Boris Johnson says girls’ education key to ending poverty

While Unicef and UNESCO have made many similar affirmations, it is unusual for a leader of a Western democracy to recognise and outwardly support an important objective such as this. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK, declared that it was his “fervent belief” that improving girls’ education in developing countries is the best way…

Teachers could be prioritised for vaccine

As the possibility and proximity of vaccinations draws nearer we should perhaps take a step back and reassess the priority list. In the second phase of roll-out the list of important groups must include teachers. As this article in the Telegraph points out, “Ministers have faced repeated calls from teacher unions, education chiefs and Tory…

I Mesa de Empresa y Cooperación en Educación Digital

On Monday 25th of January, Escudo Web Software participated in the “I Mesa de Empresa y Cooperación en Educación Digital”, a Business Roundtable about Cooperation in Digital Education. The event, organised by the Spanish Agency for International Development & Cooperation (AECID), aimed to promote public-private partnerships and joint initiatives in the partner countries of the…

As California Eases Vaccine Rules, Many Complain of Chaos

The jury is still out – and some of the evidence missing – regarding the relative immunity to the Covid infection by children. This NYTimes article investigates the situation regarding the new, more infectious strain. Based on research done by Public Health England, using detailed contact-tracing, including thousands of children under 10 years of age,…

Searches for online education terms increased over 100% in 2020

Inevitably as online learning becomes the norm so too do searches for online learning on search engines like Google. Searches for e-learning between November 2019–October 2020 vs a year earlier increased by over 58%. Analysts have poured over the details and according to EdTechnology have identified a number of different motivations for this, including: “parents…

Judgy parents intrude on teachers’ online lessons

A major problem for parents, who for the past ten months have been forced to get involved in the education of their children, is do they help them or not? According to TES parents are doing everything from “whispering answers to their children to blatantly shouting out answers or even submitting their own essays”. This…

Do Children Really Need to Learn to Code?

As parents we are always concerned about whether our children will learn the necessary skills at school which will help them flourish in the job market. Sadly some companies prey on these fears and make some parents feel inadequate if they have not followed a certain path – and more likely – bought their product/education…

School Choice: Better Than Prozac

While the US prepares itself for a new President a lot of questions are being asked about what education in the country should look like and how much choice parents should have over where their children can study. This article from the Wall Street Journal notes that “studies have found that school choice reduces arrests…

What’s the best way to engage learners online?

Teaching online is a big challenge, even for the most seasoned of teachers. But maintaining this format for many months is a massive strain on all involved. TES has come up, with the help of some teachers and a behavioural psychology expert, with some recommendations to make this task just a little bit easier.  “use…