The effect of blended learning on student performance (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and this time I picked this study from this biweekly newsletter written up by Winnie Tam in which every element seems to be important: Li and colleagues recently conducted a meta-analysis to investigate the effects of blended learning on K-12 students’ performance. Blended learning, also known as mixed or… Read More The effect of blended learning on student performance (Best Evidence in Brief)

Less screen time, more productivity? Not necessarily…

Yes, our mobile phones can distract us a lot. We know they can be both bad for studying and for work. But… sometimes, we forget that being distracted also existed before the mobile age. This new study shows that at the same time, mindful use of smartphones, without minimizing screen time, can sometimes enhance productivity.… Read More Less screen time, more productivity? Not necessarily…

This study surprised me (and should be replicated for sure): Photo-taking helps students remember slide content

Often when I see people taking pictures of my slides, I tell them they’ll get the slides afterwards. But maybe I have been wrong? As this study has found that taking pictures of PowerPoint slides during an online presentation helped students remember the slide content better than for slides they did not photograph. The researchers… Read More This study surprised me (and should be replicated for sure): Photo-taking helps students remember slide content

An ethical value compass for introducing technology in education

SURF and Kennisnet, two Dutch public organizations for Education & ICT have developed a Values Compass, which provides a common language for conducting a dialogue about digitisation in education. The ongoing digital transformation in education offers many advantages, but at the same time, it puts critical public values under pressure. This trend is increasing the… Read More An ethical value compass for introducing technology in education

Helping children become more ‘digitally resilient’ needs to be a collective effort

For anybody who has learned about the system theory by Bronfenbrenner, this will not come as a surprise: Helping children become more ‘digitally resilient’ needs to be a collective effort if they are to learn how to “thrive online,” according to new research led by the University of East Anglia. From the press release: Digital… Read More Helping children become more ‘digitally resilient’ needs to be a collective effort

A positive study about screen time: watching TV with your child can help their cognitive development

We’ve known the benefits of reading together with your child for a long time now, so maybe this review study isn’t that surprising as it’s also all about the interaction between the parent and the kid. From the press release: A new study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, has examined the impact passive screen use has… Read More A positive study about screen time: watching TV with your child can help their cognitive development

You underestimate how much you would enjoy spending time alone with your own thoughts

Yes, this post is about a study, although maybe you think the opposite while reading the title. But it’s true, according to research published by the American Psychological Association, people consistently underestimate how much they would enjoy spending time alone with their own thoughts, without anything to distract them. So put down the device you… Read More You underestimate how much you would enjoy spending time alone with your own thoughts