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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...
Shelby County Schools (SCS), Tennessee’s largest public school district, has created what they call a 21st-century classroom. There is no desk for the teacher or any whole-class instruction. Instead, students spend most of their time on digital devices,filling in sentences on an interactive whiteboard, and designing and printing objects on a 3D printer. The educators at SCS hope that the classroom will support wha...
Biology lab equipment is expensive. Most middle and high schools don’t have it within their budgets to properly equip their students with the tools necessary to learn the basics of synthetic biology. In order to make some of these resources available to students who otherwise would’t have access to them, a team at Northwestern University has launched a set of STEM learning kits called BioBits. BioBits gives middle and high school students the...
Public schools in Kenowa Hills, Michigan recently adopted a personalized learning model. Teachers are encouraging student ownership and shifting their own stance from provider of knowledge to learning guide. That doesn’t mean, however, that teachers’ jobs are any easier; in fact, the new model challenges teachers to carefully consider what each student knows and how to help them take their knowledge to the next level. Students are also encouraged to be...
In 2016, Colorado sent a delegation of the state’s political, educational, and business leaders to Switzerland to explore that country’s apprenticeship system. They discovered that in Switzerland, 70% of students participate in apprenticeship programs and 40% of businesses hire apprentices. Being an apprentice is not, for these students, necessarily a deviation from higher education, but rather an applied learning experience that enhances their academi...
Can virtual reality enhance students’ empathy and cultural fluency? Some classrooms have started using VR as a way to foster Social and Emotional Learning. Chris Caldwell, for example, uses VR to immerse his students in scenes from books they are reading, such as the play Anne Frank. An affluent school in Hawaii gives students a VR experience of what it’s like to be homeless. At Stanford University’s Virtual ...
There are dozens of technologies originally invented by NASA for the purpose of better, safer space travel that now affect our everyday lives here on Earth. From memory foam to LEDs to wireless headsets, inventions spearheaded by NASA researchers and partnerships have revolutionized so many aspects of our life and learning. Whether adapted to support safety, learning, wel...
Cell phone use in class has long been a point of pain and annoyance for teachers. Concerns over the potential for phones to invite distraction and cheating plague teachers and administrators alike, but one fear that perhaps unites most is the fear that cell phones are negatively affecting students’ academic performance. So, is it true? A group of researchers recently conducted a survey confirming that not only do students perform worse when ...