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Anyone who’s been a student in the twenty-first century can relate to clicking back and forth between images, primary sources, notes taken in class, and data visualizations spanning far more tabs than they’d like to admit they have open on their computer. Whether writing a research paper or simply trying to synthesize different information to solidify an opinion, connecting and confirming information in a digital learni...
In 2014, news headlines heralded the findings of a study comparing the effect of taking handwritten versus typed notes on student performance. The study was titled "The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard", and found that students who took longhand notes with pen and paper while watching a video performed better on conceptual questions than st...
There’s growing concern about the impact of frequent internet use on adolescents. Having grown up in the digital age, young people’s lives are completely enmeshed with the online world, and some adolescents end up engaging in compulsive and unhealthy internet use. Although some research has been done analyzing the extent of the problem, few studies have examined the risk and protective factors of this addictive behavior. ...
It’s a common quip that in flipped classrooms, where students learn content outside of class and use live classroom time for application, analysis, and discussion, the instructor moves "from sage on the stage to guide on the side." However, a recent study surveying students’ perceptions of instruction in a flipped classroom, as well as their perspectives on the ideal teacher, suggests that "guide on the side" might not be exactly what...
Researchers in China wanted to know how visual and audio cues impact learning in multimedia courses. Past studies suggest that students can only take in a limited amount of information at once, and these researchers wanted to know if offering visual and auditory cues could help direct students’ attention to what is most important and improve their ability to remember and apply new information. To test the effects of audio and ...
Past research reports have described the positive impact of iPads on student enjoyment and motivation. The researchers in this study sought to add the first person perspectives of teachers and students to the discussion of whether and how iPads can help children learn to write. The researchers worked with six teachers and classes in six different schools in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. The study involved ...
The popularity and ubiquity of smartphones isn’t just affecting young people; older generations also feel the effects of this shift. The Pew Research Center reports that 73% of Americans ages 50 to 64 and 46% of Americans ages 65 and up own smartphones. Therefore, while conversations about millennial and gen-z smartphone use might be more prevalent, it would be an overs...
While virtual reality has certainly received a lot of hype over the last decade, and has been around longer than you probably realize, it’s hard to know if it truly is a life-changing technological innovation or simply a trend doomed to remain in the hands of the rich and restless. Skepticism runs particularly high in formal education, where VR seem...
While teachers may be able to monitor what kind of learning students are doing in class, as soon as students go home, educators are left in the dark. While homework can provide a window into out-of-class learning, any outside help, cheating, or struggling is invisible. A group of Serbian researchers recently decided to address this problem by designing and testing educational software that could help both students and teachers bett...
Digital technology has opened so many doors for language learning, from the creation of learning-on-the-go apps like Duolingo to video platforms that allow learners to converse across the globe in the target language. Especially in an era when foreign language proficiency exams are exceedingly important in the global economy, learners are finding a variety of creative ways to improve and prepare for testing. Chat-based platforms like Whats...