Professional Life: Teachers' Views in 2004 & 2005 In 2004 and again in 2005, the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) was commissioned by the General Teaching Council for England (GTC) to conduct a large-scale, independent survey of teachers in order to obtain their views on specific aspects of their professional work in teaching, the key challenges and their aspirations for the future. These surveys are intended not only to supply 'snapshots' of teachers' views at particular moments in time, but also to provide an understanding of any emerging changes in teachers' attitudes and perceptions over time â€” and From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..
Developing Digital - Opportunities and Dangers in the Development of Electronic Test Questions ICT-based tests seem to offer great opportunities for new styles of assessment and new types of question - but the reality can be much more restricted. Questions that really exploit the power of the computer are hard to develop and expensive to program. A simple multiple-choice format is more straightforward, but this can lead to an assessment style that does little to support teaching and learning in the classroom. How can we instead make efficient use of a limited range of complex question types that will support the curriculum and help to develop studentsâ€™ understanding? From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 10:30 p.m..
Higher Education Support Act (HESA) 2003 Guidelines: Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (2004) The Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines contain requirements on: Commonwealth Learning Scholarships - Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships and Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships; Australian Postgraduate Awards; International Postgraduate Research Scholarships; and Indigenous Staff Scholarships. The guidelines came into effect 1 January 2005. From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 9:30 p.m..
Advancing Distributed Learning Through Global Collaboration An important turning point in terms of furthering advanced distributed learning technologies through international collaboration was reached at the international Advanced Distributed Learning Forum in Melbourne, sponsored by the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) and the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative. The result was the Melbourne Declaration aimed at maintaining further international advancement, development and deployment of advanced learning technology intitiatives. From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 8:30 p.m..
World Town Planning Day This is a special day held on 6 November each year to recognise and promote the role of planning in creating livable communities. From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 7:30 p.m..
Slavery in New York The New York Historical Society is showcasing a “landmark” exhibit on slavery, which was part of life in New York until it was outlawed in 1827. The online version here of the exhibit is elegant and eloquent. Touring the galleries lets the online visitor examine many of the Society’s artifacts. History From Golden Swamp on November 2, 2005 at 12:30 p.m..
Guy Fawkes Day November 5th marks the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, a conspiracy to blow up the English Parliament and King James I in 1605. On that day, the king prepared to open Parliament. From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 3:43 a.m..
National Recycling Week National Recycling week runs the 2nd week of November each year. You CAN recycle wherever you are - whether at home, work, school or around town. When you recycle one glass jar, a milk carton or a single newspaper you may not think you're doing much for the environment. However, you need to remember that millions of other people are doing the same as you. From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 3:43 a.m..
World GIS Day GIS Day is a grassroots event that formalizes the practice of geographic information systems (GIS) users and vendors of opening their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications of this important technology. From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 2:38 a.m..
Africa Industrialisation Day Within the framework of the Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa, the General Assembly proclaimed 20 November as Africa Industrialization Day (resolution 44/237 of 22 December 1989). The Day is intended to mobilize the commitment of the international community to the industrialization of Africa. From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 2:38 a.m..
World Television Day In 1996, the General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day, commemorating the date on which, in 1996, the first World Television Forum was held at the United Nations. States were invited to observe the Day by encouraging global exchanges of television programmes focusing on issues such as peace, security, economic and social development, and the enhancement of cultural exchanges (resolution 51/205). From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 2:38 a.m..
World Hello Day November 21, 2006 is the 34th annual World Hello Day. Anyone can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting ten people. This demonstrates the importance of personal communication for preserving peace. World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973. Since then, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries. People around the world use the occasion of World Hello Day as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. Beginning with a simple greeting on World Hello Day, their activities send a message to leaders, e From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 2:38 a.m..
Remembrance Day Remembrance Day commemorates the signing of the Armistice at the end of World War 1 in 1918. This took place at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The central element of Remembrance Day ceremonies is the one minute silence. From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 2:38 a.m..
International Day for Tolerance On 12 December 1996, the General Assembly invited Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public (resolution 51/95 of 12 December). This action came in the wake of the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the Assembly in 1993 (resolution 48/126). The Year had been declared on the initiative of the General Conference of UNESCO; on 16 November 1995, the UNESCO member States had adopted the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 2:38 a.m..
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women The General Assembly has designated 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and has invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize on that day activities designated to raise public awareness on the problem (resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999). Women's activists have marked November 25 as a day against violence since 1981. The date came from the brutal 1961 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo. From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 2:09 a.m..
Buy Nothing Day For 24 hours, millions of people around the world do not participate - in the doomsday economy, the marketing mind-games, and the frantic consumer-binge that's become our culture. We pause. We make a small choice not to shop. We shrink our footprint and gain some calm. Together we say to Exxon, Nike, Coke and the rest: enough is enough. And we help build this movement to rethink our unsustainable course. From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 2:09 a.m..
St Andrew's Day Saint Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland, and St. Andrew's Day is celebrated by Scots around the world on the 30th November. The flag of Scotland is the Cross of St. Andrew, and this is widely displayed as a symbol of national identity. From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 2:09 a.m..
Kwanzaa Kwanzaa, pronounced KWAHN zuh, is an Afro-American holiday based on the traditional African festival of the harvest of the first crops. Celebrated around the world by millions of people of African descent, the week-long holiday of Kwanzaa was developed by the American scholar, a professor of Pan-African studies, black cultural leader and activist, Dr Maulana Karenga, in 1966. It takes place from December 26 to January 1, a time that some African cultures called 'the edges of the time when the year meet' and is traditionally spent in celebration, focus and assessment. The word Kwanzaa From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 12:31 a.m..
Chanukah The name 'Chanukah' means 'dedication'. The name commemorates the rededication of the Temple. The word itself can be divided into two. 'Chanu' means 'they rested' and 'kah' means 'twenty five'. This recalls the day when the fighting stopped and the Temple was dedicated. Chanukah is referred to as 'The Festival of Lights' or by another name, 'Chag HaUrim'. This name describes the main features of Chanukah, which involves the lighting of an eight-branched candelabrum called a chanukiah. We celebrate Chanukah for eigh From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 12:31 a.m..
Christmas Day Merry Christmas. In preparation for your celebrations please visit the EdNA theme page which brings together a large number of useful evaluated resources. From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 12:31 a.m..
International Migrants Day In 2000, the General Assembly proclaimed International Migrants Day on 18 December. The Assembly has stressed the need to make further efforts to ensure respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants. It is estimated that some 130 million people live outside their countries of origin. From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 12:31 a.m..
International Mountain Day International Mountain Day was first observed by the United Nations in 2003, and was a result of the global focus on mountains that emerged during the International Year of Mountains in 2002. The Day seeks to foster recognition of the vital role that mountains play in our lives, and the responsibility to protect mountain environments.Mountain Partnership, the International Partnership for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions, has been created. As of July 2004, the Partnership included 40 governments, 14 intergovernmental agencies, and 47 major people's groups. From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 12:17 a.m..
International Human Rights Day International Human Rights Day has been observed every year since 1950. It is held on December 10th to mark the anniversary of the General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. See also: http://www.ohchr.org/english/ From EdNA Online on November 2, 2005 at 12:17 a.m..
Einsteinlight This multimedia site is divided into five sections: Galileo, Maxwell, Einstein, Time Dilation and E=mc2. Each module is a one-minute (or less!) film clip on a major player or principle of the spacetime game. Hosted by physicist Joe Wolfe, the movies offer quick overviews and 3D animations, plus links to more in-depth articles on the topic at hand. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on November 1, 2005 at 11:30 p.m..
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