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Local medical teaching site a global hit

by admin • August 29, 2018

A free online resource on pathology developed by Associate Professor Nga Min En from National University of Singapore, has become popular with students worldwide. Pathweb is a combination of a virtual pathology museum that holds digitised, annotated specimens of diseased organs, and a teaching blog-site with videos as well as mind maps for students’ self- […]


Low-cost schools are transforming Africa

by admin • August 29, 2018

Edupreneurs in the slums of Africa and Asia are addressing the problem of access to educational quality by developing low-cost private schools.  The most important group working in low-cost private schools is Bridge International Academies by Jay Kimmelman.   Kimmelman and his cofounder launched Bridge in 2007 and opened a school in Nairobi in 2009. […]


How parents can give girls an early start in maths and science

by admin • August 29, 2018

Some parents are enrolling their daughters in Stem (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) enrichment programmes in a bid to future-proof their adulthood, which they believe will be dominated by science and technology such as AI (artificial intelligence). Assistant engineer, Mr Raymond Lee, enrolled their daughter in a Lego robotics class as they believe coding will […]


Top universities should be open to vocational qualifications to boost diversity

by admin • August 29, 2018

Leading universities should be more open to vocational qualifications and degrees if they want to improve diversity in higher education. Students should also be offered work experience and careers guidance, according to Conservative MP Robert Halfon. His comments come after Tim Bradshaw, head of the Russell Group, which represents the most selective UK universities, called […]


Universities criticised for offering unaccredited degree courses

by admin • August 29, 2018

Universities in the UK have been criticised for offering “half-baked” degree courses which are not professionally accredited and make it harder for students to eventually get a job. Students are paying thousands of pounds in tuition fees for these unaccredited courses which are identically titled to those endorsed by professional bodies. As a result, students […]


Give children the gift of boredom

by admin • August 21, 2018

Every time the summer holidays come around, a slew of articles and blog posts will flourish, each full of clever ideas about how to keep children entertained over the summer. However, what parents fail to realise is that overfilling the children’s time with countless activities makes them tired and sloppy. In fact, the best days […]


Exam boards monitor Twitter to catch pupils sharing exam answers with classmates

by admin • August 21, 2018

Exam boards spend a “huge amount of time monitoring social media” to catch out pupils who share exam answers with classmates in the middle of the tests. These dedicated teams look out for students who post leaked exam questions online, as well as pupils who discuss the content of live tests on social media whilst […]


Can focusing on teacher wellness increase student achievement?

by admin • August 21, 2018

For Seymour Community Schools (SCS) in Indiana, USA, supporting teacher wellness is seen as one of the keys to increase student achievement. SCS does this by creating an onsite health clinic where teachers are able to access the clinic easily and at little to no cost. In partnership with Activate Healthcare, teachers are also incentivised […]


The enduring power of print in a digital world

by admin • August 21, 2018

A study has shown that a preference for reading digitally may not mean better learning outcomes. Today’s students are digital natives; the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology, including in the classroom where they learn from school-issued iPads and e-textbooks. Although students said they preferred and performed better when reading on screens, their […]


Recently launched online tutoring platform draws 400 students

by admin • August 21, 2018

Teachnlearn, a new online tutoring platform, is capitalising on the time young people spend online. The platform provides students with options to book tutors of their choice for 30-minute sessions. Online tutoring can be done via video chat, messaging and virtual whiteboard. The platform touts convenience and the ready availability of qualified teachers as its […]