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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

Serious Games to improve behaviour in school and the web?

When so-called serious games for learning purposes first was introduced the focus was set on its benefits to provide a purposeful, fun way to develop cognitive change and knowledge. But can this non-traditional teaching tool also be a source of behavioural change? New research from the eConfidence project and Schoolnet shows that serious games can affect positively on students behaviour. The research is based on a pilot study that was carried out throughout the academic… Continue reading

Digital Society Education – Integrating tech in Primary School

46 schools in Denmark have been chosen to participate in a national pilot project to integrate understanding of technology in all school subject fields as a mandatory part of the education. The interest to participate in the project have been high, with totally 140 applications from schools around the country. At the end of this year, the teachers at the 46 schools will receive training to integrate tech into their teaching. In February 2019, the… Continue reading

Obstacles for Schools to go Digital in Sweden

Last year the Swedish government introduced a national digitization plan for schools. The plan includes that the local authorities should offer a workable digital infrastructure as well as a detailed strategy for adapting schools to the digital society’s requirements. In a new book by Åke Grönlund, Professor of Informatics and Matilda Wiklund at the Örebro University, the authors identify this foundation for the digitization of school as a bottleneck. During three years the researchers have… Continue reading

From grades and tests to focus on pupils own reflections – Helsinki takes the lead

eLearningworld News Helsinki is now introducing portfolio pedagogy where the evaluation focuses more on the pupil’s performance in discussions, ability to reflect on what the pupil has learned, and skills to put the knowledge into action. According to this form of pedagogy, the pupil will receive in addition to the grade an attachment with the portfolio where an evaluation of the level of knowledge and the development is described. The portfolio pedagogy evaluation is implemented… Continue reading

Four Robots to work in School

eLearningworld News Skövde is a municipality in central Sweden. When the pupils in four of their primary schools come back after the summer holidays a new educational assistant will meet up. Since the municipality has bought four robots to the schools. The aim is that the robots will assist in class in different ways, e.g. to help pupils that are lagging behind. The pioneering efforts to include robot assistants in education is triggered by Skövde… Continue reading

To transform a failed educational system for future success, new report

eLearningworld News A new World Bank report on education focus on fours main themes 1) make the education’s promise a reality; 2) the need to shine a light on learning and its potential; 3) how to make schools work for all learners; and 4) how to make systems work for learning. In the report the origins of the problem are described in the following way: “Students everywhere must learn how to interpret many types of… Continue reading

Edtech competition of best practice to support education leaders

eLearningworld News What is best practice to use technology to improve education? To answer this question MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) North America has launched a new competition with the focus on the best models and support to identify the most effective uses of educational technology. This should be seen in the light of that the spending on edtech increases dramatically and this grows a demand for evidence-based research of what actually… Continue reading

Introducing European Education in Secondary Schools

eLearningworld News European integration is about to speed up again, in this spirit education should follow in its tracks, which the Luxembourgish Minister of Education, Claude Meisch has acknowledged. On 8 December 2017 he presented a new public European education offer in three Luxembourgish secondary schools where the foundation is language education. The International School in Differdange and Esch-sur-Alzette has been running such education since September 2016 and with the new three schools European education… Continue reading