Tag Archives: education

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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the right Blended learning mix

DSC_0754Once again yTeach team joined the leaders of international education at the IB Africa, Europe, Middle East Annual Conference. We have enjoyed every bit of the event from the enormous interest in our digital solutions for teaching to lovely weather and food. Presentations about blended learning and technology in the classroom confirmed the need of implementing technology in schools but at the same time reassured the need for passionate and open-minded teachers in the redesigned schools of the future.

According to Denise Perrault, IB Head of Online Learning, already 100% of students in secondary schools in Singapore use online learning. And using it becomes a standard across the world, edit1regardless of the development level of a country. Being used in over 50 countries including USA, Vietnam, the UK, New Zealand and Mauritius, yTeach is a powerful example of how technology can help reduce the impact of limited resources of school districts and classrooms in particular on the quality and relevance of the teaching material.

Watch yTeach new video cases to see how successfully it is used in daily teaching across the globe.

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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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Elementary particles – resource of the week

resourceThis week’s free resource about the elementary particles can be a great introduction to the concept of particle-based world and to the activities of STFC – Large Hadron Collider.

This digital lesson will introduce atoms, nucleons and electrons, strange elementary particles, quarks, antiparticles and antimatter, annihilation and creation and standard model – a great range of topics presented in a varied interactive way.

Now, at the website of the LHC you can find a handy guide to the basic physics concepts – called LHC “Big Questions”. Among others they ask the following:

  1. Why do particles have mass?
  2. How did our universe come to be the way it is?
  3. What kind of Universe do we live in?
  4. What happened in the Big Bang?

Put these questions as tasks for your students and see what answers they can come up with based on their knowledge and the lesson’s input.

The importance of connecting theory and activity with practical knowledge and recent research outcomes is undisputed. Let us know how your students liked the digital lesson and how they coped with LHC Big Questions.

Links:

UK curriculum teachers click here
International teachers click here

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Free resource of the week

Relativity unveiled

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This week we are sharing a great, multimedia-packed class activity about the theory of relativity. It was designed for learners aged 17-19 and is rich in content and different comprehension tests. After completing it your students should be able to:

  • explain the equivalence principle
  • explain how GPS receivers work
  • apply the theory of relativity in everyday situations
  • describe the effects resulting from the general theory of relativity including the deflection of light, the precession of the orbits of planets, the slowing of time and the curvature of space.

Engage, teach, revise

Take advantage of this engaging set using the links below. These resources will be available for free only until Saturday, 23rd of June.

Links:

UK curriculum teachers click here
International teachers click here

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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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