environment

Drones and big data: the next frontier in the fight against wildlife extinction | Education

Technology is playing an increasingly vital role in conservation and ecology research. Drones in particular hold huge potential in the fight to save the world’s remaining wildlife from extinction. With their help, researchers can now track wild animals through dense forests and monitor whales in vast oceans. The World Wildlife Fund for Nature estimates that up to five living species on earth become extinct every day, making it vital that universities develop new technologies to capture the data that can…

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Headteachers in a bind as pupils prepare to go on UK climate strike | Environment

School leaders are having to wrestle with their consciences over pupils joining the nationwide climate strike to be held on Friday afternoon, caught between their duties as teachers and instincts as educators. Thousands of the more than 8 million school pupils in the UK are expected to walk out of lessons to show their concern about the threat of escalating climate change. Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat education spokeswoman and a former science teacher, said she will be joining a…

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School pupils issue fake parking tickets to tackle pollution | Education

Primary school pupils in Greater Manchester have started patrolling the streets outside their schools as uniformed “junior” police officers, issuing fake parking tickets to parents parked on the pavement or sitting with their engines running. The junior PCSOs (police community safety officers) were the brainchild of Steve Marsland, the headteacher of Russell Scott primary in Denton in Tameside, after he noticed a huge increase in the number of children with asthma. Eighteen months ago, he started to use an inhaler…

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Pupils’ climate change strike threat poses dilemma for heads | Education

Headteachers across the country will this week be faced with a tricky dilemma: should they allow their pupils to go on strike? Thousands of schoolchildren are expected to absent themselves from school on Friday to take part in a series of coordinated protests drawing attention to climate change. At a time when politicians fret that young people are failing to engage with the political process, a headteacher’s decision to take a hard line against the strikers could be counter-productive. But…

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BP and BHP offered Cambridge University millions despite calls to divest | Education

Cambridge University had been offered two new multimillion pound donations from global fossil fuel corporations as it considered calls made last year to divest its endowment fund from oil and gas companies. Documents seen by the Guardian show the university management was aware of a proposed £20m donation offered by BHP – subsequently withdrawn – and £2m from BP, as it considered whether to fully divest its fortune from fossil fuels. This information was not made public or divulged to…

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#1MinCPD: In It Together | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

#1MinCPD: In It Together | TeacherToolkit | UK Education Blog 24th January 201922nd January 2019 Hanna Beech 31 Views #1minCPD, Brown University, Coaching, collegial interaction, diaries, environment, Feedback, Matthew A. Kraft, observe, Selfie-Squares, teamwork, Video Reading Time: 1 minute How can you maximise… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Hanna Beech Read Full Article

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Creating Identity-Safe Classrooms | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Is your classroom identity safe? Identity-safe classrooms are warm ecosystems in which teachers endeavour to ensure that all children feel that their social identity is an asset rather than a barrier to success. Children feel welcomed, supported and valued whoever they are and whatever their background. Teachers want the best for pupils and seek to be fair and aim to create strong culturally competent classroom communities. We might all think that we respectfully acknowledge each and every individual. We might also…

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