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Published: Sunday, 17 June 2012
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The Center for Public Education - National School Boards Association in the US has recently published an interesting report on Virtual Schools in the US. Its main findings include the fact that Online courses and schools enrol a small fraction of the 52 million public school students, but they are rapidly gaining ground. K-12 students take nearly 2 million courses online annually. In addition, about 250,000 students were enrolled full-time in virtual schools in 2010-11, up from 200,000 the year before. The report also found that the development, management and staffing of online courses and schools is supported by both public and private providers. For-profit companies K-12, Inc., and Connections Academy together enrolled nearly half of all full-time online students in 2010-11.

report, US

UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning

Published: Saturday, 9 June 2012

Today there are over 5.9 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, and for every one person who accesses the internet from a computer two do so from a mobile device. Given the ubiquity and rapidly expanding functionality of mobile technologies, UNESCO is enthusiastic about their potential to improve and facilitate learning, particularly in communities where educational opportunities are scarce. This Working Paper Series scans the globe to illuminate the ways in which mobile technologies can be used to support the United Nations Education for All Goals; respond to the challenges of particular educational contexts; supplement and enrich formal schooling; and make learning more accessible, equitable, personalized and flexible for students everywhere.

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mobile learning, UNESCO

Study into research cooperation in Nordic countries

Published: Tuesday, 5 June 2012

This study maps current and planned education and research cooperation that the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) have with Russia. The study includes bilateral, Nordic, regional, intergovernmental and EU levels, but focuses on the bilateral, national level. The study covers all the fields of research and all educational levels: primary and upper-secondary schools, vocational, higher and adult education. This study is of use on both a national and international level. It serves both readers who wish to obtain an overview of cooperation in bilateral education and research between the Nordic countries and Russia, as well as readers interested in becoming acquainted with the various forms in which Nordic countries cooperate in the fields of education and research with Russia as a whole.

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Nordic countries, research cooperation

International survey on educational leadership

Published: Tuesday, 5 June 2012

The Finnish National Board of Education has subcontracted a wide international survey on the position of educational leaders and education in different countries. The survey was made by Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education of the University of Helsinki. In the survey information on leaderships models and practices were collected from the following countries or regions: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, France (Paris), Scotland, Russia (Saint Petersburg), Canada (Ontario), USA (New York City, Los Angeles), China (Shanghai), South Korea, Australia (state of Victoria) and New Zealand.

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Finland, school leadership

ICDE study on regulatory frameworks for distance education in the Southwest Pacific/ South East Asia Region published

Published: Saturday, 2 June 2012

This study presents the outcomes of case studies of nine higher education institutions, and analyses the key regulatory barriers and enablers for distance education for twenty-three countries in the study region. The existing laws, policies, rules and regulations related to distance and online education in the region have been collated in this study and posted in an open database. The frameworks of countries within the region have been compared for similarities and differences, in particular, highlighting those elements that hinder development in distance education. Read the full report.

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case studies, higher education, ICDE

The History of Finnish educational reform

Published: Wednesday, 4 April 2012

"Finnish Lessons" is written by Pasi Sahlberg and recounts the history of Finnish educational reform and describes how the Finnish strategy and tactics differ from those of the global educational reform movement and of the North American reforms in particular.This book also addresses the role of teachers as well as the links between education reform and other sectors of society, and how smart education policies serve to raise a nation's prosperity and reduce poverty.

Rather than proposing that other nations follow in Finland's path, Finnish Lessons documents how Finland achieved success without going through the arduous and controversial process of implementing competition, school choice, and test-based accountability.

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Finland, policy, reform

Mapping Digital Competence: Towards a Conceptual Understanding

Published: Wednesday, 4 April 2012

This report by Kirsti Ala-Mutka and published by the Joint Research Centre - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) last November reviews needs for digital competence, different concepts used to describe and understand it, and related policy approaches and measurements. Based on these, it suggests a conceptual model with the following main areas: 1) Instrumental knowledge and skills for tool and media usage; 2) Advanced skills and knowledge for communication and collaboration, information management, learning and problem-solving, and meaningful participation; 3) Attitudes to strategic skills usage in intercultural, critical, creative, responsible and autonomous ways.

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Large scale impact studies raises questions about the impact of One Laptop Per Child

Published: Saturday, 10 March 2012

In 2007, Peru announced it would distribute tens of thousands of XO laptops from One Laptop Per Child to children in rural schools across the country, and expanded the programme every year since. Almost 1 million laptops later, the program is now the largest XO deployment in the world. Large impact studies of this initiative have shown that effective implementation of the One Laptop per Child program was not enough to overcome the difficulties of a design that places its trust in the role of technologies themselves. Visit the Educational Technology Debate website to read more about these studies and the questions raised by their findings.

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