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Use of Edtech in school – Pupils often too passive

Computers have been used to teach basic mathematics and reading since the 1960s. Today, with the use of data analytics and algorithms to adapt the instructional content to each student, still pupils find it difficult when working alone and passively receive information. Joan E. Hughes, an associate professor of learning technologies in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin, writes: “Students sit, read, listen, watch, answer questions and receive feedback. Some students just… Continue reading

Future school: Social and emotional learning to develop five crucial skills

eLearningworld News Professor Mark Greenberg at Penn State University identify three reasons to integrate social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools in an article in the special issue of the journal The Future of Children: “First, schools are ideal sites for interventions with children. Second, school-based SEL programs can improve students’ competence, enhance their academic achievement, and make them less likely to experience future behavioral and emotional problems. Third, evidence-based SEL interventions in all schools… Continue reading

Putting a national digital school strategy into practice

eLearningworld News As the last of the Nordic Countries, the Swedish government now has announced the implementation of a promising national strategy for digitization of primary- and secondary school. Today the map of school digitization in Sweden is very diversified where the pupils in some municipalities receive their own computer/tablet and where most teaching tools and content are digital, to others that are stuck in the 1980s contexts with a computer room with a few… Continue reading

Today’s and future teaching and learning according to MIT

eLearningworld News The first-ever Festival of Learning took place at MIT February 1-2 where the focus was set on to discuss and share recent advances in education technology. Professor Emmanuel Sachs demonstrated the use of a process he calls “guided discovery”. It is a method where students observe physical laws by manipulating simple physical objects, rubber bars, and beams that have been created specifically as teaching tools. “I want them to feel as if they… Continue reading

Latest News: Edtech intensive Learning Rooms making your mistakes known

eLearningworld News from US A TEIL Classroom (technology enhanced interactive learning) is directed on problem-based learning where the students work in groups to solve a multitude of problems with support of interactive tools. This learning approach makes the experience more similar to the working life where every mistake is signalled to all in the room. It is an innovative environment of trial and error, where the student not only learns from his own or the… Continue reading

Latest News: Six trends that will develop Primary- and Secondary School

eLearningworld News from the World The new Horizon Report K-12 Edition 2016 identifies six trends that will reshape school towards 21th Century standards. Short-term trends “Coding as a Literacy” and “Students as Creators”. Mid-term trends “Collaborative Learning” and “Deeper Learning Approaches” Long-term trends “Redesigning Learning Spaces” and “Rethinking How Schools Work” The report also identifies developments in primary- and secondary school where makerspaces and online learning as digital strategies and technologies expected to enter mainstream… Continue reading

Human versus Machine: Better Adaption of Pedagogy to AI than to our Kids

eLearningworld Weekly Review According to new research from Carnegie Mellon University kids solve math problems by going through four distinct stages: encoding (reading and understanding the problem); planning (working out how to tackle it); solving (crunching the numbers); and responding (typing in the correct answer). This follows the general path that is set out in school, but is not something missing? Learning to Learn Jonathan Rochelle, head of the product management team for Google for… Continue reading

Latest News: The benefits of flipping STEM Education

eLearningworld News from US Flipping the classroom for STEM education solves several problems that exist with traditional pedagogy for STEM. Stephanie Butler Velegol, instructor at Penn State College of Engineering explains: “It’s difficult for an engineering student to extract the technical information from a book on their own. Students need to hear the problem-solving out loud; they need to hear the way the professor works through the solution to the problem.” This is where instructional… Continue reading

Latest News: Time to Rethink – Developing Music Education into the Digital Age

eLearningworld News from Australia Sydney University launches a MOOC this month with focus on bringing Music Education into the 21st Century. The main target group is music educators all over the world that want to develop their teaching with digital tools and motivate their students with the new possibilities. The MOOC is developed by Dr James Humberstone, an active composer and lecturer at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and he hopes that the MOOC will educate… Continue reading

Latest News: Making kids learn economics with an interactive game

eLearningworld News from US Which is the best pedagogical method to teach economics in order to make school pupils really understand it? Sahith Malyala and Sahil Yedulla, two high school seniors, answer is 5-10 minutes lecture combined with an interactive game that tests the pupils’ understanding. The outcome is engagement and interest in current questions that concerns economics. On this basis Sahith Malyala and Sahil Yedulla founded the Edunomics Club. The basic concept is that… Continue reading