Most preschool math, literacy apps not designed to help children learn, study finds

Most literacy and math educational apps for preschoolers are not designed to help youngsters actually learn, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine. Few incorporate features informed by evidence-based best teaching practices or age-appropriate in-play guidance. Youngsters under 5 process information very differently from older kids. They have shorter attention spans, less working memory capacity and more limitations in visual interpretation and are also still developing the fine motor skills needed for accurate touch-screen interactions. “More than half of the educational apps on the market are for preschoolers, but little…

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Bengal educational institutes to participate in Centre’s celebrations of Gandhi Jayanti

Schools, colleges and universities in West Bengal will participate in the Centre’s year-long celebration on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. Earlier, the education department had planned on celebrating the occasion in its own way. But back then, the government refused to co-operate with the Centre. It was reluctant to be part and parcel of any programme, project or new schemes that the Centre had offered for West Bengal’s participation. Though Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting on May 2 with other chief…

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How to launch a successful career in marketing

You may currently be involved in education and are all set to graduate soon. While this is naturally an exciting time, it does mean you have to think about what to do next. For many graduates, this will mean leaving education to get a job. While some may have a clear idea of their career path, that may not be the case for you. There are many amazing roles that you could use your academic qualifications and skills for, but marketing is presently one of the most popular. With the…

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Gift of Grain: Ivy Tech, farmers partner to help ag education

FARMERSBURG — Harvest time has taken on a new meaning for some Wabash Valley farmers, and Bobbi Hunt-Kincaid hopes her family’s first Gift of Grain will be the beginning of a new fundraising trend for Ivy Tech Foundation. L.G. Hunt Farms Inc. in Farmersburg is supporting agricultural education at Ivy Tech Community College by donating a portion of its fall harvest to Ivy Tech Terre Haute’s newest program – Precision Agriculture Equipment Technology. “It was a no-brainer, really,” Kincaid said of supporting the next generation of farming innovation. “We’ve had…

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CVM faculty member elected to National Institutes of Health Council of Councils

Susan Sanchez, professor of infectious diseases, assistant director of the UGA Biomedical Health Science Institute and chair of One Health, was recently appointed to the National Institute of Health’s Council of Council. She will serve a five-year term, beginning October 1, 2018, with her first meeting in January. “Susan will be a great addition to this prestigious group,” said Lisa K. Nolan, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “She sees the big picture in a way that not everyone does, is an excellent strategist and can come up with…

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Disrupt Harlem Code Squad Empowers Youth Through Tech Education

Diversity numbers in the tech industry remain stagnant. Despite African-Americans being one of the top demographic groups for digital consumption, when it comes to forging career paths in the tech industry there isn’t a level playing field. According to a study released by the National Urban League, at major social media and tech companies, less than five percent of employees are Black. Disrupt Harlem Code Squad—a free Harlem-based tech and entrepreneurship program—is aiming to change the status quo by empowering opportunity youth through STEM education. The program—which is an initiative led by…

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Landmark Year For Xavier’s Institutes: Year-long festivities to continue till December 2019

FOR THE three Xavier’s institutes sharing the Fort campus in south Mumbai, the current and upcoming academic years assume special importance and will be marked by year-long festivities. While the St Xavier’s College and the St Xavier’s High School are in the 150th year of their existence, the Xavier Institute of Communications is marking its 50th anniversary. Celebrations that began in June this year will continue till December 2019 to mark the milestones achieved by the three institutes. “We have staggered the celebrations and planned the events in a way…

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Universities launch study into educational apps – by turning lab into a nursery

Parents and nurseries in Greater Manchester are being asked to take part in a study to test the effectiveness of children’s educational apps. Academics from the University of Salford and Lancaster University will spend three years using eye tracking glasses to find out whether the apps, which claim to help young children learn new words, have any effect on language development. Dr Gemma Taylor, a developmental psychologist from the University of Salford, said: “We live in a digital age and children are exposed to screens from very early on in…

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Ask Alumni For Help, Instead Of Coming To Government ‘With A Bowl Seeking Help’: HRD Minister

NEW DELHI: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar asked educational institutes to utilise their alumni associations for betterment instead of coming to the government “with a bowl seeking help”. The Union Human Resource Development minister was speaking on Friday at a function organised here by the Jnana Prabhodini School. “Worldwide, who run educational institutes? It is the former students. Who run universities worldwide? It is the alumni who have excelled in their respective fields,”he told the gathering. “Such students give back to their educational institutes. This same attitude has been cultivated by Jnana…

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Verizon holds $1 million contest for 5G education tech with AI, AR, or VR

In the foreseeable future, mixed reality glasses with 5G capabilities will change education, enabling some students to learn from far-away teachers and transforming fundamentals of the classroom experience for others. To make that future happen sooner for more kids, Verizon and NYC Media Lab are teaming up for the Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge, a contest to harvest 5G-based education solutions using mixed reality and/or machine learning technology, with a total of $1 million in prize money to encourage the submission of ideas. Starting today, Verizon is inviting education tech nonprofits such as research groups…

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