August 2011


Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script — give students video lectures to watch at home, and do “homework” in the classroom with the teacher available to help.

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An Irish flavour this week! First, Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies — in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic.

Firstly, congratulations to everyone who recieved results today! No matter how it went, it’s done, you’ll never be in exactly this position again! With luck this is how you’re feeling

fireworks

people jumping in the air

We published some information over on our website but there’s lots out there and I just wanted to share some of those links with you all.

Brian Mooney has a good round up of what’s next here

All the helpline numbers are here on the qualifax website

Schooldays.ie has  a great round up of articles and advice

And reachout.com has lots of advice on how to cope with it all!

The all important site next week is www.cao.ie (first round offers are out on the 22nd August)

So for now, I’ll sign off, but we’ll keep updating our information, and if there’s any advice we can offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us

Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs — she’s got a dozen amazing pairs — and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height … Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be.

Hey Everyone,

 

A day early as I’m jetting off into the sun for my holidays tomorrow! Week in review will be back on the 2nd Sept!

 

Linda

 

Picks of the week:

The Irish Examiner did a big feature on Mental Health this week that we would really recommend reading. The links are below under ‘Mental Health in the Media’

Small talk at the movies: cinemas let autistic children make some noise

Supporting vocational learners: a focus on transition from FE to HE (from the Guardian Blog)

 

Further & Higher Education News

College closure leaves 20 staff without jobs and 360 students without classes

Language teaching sector worth €274m

‘They are robbers. They stole my money. I want my €2,300 back…but I don’t know what I can do’

Company had over €200,000 in bank just six months ago

Demand for college places falls

Points for science and tech courses to rise as student demand shifts

Kenny Dalglish Endorses Boccia World Cup

Colleges seek bond to protect students

Innovation in part-time study: adapting to the needs of professional learners

Student income has fallen by 33%

‘Back to Education’ payments double as jobless rate soars

 

Disability Headlines

How rock’n’roll can take its toll

North has highest rates of post-traumatic stress

Surviving a Long-Lasting Battle with Severe Depression

Colin Farrell opens up about his sons disability

Bacon ‘increases risk of diabetes’

 

General Education Articles

Cost of uniforms and books anger parents.

Free schools outperform fee-paying schools

A dozen ways to take the edge off back-to-school expenses

Transport to school: Counting costs of getting there

 

Mental Health in the Media

Head of suicide office threatens to resign

Suicide prevention – A service undermined

Finding a path to recovery

Bridging the divide between one reality and another

A broader platform to discuss mental health service concerns

Our mindset, rooted in a biomedical approach, needs a radical overhaul

MyMind: Mental Health Matters

National suicide prevention director threatened to resign in staffing row

€9.6m to house 60 troubled teenagers last year

€22m spent on mental health agency staff, overtime

Patients ‘not able to access’ psychologists

 

Employment Issues

Employers exploit internship scheme to get free workers

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Picks of the week:

When living with a disability, Ireland is a different country

Ten things not to say to a depressed person

 

Further & Higher Education News

Universities are best placed to take teacher training to the next level

Bill set to amalgamate education and training bodies

Limits on number of committee personnel

VEC staff may be moved to meet targets

Lecturers spend first year of college ‘deprogramming’ students

UCD scholarship student crowned South of Ireland Amateur Open Champion

Exam results helpline to be put to the test

Record rise in number of mature students

DCU president criticises Leaving Cert

University of Ulster hosts Paralympics Qualifying Tournament – Boccia World Cup 2011

 

Disability Headlines

Disability cases pending before the European Court of Human Rights

Ministers accused over autistic children as specialist schools forced to close

Warning over newer antidepressants pills

Dad (40) becomes first person in Britain to get artificial heart

Get me back to Aunty Em – one woman’s experience of Depression

 

General Education Articles

Parents struggling to cope with education costs

Families in need of back-to-school support failing to qualify for allowance, survey finds

Extra €4.6m set aside for parents struggling to afford uniforms

17 new schools to open as pupil numbers soar

Publishers help ease book cost burden for parents

Parents being forced to take out loans for school costs

14 second-level schools scheduled to open by 2014

Parents under pressure

Back-to-school aid criteria under fire

Families facing huge school costs, warns Barnardos

Quinn faces reality check in education reform drive

School class sizes set to increase

All-Irish secondary school for Carrigaline

Mayfield gaelscoil to appeal after council refuses planning

CIT gets new governing chair

Being creative teaches kids the art of keeping quiet

Class size dilemma

Schools will drop subjects if class sizes increased

Teachers angered by threat of increased class sizes

 

Mental Health in the Media

Don’t try to be something you are not

Don’t let anxiety get out of control

Psych nurses to strike over staff shortages

New Directorate to be appointed in autumn

5m drug prescriptions for mental health a year

Trapped in a system without hope

Treating depression – Drugs too prevalent in our system

 

Employment Issues

Only 23 out of 5,000 internships filled under initiative

I’m unemployed – can education get me out of here?

 

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