Learning Outcomes

US: Innovation + Design lab turns ideas into reality

When St. Martin’s Episcopal School launched its Innovation + Design program in 2013, the idea was to create a learning environment that allowed students to think, innovate and create. The Gibbs Family Center for Innovation + Design is the heart of the school’s...

What could cognitive capital mean for China’s children?

Abstract Cognitive capital is an emerging paradigm that captures the criticality of investing in children whilst neural proliferation and development of brain architecture are at their peak. Distinct from financial capital, cognitive capital represents investment in...

A Solution for Student Disengagement

In my educational leadership work, I’ve talked with administrators and faculty from across the country who are interested in creating safer and more supportive, engaging, and inspiring school environments. But we are confronted with the challenge of disengagement in...

Engaging With Contrary Evidence

Crafting strong arguments requires students to truly grapple with evidence that doesn’t fit with their ideas. In researching how best to prepare students for new-media literacy, I’ve come across the term confirmation bias—the tendency that all human beings share to...

How Peer Pressure Undermines Success

New research finds that peer pressure can adversely impact important educational decisions. When SAT prep sign-ups at three high schools were public—meaning that classmates could see who was participating—53 percent of students expressed an interest in the classes....

Can Equity Be Taught?

In a rapidly diversifying district with a largely white teaching force, how do you foster mutual trust and understanding? Send teachers to school. One day this past March, a middle school student placed a new Air Jordan on his desk at school in Montgomery County,...

UK: The thorny question of what pupils should learn in school

Is there such a thing as a “curriculum for life” ? That’s what the Lib Dems want to offer for children in England. If you have a child at school you’ll know how much what they learn is already changing. The end of primary school tests known as...

Overcoming Obstacles to Critical Thinking

The ability to think critically is one skill separating innovators from followers. It combats the power of advertisers, unmasks the unscrupulous and pretentious, and exposes unsupported arguments. Students enjoy learning the skill because they immediately see how it...

Children Must Be Taught to Collaborate, Studies Say

At its best, collaboration in the classroom can help students think more deeply and creatively about a subject and develop more empathy for others’ perspectives. At its worst, group tasks can deteriorate into awkward silences, arguments—or frustration for the...

Active learning can improve academic performance of school children

Children who take part in lessons which include physical activity show an increase in health-enhancing physical activity and academic performance, according to research carried out by Leeds Beckett University. A team led by Senior Lecturer Andy Daly-Smith evaluated...

Artificial Intelligence Helps in Learning How Children Learn

In science, we use statistics and experiments to figure out causal relationships. Researchers in artificial intelligence and machine learning have started to design software that allows computers to learn about causes the way that scientists do. Over the past 15...

Transforming Education to be More Personal with Technology

As the world becomes more technologically advanced, so does the typical, American classroom. Rather, at least this classroom should use some of those advancements. Statistics indicate that most public school systems can spend as much as $3 billion per year on digital...

4 Games to Spark Empathy-building in the Classroom

Can technology help kids develop empathy? Due to the rise of virtual reality experiences, there’s been some buzz lately about the impact technology might have on how we understand and share the feelings of others. Since video games have an inherent ability to...

Which Is Better: American or Asian Education?

  After spending several months studying in America, these are the differences I’ve noticed between the two systems. By Jessie Yang, University of Hong Kong While I was studying in Taiwan, I heard a lot about the advantages of a U.S. education. Scholars would...

UK: Morning best for learning maths: study

Schools could see their maths scores rise if they schedule lessons in the morning, research suggests. But youngsters do better in history if they have classes in the subject after lunch. The study, by an academic at Royal Holloway, University of London looked at...

US: Library revolutionized: New space ‘sparks’ learning

Imagine this: you walk into a room filled with some of the latest technologies, tools, and software available. You can design a cup to accommodate an individual with Parkinson’s and have it in your hands moments later after printing it on a 3D printer. You can record...

US: Hip-hop education aims to engage students

MADISON, Wis. – Educators from throughout the Midwest came to Madison on Monday to learn how they can better serve their students through the art of hip-hop. The Hip Hop in the Heartland training session focused on the need to move beyond just access and...

The Importance Of Intrinsic Motivation

What motivates students? And further, what motivates them to be engaged at school? The answers here vary dramaticallym and can have a huge impact on each and every student. Let’s start with the obvious line of answers. “everyone goes to school,” or “everyone needs an...

Education – the best healthy start you can get

Today is World Health day. Here are several reasons why we hope education is going to be on the tip of everyone’s tongues as they discuss how to reach the SDG goal 3 to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” Several targets in that goal...

When Students Stop and Think About What They’re Learning

I remember all-nighters in college, staying awake on stimulants so I could cram for an exam. The next day, my mind foggy with relief and exhaustion, whatever “knowledge” I had crammed in slipped swiftly away. These memories come with regret and embarrassment: It was...

[Video] Design Thinking: Prioritizing Process Skills

Watch kids become master problem solvers and collaborators by designing, building, and iterating on prototypes. This is part of our Schools That Work series, which features key practices from Birmingham Covington School....
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