Monthly Archives: November, 2013

Rural Newcomb (NY) School Recruits Int’l Students

Source: Edweek, Feb 2013 Hults, 57, came up with a different idea after talking with his brother, who lives in Australia: What if he recruited international high school students to his district? That was a major industry in Australia and other countries. Why wouldn’t it work in his rural school? Since that epiphany, Hults has …

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NASA Space Apps Challenge

Source: Space Apps Challenge website, Nov 2013 The third annual International Space Apps Challenge will be held on the weekend of April 11-12, 2014. NASA will begin accepting applications in November 2013 to host events. The first International Space Apps Challenge took place in 2012 and included 2,000 participants in 25 cities from 17 countries …

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Developing the Motivation to Learn

Source: KQED Mindshift, Nov 2013 “One of the key elements of helping students develop more intrinsic motivation is developing relationships, knowing what students are genuinely interested in and being able to connect with that,” “Unfortunately, often times in our schools, the standardization of both testing and lessons do not leave time for trying to help …

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1-to-1 Learning

Source: EdSurge, Nov 2013 Teachers College Study Columbia University Teachers College’s Center for Technology and School Change releases its initial findings on the outcomes of the Teach to One program. The study tracked 2,264 students who attended schools participating in the TtO program in Chicago, NYC, or Washington, DC) and analyzed their growth on the …

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English Proficiency Helps

Source: HBR blog, Nov 2013 Research shows a direct correlation between the English skills of a population and the economic performance of the country. Indicators like gross national income (GNI) and GDP go up.  In our latest edition of the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), the largest ranking of English skills by country, we …

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Taking the SAT in Hong Kong

Source: WSJ, Oct 2013 On a Saturday earlier this month, he said, a sea of 10,000 test-takers flooded their exam hall, while anxious parents waited outside. The crowd was so large that more than 600 staff were required to organize the event and manage its movements, he said.

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Stanford Admissions Process

Source: Stanford Magazine, Nov 2013 The Stanford admissions office is no longer a small group of officers discussing each applicant. In the last academic year, the University employed a staff of 52—dean, assistant deans, admissions officers and part-time readers—to cull through all those applications, each of which includes several essays, recommendations and a transcript. That …

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Using Google Hangouts for Virtual Field Trips

Source: Google Connected Classrooms, Nov 2013

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Admissions Essays Humour

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