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Measuring student success

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“I believe that a basket of metrics is needed to gain a fuller understanding of what a student is capable of both academically and social/emotionally. We will continue to use standardised testing because no other evaluation can be so consistently applied. It will continue to be an imperfect gauge of academic ability, but all practical measures have weaknesses. By including …

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Case Study (contd): Individualising learning through inclusion

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Educators have long been intrigued by the prospect of individualising learning, and the emergence of new classes of technology have expanded the practical possibilities. Last month we caught up with Kasson Bratton, Head of Middle school at Nanjing International, China who shared with us interesting insights on how NIS is driving individualised learning together with inclusion. This is the second part of the interview …

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Share your ‘big idea’ at #teachtechtalks

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Are you an educator with a passion for technology? Do you have a case study that you would like share with your fellow educators?  If yes, then you might be ideally suited to participate at #teachtechtalks at EduTECH Asia. What are #teachtechtalks? #teachtechtalks are on-floor pecha kucha sessions running alongside the main EduTECH Asia conference. These are specifically designed to give teachers, lecturers and …

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The teacher’s toolkit

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Teachers today work in a full capacity, and keeping up with technology can feel like an extra burden. But if you are an educator who is interested in engaging creatively with students, learning your way around a few of the best available tools can be worth your time. These ‘S’cool Tools’ will definitely save you the hassle of day-to-day challenges and make your job more …

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Leading innovative change in education

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The OECD defines educational innovation as the “introduction of new products and services, processes for delivering services, ways of organizing activities, and new marketing techniques to improve the provision of education based on the social and educational objectives as measured by stakeholders.” As leaders in educational technology, this definition excites us!  It also motivates us as we are constantly looking for …

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Case Study: Individualising learning through inclusion

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“By individualising pathways for learning, we are allowing more and more of our students to reach the “personal excellence” that our mission aspires toward. In this way, inclusion is important because it allows all students the chance to reach their individual potential”- says Kasson Bratton, Head of Middle school at Nanjing International, China. Individualised learning is an effective tool to …

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Going Social – 3 inspiring classroom examples

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Going Social You’ll see them everywhere. The teenage boy with an iPad “hash-tagging”, the young girl in the MRT frenetically typing a FB message. The gizmo kid trying to beat you in a game of Candy Crush, the nine year old trying to teach you how to Instagram. Even you friend’s newborn baby, the one you never met, has a set of photos tagged …

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What can universities learn from schools?

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The High Possibility Classrooms (HPC) framework is an Australian model for technology enhanced learning in schools. It was developed from research on exemplary teachers’ knowledge of technology integration in the classrooms of students aged 6-16 years old in New South Wales (NSW) public schools. HPC builds on the valuable work of TPACK developed by Mishra & Koehler (2006) in the …

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The “A” team at KAS Taiwan

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The new KAS campus boasts state of the art technology infrastructures designed to suit the needs of the students and the staff – with the ability to support a 1-to-1 environment where every student is provided with a laptop. It’s a setup that enables active learning, equipping its community with the technical and infrastructural support systems to achieve more. Most of …

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Innovative Learning with Augmented Reality

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Many of us reading this would agree that the usual step-by-step protocol fails to spike creativity or enhanced in-depth thinking in a practical session, especially when it comes to 21st century learners.  The gap has always been about what’s learnt in a practical session and applying it to solve a real-life problem. As a consequence, it is common to observe the students commenting that the traditional practical sessions are non-challenging and outright …