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Like many teachers, Kevin Anderson knows that kids don’t usually like to sit still for hours on end. Yet most schools have them doing that from eight in the morning to three in the afternoon, which means they can often become disengaged and bored. Enter Anderson’s master’s project titled "Active Learning," which uses two plastic, programmed balls and an attached elastic rope that students can move around using their hands, feet, and bodies in...
If LEGO brings you a sense of nostalgia and your kids a sense of excitement, LEGO Fusion might be the perfect way to take a brick-building experience to the next level. Using an iOS or Android app, kids follow prompts on the app to build certain structures using their Legos. They can take a photo of their creation, and the app transfers it into the virtual world. Instantly, their creations will become a part of a bigger, grander virtual world, where th...
In 2009, Rap Genius was launched as a site that collected lyrics to rap songs and crowd-sourced annotations for every word, stanza, and reference in each song. Here's an example: In Kendrick Lamar's "Alright," the lyrics "Uh, and when I wake up / I recognize you're looking at me for the pay cut," are annotated with "This reflects Kendrick’s perception of the industry; they want him solely for economic purposes, and not because they care about him. This speaks to the metaphorical significance of the album as a whole in the sense that Kendrick writes a...
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Even in its most basic form, embodiment as a way of learning has huge advantages in the classroom. Never heard of embodiment? Think back to an elementary school teacher who might have prompted you to rub your hands together as fast as you can to represent and experience friction and heat production. Chances are your nine-year-old self was more capable of understanding both concepts after feeling it firsthand rather than being given a wordy definition to w...
For some students with disabilities, testing accommodations are a crucial part of achieving educational success. Whether this means providing time-and-a-half to complete an exam or having a teacher read out instructions and questions, it is an important part of increasing accessibility for students who face physical or cognitive barriers in testing. But providing enough proctors to read out questions for students can be a significant staffing challenge, ...
Even though new technologies to enhance student learning are constantly cropping up, they aren’t always successful at helping students develop a coherent and holistic understanding of new material. Technological tools often feature more abstract representations of concepts simply because they are intangibly behind the screen. Due to this rift between the physical and the virtual, four researchers set out to find ways to bridge that gap. At the for...
"The Mission of the Hub: Help raise the visibility of student-centered learning in New England and beyond. Offer a centralized location for tools and resources on student-centered learning approaches. Provide a user-friendly, interactive space for practitioners, implementers and supporters of student-centered approaches to learning." (About t...
Revisely is an online application that allows teachers to give their students writing assignments, which can then be edited and annotated through the system for the students to review. Revisely’s setup is centered around creating an assignment, having students hand them in through Revisely by copying and pasting the text into the system, and then reviewing each student’s assignment with personalized comments or canned p...
Quizalize is an online platform for classroom polling and assessing that can be accessed by computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Teachers can create quizzes to test students’ knowledge in the classroom, then see the results propagated in the Teacher Dashboard through data reports. Quizalize can be integrated into Zzish, a popular learning app manage...
Move over, Tickle-Me-Elmo—Tega and other complex, social robots are entering the spotlight, presenting students with the opportunity to learn in new ways. Tega, who is fluffy and red with a blue mohawk running across its head, looks like a character out of a Disney animated movie. This might have been the goal since the creators modeled it after principles of animation. Tega can be used as an educational aide in the classroom; it prompts stud...