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Digital badges have been widely used by online platforms that leverage game elements to engage users. Like online scout badges, digital badges are electronic stickers that mark a given user’s accomplishments. While digital badges can drive users to click, watch, or check-in, how do these extrinsic rewards benefit learning? More than simple participation ribbons, proponents of digital badging have argued that these reward structures cou...
Reflection has long been considered a constructive way to reinforce learning, but does this same benefit extend to other forms of explanations? Explanations have been proven to enhance learning by connecting and integrating new information and existing knowledge. Collaborative explanations especially allow students to stretch their knowledge and bounce ideas off of peers or teachers. Recent research examines whether blogging c...
Smartwatches are packing powerful technology into small forms. However, these devices are often inaccessible for users who require voice assistance to use the interface. The Dot Watch is the first braille smartwatch that syncs with mobile devices to display up to four braille characters using a series of pegs that are raised or lowered. Beyond telling time, the Dot is able to display text messa...
"Frip’s mission is to cultivate communities of educators, parents, and local educational destinations to rethink the future of field trips." (About Frip) Rethinking Outside the Box Field Trips School trips can create lasting impressions for students as they step out of the classroom and into the community. However, teachers may be less enthusiastic about the amo...
ClassTag is a free tool to help teachers more easily schedule classroom activities, share important announcements, and communicate with parents. Pros: The appeal of ClassTag is to help busy teachers who don’t have much time to communicate information on their many students to all the parents in their classroom community. Similar to other classroom management tools, ClassTag a...
Staring at a blank canvas can be overwhelming at any age. Researchers explored using a remix-oriented approach to maintaining student engagement in a participatory learning project. To jump start students’ creativity, researchers experimented with remixing existing digital stories to allow students a place to start their creations. Remix is a creative process where individuals take various cultural artifacts and then combine or mani...
Quizizz is free a multiplayer classroom quiz tool that allows students to practice answering content questions together. Teachers can find quizzes made by other educators or create their own to put their students to the test. Pros: Quizizz gamifies pop quizzes by making them a competition between class members. Students create accounts and login using a quiz id to complete assign...
Peergrade is a free online platform that lets students partake in the evaluation process by facilitating peer assessment sessions between students. (About Peergrade) Bringing students into the feedback fold The idea for Peergrade occurred to founder David Kofoed Wind when the master's course he was teaching surged fro...
Every day our staff writers share their favorite stories on technology and learning: 1. The dilemma of young academics on twitter. Full story from the Atlantic 2. Debunking the myth that colleges can't keep up with edtech.
Can educational multimedia engage students as deeply as watching a cringeworthy reality show? New research examines the parasocial processes that could be triggered when learning from educational videos. Parasocial interaction describes a viewer’s cognitive, affective, or behavioral responses toward media figures who cannot respond or reciprocate, like when fans yell at athletes playing sports on TV or audibly sigh at a contestant on the B...