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The Effectiveness of Online Learning Depends on Design

As students of all ages spend more time learning online, it’s worth asking, “How effective is online learning?” The answer varies dramatically and …

Pedagogy

'The difficulty is the point': teaching spoon-fed students how to really read

When the logic of capitalism means universities are run as businesses, much is lost. Reclaiming literature is crucial to understanding the times we live in<p>I’ve recently finished marking 40-odd exams, mostly written by people between the ages of 18 and 21. In them our students had to answer …

Teaching

Evidence mounts that laptops are terrible for students at lectures

Time to reconsider the notebook and pen<p>Do you use a laptop or tablet to take notes during school lectures or meetings? If so, you might want to reconsider pen and paper; there’s increasing evidence that using laptops during lectures decreases learning, which can result in lower grades, reports <i>The</i> …

Chance plays a role in how languages change

4efcc9d4-1535-4eb3-84f1-851961b1aadc<p>Chance plays a role in how languages …

Asia

Using Video In The Classroom – A Teacher’s Handbook - EFL 2.0 Teacher Talk

I’ve been posting a lot lately about the best tips, advice, resources related to video in the classroom. Find these and more articles on my own …

The case for translation in foreign language instruction

<b>Introduction</b><p>This article was inspired by www.frenchteacher.net Steve Smith’s very informative and insightful post ‘What is the point of translation” …

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

Few middle schoolers are as clued in to their mathematical strengths and weakness as Moheeb Kaied. Now a seventh grader at Brooklyn’s Middle School 442, he can easily rattle off his computational profile.<p>“Let’s see,” he said one morning this spring. “I can find the area and perimeter of a polygon. …

Education

Don’t Believe the Hype About Grit, Pleads the Scientist Behind the Concept

Recently, Angela Duckworth — the scientist behind the buzzy term <i>grit</i> — was planning her tour to promote her new book, <i>Grit: The Power of Passion and</i> …

Education

Mondly's VR language-learning app is the closest thing to actual immersion

Experts agree that language learning is best accomplished with full immersion. Most of us, unfortunately, can’t pack up and head to Tokyo for a year to learn Japanese.<p>Mondly, a language-learning app on iOS and Android, thinks VR could help bridge the gap. And today it’s launching an app for Gear VR …

Parents Can't Wait For Traditional Schools To Fix Themselves. That's Why We Choose Charters.

My parents didn't play by the rules of the public education system. I'm so grateful they didn't.<p>As immigrants from Colombia and Brazil, my father and mother recognized that education was the only way out for their children. They managed to scrape together enough money to send me and my sister to …

Education

Seven Ways to Cultivate Joy and Empathy in Math Class

By Jill Halpern<p>When we think about lessons in joy and empathy, math class might not immediately spring to mind. But perhaps it should.<p>Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is often touted as key to our "staying competitive." But when we look deeply at the challenges before us, …

Trump, Brexit, Terrorism, And The Hidden Link That Ties Them

<i>Heavily armed New York City Police officers patrol inside the Trump Tower building in New York. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz</i><p><i>The events and processes stirring our planet are linked so deeply that their root causes converge into a single reason</i>.<p>Since 2008, the world has been hit with one crisis after …

The Global Search for Education: What Meta-Learning?

<i>"Metacognition is rising in importance as educators are realizing its importance and developing learning experiences to complement their existing assignments."</i><p><i>-- Charles Fadel</i><p>In an uncertain and rapidly changing world, Charles Fadel, founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR), believes the …

Pilot projects show how VR will revolutionize education

A research report recently published in China entitled “The Impact of VR on Academic Performance,” asserts that virtual reality improves student test scores and knowledge retention. VR-based learning also tends to leave no student behind since it is able to appeal to even the least responsive of …

Virtual Reality

12 Can't Miss Blog Posts - Leading, Learning, Questioning

It’s no overstatement to say that blogging has had an incredible impact on my life over the past two years. I’ve written about the impact getting …

Can a child who starts kindergarten with few reading or math skills catch up?

Giuliana Tapia was way behind her classmates.<p>She was just 5 years old, starting kindergarten at Telesis Academy of Science and Math in West Covina.<p>At a kindergarten screening two months before her first day, she happily chattered about her dog Toodles, her favorite color pink, her Santa Claus …

Middle School

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Maybe the smart phone's hegemony makes perfect evolutionary sense: Humans are tapping a deep urge to seek out information. Our ancient food-foraging survival instinct has evolved into an info-foraging obsession; one that prompts many of us today to constantly check our phones and multitask.<p>Monkey …

Teaching

Do shorter hours or higher wages make better teachers?

ATTRACTING bright, motivated people into teaching is a struggle in many countries. Low pay is often blamed, especially when it is combined with long …

Education

The real problem

It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be<i>By Anil K Seth</i>Read at Aeon

Consciousness

Revising for exams - why cramming the night before rarely works

<i>In our five-part series, Making Sense of Exams, we’ll discuss the purpose of exams, whether they can be done online, overcoming exam anxiety, and</i> …

Why do Finnish pupils succeed with less homework?

Sean Coughlan<p><b>How do Finnish youngsters spend less time in school, get less homework and still come out with some of the best results in the world?</b><p>The question gets to the heart of a lot of parental angst about hard work and too much pressure on children in school.<p>Parents facing all those kitchen …

Education

Forget Multi-Tasking – It's All About Mono-tasking, Say Stanford Researchers

We know multi-tasking is bad for us: we just can’t stop doing it.<p>No matter how many times we hear that multitasking causes heightened mental stress, …

18 Common Words That You Should Replace in Your Writing

It’s a familiar scene: you’re slumped over your keyboard or notebook, obsessing over your character. While we tend to agonize over everything from …

Literature’s Emotional Lessons

Grappling with the way books make students feel—not just analytical skills—should be part of the high-school English curriculum.<p>I’d drawn a little tombstone on the board. I was in the middle of leading a class of 10th-grade English students through Piggy’s death scene in <i>Lord of the Flies</i>: the rock, …

We’re designing schools of the future with tools of the past—and it’s hurting our education

The way we learn has changed dramatically over the past few decades—so it makes sense that the places where we learn should change dramatically as well. Continuing to create concrete boxes with fixed walls and rigid classroom spaces makes as much sense as investing in floppy disks.<p>It’s been a few …

Education Technology

New Study to Offer Insight into the Adolescent Brain

There is a lot we don't know about the effects of a child's routine activities--sports, sleep, or screen time--on his or her developing brain. A new long-term study recently launched at 19 research sites around the country and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will collect …

Do we have a ‘preferred style’ of learning?

Many of us have a preference for the way we learn – either by watching an expert or having a go ourselves. Is this the easiest way for us to learn things?<p>When you trying are something new, do you learn more easily from diagrams, from someone telling you how to do it, or by having a go yourself? You …

Pedagogy

The Art of Teaching Math and Science

The impasse in math and science instruction runs deeper than test scores or the latest educational theory. What can we learn from the best teachers …

Mathematics