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Explicit teaching vs. constructivism: The misadventures of Bean Dad

Reblogged from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Some poor fool, thinking either that he was being funny OR that he was being really profound posted how he used a ‘problem’ that his daughter had as a ‘teaching moment’. What he actually did was (1) open himself up for enormous ridicule – his name is now …

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Ed tech companies promise results, but their claims are often based on shoddy research

In the Netherlands, we have a saying which was once a TV commercial for a toilet bowl cleaner. It goes like this: We from WC-duck recommend WC-duck. WC-eend (WC-duck) is a toilet bowl cleaner where the neck of the plastic bottle is shaped like a duck’s neck to easily spray the cleaner under the rim. …

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Neon Elephant Award 2020 » Work-Learning Research

Dr. Will Thalheimer, President of Work-Learning Research, Inc., announces the winner of the 2020 Neon Elephant Award, given to Mirjam Neelen and Paul Kirschner for writing the book, Evidence-Informed Learning Design: Use Evidence to Create Training Which Improves Performance—and for their many years publishing their blog 3-Star Learning Experiences. The Neon Elephant Award is awarded …

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The relationship of bilingualism and cognitive advantage

Not unexpected, those who are bilingual experience a switching (one of the best known executive functions) advantage, but this was not the case for other EFs such as inhibition, attention, monitoring, working memory, and planning. The hypothesis that bilingual children have a cognitive advantage related to their executive function has been accepted as a truth …

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How complot theories differ from complots?

This ‘long look’ (48 minutes) is a really nicely produced video by Kirby Ferguson about conspiracy theories in which he explains why they’re almost always different from real conspiracies. Don’t let the first source fool you: It’s a conspiracy to make Dutch the dominant world language 🙂 It’s in English! Thanks to Pepijn van Erp …

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Learning inequality during the COVID-19 pandemic

De resultaten van een onderzoek aan de Oxford University na het analyseren van toetsresultaten van leerlingen van circa 15 procent van de Nederlandse basisscholen laten een leerverlies zien van ongeveer 3 percentielpunten oftewel 0,08 standaarddeviaties. De verliezen zijn tot 55% groter onder leerlingen uit laagopgeleide gezinnen. Bij het onderzoeken van mechanismen vonden ze dat het …

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Does Classroom Use of Computers Cause Gains in Students’ Academic Achievement?

Robert (Bob) Slavin begins this way: A decade ago when a surge of interest in placing computers in classrooms was joined to available public and private money, U.S. schools went on a rampage of buying and distributing devices to students and teachers. At that time I wrote a post about a puzzling fact that was …

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