
"Ideas are more easily exposed, discussed, accepted, discarded, and modified with the flexibility of a whiteboard." "A large board gives enough room for the students to divide the board into sections. This is valuable if you have multiple focus questions of if you want the students to have both a diagram and a written explanation."
The (Nearly) Paperless Classroom blogger, David Wees, shares his ideas about using whiteboards to achieve his #paperless goal.
David Wees also reminds us we need to change our mindset that the paperless classroom needs a lot of technology. He is quite sure that it doesn't. What it needs, and I totally agree with him, is a transformation of pedagogy from teacher centred and content focused to student centred and a focus on developing skills.
I love this idea of creating a whiteboard notebook.
South Korea plans to convert all textbooks to digital, swap backpacks for tablets by 2015
By Zach Honig posted Jul 3rd, 2011 at 6:39AM
South Korea announced this week that it plans to spend over $2 billion developing digital textbooks, replacing paper in all of its schools by 2015.
Students would access paper-free learning materials from a cloud-based system, supplementing traditional content with multimedia on school-supplied tablets.
Both programs clearly offer significant advantages for the country's education system.
Source: MIT Technology Review The Chosunulbo
What are other countries plans? What are Australia's plans?
Will we go digital soon ? Should we?
There are now multiple avenues to access digital textbooks (techbooks) at no cost. Some are older versions, some have been written specifically using licences allowing free access such as Creative Commons and GNU Free Documentation. It is simply a matter of knowing where to look.
NEXT STAGE: From textbook to"techbook"
Indicative of the growing movement toward digital textbooks, Florida has approved the Discovery Education Science Elementary Techbook for Florida for classroom use.
"As a holistic learning system, the Techbook integrates the nature of science and inquiry into every phase of learning. With stunning videos, colourful text passages and interactive simulations, the Techbook kindles student interest in how science relates to their everyday life, stimulates critical thinking and deepens students’ understanding of core concepts."
Let's go beyond the textbook.
See what Discovery Education is now offering-(only in US)