A UK controversy about school leavers’ marks shows algorithms can get things wrong. To ensure algorithms are as fair as possible, how they work and the trade-offs involved must be made clear.
Hiring managers often prefer nondegree credentials from top universities over credit-bearing certificates from for-profit institutions.
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Enrollment in online courses surged during the pandemic. An expert on online learning behaviors shares what to do before, during and after taking a course in order to reap the most benefits.
Summing up a student in numbers.
US schools now collect detailed data on their students. But teachers and parents need to think carefully about how that data is used – and what it shows, or doesn’t show, about a student.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has often spoken of the value of education and learning.
You may not “like” it, but Facebook has an important role to play in education.
Ella Russell, a second grade student at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, works on an e-book during class.
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Textbooks were once a major piece of educational infrastructure. But as digital content expands, a new kind of ‘textbook’ is improving the quality of K-12 instruction.
We should not be afraid of the way technology is changing education.
Do we really need to focus on things like spelling or memorising dates if technology can do that for us? Perhaps education should focus on other things instead.
Companies use children’s data to sell them junk food and other products.
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When children work on their school assignments, unknown to them, the software they use is busy collecting data. These data are then used for individualized marketing of junk foods and other products.
Don’t dismiss “playing games” as a waste of time - they can be a powerful tool for learning.
Introducing game-like elements into classrooms can boost student motivation and learning.
What else is there for her to do?
A new study shows how concerned parents of young children are about e-books.
What data are schools collecting on children?
Schools are collecting more and more data on children. They must make sure they comply with the law.
Exams aren’t testing 21st century skills.
To prepare teachers for the 21st century, we need to reform the way we assess children.
How well do students learn when a lesson is mainly in PowerPoint?
Henrik Berger Jørgensen
Slideshows, when designed right, can be a useful part of online instruction. But they shouldn’t be the main, or the only, method of instruction.
Best use of time?
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A new report from the OECD says pupils in countries that invest a lot in technology in the classroom, don’t perform better in tests.
Many classrooms have embraced digital technology, but it hasn’t always translated into improved learning outcomes.
There were lots of fun gadgets and gizmos on display at the recent EduTech conference. But most of it is really just gimmickry when we really need a greater focus on learning.
A school run by Bridge International Academies in Nairobi, Kenya.
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The Bank has come under fire for its investment in Bridge Academies, which runs a network of schools in East Africa.
Many people fear technology, and have great reservations about kids using smartphones and computers.
Many people fear technology is making us dumber, and they have great reservations about children using smartphones or computers. But technology ought to be embraced, particularly by kids.
Mixing it up.
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A blend of online and face-to-face teaching is changing the nature of the classroom.
The way we teach our children must accommodate the radical changes in technology that have occurred over the past couple of decades.
It’s official. In 2015, the keyboard has began to genuinely challenge the pen for dominance in the classroom. With Finland having decided that it will no longer teach cursive handwriting in primary school…
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Two initiatives aimed at getting children to learn and read more have just launched with a flourish. The $15m Global Learning Xprize pits teams of innovators across the world in a competition aiming to…