Learning Research

Is Assessment Ready to Move Beyond Standardized Tests? These MIT Researchers Think So.

This is the first part of a two-part story looking at how MIT researchers are developing playful assessments to measure student growth. Stay tuned for part two later this week. In recent years, educators have spent countless collective hours designing, experimenting with and implementing new kinds of learning experiences for students—learning experiences that are fun, engaging and formative. But assessments haven’t evolved at the same pace.

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8 Great Ways to Enhance Retention [Infographic]

Whether we’re studying arithmetic or calculus, we tend to forget most of what we learn and only hold onto a few key details. How can we retain more of what we’ve learned and fight our tendency to forget? How can teachers equip their students to retain more of the information they’re given?To learn more, check out these 8 great tips for enhancing retention.

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Report: Climate Change and Migration May Impact the Future of Schools

Raging wildfires in California and devastating hurricanes along the Atlantic seaboard have sent school officials scrambling to resolve immediate problems, such as repairing infrastructure and finding new schools for displaced students. Longer term, climate change may have a more permanent, major impact on the future of learning, according to a new report.

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How Intelligent Tutoring Systems Make Deep Learning Possible

For 30 years, the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education has been one of the most prestigious awards in the field, honoring outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education through innovative and successful approaches. The prize is awarded annually through an alliance between The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation, McGraw-Hill Education and Arizona State University.

How to Make Education Research Relevant to Teachers

My goal is to make information useful, usable and used.Research shows that good teachers are the most important ingredient that schools can provide to help students succeed. This is especially true for struggling schools.Now here’s something we’re realizing about our current education research: Too few educators feel that the research that the US government supports has a tangible impact on their work in the classroom. That’s something that has to change.

What’s in a Name? The Potential for Students to Self-Advocate

Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. That probably holds true for a lot of people. But for some, like myself, it boils down to more than garden variety procrastination. It’s a research-backed phenomenon—and with a little work, it can be overcome.

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Why Aren’t Schools Using the Apps They Pay For?

With thousands of education apps available today, it can seem like students' success is in the palm of their hands. But easy to forget is that technology is not in itself a solution. For it to work as intended, it must be paired with other critical elements: professional development for teachers, thoughtful implementation and consistent engagement.

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The Secret to Student Success? Teach Them How to Learn.

Sometimes the details former students recall from class is nothing short of amazing. A few years ago I had a student named Abby in my history class, who had always been in self-contained special education classrooms. Her teacher wanted her in my class for socialization purposes, and she did well. A year later, Abby began stopping by my class to deliver notes from the office a few times a week and I was always delighted to see her.

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Digital Devices in the Classroom Can Hinder Long-Term Retention

The question of whether or not to allow students to use smartphones, laptops and other technology in the classroom has been long-debated, and at times, heated.And just as a new school year is set to begin, a new study raises fresh concerns about potential downsides of multitasking during class.

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Whole Brain Teaching Is Weird — and Weirdly Viral

Do a quick internet search for “whole-brain teaching” and it will pull up a string of videos of young students repeating words back to a teacher in unison, waving hands or conducting other movements, and turning to their neighbor every few minutes to share.In some ways, these classrooms look like organized chaos. But there’s a reasoning behind what’s happening on screen: The idea is to trigger different parts of the brain which maybe aren’t flexing their full potential in a traditional one-way lecture format.

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