Interesting but with mixed feelings: your brain activity can be used to measure how well you understand a concept

Imagine students having to wear a brain reading device so teachers can tell if they have understood what they need to know. Possible benefits: no tests needed anymore? a real possibility to measure effectiveness But at the same time… it does sound as an episode of Black Mirror, or just a plan in China. Bring… Read More Interesting but with mixed feelings: your brain activity can be used to measure how well you understand a concept

What kindergarten can tell you about your future… (or not)

This is the kind of study that can give people some itchy feelings. We’ve known that early behavior can predict later success, remember the famous Marshmallow experiment, but those studies often had limitations. Was it caused by innate intelligence? Was it caused by the family background? This new study claims to have bypassed these limitations… Read More What kindergarten can tell you about your future… (or not)

How language-savvy parents improve their children’s reading development (study)

We now that reading books to your children has a big influence, but now researchers have found that adults with higher reading-related knowledge are likelier to provide positive feedback when children read, which helps the learning process. I do like the format of added information to this paper: What is already known about this topic… Read More How language-savvy parents improve their children’s reading development (study)

An interesting use of artificial intelligence in education: to catch the cheats

Lately I have been involved in different discussions about Artificial Intelligence in education behind the screens. To paraphrase Larry Cuban: the claims made about AI are often oversold, with simple algorithms without any element of machine learning being labeled AI. E.g. together with some other scientists I’m still waiting for any solid evidence of a… Read More An interesting use of artificial intelligence in education: to catch the cheats

Again: possible effects of early-life challenges

Some of these insights are maybe not new but worth repeating: experiences such as poverty, residential instability, or parental divorce or substance abuse, can affect executive function and lead to changes in a child’s brain chemistry, muting the effects of stress hormones. From the press release: Adversity early in life tends to affect a child’s… Read More Again: possible effects of early-life challenges

Do expert teachers look at their class differently? (Best Evidence in Brief)

There are often huge differences between experts and novices. This is also the case for teachers. ¬†Best Evidence in Brief discusses a new study on one of those possible differences. Teachers’ gaze patterns could reveal the different priorities expert teachers and novice teachers might have in their classrooms, according to a recent study¬†published in Learning… Read More Do expert teachers look at their class differently? (Best Evidence in Brief)