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

According to  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 Education says to Business… Continue reading

Multiple-choice questions – what are they good for? New research on Learning Design

LEARNING DESIGN IN PRACTICE FOR EVERYBODY  > PART5 > NEW SECTION OCTOBRE 4 2018 Multiple-choice questions have been the main type of exercise for testing and evaluating knowledge of the past 100 years. New research by Associate Professor of Education and  Psychological & Brain Sciences Andrew C. Butler at Washington University in St. Louis takes the concept one step further. His research shows not only best practice for using multiple-choice questions in tests and assessment,… Continue reading

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

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 of the fact that people have different learning styles. It takes much more than Paul Howard-Jones, professor of neuroscience and education at Bristol University,… 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

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

Government speeds up digitization of Teacher Education

eLearningworld News The Norwegian Government invests close to €10 million in projects to boost digitization in teacher education. Five universities will receive funding and the purpose is that the teacher students should receive professional digital competence within their profession. The minister of education Henrik Asheim comments: “It is important that the teachers that educate the next generation gets even better digital competence. Therefore it is essential for us that the teacher education and further education… Continue reading

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