Monthly Archives: December 2013

Recapping Top BC Education Stories of 2013

“The past year was a great year to be writing about public education in B.C. and elsewhere. In B.C., a new minister was appointed, followed by the appointment of a new deputy minister. In the parlance of school report cards, … Continue reading

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Big Education Stories to Follow in 2014

“One of the best things about school is that it’s the only place where the beginning of the year comes twice. September is about hope, the buying of fresh supplies and vows to study and eat healthy lunches. January is … Continue reading

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2013 Recap: 9 Best Education Articles

“Sometimes, it takes a longer article to illuminate something as complex as education in America. Here are nine articles from 2013, covering everything from public policy to teaching practice. Many of the lessons highlighted by these writers will remain relevant … Continue reading

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Long-Term Benefits of RESPs

“Another very thoughtful gift my family benefited from were regular contributions from grandparents to the children’s Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs). Like those of most parents, our budget was very tight and we welcomed the monetary gifts that not only … Continue reading

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Educational Apps for Children

“Kids these days have a penchant for high-tech and would rather play with smartphones and tablets than board games and building blocks.” http://phys.org/news/2013-12-experts-apps-kids.html

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Creative Thinking Education From Around the World

“Does creativity come from within or is it a skill which can be developed? Creative education is currently considered very effective. In this edition of Learning World we look at some examples.” http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/20/creative-thinking-new-ideas-in-education/  

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Emily Carr To Open Satellite Campus In Whistler

“After shutting the door on a stand-alone Whistler university, council has opened its arms to partner with one of the most prestigious art schools in the country. It’s designed to start off small, with a proposed two-week satellite studio program … Continue reading

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“50 Different Views of Education”

“Education sprouts in many forms depending on how you look at it. Our views of what it should look like and how it should materialize depend on our value of it and our experience with it. What if a class … Continue reading

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Female Education In Saudi Arabia Improves

“Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars to improve women’s education, part of a broader drive to empower young Saudis for the marketplace. That has meant improved campuses, better facilities and research programs and a slight expansion in the curriculum … Continue reading

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VentureBeat’s Coverage of Education Technology

“The editors of VentureBeat, a media company that covers disruptive technology and explains why it matters in our lives, today announced the launch of an Education Technology channel. With partner support from Apollo Lightspeed, VentureBeat becomes the first major technology … Continue reading

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Educational Outreach Program wins 2nd Prestigious Award

“Elephant Thoughts Educational Outreach has received the 2013 Donner Canadian Foundation Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Education for their First Nations and Inuit Education programs. Out of 477 total applicants, 92 in the category of education, Elephant Thoughts … Continue reading

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Vietnam’s Impressive PISA Scores

“On December 3rd, the OECD released the results from its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), an exam administered every three years to 15- and 16-year-olds in dozens of countries. Vietnam recently joined the test for the first time, and it scored remarkably … Continue reading

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Teacher Quality More Valuable Than Small Classes

“The school systems that do the best job internationally often have much larger class sizes, but put most of their efforts on recruiting, training and advancing the very best teachers. Teacher excellence is the focus in places like Shanghai, China, … Continue reading

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Co-op Programs Make Positive Impact

“As the University of Regina celebrated 44 years of success with its Co-operative Education program, one student marked the conclusion of her education and the start of her career — thanks to the program. Sydney Gossard, an English major, began … Continue reading

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GCC Countries Need Education to Stay Competitive

“GCC countries need to invest in education and raise skill levels if the region is to be internationally competitive, according to an ICAEW report. Although GCC governments have recognised the need to diversify themselves from oil-based revenues, they still face … Continue reading

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Langara Breaks Ground on New Science Building

“There were several politicians at Langara yesterday to turn the sod on the college’s futuristic-looking Science and Technology Building. The 12,000-square-metre structure will aim for a LEED Gold certification and is expected to open in 2016.” http://www.straight.com/blogra/544316/langara-moves-forward-snazzy-new-science-education-hub

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Innovative Software Makes a Difference in Regina

“As far as Winston Knoll Collegiate teacher Jolene Sentes is concerned, a new computer program being used by Regina public high schools is “just awesome.” Called myBlueprint, the online program was rolled out last year. It helps students track their … Continue reading

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School Running On iPads Explains Process

“During a conference on education and technology last week teachers from Clarenville Middle School and Riverside Elementary described how new gadgets have changed their profession. “If I can think of one piece of technology that’s been most successful in terms … Continue reading

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“Education for Life or Career?”

“The standard answer that students keep hearing from business leaders is to pursue degrees that are in the greatest demand, such as engineering instead of humanities. From a purely economic perspective, this course of action is the most logical to … Continue reading

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Discussion: Music in Higher Education

“Music has found itself increasingly central in the subject controversy surrounding higher education. Recent data showed the total number of Ucas entries to study music rose by 3.5% in the 2013 cycle, following significant increases in applications for medical-related sciences, mathematical sciences, … Continue reading

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