When I read the first tweet of this thread by Benjamin Riley I had the feeling we were up to something good. And Benjamin didn’t disappoint. I won’t make it into a habit of posting something like this on this blog, but I do wanted to share this here as I know that many of… Read More Do read this great little tweet tirade on #edtech predicting the future and cognitive science by Benjamin Riley (Deans for Impact)
There is a special issue of Computers in Human Behavior on learning from video and in their Editorial Fiorella and Mayer give an overview of effective and ineffective methods that are being trialed in the special issue: What are the effective methods? …two techniques that appear to improve learning outcomes with instructional video are segmenting—breaking the… Read More What works and doesn’t work with instructional video, a new short overview
There has been quite some debate because of the French decision to ban mobile phones from schools from this school year on. While I’m also a bit critical – I think we should rather teach children how to deal with phones and focus – I do understand where this thinking stems from, from studies like… Read More Again: the bad effect of checking your phone in class
Yesterday I discovered this small randomized controlled trial via a tweet by Daniel Willingham. The study confirms what we’ve seen in different other studies: multitasking in class is bad for learning. The results showed that when students were given the opportunity of non-lecture-related multi- tasking using mobile phones writing/sending SMSs and looking at Facebook profiles/reading… Read More Don’t multitask during class (again)
It’s a very popular idea, dating back to the theories and studies by Bandura: seeing violence teaches people to act violently. And more recently there was an American president linking computer games to school shootings. This new study shows that this maybe unwarranted. In this study by Kühn et al published in Nature the researchers… Read More New study in Nature: playing a lof of violent games doesn’t make players more violent
This study I found via Gabriel Bouchaud examines the possible effects of the One Laptop per Child in Peru. Other than my normal procedure I want to start with the abstract as it summarizes a lot already: This paper presents results from a large-scale randomized evalua- tion of the One Laptop per Child program, using… Read More What are the effects of giving each child a laptop?
This morning big news in our Belgian media about a new study by Stijn Baert and his colleagues in which they checked the impact of smartphone usage on the academic performance of the students: In this study, we contributed to recent literature concerning the association between smartphone use and educational performance by providing the first… Read More New study on smartphone use and academic performance (spoiler: it’s bad)