A tool or a distraction? UK schools’ approach to mobile phones varies widely

A tool or a distraction? UK schools’ approach to mobile phones varies widely

New York lifted a 10-year ban on phones in public schools in 2015 to enable parents to stay in touch with their children. Photograph: Monkey Business Images/Rex This week the French government announced a ban on students using mobile phones in schools, following through on a pledge made by Emmanuel Macron during his presidential election campaign. The new law will allow phones to be brought into school, but prohibit their use even during breaks. The French education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, said the measure was a “public health message to families”. Though not…

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Distance learning policy needs a needle, not noodles approach

Distance learning policy needs a needle, not noodles approach

Any noodles brand will deliver steamy and tasty noodles in two minutes and none can deliver the same with untangled strands. Taste and entanglement are inversely proportional—the more you untie, the more the noodles will get cold and lose its taste. An entangled but tasty noodle is okay to satisfy the gastric appetite of students but educational policy-making needs a needle approach which directs the thread of thoughts and sews them together to create a fine educational fabric. The post-2004 charitable grant of deemed universities, the Supreme Court’s order on…

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Medical institutes approach SC, Central govt for extension of admissions

Medical institutes approach SC, Central govt for extension of admissions

A Dhule-based medical institute on Saturday approached the government of India as well as the Supreme Court for extension to complete admission to all their medical seats. This institute has around 15 seats left vacant after admissions were declared over on September 30, as per an April order of the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the state Directorate of Medical Education & Research (DMER) is conducting admissions to 350 seats that remain vacant in 10 deemed medical and dental institutes in Maharashtra, following another SC order from earlier this week. “The SC,…

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Why we need to take a ‘Punk’ approach to the future of evaluation

Why we need to take a ‘Punk’ approach to the future of evaluation

in advance of this week’s learning First convention, one speaker requires a cultural revolution in evaluation “do not be informed what you want. do not be advised what you want” God keep the Queen, intercourse Pistols (1977) This weekend, educationalists who have responded a name from Dame Alison Peacock (article loose to subscribers) are gathering in Sheffield for the inaugural #LearningFirst occasion. Tickets for the convention, that is supported by TES, sold out in much less than 40 mins. an excellent network of system and school leaders, instructors, researchers, specialists…

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