The abstraction of how computers work is causing students to be confused on what goes on inside a computer

Computational thinking has been a hugely successful idea and is now taught at school in many countries across the world. Although I welcome the positioning of computer science as a respectable, influential intellectual discipline, in my view computational thinking has abstracted us too far away from the heart of computation – the machine. The world […]

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Extending learning science with YouTube

As part of our series of interviews with people across Asia-Pacific who use the Internet as a tool to connect, create and grow, we spoke with DoYoun Han, a science teacher at Hyeongyeong Elementary School in South Korea. In addition to his day job, he runs the YouTube channel 3-Minute Elementary School Science, which shares […]

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Not a trivial matter to these students

Final-year high school students who sat a national history exam in New Zealand have launched a petition asking the exam be marked based on students’ own definition of an “unfamiliar” word. Source: NZ students start petition after exam word ‘trivial’ confused them I have no words… At least no words that these students would be able […]

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A list of Chromebook apps for younger students

Are you a Chromebook user under the age of ten? While you may not be, quite a few students among the almost thirty million students in U.S. schools. Luckily, there are many Chrome add-ons which are age-appropriate for young learners. In this blog entry, we will explore a few common Chromebook apps. Source: Chromebook Apps for Young […]

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The effects of poverty on cognitive function

Lacking money or time can lead one to make poorer decisions, possibly because poverty imposes a cognitive load that saps attention and reduces effort. Source: Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function | Science I had thought I shared this before, but I couldn’t find it in the archives. The researchers talk about cognitive load. What is cognitive load? […]

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