Are educational apps actually helping children learn?

Do educational apps for preschoolers really help them learn? A new study from the University of California, Irvine has an answer. The study’s findings suggest that most educational literacy and math apps are not designed to improve a child’s intelligence. Children under the age of five learn differently and have shorter attention spans than older kids, but few apps are incorporating the guidance to help preschoolers absorb and process information. For three months, co-authors Stephanie Reich and Melissa Callagan evaluated the top 10 paid and free children’s math and literacy apps for…

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Call to bridle fake naturopathy institutes

Association says unqualified people taking patients for a ride Go on a fast for two weeks at a stretch and get ‘qualified’ to be a naturopathy practitioner. Claims such as these are among those put out by scores of institutions offering naturopathy treatment that have sprung up in Kerala as there is no regulation to control them. The Indian Naturopathy and Yoga Graduates Medical Association has urged the State government to step in to check the activities of such institutes, especially in the wake of the arrest of self-styled naturopath…

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5G Set to Open New Doors for Education Technology in Higher Ed

Integration of 5G, the fifth generation of wireless networks, is on its way and is poised to have an impact on the way higher education institutions interact with connected devices and new classroom technology on campus. Experts working to develop the new technology have noted three key areas where 5G will improve on the current 4G LTE networks that are used right now: increased device capacity, faster network speed and lower latency. Forecasters expect 5G access to increase more dramatically through 2019, with the number of 5G devices becoming more ubiquitous in 2020. And…

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IISc Bengaluru tops India in global list of best institutes

No Indian institution figures in the top 250 of the Times Higher Education’s (THE) world university rankings 2019, though the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, has retained its position as the highest-ranked centre in the country, while the Indian Institute of Technology-Indore has risen to the highest position behind it. The rankings, released on Wednesday, show Oxford continues to hold the first place, Cambridge second, and Stanford third. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology rose one place to number four. There was some good news for India: number of Indian institutions…

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TECH EDUCATION: Pilot program encourages computer coders in Enterprise

ENTERPRISE — Huddled in a group, several students are typing away, trying to create a ghost using computer code on their laptops. The students are part of a pilot program at Enterprise High School focusing on HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Enterprise is one of 21 districts that were chosen to compete in the Computer Science for Mississippi pilot program or CS4MS for short. For the last three years, Mississippi has implemented computer science programs in 75 school districts, according to the Mississippi Department of Education. The goal of the program is to have computer…

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Coursera, Notesgen to Google Grasshopper: Top educational apps in India

Internet has been an important tool in smart learning for students across different levels and fields. Now there are dedicated platforms and apps for education available directly on smartphones. Students can find online courses, learning videos, notes, and interact in real-time with teachers through multiple platforms. Here’s a list of the most popular educational apps available on Android and iOS. Coursera  Coursera is one of the biggest platforms for online courses. Founded by Standford professors, Coursera offers online courses from esteemed universities like Yale, Princeton and more. Coursera also specialises…

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HOW TO CONTINUOUSLY GROW AS A TECH-SAVVY EDUCATION LEADER

Growth is essential to becoming an excellent leader in education. This growth is indispensable when it comes to major areas, like technology, especially because the information is always changing. You should be working hard to grow continuously into a more tech-savvy leader for the school. Unfortunately, many people aren’t sure where to start when it comes to becoming more educated on technology. They wind up falling behind because they didn’t prioritize learning all they could about the technology in their buildings. If you want to keep growing in your field,…

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German institutes to cut 2018 growth forecast to 1.7 percent: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s economic institutes will lower their 2018 growth forecast for Europe’s largest economy to 1.7 percent from their spring prediction of 2.2 percent, two government sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The sources, who are familiar with a report containing updated forecasts due to be presented on Thursday, said the institutes would also cut their 2019 growth forecast to 1.9 percent from the 2.0 percent they had previously predicted. The sources also said the institutes would predict 2020 growth of 1.8 pct. The forecasts could in theory still change slightly before…

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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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