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Can educational media teach kids about emotions?

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A study finds prosocial television and mobile apps to be an effective supportive tool for developing emotional competence in young children. Emotions can be overwhelming and confusing for young children. And until they learn how to express and regulate them, making sense of intense emotions can be a frustrating experience. An important way children learn…

Enhancing children’s learning through media and technology

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With media becoming more and more prevalent in children’s lives, it is imperative for us as parents, educators, policy makers, and content creators to work together and help the next generation thrive and grow. “Hey Google, can you play the ‘ABC Song’?” “Can I use your iPad to read a story?” “Can I watch Sesame…

How video games could help teach adolescents about empathy

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A study explores video game empathy training as a possible way to improve peer relationships and developmental outcomes. During adolescence, the influence and salience of peer relationships reaches a lifetime peak. Teenagers spend more time interacting with their peers than younger children or adults do, with an increased importance of friendships and the emergence of…

University students’ engagement in virtual learning environments

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Virtual learning environments (VLEs) are a commonly used tool at colleges and universities, providing students with an online portal through which they can access resources like lectures, assignments, forums, and assessments. But it’s not fully clear how VLE usage relates to students’ grades. With purely online courses, research has found that how much a student…

Artificial intelligence can make MOOCs smarter

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have democratized higher learning by delivering free classes from stellar universities online to anyone, any place. But its flaw is right there in the name – massive. With no limits on class size, one course can have thousands of students, making individualized attention to students an overwhelming prospect to educators.…

How social robots can make children more curious

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In the Information Age, when every answer is just a click away, curiosity – the intrinsic drive to learn and explore – is becoming ever more important. But what is curiosity? What happens to children’s curiosity as they grow older and enter the formal educational system? Are there ways to encourage curiosity? These are some…

What are robots doing in schools?

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Overlooking Lake Geneva, a lab at the Swiss university EPFL is exploring ways to make robots more effective tools for teaching. Postdoctoral researcher Wafa Johal explains why this is so important. Today robots are present in schools more than ever before. Unlike other digital technologies, such as table computers, they make physical and kinesthetic interaction…

IT serves as a social ‘bridge’ for autistic children

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As a teenager with autism, Bethan Jones is coping with daily life and studying for a career as a beautician in a way that her mother, Kate, had never expected. This has been made possible with the help of a high-tech mobile phone app that links her directly to her own support worker when her…

Even very young children require media literacy to learn from technology

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With technology playing a bigger role in the classroom and children utilizing computers, tablets, and apps to learn, making sure children know how to use these different types of media is becoming more important. Like reading, how to effectively use and navigate media is a skill that children have to learn. Media literacy, or the…

Robot tutor ARTIE boosts learning in the classroom

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Technology is taking on an ever-growing role in the classroom. Computers, mobile devices, and apps are becoming more and more prevalent as are teaching aids like virtual assistants and robots. As of now, virtual assistants are winning out over robots, largely because they’re much cheaper. But one researcher is working on a robotic tutor that…

The creation of a virtual child

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The development of new technology is often followed quickly by claims about how it will revolutionize education for the masses. After World War II, the filmstrip projector gained popularity in classrooms and promised to change forever the way students learn. Then videocassettes, laserdiscs, and DVDs became the latest and greatest in educational technology — that…

Internet use – curse or cure for school engagement?

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Examining how the ever-present internet affects the school engagement and mental health of teenagers, recent research in Finland found that there are two sides to the coin. Today’s teenagers are often referred to as “digital natives” because they are the first generation to have grown up in a world of ubiquitous mobile devices and social…

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