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Edtech improving young Congolese learners’ future prospects

3.8 million girls between the age of 5 and 17 are cannot go to the traditional school in Congo, even though the government is working to overbridge this deficit there are many obstacles, especially in rural areas. Instant Schools offered by the Vodafone Foundation is a digital learning platform that makes it possible for everybody to get access to school. And as it today providing education to 675 000 young people in Africa it already… Continue reading

Social Media design not that social, according to new research

Social media like Facebook and Instagram are poorly designed for social interaction but are instead directed on finishing specific tasks, according to new research from Umeå University in the northern part of Sweden. This means that social media is designed in the same way that interaction designers are designing for communication between people and digital devices. The author of the doctoral thesis Aesthetics of Being Together, Christoffel Kuenen, suggests another approach to design that favours… Continue reading

Collaborative learning in the working life

Developing problem-solving competence is to a large extent the foundation of learning in the working life. This also means the ability to explore new possibilities and improve the performance, both when it comes to action as well as interaction. The aim of pedagogy would be to train the student’s entrepreneurial skills in real life situations. The method that often is termed collaborative learning works great for both self-studies as well as for project-based learning in… Continue reading

Top 10 Tech Trends 2019, according to Gartner

During the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo October 14-18, 10 strategic technology trends for 2019 was identified. The definition of such a trend is that it should have substantial disruptive potential or being a rapidly growing trend with the tipping point within the next 5 years. Some of the most interesting trends identified are Autonomous things, such as robots, drones and autonomous vehicles, which means AI that goes beyond rigidly programmed tasks with more focus on more natural… Continue reading

The impact of Characters in Storytelling, new research

New research from McMaster University in Canada shows new interesting results on the impact of one of the most ancient and engaging art forms, namely storytelling. The focus of the research was the mechanisms of storytelling and the results show: “… that no matter how a narrative is expressed—through words, gestures or drawings—our brains relate best to the characters, focusing on the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist of each story.” This means that people… Continue reading

Storytelling to boost Engagement for your business

Engagement from storytelling is built with genuine and interest-awakening content that is interactive and is packaged according to the company’s target group’s preferences. Social media is, of course, a great channel to drive such engaging information and strengthen the brand. Besides the interactivity that can be created via social media in the appearance of dialogue, multimedia, comments, texts, design etc. This is where the business shows parts of its brain-capacity, in the form of e.g.… Continue reading

The Lab – A symbol of the Digital Society and its Learning Part 3

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there is.” Albert Einstein is often connected to this quote. However, these words are included in written sources from 1882. At that time Einstein was three years old. So it is unclear who really was the source of this timeless wisdom that is getting a new dimension in the digital society. Driving-forces of the new dimension Human organisational forms are going from… Continue reading

What technology does with curiosity to learn

Curiosity is the driving-force that works to fill the gap between what we know and what we want to know. Torah Kachur CBC science columnist writes: “You can think of it like a mental itch and the only way to scratch the itch is to seek out new knowledge.” To put fuel on this driving-force is even more important today than before the digital technology boom. This is one of the key points in Dr… Continue reading

Entrepreneurship on all levels to adapt to the Digital Age

The term “Industrie 4.0” originates from the high-tech strategy of the German government, which promotes the digitization of manufacturing. The term after the introduction in 2011 rapidly became generally acknowledged and used all over the world. Industrie 4.0 has been followed by SME 4.0 and Teaching 4.0 in Germany, and the terms have gained ground and flourished from a more general active entrepreneurial spirit. A favourable mood that calls for an active (and successful) integration of new citizens, a… Continue reading

Relevance and teaching in the digital society Part 2

The first part of this article e.g. claimed that the educational content in the industrial age was “made artificial to humans”, this meant a school where a lot of the teaching and learning was taken out of its context and thereby also usefulness. Some of the knowledge and skills easily could be reconnected to life- and societal contexts. But way too much was useless in itself or the usefulness was not that apparent. The division… Continue reading