Learning Research

How Furniture and Flexible Seating Is Turning Classroom Design Into a Fad

Education eats good ideas. It boils down its best levers for change into cliches and shells of ideas. The complex is turned into checklists and clickbait.

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Why We Must Embrace Benevolent Friction in Education Technology

Benevolent friction—the concept of being soft on people but hard on ideas—is an approach to constructive engagement and innovation that I’ve long embraced and brought to DreamBox Learning over seven years ago. We find that benevolent friction is a catalyst for thoughtful and candid dialogue that leads to creative ideation. It’s in our DNA and has made us stronger as individual contributors, team members, and devoted shepherds of our customers’ experiences.

From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning

In 2017, reality took a massive swipe at the wobbly optimism of technology progressives. Echoing wider soul searching over technology’s polarizing role in politics and society, the education technology scene has been doing its own reckoning.

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The Low-tech Research Strategies That Are Turning Around a Failing Title I School

Some school leaders turn to expensive technology and troves of data as an answer to low proficiency problems in public schools. Dr. Christy Beaird, principal at Laura Dearing Elementary School in Nevada, however, has actively applied research with minimal data collection to transform her school from one of the lowest performers in the Clark County School District to one of the highest.

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Brainwave Headsets Are Making Their Way Into Classrooms—For Meditation and Discipline

At first glance, the brochure for the Muse headset might look more like a religious leaflet than a technology instruction guide. There’s an image of sunlight shining through trees and a message that reads, “Welcome to the Muse Community.”

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Three Ways to Bridge the Gap Between Educators and Learning Scientists

What role does data play in developing solutions to complex challenges in education? And how do we know which approaches in what context are effective in the classroom?

How to Improve Brain Function and Reverse Poverty's Impact on Student Learning

Poverty is everyone's problem. The “new normal” in U.S. public schools is that 51 percent of all students come from low-income families. This has far-reaching consequences because of poverty’s effect on a child’s brain.

There is nothing deficient about the brains of children from poverty; they simply need more practice with the right skills

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Watch That Hand: Why Videos May Not Be the Best Medium for Knowledge Retention

From Khan Academy to massive open online courses (better known as MOOCs), digital instructional content is often delivered as videos. Yet Juan Cristobal Castro-Alonso argues that videos may not be the best medium when it comes to helping learners retain knowledge.

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Why Stubborn Myths Like ‘Learning Styles’ Persist

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

We should learn from experiences, particularly if those experiences show our previous beliefs to be untrue. So why are people so easy to fool when it comes to beliefs about learning?

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Early Learning Faces Obstacles and Inequities—Here's How Edtech Can Help

Remember the days when Farmer Eddie taught youngsters what the pig and cow says by pulling the See 'n Say string? Edtech for early learners has come a long way since then, but our just-released compilation of research—what we call a Market Gap Snapshot—makes clear there is still a lot of room to expand and improve edtech solutions to address obstacles facing our youngest students.

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