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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...
In a globalized society, academic exchange is becoming more common, with experts from one country traveling to teach and share their ideas in another. This exchange can be of great benefit, exposing students to the best thinkers in the world on their subject, but can also cause some problems. One of these is the language barrier that may exist between the visiting teacher and the local students. Generally, foreign expe...
The jury is still out on the impact of social media. Research results are mixed, with some studies pointing to the positive effects of social media and others serving as a warning to both educators and parents. Researchers still need to more accurately assess how social media usage affects learning and academic performance. A new study from Valdosta State University in Georgia aims to do just that. The research team analyzed...
The digital media marketplace is filled with apps and content that promise to help young children learn. With all these options, it’s confusing for parents and educators to determine what digital media is most beneficial. At the same time, young children are spending an average of 48 minutes a day using streaming media services. If these services aren’t meeting the educational needs of the children watching them, it’s a lost oppo...
The allure of open access to online educational content can be diminished by a sense of virtual crowding. To explore this idea, a team of researchers from the University of Münster, Germany examined how online course type and relevance of individual participation impacts online learning engagement. While other studies on MOOCs have focused on individual learning, this study explored how course type ("number of virtual others") and the ...
Teacher training in culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP) has been an important component of educational reform over the past 30 years. However, ensuring that educators are teaching their students to develop and/or maintain cultural competence and critical consciousness while achieving academic success is challenging when many educators themselves unknowingly do not possess these capabilities. While CRP is a popular buzzword, a gro...
Efforts to make both formal and informal education more inclusive have mounted as new technology makes innovative resources, tools, and outreach strategies possible across academic fields. Despite significant advances, however, one demographic that is still frequently overlooked in informal STEM educational outreach activities is the deaf community. In an attempt to remedy this problem, astronomers at the University of California, Rive...
Developing basic math skills is essential for long-term educational success. Yet many students seem to struggle to build a foundational knowledge of basic math facts and concepts. Interactive math apps promise new opportunities for students to get individualized and targeted practice to learn those basic skills. What impact could this technology have in a classroom setting? In a randomized controlled trial of 389 childr...