Dear Sugata Mitra, learning is not (only) looking at a Google page

A new interview with Sugata Mitra makes me wonder if he feels the urge to make more bolder statements day by day. Let’s examine this quote in a this interview with the Huftington Post: “I can fix the examination system in one sentence. You should be allowed to bring in an iPad,” he said. “People are… Read More Dear Sugata Mitra, learning is not (only) looking at a Google page

In the world student championship recognizing fake news it’s Finland 1 US 0, but wait?

But wait… maybe it’s because Finland sent in a dream team as it’s a comparison between 67 students from an international school in Finland versus 348 students in participant groups of between 170 and 176 across three districts in California. The districts had diverse populations with a free and reduced student lunch rate of 36%,… Read More In the world student championship recognizing fake news it’s Finland 1 US 0, but wait?

Study confirms what many people already thought: rapid rise in mass school shootings in the US

No comment, just read the press release: More people have died or been injured in mass school shootings in the US in the past 18 years than in the entire 20th century. In a new study published in Springer’s Journal of Child and Family Studies, researchers have reviewed the history of mass school shootings in the… Read More Study confirms what many people already thought: rapid rise in mass school shootings in the US

“You learn nothing from books, here is my virtual reality helmet”

I found this little article via Tom Bennett and – what can I say – it seems a new height in solutionism-thinking: Games were the earliest showcases for virtual reality company Oculus VR’s technology, but its founder Palmer Luckey thinks it will have important applications for education in the future. “I think there’s a lot… Read More “You learn nothing from books, here is my virtual reality helmet”

New report on E-inclusion in Europe

An EU-27 survey of intermediary organisations operating on the education, social and employment sectors and providing IT training has produced a first ever assessment of the e-Inclusion intermediary sector. From the press release: It accounts for a total of 250,000 organisations, or one e-Inclusion actor per every 2,000 inhabitants. One in two employs 10 staff… Read More New report on E-inclusion in Europe

Research: are there digital native students in Asia?

I found this research at the University of Hong Kong by David M. Kennedy and Bob Fox through Net Gen Skeptic. There haven’t been that much research on digital skills that left the VS or Europe. The paper concludes that digital natives exist, but with some important nuances. In Digital natives’: An Asian perspective for using learning technologies,… Read More Research: are there digital native students in Asia?