Educational Technology

Educational Technology News -- ScienceDaily Read about the latest research on technology in the classroom, from new educational computer games and iPad apps to research on cyberbullying.

  • Approach can help English learners improve at math word problems
    on June 19, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Education professors have shown that a comprehension-based strategy can help English learners improve their math word-problem solving abilities. The approach boosts reading comprehension and problem solving as well. […]

  • Block play could improve your child's math skills, executive functioning
    on June 12, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Semi-structured block play among preschool-age children has the potential to improve two skills - mathematics and executive functioning - critical to kindergarten readiness, according a new study. […]

  • Squashing cyberbullying: New approach is fast, accurate
    on June 11, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Researchers have designed a new technique for spotting nasty personal attacks on social media networks like Instagram. […]

  • Rules about technology use can undermine academic achievement
    on June 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Parents who restrict their children's use of new media technologies may be acting counterproductively in the long run, particularly if they invoke afterschool homework time as the reason. Their children's scholastic achievements at college lag behind the academic performance of same-age peers, a new study shows. […]

  • Young toddlers may learn more from interactive than noninteractive media
    on May 22, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Preschoolers can learn from educational television, but younger toddlers may learn more from interactive digital media (such as video chats and touchscreen mobile apps) than from TV and videos alone, which don't require them to interact. The article also notes that not all children learn to the same degree from these media. […]

  • Want to help your child succeed in school? Add language to the math, reading mix
    on May 17, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    A new study finds that a child's language skills in kindergarten can predict his or her future proficiency in other subjects. […]

  • Changing students' attitudes to mathematics improves test scores
    on May 10, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    A new study finds a free 'massive, open, online course' (MOOC) led to students feeling more positive about math, more engaged during math class, and scoring significantly higher in mathematics assessments. This is the first of its kind to focus on changing students' mindsets and beliefs about their mathematics potential. […]

  • Students learn Italian playing Assassin's Creed video game
    on April 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    A professor has used video games to teach Italian, allowing his students to master two semesters worth of language acquisition through one intensive class for students new to the Italian language. […]

  • Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, unless you are an app developer
    on April 9, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    One out of two mobile apps released is a clone of an existing app. However, new research shows the success of the original app is not always adversely affected by these clone apps. The study found that whether the copycat app increases or decreases the number of downloads of the original is dependent upon the quality of the copy. […]

  • Apps to keep children safe online may be counterproductive
    on April 3, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Mobile apps designed to help parents keep their children safe from online predators may actually be counterproductive, harming the trust between a parent and child and reducing the child's ability to respond to online threats, conclude two new studies. […]

  • Digital life team creates animated 3-D models of sea turtles from live specimens
    on April 2, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Researchers have released new online full-color animated models of a loggerhead and a green sea turtle through a collaboration with sea turtle rescue and research institutions. […]

  • Lesson learned? Massive study finds lectures still dominate STEM education
    on March 29, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    An analysis of more than 2,000 college classes in science, technology, engineering and math has found that 55 percent of STEM classroom interactions consisted mostly of conventional lecturing -- a style that prior research has identified as among the least effective at teaching and engaging students. […]

  • Teen gamers have as many friends as non-gamers
    on March 7, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Young digital gamers do not have fewer friends at school than their non-gamer peers, two new research articles from indicate. […]

  • Researchers want to teach computers to learn like humans
    on March 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    A new study describes a new cloud-based learning platform for artificial intelligence (A.I.) that teaches machines to learn like humans. […]

  • Enrichment program boosts STEM for black students but leaves Latinos behind
    on March 2, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    In a new study that capitalizes on data from the National Center for Educational Statistics and methods that address causality, sociologists looked at an earlier portion of the pipeline -- in high school, when students' commitment to STEM fields tends to solidify. […]

  • How do teachers integrate STEM into K-12 classrooms?
    on February 27, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Although the call for improving STEM education is widespread, there is little guidance for teachers on how to do so. A team set out to outline challenges and find best practices for teachers to better integrate science, technology, engineering and math in their classrooms. […]

  • No testosterone changes found in esports gamers
    on February 16, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Players of the competitive esports video game League of Legends showed no change in testosterone during game play, researchers have found. […]

  • Web-based teaching can improve science understanding for struggling pupils
    on February 12, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Web-based learning tools can help deepen science knowledge among all middle school students, and ease the science literacy gap for underachieving students, according to a three-year study. […]

  • AI computer vision breakthrough IDs poachers in less than half a second
    on February 8, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Researchers have long been applying AI to protect wildlife. Initially, computer scientists were using AI and game theory to anticipate the poachers' haunts, and now they have applied artificial intelligence and deep learning to spot poachers in near real-time. […]

  • Online tool speeds up evolution education
    on February 5, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    The biology teacher's pedagogical toolbox is evolving. Bright colors, replicating computer code and a digital petri dish bring evolution science to life for students. […]

  • Positive attitude toward math predicts math achievement in kids
    on January 24, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    For the first time, scientists have identified the brain pathway that links a positive attitude toward math to achievement in the subject. In a study of elementary school students, researchers found that having a positive attitude about math was connected to better function of the hippocampus, an important memory center in the brain, during performance of arithmetic problems. […]

  • Better evidence needed on appropriate screen time for kids
    on January 17, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Much of the evidence for the negative effects of screen use in children and teenagers is not based on robust enough science. […]

  • 'Will I look dumb?' Human-like virtual assistants can deter help-seeking
    on January 4, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Virtual assistants have become increasingly sophisticated -- and more human-like -- since the days when Clippy asked if you needed help with your document. These assistants are intended to make programs and apps easier to use, but research suggests that human-like virtual assistants may actually deter some people from seeking help on tasks that are supposed to measure achievement.&nbs […]

  • Study: High-stakes tests a likely factor in STEM performance gap
    on December 28, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Male students tend to do better on high-stakes tests in biology courses, but it's not because they are better students. Gaps in performance change based on the stakes of the test. A new study confirms this, finding that performance gaps between male and female students increased or decreased based on whether instructors emphasized or de-emphasized the value of exams. […]

  • Technology not taking over children's lives despite screen-time increase
    on December 21, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    With children spending increasing amounts of time on screen-based devices, there is a common perception that technology is taking over their lives, to the detriment and exclusion of other activities. However, new research has revealed that as digital pasttimes have become intertwined with daily life, children have adapted their behaviors to include their devices. Much like adults, they are able to multi-task and also do all the things that they would do anyway. […]

  • Screen time before bed linked with less sleep, higher BMIs in kids
    on December 7, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    It may be tempting to let your kids stay up late playing games on their smartphones, but using digital devices before bed may contribute to sleep and nutrition problems in children, according to researchers. […]

  • Security flaw found: 10 million banking app users at risk
    on December 6, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Researchers have developed a tool to perform semi-automated security testing of mobile phone apps. After running the tool on a sample of 400 security critical apps, they were able to identify a critical vulnerability in banking apps. […]

  • Online risks are routine for teens, most bounce back
    on December 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Teens routinely encounter online risks, such as sexual solicitations, cyberbullying and explicit material, but research shows that the negative effects of such exposure appear to be temporary, vanishing for most teens in less than a week. A new study found that typical teens seem to be resilient and cope with most online risks, moving beyond the temporary negative impacts quickly. […]

  • Robot learning improves student engagement
    on December 1, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom, the first-ever study of a pioneering robot-learning course shows. […]

  • Child-proofing the Internet of Things
    on November 29, 2017 at 4:04 am

    As many other current, and potentially future, devices can connect to the Internet researchers are keen to learn more about how so called IoT devices could affect the privacy and security of young people. […]