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Gamification and learning – benefits and trapdoors Part 1

This is an updated version of an article that was published a few years ago It empowers creativity, trigging curiosity, gets the mind spinning and gives pride when finishing a task, the list can be made very long on why computer games engage so many people. It is estimated that one billion people around world play games at least one hour per day. At the same time 81 per cent of the global labour force… Continue reading

Rethinking Math part 2: The maker’s movement

How to improve and adapt math teaching to the digital age’s prerequisites was generally described in part 1 including Dan Meyer’s excellent TedTalk and a scene from the TV-series Numbers. In this 2nd part, one of the general developments in the digital era and its connection with the rethinking math perspective will be analysed. This story also can be seen as the fifth part of our series of articles about school digitalization. Authentic Learning Models… Continue reading

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

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

The Flipped Classroom paving the way from lecturing to teaching

In a traditional classroom, research shows that a lecture goes at the right speed for only 20% of the students, for 40% it goes too fast and for 40% it goes too slow. You can image the teacher standing in front of the class and convulsively holds on to the master’s desk, while he using 80-90% of the time to present the content. Then the students are sent home with the task to understand what… Continue reading

Learning in a flipped classroom and augmented reality environment in school

eLearningworld News Schools that are using the flipped classroom in Austria, 90 percent want to continue using the pedagogy. A survey on the subject shows that e.g. mathematics and English has improved dramatically by flipping the classroom. Some of the advantages are the expansion of space and time and the opportunity to receive much more personalised teaching and learning opportunities within the classroom. One example is Josef Buchner, a teacher of history, psychology/philosophy and information… Continue reading

Reforming higher education to comply with Industry 4.0 demands

eLearningworld News Education and the labour market has a close connection, and as Industry 4.0 now pushing away the old prerequisites of work, education has to transform with it. This is the central theme of this year’s annual conference and exhibition of the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE). The Singapore Minister for Education Mr Ong Ye Kung here put forward in his speech five points of how Singapore was developing higher education to better… Continue reading

To Evaluate Learning Performance in an ROI-perspective

STUDENT – shaping the future value What is the objective of evaluating an education? STUDENT’s answer is that it should focus on to improve learning’s value that directly supports the organization’s activities and to increase the effectiveness of learning, and secondly as the name itself describes and which is the third analysis method’s main focus, namely that the individual, i.e. the student is at the centre of the evaluation. The starting point for STUDENT is… Continue reading

Best way for children to develop language skills, new research from MIT

eLearningworld News Dialogue is the most important method to develop children’s language skills MIT cognitive scientists have found in a new research project. Rachel Romeo, the lead author of the paper of the research published in the online edition of Psychological Science, concludes: “The important thing is not just to talk to your child, but to talk with your child. It’s not just about dumping language into your child’s brain, but to actually carry on… Continue reading