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Even before children are of age to attend school, the number of mobile device apps marketed to them is impressive. Beyond entertainment, educational apps have intrigued both parents and teachers in their ability to capture the attention of young learners. When utilized in classrooms, these apps can create more varied ways to learn, but they are used in different combinations over time and little is known about young children's real and v...
The authors of this study were inspired by past research that links participation in online political groups to increased political involvement, but does not positively correlate engagement in such groups with increased political knowledge. The suggestion that online discussion promotes activism without increasing knowledge troubled the researchers, and prompted them to examine the impact of discussion groups in an academic setting. The...
As online courses gain global student bases, it is crucial for instructors to consider strategies and challenges in creating a cross-cultural collaborative online learning framework for their classes. To examine best practices and largest obstacles, researchers recently conducted a study analyzing the online teaching practices of 40 instructors at two large universities in the United States. Through interviews and examinations, the re...
Computational thinking, often learned through programming activities, has been lauded by notable organizations from Google to Wired for its ability to teach people problem-solving methods for a new age. Referring to a set of methods for teaching individuals t...
In recent years, universities have shown greater interest in a student-centered approach to learning. Rather than seeing students as passive recipients of information, these new approaches give them more autonomy in their learning. One way to do this is through a flipped classroom, an education model that incorporates both classroom activities and online lectures. Although this method has a strong theoretical basis, it’s critical to und...
One concern many have with online learning is that digital distraction is much more likely when you’re utilizing a digital device to study. But do personal learning environments really lead to more distraction? Researchers in Taiwan found that students did perceive them to be distracting, but that the type of distraction experienced was different based on students’ gender. In their study, Jiun-Yu Wu and Tzuying Cheng looked...
Gamification is a popular tactic for making learning a specific skill more fun, but it’s a strategy that when taken too far can end up being pretty ineffective. Proof of this can be seen in a recent study conducted by researchers Martin and Sakkal wherein they aimed to determine whether or not music skills gained in the video game Rock Band were transferable to real-world music settings. They were also curious as to whether musical skills...
Education technology can be an incredibly useful tool for facilitating learning in the classroom. Like any tool, however, its value depends on how it is used. Teachers are responsible for taking these technologies and using them to create positive learning outcomes; thus, how a teacher views any new technology is a critical factor in determining its effectiveness. To gain further insight into this, researcher...
Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have grown significantly in popularity and influence in the past few years. Over 800 universities around the world offer at least one MOOC, and there was a 37% increase in total offerings between 2016 and 2017. These courses’ influence on the education sector...
Videoconferencing technology is responsible for the development of an entire industry of online language education services that connect native speakers to eager learners around the world. The popularity of such platforms is illustrated by the expansive growth of Beijing-based company VIPKid, which currently connects more than