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Researchers and classroom designers in Wales partnered to conduct a four-year study to examine the impact of classroom design on learning outcomes. After examining the behavior and performance of over 3,000 students in 153 classrooms, they discovered three factors of classroom design that have a strong effect on learning. Exposure to nature and natural light account for about 50% of an environment’s impact. Stimulation provided by resources and the sui...
Technology can have a huge impact on the lives of refugees. However, ensuring this impact is positive is no easy task. The World Refugee Council (WRC) cites many ways that technology can benefit refugees, such as improving access to educational, social, and financial services, as well as providing information and resources. Yet despite these possibilities, there is also the risk that individuals might u...
The old-school image of what a library is and does no longer fits with what many modern libraries have become. While books are still an important part of the library experience, learning and research tools have expanded in the digital age to include online resources. These resources connect learners to a variety of sources, people, and places, and open doors to an education that Andrew Carnegie
In 2012, Latta Elementary School in South Carolina became a public Montessori school. Although self-directed activity is an important part of the Montessori method, the teacher plays a fundamental role in setting up the environment to foster attentive, engaged, and sustained learning. There are specific requirements for setting up a Montessori classroom. These requirements are based o...
The Dalai Lama teamed up with Emory University to create a curriculum focused on creating a kinder world. SEE Learning—or Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning—combines several current educational movements into one subject. These include social and emotio...
The interconnectedness of the world is rapidly changing the demographics and needs of students enrolled in higher education. Georgia Tech is one university that is attempting to address these changes by moving more programs online, utilizing new digital resources, and recognizing that a college education is not a one-and-done experience. They hope that restructuring education to better fit student needs will better...
Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin has devoted her life to the study of programming and the expansion of human knowledge. Growing up in Nigeria, Abisoye experienced firsthand how culture can condition women to believe there is no place for them in STEM. As an adult, she has worked to increase opportunities for young women to challenge opporession through knowledge and technology. Her organization,
Seabourn offers passengers a luxury dining experience and counts on their waiters to learn the layout of the dining room in order to deliver food quickly and correctly. However, since table staff can only enter the dining room after hours, they have limited time to memorize table locations. On average, it takes three months for waiters to master the layout of Seabourn’s large dining room. Recently, Seab...
To say that educating refugees is complicated and challenging is an understatement. Displaced people are in a constant state of flux so reliable access to formal learning can be hard to come by. In the Kakuma Refugee camp in Northwest Kenya, one of the largest in the world, there are 186,000 refugees. A significant percentage have experienced interruption...
Hummingbirds are renowned for their unique method of flying. No other bird can hover or fly forwards, backwards, up, down, and sideways the way hummingbirds do. Their wings function more like those of insects than of birds. As research over the past few years has given the scientific community more insight into the hummingbird’s maneuverabili...