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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

Bringing informatics education to all school levels in Europe

eLearningworld News “Informatics for All: The Strategy” is an ambitious plan to integrate informatics in education for all students in Europe. The plan is in its developing stage and is a collaboration of the Association for Computing Machinery’s ACM Europe Council and Informatics Europe. Where the main aims are to “enable all students to understand, participate in, influence and contribute to the development of the digital world in general”. To accomplish this, Informatics both should… 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

Digital Transformation of Education in Denmark etc.

eLearningworld News In 2016 the Danish Government launched a project to co-fund (50-50) digital learning applications for the school system where the municipalities funded the rest. The total funding from the government was €8.7 million (65 million Danish Crones). All municipalities participated and 99% of the funding has now been used to digitize the school in Denmark. However, this is the second part of the project to implement digital learning, which includes totally 500 digital… Continue reading

MIT Opening a Global Education Hub for Refugees

eLearningworld News There is 30 million displaced girls and boys in the world today, which is the largest population uprooted since 1945, 20 million of whom have not access to school education. From these prerequisites, MIT is now launching a global education hub that is open to everybody that are unable to go to school. The Refugee ACTion Hub (ReACT) will include digital and blended learning opportunities. At the same time as it serves as… Continue reading

Robots assist pupils with grammar, equations and socially in the classroom

eLearningworld News Robots are today rather common Danish schools. These humanoid robots’ tasks are e.g. to assist and teach pupils grammar and math. It also engages children with autism to social contacts since they become interested in the robot that makes the pupils focus longer on a task. The robot includes besides teaching abilities also e.g. face-recognition which makes it remember each pupils name, which improves engagement even further, says Francis Nørgaard, teacher at Skolen… Continue reading

Latest News: Kids in Finland want a robot to help them with their homework

eLearningworld News from Finland From this term, coding is a part of the general curriculum in Finnish schools. Besides improving problem-solving skills and logic thinking, this is giving the pupils new ideas of how to use technology to improve learning. The Finnish TV-station YLE is reporting from Pargas that the pupils had loads of workable ideas to ideas that still (later on?) is science fiction. However, robots that helping with homework sounds like a good… Continue reading

Latest News: To get past the school mindset

eLearningworld News from the World In a transforming society where the school and all its stakeholders struggling to adapt its performance to the digital age, Laura Grace Weldon’s solution is to get past the industrial age mindset of school into a more natural form of learning. She writes for FEE (Foundation of Economic Education): “We are born motivated to explore, play, emulate role models, challenge ourselves, make mistakes and try again – continually gaining mastery.”… Continue reading

Latest News: Online Gaming boosts School Results new research shows

eLearningworld News from Australia A new study based on the result of data from the Pisa-test in 772 Australian schools and 12 018 student observations compares the result of the answers about personal interest and the actual outcome of the test-results. The analysis finds that: “The results suggest that using online social networks reduces academic achievement. Conversely, playing online games increases scores.” The study is called “Internet Usage and Educational Outcomes Among 15-Year-Old Australian Students”… 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