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How “scientific” is music?

As taken from the December issue of Ionic Magazine:

“In a society where talent shows dominate our TV programmes and we secretly cannot wait for our weekly X factor fix, it is surprising how little we actually know about the science of music. While we’re swinging that leg over the dance floor and belting out to our favourite tune on the karaoke machine, neuroscience is probably the last thing that pops into our minds. But in fact, even humming a melody involves a range of complex cognitive processes, ranging from processing the music and sensory motoric functions such as dancing or balancing to memory storage and retrieval. 

Once belittled as “auditory cheesecake”, the neuroscience of music is a relatively young field that aims at understanding cognitive brain functions and processing, in particular speech, and is gaining increasing attention by scientists. 

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And as such, we are now beginning to understand how music is processed in the brain, and whether it is similar to language processing. It was once thought that the left-brain hemisphere is responsible for language processing, while the right hemisphere is responsible for music processing…”

Read the magazine.

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Math’s Free Lesson of the Week

Another great lesson available for free this week. In an engaging way you’ll be able to teach your students about these themes:

  1. divisibility
  2. the difference in number between A and B
  3. telling how many times A is bigger than B
  4. telling both the difference in number between A and B in numbers and in the number of times bigger or smaller
  5. finding the distance if the time and speed are given
  6. finding the a percentage of a number.

The lesson is appropriate to students between 11-13 years. Below you can find links to the lessons on yTeach portal.Image

For UK-based Curriculum – click here

For International Curriculum – click here

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Quotation Form on yTeach

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Every school is different and as we have over 5000 schools from all over the world registered with yTeach, we decided to better recognize their varied needs. We have therefore introduced Quotation Form on yTeach. To receive an offer for your school, district or even your “homeschooling facility” just fill out the form and click send. We will be glad to provide you with a quotation catered to your needs and possibilities.

Hope you are as excited as we are about this new feature.

Below you will find quick links to the forms.

For UK-based programs – get quote

For international programs – get quote

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yTeach.co.uk portal in use – interview with eLearning and Innovations Director

Recently we had the pleasure to host Elaine Cork from Gravesend Grammar School in Kent, England. She gave us insight about the portal usability and suggested new features based on her school’s needs. Watch this interview to find out what’s the history of Gravesend School becoming digital.

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When is a school ripe for technology?

Inspired by the latest A New Hope (?) post by Young Force and the K to 12 plan put to test article from inquirer news about K12 being introduced into educational system in the Philippines, I decided to ramble a bit about how school priorities should be set, especially when it comes to being ready for new technology solutions implementations.

Judging by the nature of business that my company is involved in – Educational eSolutions – you might expect me to say “Anytime is good for technology, look around you, you’re probably far behind other schools in this respect anyway”. Well, I’m even far from thinking this. As The Byrds put it in a song “To everything […] there is a season”.

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The blog post and article I mentioned made me wonder why DepEd (Department of Education) in the Philippines misunderstood school and educators clear shortages/needs and cares more about adjusting to foreign standards (K12, although successful in many countries and long due here, is not inherent to this country’s education tradition) in times of obvious structure and resource-based crisis. While educators continue to point out crucial problems like “lack of classrooms and overcrowding and, in some areas, learning the basics under a tree or in flooded schools”, the government answers with a blind-pick solution: a structure reform. And let’s assume it may even be implemented effectively and without major bureaucracy issues, but old problems will prevail leaving the kids even further behind compared to the rest of the world.

The truth is, although many politicians dealing with education have clear and noble intentions, sometimes their solutions turn out to be too complex or even impossible to deliver. Sometimes a crucial school decision, for example implementing new technology (like digital records, whiteboards or projectors) can be taken too early, which leaves the school with technology that’s not being used properly (or at all, in fact) and students who might benefit more from additional traditional classes but there’s no money left in the budget.

Season for change?

When talking about education one important fact seems to be missing far too often. It’s all about the kids, the students and their potential to be driven to maximum. If a school is ready for changes it should definitely change (for better, of course) but with a bulletproof strategy. And this means, among others, making sure that the learning conditions are decent – otherwise we might see bunch of K12 students cramped around a teacher with a laptop under a tree as well.

Further read:

Insight on the planned reform – Smartparenting

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Free Resource of the week

WED’s celebrate!

It’s the World Environment Day tomorrow. And although, on average, people know less and less about the surrounding environment we, as animals, are still very dependent on it. Some species adapt to it like turtles, some alter it like termites. Humans do both – thanks to reasoning they can evaluate more or less precisely what would be more effective in any given situation.

“But we are humans. Don’t we know everything already?”

That’s something you are very likely to hear from some of students. And we need to tell them: “No, we don’t”. And learning about the ‘why’s and ‘how’s of the world around us is especially very important nowadays (when the young generation seems to be rather disconnected from the surrounding world) and can be more than reading about extinct species, their successors and features.

Free like in “off charges”?

Yep! To help you enrich your lessons we have made a whole class activity on yTeach completely free for you to access. It will be available for use until Sat, 9. It was designed for lower secondary level, years 14-16.

So take advantage of this great set in your teaching – watch the videos, do the simulations and exercises and then do a revision somewhere outdoors for the students to really grasp the omnipresence of relations in even the smallest environment (social and biological).

Links:

UK curriculum teachers click here
International teachers click here

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