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Checking phones in lectures can cost students half a grade in exams

by admin • August 21, 2018

A new study found that students perform less well in the end-of-term exams if they are allowed access to an electronic device for non-academic purposes in lectures. Students who don’t use such devices themselves but attend lectures where their use is permitted also do worse, which suggests that the use of such devices damages a […]


Students’ bright ideas fuel fundraising for school lunches in Nepal

by admin • August 21, 2018

A group of Auckland primary school students is challenging others to join them in raising money to pay for 100,000 lunches for an earthquake-struck school in Nepal, which is still struggling to recover from the 2015 earthquake that devastated the country.   Other than lending a helping hand to the Nepalese students, the project is […]


The perfectionist’s guide to the college essay

by admin • August 21, 2018

When it comes to writing college admission essays, having a personal voice is more vital than an essay that’s been rewritten multiple times to perfection. In fact, it is not just about how you write, but also about how vulnerable you are willing to be. College admission essays are a test to see if you […]


Parents more concerned about bad language and online trolls than grooming and child sexual exploitation

by admin • August 21, 2018

A poll found that parents and grandparents are more likely to be worried about their children being exposed to bad language and aggressive online trolls than grooming and child sexual exploitation. The findings come after the UK National Crime Agency has warned that sex offenders are increasingly using live-streaming services as an avenue for grooming. […]


Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat urges grads to stay adaptable and connected

by admin • August 21, 2018

At the recent commencement ceremony for the Singapore Management University (SMU) business school, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat advised graduates to stay adaptable and connected in today’s rapidly changing world. He advised that the ability to stay connected “will be more important than ever” as Singapore positions itself as Asia’s global node of technology, innovation […]


Baltimore County teacher finally retires after 41 years teaching in the same first-grade classroom

by admin • August 17, 2018

Roxanne Russo taught first grade in the same classroom in the same school for 41 years before retiring recently. She said it was because the Middleborough community in Essex, UK, embraced her and became like her family.   Russo first started teaching at Middleborough Elementary in 1977. Her colleagues shared that she has always been […]


Will robots take over our jobs?

by admin • August 17, 2018

With robots increasingly taking over jobs, it may be soft skills that will guarantee continued employment. While the best workers need to be highly skilled, they must also learn to work well in teams and think creatively.   The Future of Work Centre of Excellence has been studying market disruptions and work trends around the […]


UK union calls for students to get their exam results before applying to university

by admin • August 17, 2018

The UK University and College Union(UCU), has called for universities to stop using predicted grades when deciding whether to offer students a place. UK is the only nation that uses predicted A-level grades, made by teachers, for university admissions, which is “out of step” with the rest of the world.   The UCU said that […]


Algeria turns off internet for high school exams

by admin • August 17, 2018

In a bid to tackle cheating, Algeria has turned off its internet worldwide during high school examinations. Internet service will be switched off for an hour after the start of each examination to stop any leaks. The internet blackout will continue throughout the exam season. The move follows widespread cheating in 2016 when questions leaked […]


Parents urged to set boundaries around children’s use of the internet

by admin • August 17, 2018

The UK culture secretary, Matt Hancock, has called for parents to set boundaries around their children’s use of the internet and electronic devices. He said that while the technology may be new, the principle of setting boundaries for children as parents have not changed. In fact, he warned that unlimited and unsupervised access to electronic […]