Category: Teaching

We don't need no ... textbooks: ALEKS, AI-based, adaptive learning
WEBSITE/ LONG ARTICLE: The most important feature of ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is that ALEKS uses artificial intelligence (AI) to map the details of each student's knowledge. ALEKS "knows," at each moment, with respect to each individual topic, whether each individual student has mastered that topic. If not, ALEKS knows whether the student is ready to learn the topic at that moment. ALEKS uses this knowledge to make learning more efficient and effective by continuously offering the student a selection of only the topics she is ready to learn right now. This builds student confidence and learning momentum. SOURCE: ALEKS/ Slate ... Read More
Can a robot pass a top-tier, university entrance exam? It did, and in the top 20 percent.
VIDEO: Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. Todai Robot's success raises alarming questions for the future of human education. How can we help kids excel at the things that humans will always do better than AI? SOURCE: TED ... Read More
Future-proof learning standards for students of all ages
ARTICLE/ WHITE PAPER: Today’s students, regardless of age, must be prepared to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape. The ISTE Standards for Students are designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process. SOURCE: International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) ... Read More
You too can draw; lay aside your fears, grab a pencil and pad -- you will be amazed
VIDEO: Why is it that so many people think they can’t draw? Where did we learn to believe that? Graham Shaw will shatter this illusion – quite literally - in a very practical way. He’ll demonstrate how the simple act of drawing has the power to make a positive difference in the world. Watch this video with a pad and pencil; carry out the exercises that Shaw demonstrates and you will be stunned with the result. An excellent launching pad for making drawing and sketching an important tool in your thought prcesses. Must watch … and participate. SOURCE: TED via YouTube ... Read More
The Periodic Table of the elements as an interactive infographic
INFOGRAPHIC: These colourful, fun, and informative periodic tables are great for elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as adults. The infographic is richly interactive and pops up a set of useful information on each page -- a visual delight that could well be imitated by those attempting to deliver complex ideas in an eye-catching manner. SOURCE: elements.wlonk.com ... Read More
Writing by hand: the rumours of its demise are greatly exaggerated
INFOGRAPHIC: What are you losing out on by not putting the pen (or pencil) to paper? Studies show that you are losing out on a lot including improved critical thinking skills, a better understanding of new ideas, and enhanced focus. Take a look at how you can reap the benefits of handwriting at work in our infographic below. With science-backed data and practical applications, you’ll be increasing your brain power at the office in no time. The feel of a writing implement on paper is unique and, like reading from a physical book, irreplaceable. SOURCE: Getvoip ... Read More
4 steps you can take to mitigate climate change to the max
INFOGRAPHIC & VIDEO: The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions. A study recommends four widely applicable high-impact (i.e. low emissions) actions with the potential to contribute to systemic change and substantially reduce annual personal emissions: 1. having one fewer child, 2. living car-free, 3. avoiding airplane travel and 4. eating a plant-based diet. These actions have much greater potential to reduce emissions than commonly promoted strategies like comprehensive recycling (four times less effective than a plant-based diet) or changing household lightbulbs (eight times less). SOURCE: Environmental Research Letters ... Read More
Prism: A tool for collaborative interpretation of texts
UTILITY/ WEBSITE: Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation." Users are invited to provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different categories, or "facets." Each individual interpretation then contributes to the generation of a visualization which demonstrates the combined interpretation of all the users. We envision Prism as a tool for both pedagogical use and scholarly exploration, revealing patterns that exist in the subjective experience of reading a text. SOURCE: PRISM ... Read More
In the knowledge economy, we need a Netflix of education
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Before Netflix, Spotify, Reddit and similar curated content apps, you had to go to numerous sources to find the shows, music, news and other media you wished to view. Now, the entertainment and media you actually want to consume is easily discoverable and personalized to your interests. In many ways the entertainment model is a good framework for knowledge management and learning development applications. SOURCE: TechCrunch ... Read More
LiquidText: The smart way to read
UTILITY/ APP: LiquidText offers a fast, natural way to review, gather, and organize information across all your documents and webpages—then apply the results to writing reports, meeting prep, or simply studying. Pull out key facts and connect them together, squeeze a document to compare sections, draw a line to connect ideas in different documents, comment on multiple pages at once, build upon your thoughts, and much more. SOURCE: LiquidText ... Read More
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