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Augmented Reality forms a bridge between informal- and formal Learning

A research project of Helsinki University focuses on the use of Augmented Reality (AR) technology for learning. It is directed on the motivational and cognitive aspects and shows promising results. The outcome is based on 146 participants, 12-year old Finnish pupils, that was visiting a science centre exhibition. Professor Hannu Salmi from the University of Helsinki comments: “Several ICT-based educational materials are old-fashioned. The text-books have only been converted into digital form. However, by the… Continue reading

Soft Skills in an EdTech and Neuroscience perspective

Neuroscience and education All learning depends on the rewiring of neurons into new patterns. From this prerequisite, it takes 10 000 hours of learning to become an expert within a certain field according to recent research. The new rewired patterns in the brain once established creates a new unconscious competence and when focused on one selected field it creates expertise. However, to reach this level you also require soft skills, meaning the ability to critical… Continue reading

Authentic Science Education replaces traditional Curriculum in School

As the first school in Denmark, Sønderskov School in Sønderborg is now introducing the “LEAPS-model” to replace the subject-based traditional curriculum. LEAPS stands for Learning and Engagement through Authentic Projects with a focus on Science. In this spirit, the education will be focusing on a cross-scientific project that is directed on real-world problems. “The teaching and learning will be taken out of the books and brought out in the real world.” the school leader Rasmus Andreassen explains… Continue reading

Human interaction: Offline- and online interactivity in learning

Learning design is tech-neutral, which means even though the term was born in our tech-savvy digital age, it works equally good for offline traditional education. Since what you want to accomplish with your learning design is the best possible mix of interaction that works for all students. Patricia Santos writes in Clomedia.com: “If you’re not seeing high levels of learner engagement, skills transfer or business impact the first step toward a solution may be to improve… Continue reading

How to integrate EdTech in Your Learning Environment

Let’s see how an organisation can reach Level 3 on the eLearningworld Digital Maturity Model. To make learning more effective and in general improve the learning experience. The teachers/educators were trained at Level 2 and to some extent, digital content is used in the education. But now is the time to integrate the digital environment with the traditional classroom. Here follow five points for successful integration: Set the goals and vision for transforming the learning… Continue reading

MOOC Platform in Arabic passes two million users

Edraak is a MOOC Platform based in Jordan that was launched five years ago. It serves learners across the Middle East and North Africa. The focus is on subject fields like health, computer science, and leadership. It also works as an open resource for K-12 education in mathematics. Recently Edraak passed two million users with totally four million enrollments. The prime goal with the platform is: 1. to broadcast the best Arab professors to the… Continue reading

Integrating EdTech in School – R&D-project at Linné University

In September 2018 eLearningworld reported about that Linné University had appointed the first Professor of EdTech in Sweden, Italo Masiello. The first cross-disciplinary project to integrate edtech in school on evidence-based research and development has started with funding from IST Group AB, KK-foundation and Linné University. Where the focus is directed on research and development within fields like pedagogy and technology, as well as psychology and design. Professor Masiello comments in the following way: “…… Continue reading

Digital tools improve the reading skills, new research

New research from Linnæus University in south-central Sweden shows promising results in using digital tools to improve writing- and reading skills. The researcher Thomas Nordström has analysed two methods where the first is to use continual digital assessments for everybody and then use the result to personalise the training of reading and writing. The second focused on pupils with reading and writing disabilities and use of assisting technologies like text-to-speech- and speech-to-text-features. Where the technology… Continue reading

If anybody thinks edtech does not transform the foundation of education, think again!

The future of education is cross-disciplinary. One-size-fits-all classroom education becomes an adaptive learning environment. Educational publishers becoming learning science companies. And as facts in an ever-changing world fast get obsolete focus instead will be set on analysis, understanding and learning by doing etc. Especially, since the student has a knowledge-bank called the web is at her fingertips. In this spirit, Penn State University now is opening the Center for Arts and Design Pedagogy (C-PAD). The… Continue reading

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