Teachers there have been using them to educate youngsters in non-technical subjects like drama or the Italian language. “The project was born out of a bit of madness, and also out of interest for the future of teaching,” said Luca Raina, Italian literature teacher and trainer in digital teaching methods, one of the project’s masterminds. “Robots will increasingly be present in our lives, so we must learn to interact with them. It is essential for school to get closer to new technologies and approach them with a critical mind.” The project saw a class of 10-year-olds at Istituto Comprensivo Statale Toscanini — a middle school about 40 kilometres north-west of Milan — put on a play that used robots instead of humans. They had wheels, a screen to display a face and speakers to relay a voice. The youngsters were the play’s directors, screenwriters, scenographers and costume designers. They wrote theatre scripts that were then programmed into … [Read more...] about Educating robots: How a school in Italy is using them to learn language and drama
Jordan continues to integrate Syrian refugee children into its national school system. Despite that, around 40 percent of child refugees in the country still don't have access to education and remain outside the classroom. That percentage gets much higher for children with disabilities. Mafraq is one of the three Jordanian governorates with the highest number of registered Syrians. Local schools have been trying to cope with the high number of refugee children seeking an education, including those with disabilities. Abd Al-Rahman is 8-years-old and has cerebral palsy affecting his ability to walk. This is his first year at school. "What I love most is science. Science is great. I love everything that is related to it," he says. At Al Hamra school, Abd Al-Rahman is treated as any other child, even if he has different requirements to the other children. The school is part of an inclusive education programme implemented by Mercy Corps, an organisation financed by the European … [Read more...] about Jordan’s school challenge: educating Syrian refugee children with disabilities
On Tuesday, voters headed to the polls to choose who they wanted to represent them on their local boards of education.Statewide, 530 school districts in the state held school election Tuesday with voters deciding who will fill the 1,590 open seats, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association. While most of the races were uncontested, with about 1.29 candidates per available seat, there were several local races to watch. Where have all the school board candidates gone?Atlantic County's unofficial election results as of 10:27 p.m., some of the last in the area to be updated on the county clerk's website, did not include write-in votes or mail-in ballots, which could play a role in the results. Results from Cape May, Cumberland and Ocean counties also did not include mail-in ballots, but did include write-ins.Egg Harbor TownshipIn one of the biggest races of Atlantic County, newcomers Amy Summer, Michelle Carney Ray-Yoder, and Tamika Gilbert-Floyd were the top vote-getters … [Read more...] about Who won a seat on South Jersey boards of education?
Betsy DeVos, the embattled U.S. Secretary of Education, is making a surprise trip to North Texas on Thursday, visiting schools in Birdville and Dallas ISDs. After a morning stop at Birdville’s Center for Technology and Advanced Learning, DeVos will head east for a visit with the Dallas-based anti-violence non-profit Urban Specialists. She’ll then take a swing by DISD’s Billy E. Dade Middle School at before finishing her day with a discussion at the 16 Streets Initiative, a South Dallas resource center opened in 2017 by Urban Specialists.But folks, particularly in Dallas, haven’t exactly rolled out the welcome mat. … [Read more...] about Education secretary Betsy DeVos is coming to Dallas on Thursday, and not everyone’s happy about it
AP-US-TRUMP-RUSSIA-PROBE-THE-LATEST The Latest: Giuliani says statement on meeting was a mistake WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says Trump’s legal team and press secretary simply “got it wrong” when they said the president had nothing to do with drafting a statement for his son about a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential election. Giuliani said during an appearance on CNN that “it was a mistake” and rejected the idea that it was a lie. He adds: “I have no idea how they got it wrong, but they got it wrong.” A January letter from Trump’s lawyers to the special counsel investigating Russian meddling says Trump “dictated a short but accurate response” about the meeting. That directly contradicted White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She said in August that Trump “certainly didn’t dictate” the letter. Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in … [Read more...] about Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment at 12:20 a.m. EDT