The Multilingual Families project has recently published two eStorybooks for children, which are now freely available online. The project now seeks feedback from its readers.
Multilingual Families is now seeking feedback on these first two books. Parents can share theirs and their child(ren)'s reactions in this online questionnaire.
In December 2013 the OECD together with the European Commission published the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2012 survey. On that occasion the Commission presented its own analysis with regard to performance of EU Member States.
- Reading: The percentage of low achievers in reading has declined from 23.1% in 2006 and 19.7% in 2009 to 17.8% in 2012. If this trend continues, the 15% benchmark may be achievable by 2020.
- Maths: No progress in improving the percentage of low achievers at EU level since 2009. Four Member States are among the top performing countries world-wide with a rate of low achievers in maths below the EU benchmark of 15%. No other Member State has yet reached this level, while some showed significant progress.
- Science: Steady improvement in science skills across the Union. The EU percentage of low achievers has dropped from 20.3% in 2006 to 16.6% in 2012. Ten Member States are below the 15% benchmark and many show steady progress.
The analysis highlights that the socio-economic status of pupils has a significant bearing on performance levels, with those coming from low-income households much more likely to be low achievers in maths, science and reading. Other significant factors include the mainly negative effects of being of migrant background, the importance of attending early childhood education and care, as well as the gender gap in reading proficiency (girls do much better than boys).
The first European Media Literacy Forum will bring together experts, teachers, media professionals, industry, audiovisual authorities, researchers, NGOs, and foundations with the aim of discussing MIL policies at a European level.
The International Conference on Education and New Developments (END 2014) has issued a final call for abstracts, extending the deadline to 12 May 2014.
- Oral Presentations
- Company Presentation
- Virtual Presentations
The International Conference on Education and New Developments (END 2014) offers a worldwide connection between teachers, students, researchers and lecturers, from a wide range of academic fields, interested in exploring and giving their contribution in educational issues.
END 2014 will feature presentations from diverse countries and cultures on research related to the following themes:
- Teachers and Students
- Projects and Trends
- Teaching and Learning
- Organizational Issues
The conference's keynote speaker will be Professor Hanna David of Tel Aviv University (Emerita), Israel. Professor David will speak about the social and educational difficulties the gifted child has to deal with in the regular as well as in the gifted classroom and present techniques which might help overcoming them.
Registration for the conference is now open. Early registration ends on 14 March, 2014. Visit the conference website for more information and to register.
The statement is based on analysis of national government/educational/library point of view on information literacy concept and common standards used in your higher education institutions (at your universities) using information available online.
Code.org is a non-profit organization in the education sector with a mission to get students to learn how to code. The organization was founded by brothers Hadi and Ali Patrovi, both successful tech entrepreneurs. Having achieved considerable success as programmers, entrepreneurs, and investors, they turned their energies towards promoting computer science education in schools.
Their first Hour of Code campaign, which took place during Computer Science Education Week in December 2013, far outstripped expectations and gave millions of students worldwide their first lessons in coding.
Code.org was founded by Hadi Partovi and his brother Ali Partovi. They were born and raised in Iran, then immigrated to the United States. Among other projects, they co-founded iLike, a popular music app on Facebook. As angel investors and startup advisors, their portfolio includes companies such as Facebook and Dropbox.
At 38, Hadi retired from Microsoft. He decided it was time to act on a new idea.
“Technology is literally taking over our world, and yet there is only a small percentage of people that has the skills to create the technologies that we’re all consuming,” said Hadi. He and his brother started Code.org, a website that offers free hour-long tutorials that teach children the basics of coding.
“If we got more students to learn programming and how to code, first of all, all of our children would be better prepared for the 21st century,” said Hadi. “Every career that you can think of in the modern day world should have some background of [computer science].”
The Partovi brothers started by producing a Youtube video featuring celebrities like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and basketball player Chris Bosh. The video struck a nerve and went viral, sparking the movement that led to the success of the Hour of Code.
The organisation’s new mission is to bring computer science classes to every school in the USA. Hadi an Ali believe that anyone can learn the basics of computer science, and that it should be a crucial part of the modern education system.
“There’s no other skill that helps amplify the creativity of the human mind the way computer programming does,” said Hadi.