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Technology Adds Spark to Science Education

The word “cyberlearning” evokes a lot of different images. It can mean using an augmented reality app on a mobile phone to learn about a city’s history. It can mean working with a remote science lab clear across the world to conduct scientific research about measuring cell phone radiation. For some students, it’s a way … Continue reading Technology Adds Spark to Science Education →

Can Cell Phones Fry Your Brain? Ask Student Scientists!

Teenagers love to sleep with their cell phones under their pillows. Knowing this, high school chemistry teacher Tanya Katovich from Palatine, Illinois, decided to leverage it as a way to get her students interested in conducting a science experiment. “For a student, the second you bring up a cell phone, that’s fascinating to them,” she … Continue reading Can Cell Phones Fry Your Brain? Ask Student Scientists! →

“Mystery Device” Makes Math Fun

Proving that learning math can be fun, Dor Abrahamson, assistant professor of cognition and development at UC Berkeley, demonstrates Kinemathics from the Mathematic Imagery Trainer at the recent Cyberlearning Tools for STEM Education conference. The premise is to teach kids in grades 4-6 how to remote-manipulate virtual objects on a computer screen in order to … Continue reading “Mystery Device” Makes Math Fun →

Technology: Not a Silver Bullet, But Makes Learning Relevant

“I don’t believe that cyberlearning is the silver bullet to take over schools and make us better,” says Kenneth Eastwood, Superintendent of Middletown City School District in Ohio. “It is to make us more efficient and relevant to the process related to the learners of today, and once, I think, that everybody agrees upon that … Continue reading Technology: Not a Silver Bullet, But Makes Learning Relevant →

Science, Math, and Fan Fiction: What’s Worth Learning?

Flickr:FoundPhotoSLJ What happens when you allow kids to figure out their own path to learning by giving them access to the online community? That’s one of the thoughtful questions Richard Halverson, co-author of Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology, brings up in this interview at the CYTSE conference. “A lot of kids aren’t engaged … Continue reading Science, Math, and Fan Fiction: What’s Worth Learning? →

Virtual Worlds in the Hands of Student Scientists

Can video games really work as a learning tool? If so, what happens to the role of the teacher in this realm? Chris Dede and his colleagues at Harvard Graduate School of Education have been working on testing these theories and have come up with fascinating results. I spoke with Dede at the Cyberlearning Tools … Continue reading Virtual Worlds in the Hands of Student Scientists →

Video Games and Simulations Bring Science to Life

Science textbooks might be gathering dust in some classrooms across the country, but that doesn’t mean students aren’t learning. Whether it’s determining if cell phone radiation is harmful or it’s using the premise of Space Invaders to calculate probabilities, some lucky students are using the latest high tech to learn science and theories. As the … Continue reading Video Games and Simulations Bring Science to Life →

Where Does Informal Learning Fit In?

With so much rich information for learners available and accessible on the Internet — everything from how to play the guitar to applications of the Pythagorean Theorem — how can the formal education system leverage all this within schools? There are tremendous obstacles in the way. A shortage of high-quality K-12 STEM teachers, dwindling interest … Continue reading Where Does Informal Learning Fit In? →

Tech and Learning: At Odds in School, in Sync Everywhere Else

The culture of current public school model can’t be more different than the culture of technology, says Allan Collins, co-author of Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology. In most public schools, every student learns the same things at the same time. The teacher is the content expert and controls what students learn. Testing is … Continue reading Tech and Learning: At Odds in School, in Sync Everywhere Else →

Creating Mobile Learning Apps Adds Another Layer to Learning

I’ve written a lot about mobile learning — and there’s a lot more to write about because it’s a quickly growing and changing study. But today at the Cyberlearning Tools for STEM Education Conference, I heard about the value of kids not just using mobile apps, but actually creating them. Chris Thompson, Associate Director Evaluation … Continue reading Creating Mobile Learning Apps Adds Another Layer to Learning →

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