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INDEX (in no specific order)
The Education Project Asia
War and Peace - Advice for Schools &
Websites to help with this task include the 'Travel Advice Unit - UK' http://www.fco.gov.uk/travel/ set up by the British Foreign Office, you can check out the current safety status in many countries ... and be advised what to do if it all goes wrong. The US Bureau of Consular Affairs has an equivalent site at http://travel.state.gov/ .
Both these sites will be of help to schools if asked for advice by parents or other school community members on what to do in the case of war or terrorist acts.
I do have a third site on my list called 'Be Ready' http://www.ready.gov/ (US Dept. of Homeland Security) which also gives advice on what to do in the case of a terrorist attack - there are some useful teaching/learning materials about the different types of threats - but when reading the advice I cannot help but think back to the stories from my grandparents about the bomb shelters they built in their back gardens many years ago.
Incidentally - if you are doing projects on Iraq
then a great starting point is the Librarians' Index to the Internet -
go to http://lii.org/search/iraq
but note - "The lii.org database includes
numerous other resources on topics such as peace, war, the Mid-East, nuclear
weapons and disarmament, the United Nations, and specific countries and
CLEO'S "Four Treasures" is a unique online chinese paintbox, you are able to make your paintings with only a web browser, your mouse, an internet connection and your talents. There are seven brushes to choose from, you can control the thickness of the brush; the expected controls of reset, undo and print are all available.
One additional luxury is a 'recording' option so once the painting is complete the drawing and order of the brush strokes can be replayed and seen again. There are some wonderful opportunities here, for all ages, not only for Art & Design but also Chinese Studies, Multicultural Activities, Language Work ..... and special educational needs.
With thanks to CLEO - 'Cumbria
Lancashire Education Online' - for providing this for free
and to Liz Hankin
for bringing my attention to it .... and it even worked well on my slow
modem internet connection.
English Language Teaching Software
Tense Buster, Clarity's most successful title, has been adopted by the British Council and by Ministries of Education across the world, and is now running on more than 1m computers in over 100 countries. Clarity's most recent publication, STUDY SKILLS Success, is aimed both at IELTS candidates, and at helping students make the adjustment from studying at school to moving into the more independent environment of higher education.
A visit to their website will introduce you to their projects, achievements and involvement with the education community across S.E.Asia ... I've watched the company develop, from a distance, since the early days and consider their products and particularly their support to be "teacher friendly" and "student focused".
Clarity publish a newsletter by regular mail and email .. ... the current edition can be downloaded from http://www.clarity.com.hk/pdf_newsletter/issue10.pdf and you can subscribe (free) to future issues at http://www.clarity.com.hk/loudandclear.htm
If you are involved in ELT (also ESL, EAL, TEFL)
work with students then you and your students could well benefit from
investigating Clarity in more detail.
Will the Real 'Earth Day' Stand Up?
This could turn into a great assembly topic or
even a task where students are evaluating the authenticity of information
on websites ...
United Nations Literacy Decade 2003-2012
The U.N. has passed a resolution proclaiming the
ten-year period beginning on 1 January 2003 the United Nations Literacy
Decade ..... a poster for display on noticeboards can be downloaded from
Looking for Material for a School Assembly
Shambles Tour 2004
.. with full details available at the link above.
The course will start with a face-to-face session in Bangkok. It will consist of a 3-day event run by UK facilitators followed by assignments to be done in school but with online help from the facilitators. The course is accredited by the Nottingham Trent University (UK).
Qualifications and Exam Boards
Probably the best source of information about UK examinations is http://www.dfes.gov.uk/qualifications/ ... "the Department for Education and Skills' Qualifications Website. The site contains everything you need to know about qualifications for (UK) schools and colleges" GCSEs, GCE 'A' levels, entry level qualifications, GNVQ, work-related learning.
I had hoped to also give equally useful sites for USA, Canada and Australia. A request for help from one of my favourite listservs, LM_NET, produced the following responses about the USA:
With thanks to Lisa Oldham (Overseas
School of Colombo) and
Australia seems to be almost as diverse as the USA although the Education Network Australia (EdNA) offers some guidance at http://www.edna.edu.au/
'Qualifications' and 'Curriculum Frameworks' often appear in the same paragraph ... 'Shambles' has a page dedicated to 'Frameworks' at http://www.shambles.net/pages/staff/CurrFrame/ which has a greater international mix of websites.
and the moral here is ... If you want to know anything - ASK A LIBRARIAN
Free Apple MacOSX for Teachers in Asia
International Schools teachers are invited to
take advantage of this offer – for more information please send
an email directly to the Apple Asia HQ at firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Numeracy Strategy (UK)
In particular some offerings come under the heading
of "Interactive Teaching Programs" ... software that can be
freely downloaded and is especially suited to whole-class work using an
interactive whiteboard (IWB), projector or large monitor.
Some I'd like to mention this time, science and Maths related .... all well worth a visit.
Dr Carl Doige at Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok has built a website to support Chemistry and in particular that related to I.B. at http://www.rism.ac.th/class/hs/doigec/index/index1.htm
Chad Evan's at Tanglin Trust School in Singapore has built a site to support his teaching of GCE (A1/A2) Biology & Genetics at http://www.chadevans.co.uk/abase.htm and also supporting GCSE Biology and Maths http://www.chadevans.co.uk/gcsebase.htm
I asked David Elliott, long time IT guru at Hong Kong International School, for some recommendations and he responded with "What is important is the decision of an entire department to maintain a web presence providing students with resources and materials." with a suggestion to look at the schools Maths (sorry 'Math') and Science areas at http://dragonnet.hkis.edu.hk/hs/math and http://dragonnet.hkis.edu.hk/hs/science
Schools Advertising on Shambles
The policy on this is that I will not recommend individual schools but will point the enquirer to the relevant page(s) that contains the lists of schools and contact details
Schools do, though, have the option to raise your
own profile on those pages by taking up the advertising opportunities.
Education Statistics and
.. and ... did you know that in the UK DfES has
set 2004 targets for average computer:pupil ratios of 1:8 in primary schools
and 1:5 in secondary schools. This target includes pupils in secondary
school 6th forms
All these above are examples of links in the Shambles
"Education Statistics" area.
Teacher Recruitment Online - It's Here
If (when) you are looking for teaching jobs yourself I would strongly advise joining The Times Educational Supplement (UK) http://www.tes.co.uk/ free notification list ... mailed out every Monday - a two day delay as they really want you to buy the paper copy on the previous Friday.
The notification list, which they call "my alerts" is very configurable, e.g. "international school, primary, japan" would only give you adverts with vacancies matching those criteria. Most International School throughout the world advertise here ... so it is a MUST to join.
Other websites are offering similar services- it is difficult, but not impossible, for them to compete with the TES ... you can see a list of sites at http://www.shambles.net/pages/staff/#recruit
The following are two examples of schools that insisted, this year, that only applications would be accepted online (unless you were the new CEO)
The English Schools Foundation (Hong Kong) http://www.esf.edu.hk had sixteen international schools and only accepted application online through its website http://www.ESFrecruit.net . The site was built and is managed by one of the ICT coordinators Nick Villeperieux email@example.com and even though the deadlines for this year are past you can still add your name to a mailing list to be informed of future vacancies.
The first year of such a large project results in a certain amount of 'pain' from the applicants as well as the schools, some comments from Nick, who used a package called 'liquid office' as part of the ESF solution, include:
Bangkok Patana School http://www.patana.ac.th/ is another example of an organisation leading the way with their online recruitment page at http://www.patana.ac.th/Recruitment/ although one of the differences is that they designed their software completely in-house.
Jackie Houghton firstname.lastname@example.org, Director of Staff Development at Patana is the contact person and, when we met, she highlighted the advantages of having all the applicants information in a searchable database and the eventual 'time saving' that resulted in.
School Calendars 2003-2004
There is a section dedicated to calendars on 'Shambles' at http://www.shambles.net/calendar/ but I cannot resist highlighting one URL http://www.printablecalendar.ca/ where you can, very easily, create free printable calendars that are formatted for Microsoft Word.
Useful not only for administrators but teachers
when helping students organise their time/work .... you could well be
trying to remember this site when working with a class next November ...
just remember you saw it on 'Shambles'.
e-learning course on e-learning - online
Catriona Ward, elearning consultant and Coordinator of the course, says "We discovered that although many teachers receive Professional Development within their school environment, this PD tends to focus on the technology - how to click the buttons rather than how to incorporate elearning into the existing teaching environment"
The Graduate Certificate in eLearning is a Nationally (Australia) accredited one year part time course of study aimed at complementing participants’ previous specialist education and training experience and to enhance knowledge and skills necessary to implement quality elearning educational programs. It is specifically designed for teachers, lecturers, trainers and educators.
This course is available totally online, reflecting the nature of the learning outcomes and the needs of the course participants. All course subjects will be delivered via a secure elearning environment accessed via the Internet and available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for the duration of the subject.
For more details "CLICK HERE" for a pop-up box
But to get the full background,
without any obligation, then email Catriona directly
.... and if you were wondering what TAFE stands for - it is "Technical and Further Education"
When asked you might like just to pass on these
URLs and recommend they do a little directed browsing .... for the UK
and for the USA see http://www.shambles.net/pages/Countries/usasummer/
... if you find any new links then please add them or email them to me
Shanghai Presentation - Prof. Dev. Materials
Details of the presentation and discussion are:
editors note : these materials are already being used by international schools in several countries in S.E.Asia including Thailand and Hong kong
The next newsletter will be in May 2003
If you know of any new international schools opening in the region - Brunei Burma/Myanmar Cambodia China Hong Kong (HKSAR) India Indonesia Japan Laos Macau Malaysia Philippines Singapore South Korea Taiwan Thailand Vietnam - the please let me know csmith@iESF.net
Computers are being replaced
I almost forgot the musical aspect of this terms newsletter ...
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