Are computer-supported literacy interventions effective for young children?

Originally posted on Best Evidence in Brief Index:
By Qiyang Zhang, Johns Hopkins University Computer-assisted learning (CAL) is gaining popularity due to its promise of cost-effectiveness, individualized approach, and enhanced engagement. However, before incorporating CAL in traditional classrooms, it is important to understand the effectiveness of CAL. Recent research, published in Educational Research Review, presents…

A popular but incorrect idea: our brain is not an onion with a tiny reptile inside

It’s something I’ve head over and over again but that is corrected in this preprint by Cesario, Johnsson & Eisthen from which this is the abstract: A widespread misconception in much of psychology holds that (1) as vertebrate animals evolved, “newer” brain structures were added over existing “older” brain structures and (2) these newer, more… Read More A popular but incorrect idea: our brain is not an onion with a tiny reptile inside

Magic and Science

Originally posted on Richard Wiseman:
I am delighted to launch a new series of videos that use magic to celebrate science. Fab sleight of hand artist Will Houstoun and I produced them, supported by The Royal Society of Chemistry and chemist Dr Suzanne Fergus (University of Hertfordshire). The three videos use sleight of hand techniques…

Positive student-teacher relationships, not so much peer relationships, benefit students’ long-term health

We’ve known the important impact of positive student-teacher relationships on learning for a long time, but this study adds an important other reason to invest in this kind of relationship: health. Do note that this study is also correlational in nature, although the researchers tried to bypass this by looking at siblings in a large… Read More Positive student-teacher relationships, not so much peer relationships, benefit students’ long-term health