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Google asked over a 1,000 British teenagers if they wanted to launch a startup and most of them said no

The survey, released on Monday and based on statistics collected by YouGov, found that just 22% of people aged 15-18 believe they are likely to start their own business, compared to 78% who believe they are likely to work for a well-established company.<p>Of the 1,021 respondents, 56% perceived …

'Times tables are not how you teach maths’

Professor Jo Boaler stirred up a storm last week with radical suggestions for tackling 'maths anxiety’ in schools. Peter Stanford reports<p>Professor Jo Boaler may have moved halfway across the globe five years ago to become Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University in California, but …

Scientists Create Electronic Circuits In Living Roses

A circuit by any other name would smell as sweet<p>Fusing machines and animals is a fairly common theme in both science and science fiction. You've heard of cyborg cockroaches, DIY cyborgs, and the Borg.<p>But what about melding plants and machines? That's something that hasn't been attempted as much. In …

'How do you replicate the 'Eton effect' and raise aspirations?'

Far too many children are blighted by the low expectations and aspirations of their families, parents and teachers, writes former head Peter Tait<p>One of the greatest impediments to raising academic standards in Britain is the difficulty in raising aspirations amongst our families and children. While …

Secret Teacher: school leaders quickly forget how tough teaching is

I thought that returning to the classroom after leadership would give me a better work-life balance. Then I remembered how hard teachers have it<p>I have recently completed a quest. This quest took several years and led me from the panic-stricken landscape of the newly-qualified teacher (NQT), through …

Work-life Balance

The limitations and perils of scientific studies

A staple in college psychology courses is the story of polio and "spongy tar." It seems that decades ago, researchers noticed that there were higher polio rates during times when tar was spongier in children's playgrounds. Based on that, they mistakenly concluded that spongy tar causes polio and …

Social Sciences

Back to the Future: Jaws 19 trailer actually released

Remember the scene in Robert Zemeckis' Back to the Future II, released in 1989, when Marty McFly travels in his DeLorean to 2015? In the background, a cinema is advertising Jaws 19. It is an amusing detail; a sly dig at the increasing absursity of the (never-ending) Jaws sequels. But it could never …

Procrastination is a waste of time | Philippa Perry

We reportedly waste three hours a day at work. But messing about on Facebook to put off an onerous task rarely makes us feel happier<p>According to research published this week, we waste up to three hours of every working day doing things other than the work we are supposed to be getting on with. …

Eight steps to becoming a more creative teacher

<b>How can teachers develop their creativity in the classroom? Marisa Constantinides, who recently presented a webinar on the subject for our</b> …

Mathematics Mastery | Projects

The Mathematics Mastery programme is a whole-school approach to teaching mathematics that aims to raise attainment for all pupils and close the …

Passenger-carrying robot turns VR into an exhilarating ride

A parallel cable robot doesn't sound very exciting, and for the most part, they're not really what springs to mind when people think about robotics. They are robotic systems that consist of a platform operated by a series of actuators that work together in parallel, controlled by a system of …

What New Teachers Need to Know About PD

Instagram<p>For years, Instagram has been considered a tool for teenagers to post selfies or silly video clips of life events. Little do people know …

Artificial Intelligence is not able to 'press the delete key' on humanity just yet

Computers are immensely capable, but certain things we humans do almost effortlessly an artificial intelligence has immense difficulty achieving<p>Artificial intelligence seems to be the neighborhood menace these days: in the presence of responsible adults, it smiles, is polite and offers to do the …

Watch these drones build a rope bridge

One of the big selling points of drones is that they can get to areas that aren't exactly safe or accessible by humans. That's why watching quadrocopters assembling a rope bridge that's sturdy enough for a person to walk across is so damned awesome -- it immediately calls to mind a real-world use …

Here’s everything you need to know about rugby

Starting today (Sept. 18), 20 international teams battle it out to be named the world’s best rugby team as England hosts the 2015 World Cup.<p>The event is expected to sell 2.4 million tickets and bring in £2.2 billion ($3.3 billion) to the British economy. Yet despite rugby becoming increasingly …

George North

What a difference a day makes: the argument for a four-day school week

A study suggests giving students an extra day off improves learning. It could also be a step in the right direction for teacher workloads<p>The call for a four-day working week is not new. At a time when more and more people say they feel overworked, and increasing numbers are making the switch to …

Work-life Balance

School technology struggles to make an impact

<b>Information and communication technology has revolutionised virtually every aspect of our life and work.</b><p>Students unable to navigate through a complex digital landscape will no longer be able to participate fully in the economic, social and cultural life around them.<p>But those in charge of educating …

‘There are just not enough teachers’: sciences struggle to recruit

The government says sciences are a high priority in schools. But the lack of applicants for teaching jobs in these subjects is alarming headteachers<p>Newly qualified teacher Emma Field was delighted to land a job teaching science at a secondary school in Frome, Somerset. Her career seemed assured. …

A Record-Breaking New Artificial Leaf Makes Power From Sun And Water

A new “artificial leaf” is close to being viable for use at home, say scientists from Monash University in Australia. Using cheap, readily available …

Bitcoin's Shared Ledger Technology: Money's New Operating System

On July 31, 2014 Adam Ludwin, Devon Gundry and Ryan Smith–no-names in the world of finance–walked into a windowless conference room in a Los Angeles office building near LAX and sat down on black leather executive chairs at a mahogany table that could seat 12. A dual-screen teleconferencing unit …

Financial Services

The government’s whole attitude towards teaching has to change | the big issue

For decades, the ability of teachers to teach has been constricted from above<p>Your report on the shortage of teachers draws attention to a serious issue not only for today’s children and their schools but also to the future of this country(“Shortage of teachers set to spark new schools crisis”, …

Here’s the best way to guess correctly on a multiple choice test

Often, you’ll hear people say that you should “trust your instincts” when making decisions. But are first instincts always the best?<p>Psychological research has shown many times that no, they are often no better—and in many cases worse—than a revision or change. Despite enormous popular belief that …

How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive

Thicker ink, fewer smudges, and more strained hands: an Object Lesson<p>Recently, Bic launched acampaign to “save handwriting.” Named “Fight for Your Write,” it includes a pledge to “encourage the act of handwriting” in the pledge-taker’s home and community, and emphasizes putting more of the …

Second Grade

Noun Project Provides Over 100.000 Clip Art Icons to Use in Your Posters

August, 2015<br>Noun Project is an excellent platform that provides tons of visual symbols and icons to use in your posters and infographics. The process …

Children's maths abilities hindered by anxious parents

Children with maths-anxious parents are more likely to struggle with the subject themselves, study finds<p>Maths-anxious parents are breeding a generation of innumerate children, new research has shown.<p>The study showed children learned less math over the school year and are more likely to be …

Parents struggle to answer children's questions, survey finds

Our children's inquisitive questions are left unanswered by parents more than half the time, a new study has found<p>Children ask "why?" eight times a day but parents are unable to respond more than half the time, a survey found.<p>Almost half (47 per cent) of parents with children aged three to 10 …

Asia’s classrooms have so much to teach us

David Cameron should use his foreign trip to learn why we are being bested by countries where parents were barely educated<p>David Cameron has packed a plane with business people in an attempt to conquer Asia – thankfully in an entrepreneurial sense, rather than in a reverse Genghis Khan outing.<p>But …

Standing desks make children better students

The question of “is sitting the next smoking” has been raised by many health experts in the past few months. Many ailments, including diabetes and heart disease, are known to be connected to an inactive lifestyle.<p>However, most of this attention has been focused on adult office workers and the …

'The assessment system is broken', says school head

Head teacher, Peter Hyman, says that the intense exam focus is "destroying" education, and advocates project based learning as a potential answer<p>Exams do not measure the skills pupils require to function in society, a head teacher has said.<p>Speaking to the Telegraph, Peter Hyman, head teacher at …

Are Seahorses the Secret to Robots?

The future of robotics may be defined by an unlikely source: the tails of seahorses.<p>A new study cites the fish appendages as possible inspiration for …

Michael Porter