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Breaking the boundaries to Robotics with Storytelling on a Makerspace

eLearningworld News Makerspaces in informal learning environments is a vision now turning into a construction mode around the world. One example is Tech Tales, that is an NSF-funded project that invites families, where the parents enter a new role as learners in collaboration with their children. In the Tech Tale-project, the goal is to learn about robotics in an environment of cultural learning from the family’s own prerequisites and stories. The project is run by… Continue reading

Pupils more nuanced than media on smartphones in school, according to new research

eLearningworld News The researcher Torbjörn Ott at Gothenburg University has analysed the smartphone’s social aspects and as a tool for learning in his doctoral thesis Mobile phones in school: From disturbing objects to infrastructure for learning.  The result shows that pupils give a very nuanced image to the use of smartphones in school. On one side it can be used for cheating, disturbing by playing online games and use social media etc. during class, but… Continue reading

The most workable driving-force for learning, new research

eLearningworld News Ty Hollett, assistant professor of learning, design and technology in Penn State’s College of Education spent the summer of 2016 recording youth action-sports participants to get a better understanding of how they learn. The total material includes 200 hours of video-recordings from a skateboard-camp. The results of the research shows an environment structured as a “learning lab”, where the driving-forces are based on interest and informal learning. In the “lab” training the skills,… Continue reading

Using robots in school education – The pupils becoming teachers

The University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has started a new research project where pupils are becoming the teacher to educate a robot. The robot is programmed as “the ideal pupil” with the characteristics that it is curious, want to understand everything and ask constant flow of questions. In this spirit, the teaching-to-learn-pedagogy, has shown to be a very effective form of learning, both as a method but also that the robots curious will to know and… Continue reading

Building bridges with Online Learning to educate the uneducated

“About 20 000 Pakistani children in the UAE are sitting at home without an education because their parents cannot afford the fees of private schools and community Pakistani schools are full” Samina Nasir former principal of a Pakistani school in Ajman, said to the National. Now an online learning project that targets these children has started for Primary School, grade 1 to 6. Soon grade 7 to 10 will be offered and the goal is to… Continue reading

Latest News: Slow school digitization in Finland and Sweden

eLearningworld News from Finland and Sweden In the Doctoral Thesis “The Subtle Inequality – On Schools’ Material Conditions and Students’ Learning Opportunities” Pär Isling Poromaa at the Umeå University shows that there are considerable differences in access to learning tools in Swedish schools. At the same time as the level of access to learning tools have significant impact on the pupils results. There is also a correlation between the level of learning tools and the… Continue reading

Latest News: School Digitization – Denmark taking a new step in the integration-process

eLearningworld News from Denmark As the leader in the Nordic Countries in school digitization the Danish government and the Danish regions now has built a new strategy for the coming years. The minister for children, education and equality Ellen Trane Nørby explains: ”We are living in a digital world that is in continual development, and the pupils must be equipped to be able to progress in this reality. The pupils must be able to use… Continue reading