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Can remote interventions effectively support parents?

Article Covid-19 Society Technology and society

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed data collection for research from in-person to remote methods. Researchers and practitioners alike were rapidly mobilized to learn new systems, adapt instruments, and engage in a great deal of trial and error. Today, nearly two years after the first shutdowns, the educational research sector is cautiously moving back to in-person activities…

How can children exercise their agency?

Article Education technology Education technology Society

As you read this article, data on millions of children are being gathered and curated by countless people and organisations. Photos and videos collected by families are shared on social and communication platforms. Performance scores from apps, e-books and games are stored by private companies. Test scores collected on educational platforms are owned by schools,…

Educating girls for the future of Kenya

Interview Education policy Education systems Education technology

Tonee Ndungu, the founder and C.E.O. of digital platform Kytabu, discusses with Annie Brookman-Byrne how he hopes to overcome barriers to education for girls and young women in Kenya. Annie Brookman-Byrne: What do you see as the biggest challenge for education in Kenya? Tonee Ndungu: Equity is the biggest challenge. There is an assumption that…

Building empathy for oneself, society, and the planet

Interview 21st century skills Education technology Education technology

Annie Brookman-Byrne: What needs to change in mainstream education systems around the world, in your view? Simran Mulchandani: I don’t believe we have a clear understanding of what jobs are going to exist in 2050. Most parts of the world are still using a factory model, emphasising rote learning. Vast swathes of children all over…

Ensuring EdTech is truly educational

Article Education technology Technology

When parents or teachers hear the term “educational technology” or “EdTech”, they may wonder how the product will help their child and what the costs might be. As a researcher, I wonder how educational the technology actually is. Apps, e-books and online platforms often fall short of genuinely supporting children’s learning. Seemingly small design differences…

Social robots for 21st century skills: The new EdTech frontier?

Article 21st century skills Education technology Education technology

Social robots: the missing link in EdTech Social robots are robots designed to interact with people. In contrast to their manufacturing siblings, social robots are intended to help not with physical activities, but with social interactions. They are usually cute, highly expressive and fun to be around. And like all robots, they can be equipped…

“Students learn how to behave online”

Article 21st century skills Education technology Education technology

Minecraft is fun – but it’s also a useful tool for teachers. Swiss teacher Stefan Huber’s students explore complex issues while also reflecting on their online behavior. Caroline Smrstik Gentner: What led you to start using Minecraft in your lessons? Stefan Huber: During the first Covid-19 lockdown in spring 2020, I felt that we were…

Has the COVID-19 crisis affected reading development?

Article Covid-19 Equity Language

“Hello reader! Go ahead and read this sentence aloud. And maybe this one too.” Did you, by any chance, time yourself? If so, you have measured your “oral reading fluency.” This simple measure—the number of words read aloud correctly divided by the length of time it took—is used to chart the development of reading skills…

How social distancing affects social development

Article Covid-19 Development Mental health

In recent months, rising COVID-19 cases and overwhelmed health services in the UK triggered further school closures and the imposition of strict social distancing measures. For adolescents, this means being deprived of opportunities to spend time with their peers during a period that is essential for their social development. Reports published at the end of…

Screen time before bed could reduce teens’ ability to learn in the morning

Article Covid-19 Psychology Technology

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept many students out of school for extended periods. With social distancing and quarantines, the overall amount of screen time has increased for many children and adolescents. Home schooling has no doubt made parents more aware of the benefits of digital technologies. However, research suggests that digital media can have a…

“The children learn that there are many ways to see the world”

Interview 21st century skills Covid-19 Education technology

By building their own digital books, Swiss kindergarten teacher Caroline Cortès’ young pupils learn to structure and communicate their ideas. Caroline Smrstik Gentner: Why did you decide to use tablets with your kindergarten pupils? Caroline Cortès: During the first COVID-19 lockdown in spring 2020, I searched for work my students could do at home without…

Levelling up research on the adolescent brain

Interview Neuroscience Psychology Technology

During adolescence, the brain undergoes a fundamental reorganisation. It is a time when many mental illnesses can first emerge, but it’s unclear how this happens. Tobias Hauser explains that harnessing the power of citizen science through games could be key to understanding this developmental period. Juanita Bawagan: Decision-making is behind every move we make and…

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