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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

Latest News: Making history class engaging with scenario and skills development

eLearningworld News from US What changes history? What makes it turn in a new direction? On the micro-level it is decisions. From this perspective the award-winning Harvard Professor David Moss uses a case-based pedagogical method to teach history. Moss introduces the method in the following way: “The best ideas come out of tension, out of disagreeing. Tension is what ensures the best ideas win out.” This is integrating the student in the historical context where the … Continue reading

The Myth that only one universal Learning Style exists: the case of digital games

eLearningworld Weekly Review Two fundamental approaches are apparent in the research of pedagogy and learning: The systemic top-down approach and the humanistic bottom-up approach. Both these approaches have great relevance for developing and improving education. However, from a systemic approach a myth is spreading that tries to conquer Howard Gardner and his followers’ findings about the fact that people have different learning styles. It takes much more than Paul Howard-Jones, professor of neuroscience and education … Continue reading