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How digital learning is improving livelihoods in Nigeria

12 September 2017 “I stopped going to school when I was in third grade,” says Atim Ewa, 29, who started taking digital literacy classes in Nigeria’s Cross River State. The young man had to rely on his junior brother in order to do the basic accounting and paperwork...

USA:Where Poor Students Are Top of the Class

Children in schools dotting the districts along the Rio Grande River in Texas are overwhelmingly poor and Hispanic, and many of them are still learning English – all indicators associated with low academic achievement. But in a handful of cities there, students are...

Life-long learning starts with you – Education changing lives

It was a proud day for teachers participating in the Blended Approach to Teacher Training (BATT) programme, as they graduated from the psycho-social skills component of the training in Amman, Jordan. The BATT programme falls under a UNESCO-led project striving to...

Reading to Rewire

Reading with parents and caregivers — key to building literacy skills and a love of reading in every child — may be particularly valuable for children at risk for developing dyslexia. New research reveals that strong home literacy practices may actually reshape the...

What’s it like to start reading at 60?

What's it like to read your first words at the age of 60? What difference does it make after a lifetime of getting by without reading? If you think about how much written information we consume every hour - going through emails at work or flicking through messages on...

Will AI Be The Next Big Thing In The Classroom?

The technological revolution in schools could be on the verge of its next big breakthrough, as AI lines up to be the next big thing in the classroom. Technology has had an enormous impact in schools, particularly over the last decade, but rather than slowing down, if...

The Neuroscience of Narrative and Memory

If you’ve had the pleasure of reading bedtime books to young children, you’ve observed one of the reasons why narratives are so compelling. During their childhood, my daughters wanted to hear the same book, Goodnight Moon, over and over: Even after dozens of readings,...

5 Selected Frameworks for Teaching and Promoting Digital Literacy

New NMC Report Provides a Rich Look at Digital Literacy Models, Exemplars, and Explorations Within Higher Education I spent a good deal of time with this excellent report this weekend, exploring the models, examples, and expert commentary on a subject that near and...

Russia: Building trust in exams

Quality high-stakes exams have always been one of the most reliable predictors of the performance of an education system. They signal what matters for educational success and they ensure fairness and transparency in the gateways to the next stage of education or to...

The Power of Visualization in Math

When do you know it’s time to try something different in your math lesson? For me, I knew the moment I read this word problem to my fifth-grade summer school students: “On average, the sun’s energy density reaching Earth’s upper atmosphere is 1,350 watts per square...

How The World Is Changing & How Education Can Respond

How is the world changing? Most broadly, technology is defining new terms for ‘human’ connections–and consequently altering how we define our ‘selves.’ Identity, friendship, communication, and other hallmarks of ‘people’ are now hallmarks of technology. So I wrote...

What do we mean by literacy in a digital world?

The meaning of the word literacy has developed continuously over the years. Today, the fact that International Literacy Day is on the theme of literacy in a digital world reminds us how the world has changed. At the end of the US Revolution in 1787, Thomas...

Brain stimulation for children with learning difficulties?

August 29, 2017      Summary: Applying a brain stimulation method, which was previously suggested to enhance mathematical learning in healthy adults, may improve the performance of children with mathematical learning difficulties, according to an exploratory study....

What Personalized Learning Is Not

“I really want to personalize learning for my students, but I just don’t see how it’s possible—there’s no way I can create individual lesson plans for all of my students everyday!” “I really like what you’ve shared with us today, but I can’t personalize my students’...

Why kids should be read to – even if they can read on their own

Many of us will be able to recall the enjoyment of shared reading: being read to and sharing reading with our parents. However, my research has found that of the 997 Year 4 and Year 6 respondents (equivalent to upper primary in Singapore) at 24 schools which took part...

You’ll Never Be Famous — And That’s O.K.

Today’s college students desperately want to change the world, but too many think that living a meaningful life requires doing something extraordinary and attention-grabbing like becoming an Instagram celebrity, starting a wildly successful company or ending a...

How Long Do the Benefits of SEL Programs Last?

SEL programs improve students' well-being, performance, and conduct—and a new research review suggests that these benefits are long-lasting. Teachers, parents, and students will tell you: Social and emotional learning (SEL) programs make a difference.   SEL...

What happens with your skills when you leave school?

by Dirk Van Damme Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills   Moving from the world of school to the world of work is one of the most dramatic changes in the lives of young people. And for many youngsters...

Education for an Unknowable Future

For years, children living in refugee camps have received an education predicated on the notion that they will one day return to their countries of origin and become active citizens and leaders. Children in camps have attended schools surrounded by other displaced...

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