Finland: Inspiring young people in STEM

Funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the LUMA Finland programme will develop new methods and resources to inspire 6-16 year-olds towards STEM and to increase their skills and knowledge.
The main themes are:
1. Mathematics
2. Natural and environmental sciences
3. Technology education

»»» Läs vidare/ Read more [LUMA.fi]

Mattekollegorna lyfter varandra

– Det händer grejer när lärare vågar testa nya saker, säger Ellinor Netz och myser. Hon är lärare som både deltar och handleder Matematiklyftet på Björkhagens skola och tycker att det är bland det roligaste hon gjort.

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Down’s syndrome students excel in new math teaching program

Annie and her Year 6 teacher Melanie Stratford at St Benedict’s Primary School in Narrabundah have been part of an Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) study since the start of the year and already the results have been ”amazing”.

Students with Down syndrome usually operate at a much lower level of maths, but thanks to specific classroom layouts a team-based approach between the classroom teacher, learning support teachers, assistants and Annie’s trusty talking calculator on her iPad, she can now keep up with her peers, says Mrs Stratford

»»» Läs vidare/ Read more [Southern Weekly]

Basic rules for construction with a type of origami

Origami is capable of turning a simple sheet of paper into a pretty paper crane, but the principles behind it can be applied to making a microfluidic device or for storing a satellite’s solar panel in a rocket’s cargo bay. Researchers are turning kirigami, a related art form that allows the paper to be cut, into a technique that can be applied equally to structures on those vastly divergent length scales.

»»» Läs vidare [ScienceDaily]

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England: We don’t need education reform – we need a whole new system

One of the Coalition’s proudest boasts has been that it has started to increase the quality of education in our schools, after years of decline. Now, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, has delivered a bombshell. He states that we are failing at least 170,000 of our children (around 70,000 more than two years ago) because they are stuck in one of the appalling number of schools that are failing to make the grade.

»»» Läs vidare/ Read more [The Telegraph]

Claims of East Asia’s ‘chalk and talk’ teaching success are wrong, and short-sighted too

The problem with such calls ( we should learn from the “chalk and talk” teaching methods reported to be used in Shanghai ) is the assumption that the success of East Asian countries is due to specific features of their education systems. Even at first glance, this assumption would seem to be dubious. The school systems in these countries are quite diverse and are certainly not universally characterised by the use of chalk and talk, or any other specific teaching method.

»»» Läs vidare/ Read more [The Conversation]

Nya Zeeland: Maths app research at Papamoa

Two Papamoa primary schools are beginning a two-year programme looking at how apps can be used to teach maths.
Nearly $200,000 has been granted by the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) to support the research project at Te Akau Ki Papamoa and Tahatai Coast Primary Schools.

»»» Läs vidare/ Read more [SunLive]

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