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Rethinking Math – getting the numbers right or solving problems

In the TV-series Numbers Professor of Mathematics, Charlie Eppes is helping FBI to solve crimes with his special knowledge and skills. One can perhaps question the TV-series title since the core is not the numbers in itself but how to use them to solve in this case crimes. But it could be practically anything in the society and nature. Below is a scene from Numbers about the Game Theory and the principle of prisoners dilemma… Continue reading

Imaginative AI to explore the world

eLearningworld News To make artificial intelligence think more like humans it has to have the ability to make better sense of the world, which means becoming more imaginative. Sam Gershman from the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Harvard says: “In contrast, humans can answer an infinite variety of queries about a scene.” This is one of the areas where Alphabet’s subsidiary DeepMind is breaking new ground within this area. The focus is to make an artificial… Continue reading

Book publishing as a source of success – Today’s development

LEARNING DESIGN IN PRACTICE FOR EVERYBODY  > PART5 > NEW SECTION JUNE 14 2018 In our Swedish edition, we have published a series of stories about book publishing as a source of transformation both at the birth of the industrial society and now in pioneering years of the digital society. In the former transformation the focus of our stories was directed on two protagonists in Sweden during the first half of the 19th Century, the… Continue reading

Paperbacks losing ground to eBooks

eLearningworld News The total sales of Finnish publishing houses were €250 million in 2017, including €35 million from ebooks that have been growing since 2012. At the same time, as paperback books’ sales are falling, the profit 2016 was in total in Finland €7,1 million, in 2017 it was €5,6 million. However,  Nona Ratia from the publishing house Otava says to svenska.yle.fi that the digital books are not a threat to paperbacks, but on the… Continue reading

France transforming Vocational High School for the Digital Age

eLearningworld News The vocational high school is intended to be a stepping stone for the students to be able to enter the working life from day one after graduation with accurate skills and qualifications. In the rapidly changing world of the digital society, France is now launching a profound transformation of this form of education. Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education, comments on the reform in the following way: “This involves the promotion of excellence… Continue reading

Great success for project to learn to code in school – 65 000 pupils gets microcomputers

eLearningworld News Only a month after the launch of the project Ultra:bit a third of all schools, in total 703, in Denmark has registered to participate. The focus of Ultra:bit is to form a platform for pupils to learn to code among other things where a minicomputer is delivered to every child, totally 65 000. “It is a pleasure to see, how fast and engaging schools over the whole country embraced the offer of ultra:bit.… Continue reading

Four Robots to work in School

eLearningworld News Skövde is a municipality in central Sweden. When the pupils in four of their primary schools come back after the summer holidays a new educational assistant will meet up. Since the municipality has bought four robots to the schools. The aim is that the robots will assist in class in different ways, e.g. to help pupils that are lagging behind. The pioneering efforts to include robot assistants in education is triggered by Skövde… Continue reading

21st Century School Part 2 – humanism or not

Should the school only teach humanistic values and focus on systemically meet the state’s workforce needs? Or should it use humanistic pedagogical methods where the goal is to empower the learner’s formation and individual choices of life path? We have seen the result of the first alternative during the past century, but to find the historical roots of the second alternative we have to turn Ancient Greece, to its central notion of Paideia. Here you… Continue reading

21st Century School – purpose, worldview and direction

The Industrial Age was almost all about mass-production, mass-marketing and assembly line-like production and distribution of products. The school system worked in the same way, meaning as a formative process to produce knowledgeable workers and good citizens of the nation. This was an environment that was characterised by uniformity, while individual talent, creativity and entrepreneurship were not rewarded. From mass to digital However, what if you remove mass and add digital instead? As we will… Continue reading

A New Generation Student Assessment with an Interactive Real World approach

eLearningworld News Online assessment has been around for a long time, but now the dawn of a new generation is here. One example is that the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is partnering with Tuva where the focus is to make their AIR assessments to not only measuring what the student know but what she can do. The basic method is to interpreting data from realistic and meaningful contexts. The first applications are focusing on… Continue reading