While the majority of our reviews last year covered digital resources, a handful of physical products stood out as refreshing alternatives to digital play. Revisit a selection of five hands-on tools for kids that made a positive impression on us in 2018:
1. Little Passports
Geared toward global ci...
Last year AR and VR technologies provided new ways of learning for seniors and those with disabilities. Here we look back at five ways that virtual reality and augmented reality improved quality of life in 2018.
1. Haptic Gloves Let the Blind Experience Art in a Totally New Way
Blind individuals can experience the ...
Despite various programs and efforts, gender inequality in STEM remains persistent. Last year, researchers examined this problem from different angles, employing new strategies to address it. Here are some of the findings we found most intriguing:
1. The Gender Gap in STEM Might Not Be What It Seems
A study of ...
Fake news is intimidating, frightening, and quite frankly lurking behind our screens with each site we visit. Thankfully, we’re not on our own in fighting the good fight against pernicious lies and misleading articles. This list of apps documents a handful of efforts to help us become more media literate, more news savvy, and less likely to believe all that we read.
Learning is about more than just academic development. It also includes teaching the social and emotional skills learners need to become successful adults. Revisit a selection of five tools that help build these skills:
1. Stop, Breathe, & Think Kids
Stop, Breathe & Think Kids is a program to help children str...
These five vialogues document new discoveries and technological developments from 2018 that point to where the field of space exploration is headed.
1. NASA's Newest Space Station Robots Were Inspired by Star Wars
NASA’s new robots designed to work aboard the International Space Station were inspired by sci-...
Last year scientist and technologists explored several new solutions for understanding and responding to the consequences of climate change. Here we look back at five ways that we learned more about the environment in 2018.
1. Students Invent Natural Disaster Relief Capsule
In the Disruptive Design Challenge, students were asked to create a disaster r...
Virtual and augmented reality seem to transport us into alternate universes, but 2018 research indicated their real-world relevance. VR and AR are still in their infancy, but initial studies suggest their promise for improving learning in fields as varied as medicine, education, ethics, and sports. Wondering what the new year might bring? These five studies from 2018 offer insight into what the future may hold through virtual and augme...
If you haven’t already met them, get to know these five young innovators who are not afraid to be ambitious and take some risks.
1. Bathabile Mpofu
Bathabile Mpofu is a scientist, innovator, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Nkazimulo Applied Sciencesin Durban, South Africa.
Every day our staff writers share their favorite stories on technology and learning:
1. The problem with focusing on a student's learning style.
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2. Exploring use of digital tools in afterschool programs.