Can tablets in education be used to help children with autism?

Can tablets in education be used to help children with autism?

Education
Tablets are taking on a more and more important role in education. They are seen as the electronic teaching tools of the future, and different studies have analysed their influence on skills such as memory, reading comprehension, creativity, and motivation of students. But their use can be extended even further. And the thing is that these mobile devices can also be a big help for children with autism, a disorder that directly affects social activity, communication skills, and behaviour. The term autism spectrum...Seguir leyendo »
The days of exams may be numbered thanks to technology

The days of exams may be numbered thanks to technology

Education
According to disruptive-technology researcher Julia Freeland, competence-based adaptive learning software could, in the future, mark the end of academic exams as a method of learning and evaluation of student knowledge. For Freeland, specific software can be used to evaluate the knowledge acquired during the learning process much more objectively, eliminating the subjectivity of the multiple factors that influence a student when facing a final exam. Although it’s a little late for some of us, it looks like kids are going to...Seguir leyendo »
Initiatives to improve entrepreneurship in kids

Initiatives to improve entrepreneurship in kids

Education
In a post some time ago I talked about how a school in England was starting a project for 7-year-old children and how it encouraged the entrepreneurial spirit. Fortunately, I’m also seeing initiatives along these same lines in Spain, and hopefully they’ll become more popular and spread to Spanish schools in general. From a tile that emits a sound when litter falls on it, or the “car scarecrow” that prevents accidents on the highways, these are just a few of the...Seguir leyendo »
Tynker, a new app to teach children how to program using the iPad

Tynker, a new app to teach children how to program using the iPad

Education
Following the success of its website, Tynker has launched an educational iPad app to complement its website, in order to introduce children into the world of programming. It uses a series of games to exercise the skills needed to teach children how to program by familiarising them with the current digital formats. The application is based on an interactive interface that allows children to complete each one of the puzzles, arranged by levels of difficulty and age ranges, solving sequences of commands...Seguir leyendo »
The hackers of tomorrow are just out of diapers

The hackers of tomorrow are just out of diapers

Education
Last Saturday, my kids came home with t-shirts with the word HACKERS on it. They had just been to a session on robotics as part of the Talentum Schools and my first reaction was to think, “What have they been teaching these crazy kids? How to be a hacker at the ages of 8 and 6?”. My husband, who is more rational and level-headed than I, told me that hacker isn’t a pejorative term. Out of curiosity, I went to the dictionary...Seguir leyendo »
Craft Computer Club to teach kids how to program by playing

Craft Computer Club to teach kids how to program by playing

Education
A programmer and educator in Cardiff has launched a campaign in Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding site, for an interesting educational project called Craft Computer Club that is aimed at teaching kids to program by playing using creative papercraft techniques related to the world of computers and programming. Dan Bridge’s educational project takes the form of a book and an online community aimed at kids between the ages of 5 and 11, with the goal of teaching and encouraging a basic understanding...Seguir leyendo »