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Bringing More of a Classroom Feel to Distance Learning

Apparently wonders never cease. The website Edutopia from George Lucas is well-known for farfetched, absurd, and downright wrong and harmful articles about teaching and education, but today I found something really useful there. Maybe it’s a fluke or maybe it’s the exception justifying the rule, but whatever it is, it’s a nice and easy hack …

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Pupils can learn more effectively through stories than activities

You often hear that active ‘doing’ (pupil-centred) is better than ‘telling’ (teacher-centred) and that this is even more important and more ‘true’ when it comes to younger children. Unfortunately, this new study at the University of Bath shows that storytelling — the oldest form of teaching — is the most effective way of teaching primary …

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Organising Knowledge: Ausubel’s Advance organisers

Here’s a really clear and useful blog by David Rodger-Goodwin on David Ausubel’s Advance Organisers. The Situation – Expert teachers create and maintain, almost automatically, complex networks that link concepts, ideas and facts within their domain which students don’t have. The Solution – Popularised by the psychologist David Ausubel (1968), advance organisers provide the conceptual framework for …

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Are computer-supported literacy interventions effective for young children?

Computer-assisted learning (CAL) is gaining popularity due to its promise of cost-effectiveness, individualized approach, and enhanced engagement. However, recent research, published by Ludo Verhoeven and colleagues in Educational Research Review, shows that the effect size of CAL was smaller than those found in previous meta-analyses that investigated teacher-supported early literacy interventions. This lends evidence to a …

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Registered Reports in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning

By: Em. prof. dr. Paul. A. Kirschner, Editor-in-Chief, Open University of the Netherlands / Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, and Dr. Jeroen Janssen, Associate Editor, Utrecht University, Netherlands The science of learning and instruction is a rapidly evolving field, with a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. It is also sometimes burdened by two …

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Every cloud has a silver lining: Positive effects of Covid-19?

I read an article today in my local paper Dagblad De Limburger about a school district that: “… in the morning when the cleaning service is present and in the evening when they are back at work, all windows are open against each other. There can also be ventilated in between…at the request of teachers, …

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Elk nadeel heb z’n voordeel: Positieve effecten van Covid-19?

Ik las vanochtend in Dagblad De Limburger het volgende over SVOPL-scholen in Parkstad, Limburg: “…’s morgens als de schoonmaakdienst aanwezig is en ’s avonds als ze opnieuw aan het werk zijn, dan staan alle ramen tegen elkaar open. Ook tussendoor kan er nog gespuid worden. Op verzoek van docenten zijn bovendien CO2-meters aangeschaft om de …

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Spacing Effect; Intensive ‘Crash’ Courses and 6th Form Independent Study

Found on CogSciSci, a really interesting blog by Rob King (@Ironic_Bonding) on spaced and massed practice to teach learners how to drive, along with some worrying ramifications for road safety. He then writes about applying this to the chemistry classroom. He sets his blog up as follows (a kind of graphic organiser): Read the blog …

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