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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...
If you’ve ever gone to a museum that had an accompanying mobile app to enhance your visiting experience, you were probably using a location-based augmented reality app. Location-based apps are not just growing more popular in museums though; they have been developed to help with storytelling at historical landmarks, and to provide trivia games and quizzes about content at popular tourist attractions. This study, conducted in Montrea...
You may remember being asked in English class to highlight and write notes in the margins as you read through a novel. With the adoption of ebooks, such note taking practices are evolving. The authors of this study asked whether and when students use markup tools in e-textbooks, and whether that correlates at all to their course grades. Students from eight different courses were given an e-textbook through a course management syst...
"Griti provides students everywhere with convenient, affordable and effective learning support online to help them stay caught up and motivated in their courses. We work with schools directly to offer students live tutoring and mentorship aimed at improving measured learning outcomes." (About Griti) Video Support in College Courses If you're familiar with the online lear...
Retention rates for online freshman math courses are alarmingly low, and so researchers are looking for ways to enhance the online learning experience. The focus of this particular study was to see if replacing publisher-generated content (e-books, animations, and guided tutorials produced by publishers) with videos created by actual instructors would improve overall student performance. As learning systems like
"CLANED® is a revolutionary open, personal and intelligent learning environment that benefits learners, educators, content providers and application developers alike. Truly collaborative, CLANED® helps in learning and teaching better and more effectively, constantly improving the results." (CLANED) A New Spin on Collaborative Learning Although the market for social media platfo...
In the age of eloquently simple web design, features like interactivity and parallax scrolling often come out on top. When making sites look appealing and easy to navigate, educational organizations have to put careful thought into presentation if they want to gain traction on their sites. InfoStories, an online platform that features various narratives constructed around labor research from the ...
This paper discusses the details of designing a course for teachers with a specific focus on co-learning as a form of professional development. The goal was to teach teachers how to use information and communications technology (ICT) collaboratively in their pedagogy by going over activities, tools, and resources in a structured format within the course. More than 9,000 teachers from 174 different countries registered for the course, with parti...
If you were out and about in New York between June 9 and 19, you may have seen (or rather, heard) someone jamming out on a piano in a public space. This was all thanks to the Sing for Hope project, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to working with under-resourced schools and community centers throughout the city to foster musicians at every level. The organization put pianos in all five boroughs—from ...
Oftentimes curriculum development can feel like a stale and exhaustive process, and new ideas can be tough to come up with amidst all the small details that need to be addressed. Math in Common is bringing design thinking to the table to combat this, and math educators are noticing a difference. Although design thinking itself is not exactly a novel concept, it has seemed to gain traction in curriculum development. Teachers and other e...