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There are less than two months until America votes for a new president, but there's still plenty of time to learn about the ins and outs of the presidential election process. Win the White House is an online game that simulates the campaign process, and is geared toward engaging a new generation of civically minded Americans. Pros: Win the White House has great...
Although the body of research on the advantages of gamified learning is growing, it often does not include specific studies on special education settings. This study, however, takes a closer look at how math mini-games can improve special education students’ multiplicative reasoning ability, which is closely tied to their ability to multiply and divide. The games in this study were varied and included declarative, conceptual, and procedural form...
If you’ve ever tried learning a new language, you may have had the experience that no matter how confident you feel in reading and writing that language, speaking (especially with native speakers) is significantly more difficult. Because of this, researchers everywhere are constantly looking for new ways to practice speaking, especially ones that allow learners to self-monitor their progress. In this study, researchers from Korea utilized automat...
In 2015, an initiative spanned 17 different countries in Africa and reached 89,000 children, all in the name of increasing digital literacy through coding. Africa Code Week, a joint effort by SAP, the Cape Town Science Centre and the Galway Education Centre, gave students the opportunity to work with computers and write introductory lines of code. Coding initiatives are becoming increasingly popular internationally, especially as digital lit...
Many classrooms are overflowing with multiple subject binders, notebooks, and folders. It can be overwhelming for both students and teachers to keep track of them all, which is why new edtech apps focusing on documentation and organization like Three Ring are a lifesaver. Pros: Three Ring is an app supported on iPhone and Android devices, tablets, and laptops. It was developed in conc...
As documents move online, markup and feedback tools are flooding the edtech market. Kaizena is one of them, and its Slack and Evernote-like interface might be just what teachers and students are looking for in an online feedback tool. Pros: Kaizena has two main feedback functions: one that allows teachers to highlight and give a text response, and the other that prompts teachers to give a voice...
Virtual reality technology like the Microsoft Kinect is becoming more commonplace, and researchers and professionals are looking for new ways to use it in learning environments. This particular study focuses on graduate teaching assistants and their teacher training process. The authors argue that virtual reality settings provide a sense of presence and immersion that allows for authentic interactions. The authors focused on 23 college TAs from edu...
"Our aim is to help as many people as possible lead high-impact careers. We do this by providing career advice for talented young people who want to have a social impact.." (About 80,000 Hours) Not Your Typical Career Counselor "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Nearly everyone is familiar with that question, but the question becomes increasingly daunting as you get clo...
Most people are familiar with the likes of Google Translate and Dictionary.com as online resources for language queries. Ludwig Guru is a little different. The purpose of this search engine is to give users a giant database of "correct" English sentences that serve as a model for their ideas. For example, if you searched for "I would like to learn," Ludwig would return results li...
When educators talk about problem-based learning, they may not be thinking about presenting kids with the challenge of tackling a serious disease like lupus. After all, there are doctors and scientists all over the world researching potential cures for these diseases. However, at a school in Culver City, California, the students are thinking about lupus and tasked to "positively and measurably impact the community with lupus" through what’s called chal...