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Fortnite players have to think about what they want to build to achieve their goals. Whelsko via Flickr

5 digital games that teach civics through play

Games can help players practice important skills related to civics and public life, like communication, empathy and compassion, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
In addition to being fun, video games can build real-world skills. Carol Yepes/Moment via Getty images

Is gaming good for kids?

Research shows multiple social and cognitive benefits of playing video games.
Keeping your equilibrium can be a challenge in times of uncertainty. Léonard Cotte/Unsplash

Your coping and resilience strategies might need to shift as the COVID-19 crisis continues

As the pandemic drags on, uncertainty and fears about health and safety mix with confusion and challenges tied to re-opening society. You need flexibility when picking your coping strategies.
The study examined more than 100 interactions and found that when airline staff were effusive in their apologies it actually diminished their ability to be efficient problem solvers. Mark Hodson/Flickr

Customer service staff need to be problem solving not apologising

Traditional customer service is struggling as consumers solve problems online and expect options in person.
Dagne Mojo (centre) and Petr Matous (right) discuss resource-conserving technologies with the inhabitants of Arsi Zone, Ethiopia. Tatsuya Ishikawa

Engineers don’t just build things, they can help save the world

The role of an engineer has diversified over the years to be something more than just building structures. But that is yet to be reflected in the way we teach the engineers of the future.
Intelligence on the curriculum. Lightbulb via denk creative/Shutterstock

Can we teach intelligence?

As our definitions of what intelligence is change, it might become possible to teach it.
It’s like Shakespeare to me. Child wide code, ollyy via Shutterstock

The computing curriculum: what every child should know

Ask a parent what a school should teach and they’ll tell you, “When my child leaves school, I want them to be able to understand money, to work well with others, go to university or to get a good job…
Could you do without? Calculator via Shutterstock

In the classrooms of Singapore, calculators are not crutches

The upcoming ban on the use of calculators in most maths exams for 11-year-olds in UK schools reminds me of a persistent concern in education: when do the tools we use to learn become crutches we can’t…
Question 1: Where is the leaning tower of Pisa? Niall Carson/PA Archive

PISA education rankings are a problem that can’t be solved

With a heavy feeling of déjà vu, here we are again with another round of introspection on the OECD’s international Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings and the mediocre education…

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