Today’s Google Doodle commemorates World Teachers’ Day, honouring the efforts of educators around the world.
It is a day to celebrate how teachers are transforming education, as well as to reflect on the support they need to fully deploy their talent and vocation, and rethink the way ahead for the profession globally.
The animation shows pieces of stationery and school equipment in a classroom, and is visible to Google users across the UK and North America, along with regions of Europe, Africa, and Asia.
In the UK, there has recently been growing feelings of frustration among teachers, support staff, and even school leaders in response to ministers’ pay proposals. The Government is proposing a five per cent rise for most teachers and leaders, while starting salaries will rise by 8.9 per cent.
The ASCL school leaders’ union is consulting its members on whether to ballot for industrial action for the first time in its 16-year history.
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The celebration was born in 1994, to honour teachers, and commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recommendation concerning teachers’ status.
The 1966 recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.
A joint message from Audrey Azoulay, director-general of UNESCO, Gilbert F Houngbo, director-general of the International Labour Organisation, Catherine Russell, executive director ofUNICEF, and David Edwards, general secretary of Education International, stated, “Today, on World Teachers’ Day, we celebrate the critical role of teachers in transforming learners’ potential by ensuring they have the tools they need to take responsibility for themselves, for others, and for the planet. We call on countries to ensure that teachers are trusted and recognised as knowledge producers, reflective practitioners, and policy partners.”
The theme for World Teachers’ Day 2022 is “the transformation of education begins with teachers”. Celebrations will address the commitments and calls for action made at the Transforming Education Summit, in September 2022, and analyse the implications they have for teachers and teaching.
The three-day celebration at UNESCO headquarters will include the awarding ceremony of the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Teacher Development, plus a series of events showcasing how guaranteeing teachers decent working conditions, access to professional development opportunities, and recognised professional status is the first step towards more resilient education systems.
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A teacher who slapped a boy’s face and then repeatedly lied about it will not be allowed into a classroom for three years.
Angela Bryer, now 60, hit the left side of the youngster’s face after a teaching assistant brought him to her for misbehaving in class in May 2019.
The boy, named only as Pupil A, reported it to his class teacher at the St Edmunds Roman Catholic primary school in Miles Platting, Manchester.
But Bryer, who had been a teacher at the school for 18 years at the time, said that any physical contact was an accident.
Bryer said the same thing to Pupil A’s parents and the school’s safeguarding system.
Pupil A was not believed until the end of that year.
The reception teacher quit in September and the teaching assistant who had taken Pupil A to Bryer in May confirmed the boy’s version of what happened a month later.
Bryer expressed regret at what happened but said the boy had not suffered any significant harm.
She admitted unacceptable professional conduct and being dishonest.
The Teaching Regulation Agency said Bryer ‘failed to act with integrity’ and banned her from teaching for the next few years.
The panel said: ‘If the truth of the incident had not come to light it is likely that Pupil A may not have been believed about any future incidents.
‘Mrs Bryer’s actions may also have damaged the faith which not only Pupil A but Pupil A’s parent had in the school system.
‘As an experienced teacher, Mrs Bryer should have been aware of all of these potential consequences but instead chose not to tell the truth which was a serious lapse of professional judgment.’
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Many schools and colleges have already started in-person lessons, but several educational institutions have also continued online classes. Some have introduced a hybrid model of teaching where some lessons are taught in person and projects are completed online. Whichever group you fall into, one thing is for sure: Educational apps are helpful in making learning easy, fun, and convenient and keeping students engaged. Whether you prefer fully online teaching or like to blend tech and in-person learning, these apps can help.
Zoom has undoubtedly become the darling app and communication center with so many more people currently working, studying, or simply hanging out at home. It has been the silver lining connecting us to our parents, our friends, our family, and our students and teachers during the lockdown, and now people are still in touch with their long-distance connections virtually. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, consider doing so now.
Zoom is a powerful cloud video conferencing platform that allows you to host “meetings” with hundreds of participants. Using the Zoom app, educators can share lesson plans, provide instruction, swap files with students, and communicate directly with the group or individuals via chat, all within the app. The free version of the app supports unlimited one-to-one meetings and a 40-minute time limit on group meetings. The base paid version, starting at just $15 a month, offers meetings with up to 100 participants running up to 30 hours long.
Quizlet lets you create free flashcards to make learning more effective. The app is free to use and offers access to millions of study sets created by teachers and learners. You can also find solutions for various problems across 64 subjects, all written and Checked by experts. The app also offers study modes and in-class games so teachers can keep the students engaged throughout the lecture. If you upgrade to the QuizletPlus plan for teachers, the app offers special tools for educators to track which students started or completed their study sessions and which ones need help. You can also add custom images, audio, and diagrams to make the lessons more interactive. Not sure if it’s the best app for you? You get a free 30-day trial to explore the features, and if you’re happy with the options, you can subscribe for $35 a year.
Teachers love to turn a boring lesson into a game to motivate their students, but not everyone has the skills to make a game from scratch. Thankfully, the GetKahoot website makes it easy to turn your class into a game show. All you have to do is enter your prepared Braindumps into the site to create an instantly playable game. Your students can then download the Kahoot app to use as a buzzer to join in on the fun. As a teacher, you can find millions of ready-to-play kahoots on any topic, so you don’t have to spend valuable time creating lessons for each subject. You also get custom reports to track your students’ progress. The app is free to use, but you can buy optional upgrades to unlock puzzles, polls, open-ended questions, and slides. The premium plans start at $3 a month per teacher and go up to $9 a month per teacher to unlock all the features.
Parents want to celebrate their children’s achievements every step of the way, so it’s important to keep them in the loop on their kids’ progress throughout the school year. With Seesaw, a student portfolio app, kids can store and post their best work to share with their parents. Teachers, on the other hand, can provide concrete examples of their students’ strengths and areas for improvement to their parents during teacher-parent meetings. Teachers can also find thousands of ready-to-teach learning activities to engage the students. Schools can use this app for monitoring student progress, publishing yearly achievements, making schoolwide announcements, and sharing curriculum plans and changes with the parents.
If your school already uses the G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education), chances are you already know about Google Classroom. Not only can you distribute and grade assignments through the app, as well as organize all class materials on Google Drive, you can also reach your students more easily — either to make announcements or to engage them in discussions. Teachers can now boost engagement with the Student Selector, which randomly selects students from the roster, so you can motivate full classroom participation.
Remind makes it easy for teachers to communicate with students and their parents in real time outside of the classroom. You can make class announcements, initiate group chats, or contact people privately through the Remind app. Your messages, which can contain files, images, and links, can even be translated into more than 90 languages, making it possible to communicate with parents who are non-native English speakers. The best part is that this app is completely free to use, so you can connect with your entire class for no cost.
Collecting those pesky parental consent forms from your students for field trips can be a nightmare, but Classtree makes the process painless and paperless. Unlike Remind, which simply notifies parents of the logistics of an upcoming field trip, Classtree actually lets you attach a consent form for parents to e-sign to go along with the announcement. The app also lets you add optional questions, solve urgent queries, and manage comments from parents. The app even shows you exactly who has seen your note and who owes you a signed form.
It’s not just businesses that rely on Slack to keep employees connected: Professors and college students are increasingly turning to the messaging tool to stay in touch beyond school hours. Not only are some instructors hosting text-based “office hours” on the platform, but they are also pushing important reminders through the app to their students. You can now set a Dark Mode and upload multiple images simultaneously from the message box, in channels, and in threads for easy communication. You can also make calls, share videos, and send live emoji reactions for instant group communication. For added convenience, the app can be integrated with other management platforms like Google Drive, Asana, Zendesk, and more so educators can get everything done in the same app.
Group projects can be difficult when everyone is operating on a different schedule. Fortunately, Trello lets students stay organized, providing handy tools designed to keep them on task. The app allows them to create checklists, upload images, and assign tasks to other users, among other actions, while conveniently syncing content across devices via the cloud. Content is displayed within a card-peppered interface, with options to easily move tasks around as needed. You can also add elements like photos and links directly to Trello for better organization. The app honors your last card so that when returning to the app, you’ll get right back to the last board or card you were viewing. Students and teachers can also use the calendar view to assign and track due dates. Plus, everything is completely free to use, so you can add your entire class on the same Trello board for easier management.
Taking advantage of the iPad’s touchscreen and portability, the Doceri app, only for iOS, turns the mobile device into a portable interactive whiteboard. You can annotate whatever material you have on-screen as you teach, which makes for a more interactive lesson. Besides letting you handwrite complicated math equations or brainstorm Venn diagrams on the fly, the app can also record the class and post it online directly from your iPad.
Elementary school teachers are always on the lookout for new books for their students but worry about spending too much of their own money on their classrooms. With the Epic Unlimited Books for Kids app, teachers in the U.S. and Canada get free access to over 40,000 kid-friendly books ranging from National Geographic Kids to the Goosebumps series. The Educator’s version of the app also includes lesson ideas and videos to make life easier for teachers. recent updates include features that help kids pick the next book in their favorite series and Epic! Originals, which offers stories from the kids’ favorite authors. Prices start at $10 a month or $80 a year for four child profiles.
Chances are you’re already familiar with Dropbox. The service is terrific when you need to upload and store presentation photos, assignments, videos, and anything else you might need to access at home or in the classroom. The dedicated app also lets you create and edit Microsoft Office files on your mobile device and share file links with your students so you don’t have to clutter their inboxes with an abundance of enormous files. You can now control how people can access content with link settings, and more refined parameters around camera uploads let you choose when automatic camera uploads begin, and whether to upload your entire camera roll or only new images, as well as edited photos.
Education takes place in and out of the classroom and Pocket gives you a way to quickly save articles, videos, and other web content pertinent to your current or future class lectures. The app also lets you view anything you save offline while presenting your articles with an easy-to-view layout that enhances the memorizing experience, regardless of your device. Sharing that enlightening article on the Roanoke colonists with your students couldn’t be easier. recent versions introduce offline listening, so even without a network connection, Pocket automatically uses your device’s text-to-speech voices.
ClassDojo isn’t your typical classroom-management platform. Whereas many concern themselves with gold stars and charts, this app lets teachers emphasize positive feedback, allowing you to elaborate on the behavior of your students with comments such as “working hard” or “participating.” You can even send parents public and private messages regarding their child’s progress, and if they desire, they can view their child’s feedback in real time. No school newsletter required. Most features are free to use, but you can get optional upgrades like personalized memory albums for $8 a month or $60 a year.
Organization is key in the classroom, but it’s not always easy. Teacher’s Assistant Pro allows you to keep a set of behavior records for each student in your class, offering a quick method for looking up and noting bad behavior and letting you email specific incidents from the app’s main interface. The app collects your entered data and stores the infraction or accolade, plus the date, time, location, images, class period, details, teacher action taken, and any parental involvement.
Anyone in the knowledge profession will find WolframAlpha helpful in checking facts, doing calculations, discovering new information, and researching new angles on practically any subject to boost teaching and learning. The WolframAlpha computational knowledge engine covers a huge array of topics, offering information on disparate subjects like mathematics, physics, astronomy, earth sciences, life sciences, weather, geography, history, music, linguistics, sports, finance, socioeconomics — you name it. It is a superlative resource for both teachers and students in any field of study. It costs $3 to download the app, and you can buy a $10-per-month subscription to unlock all the features.
Are you still grading the old-fashioned way? Groovy Grader lets you update your technique for calculating that all-important bottom line for students, parents, and you. Groovy Grader replaces your paper grading calculator to provide more flexibility in figuring out the most accurate and fair grade you can bestow. You can configure it for hundreds of questions and have it display grades as whole numbers or with an added decimal place. The app lets you view grades for number correct, number wrong, and half points with convenient color-coding. You can view more than 50 grades on the screen at once. The best part? Everything is completely free to use.
Educreations is an interactive whiteboard app that allows you to create easy-to-follow tutorials for students. You have a vast range of options for the tutorial format, including animations, videos, diagrams, and more. The app will enable you to record audio to pair with your actions to narrate instructions and commentary for the work. Your creations will be shareable via social media, messaging, and email as well. The latest versions debut lesson draft syncing where you can use your account to access your saved drafts on all devices, support for Apple Classroom, managed accounts, iCloud Keychain, and more.
Paper notes are becoming more and more obsolete in the digital world. With StudyBlue, teachers can create digital sets of flashcards, study guides, and quizzes, each complete with optional audio and video. Students can also build their flashcards or other study tools and share them with friends. The interaction within the app helps make learning stick. All students get unlimited access to over 500 million StudyBlue materials, study guides, and the ability to copy and modify any flashcard deck — for free.
You can’t go wrong with TED. The organization’s official app houses hundreds of inspiring and intriguing TED Talks, featuring fascinating lectures from industry and subject experts spanning a wide swath of syllabus such as neuroscience, traditional folk music, human evolution, and many more. TED Talks make a perfect conversation-starter for classroom discussion or debate or help teachers brainstorm syllabus for future lessons.
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Google has added former President Trump’s Truth Social app to its Google Play Store after a holdup over its content moderation plans.
Trump Media and Technology Group, which owns Truth Social, had criticized the tech giant in August after it said the app did not meet Google’s standard policies, namely having effective systems for moderating user-generated content.
The app now appears in the Play Store, and Google confirmed the news to multiple outlets.
Google told CNBC Truth Social agreed to take steps to moderate content in the app, including removing or blocking users who incite violence.
The company’s CEO, former Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), told Reuters in a statement on Wednesday that the app would soon be available for Android users.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with Google, and we’re glad they helped us to finally bring Truth Social to all Americans, regardless of what device they use,” Nunes told the outlet.
Trump created the app after Twitter banned him for comments he made surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
Despite being available for Apple users in the App Store, Truth Social had not appeared in the Play Store for months.
Google indicated in August the delay was because Truth Social did not comply with Google’s requirements, including one to remove objectionable posts that incite violence.
The app’s parent company criticized Google in a statement at the time, saying it was selectively enforcing its policies.
“[Trump Media and Technology Group] has continuously worked in good faith with Google to ensure that the Truth Social Android App complies with Google’s policies without compromising our promise to be a haven for free speech,” the company wrote.
“As our users know, Truth Social is building a vibrant, family-friendly environment that works expeditiously to remove content that violates its Terms of Service — which independent observers have noted are among the most robust in the industry,” the statement continued.
Elon Musk, who is embroiled in legal battle with Twitter that will determine if he takes over the company, has indicated a willingness to reverse Trump’s ban if he ultimately owns Twitter.
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According to the national authorities, 2,292 education institutions have been damaged and 309 have been destroyed in Ukraine since 24 February 2022 when the Russian offensive against Ukraine began. As a result, over 40% of Ukrainian schools started their new academic year online.
For seven months, UNESCO has supported the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, by providing its expertise and by mobilizing some 25 partners of its Global Education Coalition, including Google.
Many members have already implemented their commitments, including psycho-social counselling for teachers, scholarships for learners, no-cost access to accredited courses, translation of educational content, etc.
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Google Cloud and edX Partner to Launch Cloud Computing Professional Certificate
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New program provides millions of learners access to skills needed to succeed in one of technology's most in-demand fields
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Google Cloud and edX, a leading global online learning platform from 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU), today announced the launch of a Professional Certificate program in Google Cloud Computing Foundations. The certificate will bring edX's global community of 45 million learners access to skills that are central to cloud basics, big data, machine learning, and where and how Google Cloud fits in. Registration is open today at www.edx.org, with courses beginning November 2022.
"We are excited to launch our Google Cloud training content on the edX platform," said Chris Pirie, Director of Google Cloud Learning Profile and Partnerships. "This partnership presents a fantastic opportunity for learners around the world to build in-demand cloud skills on a proven learning platform."
According to The Linux Foundation's most recent Open Source Jobs Report, cloud skills are in higher demand than any other area of technology, with 61% of organizations increasing their use of cloud technologies last year. Learners who complete the Google Cloud Computing Foundations Professional Certificate program will be able to articulate cloud concepts and demonstrate hands-on skills that can help workers train for high-growth cloud jobs, including positions like cloud administrator, cloud developer, and cloud database engineer. The four courses in the program, which are free to try, include Cloud Computing Fundamentals, Infrastructure in Google Cloud, Networking and Security in Google Cloud, and Data, ML, and AI in Google Cloud.
"Google Cloud joins the ranks of leading companies and universities leveraging the edX platform to reach millions of learners worldwide with high-quality on-demand skills development," said 2U Co-Founder and CEO Christopher "Chip" Paucek. "Google Cloud's new certificate on edX will help create a broader and stronger ecosystem of cloud talent, with affordable, industry-specific training that complements the wide range of computer science degrees and big data courses offered by our partners on edX.org."
edX's Professional Certificate programs are a series of courses designed by industry leaders to build and enhance critical professional skills needed to succeed in today's most in-demand fields. As part of edX's alternative credential offerings, Professional Certificate programs are helping transform the way employers approach upskilling and reskilling the workforce and driving real career impact for employees. According to learner surveys, 85% of learners who complete an edX Professional Certificate program have experienced positive changes in their interaction or approach to work.
For more information on edX's partnership to deliver content with Google Cloud, and to enroll in courses, visit www.edx.org/professional-certificate/google-cloud-computing-foundations.About edX
edX is the education movement for restless learners and a leading global online learning platform from 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU). Together with the majority of the world's top-ranked universities and industry-leading companies, we bring our community of over 45 million learners world-class education to support them at every stage of their lives and careers, from free courses to full degrees. And we're not stopping there -- we're relentlessly pursuing our vision of a world where every learner can access education to unlock their potential, without the barriers of cost or location. Learn more at edX.org.About Google Cloud
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The established partnership between Louisiana Tech University and Coursera has expanded to increase offerings to Louisiana Tech faculty and staff as well as faculty and staff in institutions within the University of Louisiana System (ULS).
The program already offered high school students and graduates in the Louisiana GEAR UP (LA GEAR UP) program to explore certificates and credentials through both Google and Coursera designed to make it easier to take the next steps toward academic and professional growth.
"Through our partnership with Coursera and Google, we are able to provide support and opportunity for learners at multiple levels,” said Dr. Terry McConathy, Louisiana Tech Provost. “We are able to leverage the resource to recruit future students, provide added value for current students, and supplement professional development for our colleagues across the UL System interested in critical needs areas such as UX Design and Data Analytics."
ULS faculty and staff members will be able to enroll in Google and Coursera certificate courses beginning in the Winter Quarter of this academic year. This program is an extension of the ULS Bridging the Divide Professional Development Series available to system faculty and staff.
“Technology provides access to an overwhelming number of opportunities for personal and professional growth,” ULS President Jim Henderson said. “We value lifelong learning and this partnership with Coursera opens the door to high quality professional development opportunities for the faculty and staff across our nine member institutions.”
“We are thrilled about working with Google, Coursera, LA GEAR UP and the University of Louisiana System to bring industry certificates and educational resources to learners at the secondary and post-secondary levels,” said Dr. Lindsey Keith-Vincent, Associate Dean for Research, Outreach, and Innovation in Tech’s College of Education. “This initiative can transform how each student is able to learn, grow, succeed, and advance personally and professionally.”
Coursera recently conducted a survey of thousands of employers and students. Results of that survey said respondents believe earning an industry microcredential will help them stand out to employers and get a job after graduation.
“Seventy-four percent said that the inclusion of relevant microcredentials would influence their choice of a degree program at their university, with 66 percent reporting that the microcredential was their highest motivating factor,” said Scott Shireman, Coursera’s global head of campus.
LA GEAR UP is a college education access and preparation initiative administered by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA), a program of the Louisiana Board of Regents. In partnership with 37 schools in 15 school districts across the state, Louisiana GEAR UP aims to increase the number of low-income students who succeed in post-secondary education.
“This partnership is designed to provide access and opportunity to those who want it as they plan their futures in a new and dynamic world of work,” said Dr. Don Schillinger, Dean of the College of Education.
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In her second-grade classroom outside Seattle, Fatima Nuñez Ardon often tells her students stories about everyday people realizing their dreams. One day, for example, she talked about Salvadoran American NASA astronaut Francisco Rubio and his journey to the International Space Station.
Another day, she told them her own life story — how she, an El Salvadoran immigrant who arrived in the U.S. in middle school speaking very little English, came to be a teacher.
Nuñez Ardon took an unusual path to the classroom: She earned her teaching degree through evening classes at a community college, while living at home and raising her four children.
Community college-based teaching programs like this are rare, but growing. They can dramatically cut the cost and raise the convenience of earning a teaching degree, while making a job in education accessible to a wider diversity of people.
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In Washington state, nine community colleges offer education degrees for teaching grade school and up. All of the programs started within the last decade.
Around the country, education programs remain far more common at four-year institutions. Six other states — Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada and New Mexico — have community colleges that offer degrees related to K-12 education, according to Community College Baccalaureate Association data.
The expansion comes at a good time: Teacher shortages have worsened in the past decade, and fewer undergraduates are going into teacher training programs. The number of people completing a teacher-education program declined by almost a third between the 2008-09 and 2018-19 academic years, according to a report in March from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
More community colleges around the country are starting to offer teacher education, said CCBA President Angela Kersenbrock. In all, 51 community college-based teaching programs have launched across the country since the early 2000s.
And they’re attracting students like Nuñez Ardon, who became certified to run a K-8 classroom in June, at the age of 36. It’s likely she wouldn’t have pursued a classroom career otherwise.
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Teacher shortages predate the pandemic. For years, the number of people graduating from teacher education programs has fallen short of demand. In 2018, 57,000 fewer students nationwide earned education degrees than in 2011.
To fill gaps in staffing, schools in Washington state have had to turn to underqualified employees. The number of waivers granted for staff who had not completed certification requirements rose to 8,080 in the 2019-2020 school year, from less than 2,800 a decade prior, according to a 2021 report from the state’s Professional Educator Standards Board.
The state in recent years has encouraged "Grow Your Own" programs, or alternative pathways to classroom certification. Some are run by schools, others by colleges. They’re seen as a way to buffer the teacher shortage and to grow a workforce more representative of the student body. Statewide, 50% of Washington students are people of color, while 87% of classroom teachers are white.
At Yakima Valley College, like other Washington community colleges, teacher candidates are assigned a residency at a partner school for the second half of the two-year program.
Students must first have an associate degree before starting the program. Classes are primarily in the evenings. While juggling their work and school load, teacher candidates are also taking a series of tests required by the state to get certified.
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"By the time they finish their residency, they have fulfilled all of their requirements not only of the program but also of the state," said Elizabeth Paulino, who runs Yakima Valley College’s teacher education program.
There has been pushback against community college degree programs in education in Washington and nationally, as universities with teacher education programs grapple with declines in enrollment, said Debra Bragg, the founder and former director of the University of Washington’s Community College Research Initiatives.
Community colleges argue that they’re a good place for teacher training because they’re open-access — there is no selective admissions process — and that they "are attracting students that the universities probably are not attracting and probably won’t attract," she said.
Nuñez Ardon said this was the case for her.
For one thing, she was place-bound by her growing family, and the nearby University of Washington doesn’t offer a bachelor’s degree in teacher education. Cost was another factor. The program Nuñez Ardon attended at Highline College costs roughly $7,100 a year — far less than nearby universities — and allowed her to live at home and accommodated her work schedule.
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Many education programs at Washington community colleges grew in response to demand from local schools.
Connie Smejkal, Centralia College’s dean of teacher education, said area superintendents were calling frequently to say they were struggling to hire and retain teachers.
"Their need was extraordinary," she said.
In 2016, Centralia and Grays Harbor community colleges launched a teacher education program in collaboration, anticipating that neither would have enough students to run a full program on their own. Each planned to have an initial cohort of 12 teacher candidates. But student interest was high: There were more than 80 applicants to Centralia alone for the first cohort.
"We realized how thirsty the community was to become teachers," Smejkal said. The next year, Centralia and Grays Harbor formed their own separate programs, and between the two schools, 175 people have completed degrees.
Smejkal said everyone from last year’s cohort who was interested in classroom teaching had signed a contract with a school before graduating.
Peter Finch, superintendent of West Valley School District in Yakima, said he’s experienced no shortage of general education teachers since the launch of Yakima Valley College’s program.
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He also said the teachers hired from the local program have so far been predominantly Latinx, and half had been bilingual Spanish-English speakers, better matching the district’s student demographic and support needs.
Meanwhile, Nuñez Ardon spends her days at Madrona Elementary School in SeaTac as a teacher and role model to young students she sees herself in — and in whom she hopes to inspire the same curiosity and passion to learn.
A "Marmite" teacher persistently lied about his education and rugby experience to get jobs at private schools, a misconduct panel has found.
Paul Elliott falsely claimed he had studied at Oxford University and played professional rugby, the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) said.
Mr Elliott admitted making mistakes in job applications but denied dishonesty.
Mr Elliott was appointed head of religion and philosophy at Yarm School in Yarm, Teesside, in August 2018, but was dismissed 14 months later after the school became concerned "he had not been truthful in his application," the panel's chairman Clive Ruddle said.
The school, which charges £4,921 a term, identified a number of "inconsistencies" throughout his employment history, which included jobs at a number of prestigious schools, and reported him to the TRA.
Claims the misconduct panel found proven to be false included that Mr Elliott:
Representing the TRA, Michael O'Donohoe said Mr Elliott had shown a "career-spanning pattern of dishonesty ... exaggeration and outright falsifications" with Wigan Warriors and Oxford and Cambridge universities having no record of him.
In a written submission to the panel, Mr Elliott said he was admitted to hospital shortly after his arrival at Oxford so was unable to officially enrol but he attended guest lectures.
Mr O'Donohoe said even on Mr Elliot's own account, there was still a "world of difference" between attending guest lectures and studying medicine full time at Oxford University as he had claimed in his job application and CV.
Mr Elliott also claimed he played rugby for Oxford University, but Mr O'Donohoe said he would not have been able to if he was not officially enrolled as a student, and there was no mention of him in a match programme for a game he supposedly was going to play in.
Mr Elliott said he was briefly a professional rugby player for Wigan Warriors in the late 1990s but the club had no record of him and the archivist, who also played rugby and was of a similar age, had no memory of him.
Mr O'Donohoe said Mr Elliott was described by some witnesses as a very "memorable individual", a "Marmite" figure who had some "devotees" among his students as well as "students he made feel very uncomfortable indeed", adding: "He doesn't sound like someone you would be indifferent to. This would be someone one would remember playing alongside."
Mr Elliott had also claimed he was selected to play against Australia on their UK team for a team called "North" in 1988, but there was no mention of him in the match programme and Will Carling said he had "no recollection" of Mr Elliott, with the panel concluding the rugby legend would have remembered the teacher if they had trained together.
In his submission to the panel, Mr Elliott said his name was not in the programme because he was asked to assume the identity of another player who could no longer attend, adding he was chosen because of his height, weight and because he was a "fearless tackler".
Mr O'Donohoe said Mr Elliott claimed to have been assistant director of sport and director of rugby at Churcher's College in Hampshire when he was in fact a PE teacher and coach for the under-15s team.
The misconduct panel found Mr Elliott, who did not attend the two-day hearing, was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.
Mr Ruddle said the teacher acted "dishonestly" and "knew he had provided inaccurate information and had done so to enhance his qualifications and experience", adding he had "undermined trust in the profession by lying on his employment applications".
The panel's recommendation, which could include a teaching ban, will be passed to the secretary of state for education who will determine a sanction before it is publicly announced.
Following last year's landmark Pixel 6 series, the Pixel 7 range looks like an iterative update by comparison, but it doubles down on what makes Google's phones stand out.
Like the Pixel 7 Pro, the Pixel 7 arrives with Google's latest Tensor G2 chipset, which, paired with Google's own take on an Android 13, delivers a satisfying user experience, with everyday tasks made that little bit easier.
While Google's Tensor platform doesn't usually compare all that favorably in side-by-side benchmarks with equivalent flagship processors, that's because it's built with a different focus in mind: AI and machine learning. This remains true for the new Tensor G2, and it enhances a number of facets of the Pixel 7 user experience, from camera quality to call quality, speech recognition and beyond.
The Pixel 7 sports a design that, while divisive, feels considered and premium. The cameras sit within an imposing aluminum band that helps the phone stand out from the crowd, especially in its price range, and the smaller 6.3-inch display size and thinner bezels (compared to the Pixel 6) mean the Pixel 7 is more comfortable to hold, and more pocketable, than before.
The biggest shortcomings are most notable in areas where this phone, by design, trails behind the Pixel 7 Pro, with its slower 90Hz peak refresh rate display (versus 120Hz on the Pro) and the absence of a dedicated telephoto camera chief among them.
Even so, the user experience feels polished, the AI-supported features are unique and competent, and the promise of more functionality via forthcoming 'feature drops' mean this Pixel is only likely to get better with time.
The Google Pixel 7 made its way to pre-order following its October 6 launch, and started shipping as of October 13. The device starts at $599 / £599 / AU$999, which Google rightly points out is $100 less than the latest iPhone 14 and marries up with the price of its predecessor, 2021's Google Pixel 6. In select markets, Google also offered up the new Pixel Watch as a pre-order bonus.
The pricing above is for the base 128GB storage model, but there's also a 256GB variant that's priced at $699 / £699 / AU$1,129. Unlike the iPhone 14 (and 14 Plus), there's no 512GB storage option – for that you'll have to move to the pricier Pixel 7 Pro, although the 512GB variant of that phone is only available in the US and Australia, and not the UK.
There's also no power adapter in the box (another change introduced with the Pixel 6 series), meaning that if you want the fastest-possible charging for your Pixel 7 (21W) – and if you're keeping it in the family – you'll have to pay Google (from) an additional $25 / £25 / AU$45 for its compatible 30W USB-C adapter.
If you want to make the jump to actually buying a Pixel 7 (or 7 Pro) check out our roundup of the latest Pixel 7 deals.
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2021's Pixel 6 range marked a notable shift in the series for a number of reasons, and chief among them was the phones' design.
While the two-tone approach to color – exemplified by the Kinda Coral Pixel 6 – hasn't carried across to this latest generation of Pixels, the Pixel 7 (and Pixel 7 Pro) sport a more evolutionary, rather than revolutionary aesthetic one year on, with solid color behind the rounded Gorilla Glass Victus back, divided by metalwork.
The main visual update is to the signature black glass 'visor' of a camera bar that previously concealed each phone's various lenses. This year, it's been replaced by a predominantly metal one, which makes a feature of the lenses rather than hiding them. It's equally divisive and unique all at once, making this series of Pixels just as instantly recognizable as the last in a crowded field.
As for the metal in question, the use of lightly textured aluminum on the Pixel 7 (it's polished on the Pixel 7 Pro) gives the phone an almost jewelry-like quality, especially on this generation's standout Lemongrass color option (pictured). On this phone the metal is gold-tinted, rather than silver or dark gray, as you'll find on the other two available finishes: Snow (white / silver) and Obsidian (black / gunmetal).
Google's choice of 100%-recycled aluminum (a material Apple might want to consider switching to for its next best iPhones), paired with the marginally smaller footprint of the standard Pixel 7 (compared to its direct predecessor) helps keep the phone's weight down to a respectable 197 grams.
Opting for a similar design to the previous year's Pixels means the Pixel 7 isn't the most svelte or elegant smartphone out there, and considering its screen size, it still feels a little too big in the hand. However, the Pixel 7 isn't meant to be a 'mini' Pixel, relative to the 7 Pro (the better fit for that moniker would be the rumored Pixel 7a).
As on the Pixel 6, there's a USB-C port and a set of twin grilles on the bottom edge of the phone's rounded frame. The power key and volume rocker run down the right side, and the whole thing is IP68-certified against water and dust.
As alluded to already, the Pixel 7 is a fraction smaller than the Pixel 6, dropping from a 6.4-inch display to 6.3 inches This helps to more clearly differentiate it from the super-sized 6.7-inch Pixel 7 Pro, and also means it's one of a relatively small number of Android phones worth considering at this screen size.
The Pixel 7 has the same Full HD+ resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio as the Pixel 6, which means the display is imperceptibly sharper than its predecessor, but Google has managed to up the brightness, so that it runs at up to 1000 nits in normal use, and can push to 1400 nits at its peak (25% brighter than that of the Pixel 6's display) for better visibility in bright surroundings.
The bezels have also shrunk, compared to last year's model (though there's still a 'chin'), but even with the subtly-rounded edges of the Gorilla Glass Victus-protected screen, the phone still appears a little bulkier than its screen size would suggest. Despite being the smaller model of this year's duo, it sports the same display size as found on the 'XL' Pixels of old, like the Google Pixel 4 XL.
One upgrade we'd love to have seen this year is a higher refresh rate for the display. You still get a beautiful OLED panel that offers great viewing angles, nice colors and deep blacks, and which feels responsive, but it still tops out at only 90Hz. Sure, it might still make iPhone 14 owners envious, but in the Android world, for a device of this caliber and price, a toggle between a fixed 60Hz or 90Hz (where supported) feels really behind the curve now.
The company could have at least opted for an adaptive refresh rate panel for greater power efficiency, as you'll find on the Pixel 7 Pro, which can scale from its peak 120Hz right down to 10Hz when needed.
On the plus side, multiple color profiles, Night Light (to reduce eye strain) and basic always-on functionality are welcome inclusions, as is the optical in-display fingerprint sensor, which at this (admittedly early) stage hasn't proven as problematic as the previous model's was at launch, even if it isn't as snappy as Samsung's ultrasonic alternative, for example.
As is the Google way, its Google's latest flagship phones arrive with the latest version of its mobile OS: Android 13.
The user experience on the Pixel 7 is characteristically clean and easy to navigate, with the most prominent change in recent years being the introduction of Google's Material You design language. Its effects are more widespread in Android 13, adding color theming, intelligently generated to complement your chosen wallpaper, to app icons, menus and more.
While the Pixel launcher (the name for the user experience on Pixel phones) is generally minimalist in its approach relative to the likes of Xiaomi's MIUI or Oppo's ColorOS, there are a few embellishments, some of which are wholly new to Android 13.
The media playback bar in the notifications shade now has an undulating wiggle to it that adds a little character and interest on-screen; there's a one-handed mode that behaves similarly to iOS's Reachability feature, bringing the whole UI down halfway to make elements at the top of the screen more readily reachable; and superb haptic integration provide everything from unlocking the phone with the fingerprint sensor to typing on the keyboard a sense of weight and quality that's hard to convey in words.
Some of the Pixel 7's (and 7 Pro's) most exciting new features aren't actually available at launch, but rather than causing new Pixel owners to raise pitchforks over promised features that aren't available at launch, Google has cleverly reframed such additions not as delays but 'feature drops', which the company issues multiple times throughout the year as a way to demonstrate its commitment to the Pixel line.
One such addition is an integrated free VPN to offer enhanced security and privacy when you're browsing online, as well as potentially granting access to content from other regions through your favorite streaming app, depending on how much control Google grants you.
Like Google's original Tensor SoC (system-on-chip), the new Tensor G2 chip inside the Pixel 7 places a focus on machine learning and AI-based processes, which in real-world use translates to everything from improved photo processing to speech-to-text capabilities.
We'll get to the camera later, but while it's hard to quantify exactly how well Tensor is doing its job, features like live transcription in the recorder app – which is smart and accurate enough to distinguish between speech, music and background sounds – will serve students, habitual note-takers and (thank you Google) writers very well.
In messaging, voice typing is impressively capable (though the promised context-aware suggested emojis never made an appearance during testing), while being able to ask your phone to read out web pages, or live-transcribe audio while your volume is turned down, continues to feel down right futuristic, not to mention being great for accessibility.
Along with the VPN, Clear Calling is another exciting-sounding feature that isn't on the phone at launch, which is a shame, as it addresses an area of the modern smartphone experience that, ironically, often feels overlooked.
Trying to put the Pixel 7's (and 7 Pro's) Tensor G2 silicon through its paces is trickier than with conventional smartphone chipsets, especially when it comes to benchmarking the AI and machine-learning tasks it's been optimized for. This isn't helped by the fact that, at the time of this review (ahead of the Pixel 7's general release), benchmarking apps are not accessible on the device we were testing.
That said, based on everything Google has told the world about Tensor G2, along with what we learned from testing the original Tensor chip inside the Pixel 6 series, and details that surfaced ahead of the Pixel 7's arrival, it doesn't have the raw power to match phones powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip, such as the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. However, the difference isn't likely to be all that significant in real-world use.
Swiping around Android felt flawlessly fluid, and when it came to gaming, thanks to the promise of graphical improvements, and even when cranking up the fidelity settings in titles like Genshin Impact and Apex Legends, the Pixel 7 hovered around 60fps (frames per second) without complaint. Don't expect this to serve as a rival to the best gaming phones out there, but know that it won't let you down if you do want to use it to take on your friends in Call of Duty Mobile.
Moving past the generalities of Tensor's overall competence, speech-to-text based functionality like Live Dictation was near flawless (particularly impressive as it relies on an on-device model), while the long-awaited face unlock proved wholly viable, reliable and snappy – so much so that we're left wondering what stopped Google implementing the feature on the Pixel 6.
In terms of security, it's also worth noting that beyond fingerprint (and now face) unlocking, Google's Titan M2 chip – introduced in last year's original Tensor SoC – is onboard too. It's there to make sure your passwords and data remain scrambled against prying eyes, and is generally considered to be a capable piece of hardware that stands up to industry standards on security.
All in all, while it may not have the raw horsepower of an iPhone 14 Pro, the Pixel 7 can hold its own, especially where AI tasks are concerned.
The 4,355mAh battery in the Google Pixel 7 may sound large, but we wish it was bigger, especially as it's technically a capacity reduction compared to the 4,614mAh battery inside its predecessor. That said, Google claims that the Pixel 7 can go for 24 hours on a full charge with normal usage, and in practice we found that to be the case – we ended most days at around 15%, with usage including streaming, gaming (30 minutes of Apex Legends with Ultra HD graphics settings sapped 10% charge), and extended TikTok sessions.
If you still have battery concerns when you're out and about, the Extreme Battery Saver mode promises to provide up to 72 hours of life.
You can have the Pixel 7 intelligently schedule when to turn on Battery Saver if it doesn't think you'll make it to your next regular recharge time, based on your typical schedule, while Extreme Battery Saver lets you whitelist apps your still want to access, while suppressing any unapproved apps and background services, which works well in practice.
Perhaps the weakest aspect of the Pixel 7's battery performance isn't longevity but recharging, as the phone only has the same 21W top speed of its predecessor.
If you're using Google's official 30W USB-C charger, the company claims the Pixel 7 will reach to 50% charge in 30 minutes, which is fine, but nothing to crow about.
In testing with a generic 27W PD charger, the Pixel 7 reached 47% in 30 minutes, 80% in an hour and 100% in just under one hour 40 minutes.
Other phones in this price range, like the OnePlus 10T, can charge much, much faster. Faster charging would be a nice bonus for Google's base model (or even its Pro model, for that matter) but we'd still favor an even larger battery (or just longer battery life) if we had to choose between the two.
Wireless and reverse wireless charging also feature, under the name Battery Share, which is great for those with wirelessly charged earbuds or smartwatches who don't want to carry multiple cables with them.
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While it lacks the 48MP telephoto sensor that remains exclusive to the Pixel 7 Pro, you're still getting the same 50MP main camera as that phone, as well as a similar 12MP ultra-wide (although unlike on the Pro, this sensor lacks autofocus, and thus there's no new Macro Focus mode on the standard 7). This year, you also get the same 10.8MP punch-hole selfie snapper across both the standard and Pro models, plus 4K video recording up to 60fps and support for 10-bit HDR video capture for better colors, brightness and contrast.
While the hardware is interesting, the Pixel camera experience is really more about the processing and software, which here are supported by that Tensor G2 chip.
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Having used the Pixel 6 Pro extensively, our hopes were high for the camera experience on the Pixel 7 series, and we weren't disappointed. Dynamic range is again a particular highlight, and while base image quality doesn't feel like it's taken any major steps forward, it was already very good to begin with.
What's more, the Pixel 7 lets you do more with your shots compared to last year's Pixels. The already-superb low-light shooting mode (which Google brands as Night Sight) is now faster in operation, and thanks to some smart algorithmic work the Face Unblur feature has been expanded to full Photo Unblur (even photos that weren't taken on the Pixel 7 can benefit from this feature), which, although not perfect, is the best on-device example of such a tool we've seen, making an otherwise challenging photo edit as easy as dragging an on-screen slider.
Creative shooting modes are on hand too, with the existing Action Pan and Long Exposure modes adding dramatic motion blur either to or around a subject (depending on which one you choose) with surprisingly good consistency, while the addition of a new Cinematic Blur mode brings portrait-style bokeh to video.
As with the Cinematic Mode introduced on the iPhone 13 range, Cinematic Blur feels like it's still in beta, and definitely needs further work. Although the subject-tracking seems to work well, the feature struggles when it comes to separating a subject from its background, causing the artificial bokeh to pop and stutter throughout the frame.
Notice the inconsistent bokeh between background and foreground elements over only a five-frame difference when shooting with Cinematic Blur enabled.
Essentially, less motion is better, so racking focus between a foreground and background subject is far more attainable than, for example, trying to follow a moving vehicle that's passing in front of you.
|Design||An eye-catching design that's a subtle evolution on the Pixel 6 that can still turn heads.||4/5|
|Display||90Hz for a flagship is behind the curve but the screen looks great otherwise.||3.5/5|
|Software||Clean Android and lots of really intelligent Pixel-exclusive features to enjoy.||4.5/5|
|Performance||The Tensor G2 chip does what it's meant to well, even if it doesn't compare to mainstream competition.||4/5|
|Battery||Battery life lives up to Google's claims, but faster charging would have been nice.||3.5/5|
|Cameras||No optical zoom, and some features need work, but it's hard to take bad photos with this phone.||4/5|
|Value||Great functionality and nice hardware in a standout design at a good price.||4/5|
There isn't a lot of competition directly at the Pixel 7's price point but there are similarly-specced rivals and alternatives that cost only a little more for those who want something Pixel adjacent.