education

How virtual reality technology is changing the way students learn

For many years, schools and universities have had to change the way they work and teach in order to fit in with technology. Software like PowerPoint, for example, which has long been used as an education tool, wasn’t designed for education. Nonetheless, it has been a staple tool in education settings, used as a way to present information in template, bite-size formats. But this isn’t always a good...[Read More]

Robots likely to be used in classrooms as learning tools, not teachers

Robots are increasingly being used to teach students in the classroom for a number of subjects across science, maths and language. But our research shows that while students enjoy learning with robots, teachers are slightly reluctant to use them in the classroom. In our study, which saw staff and students interact with the Nao humanoid robot, teachers said they were more sceptical of robots being ...[Read More]

Burning the very symbol of education by those who aspire to be educated is dishonourable

Long before the free-for-all of the internet’s vast troves of information, long before Wikipedia, the library was humanity’s memory. It’s where we stored our data – albeit in now antiquated technology like books or microfiche – and where millennia of scholars have stored our collective wisdom. Libraries are to civilisation what books are to people: sources of information, of inspiratio...[Read More]

Wanna make games? Vega’s got a degree for that

Parental units saying you’re never going to amount to anything if you don’t stop playing “those silly games”? Show them this. Vega, the school best known for its design and branding degrees, is going to start offering a Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Game Design and Development next year. The three-year degree will teach students how to create 2D and 3D ga...[Read More]

How mobile phones are disrupting teaching and learning in Africa

Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet – and taking them along to school. Phones are often used in school whether they’re allowed or not. Although they can enable valuable access to information, they also bring new responsibilities and dangers. It’s remarkably comm...[Read More]

BRCK’s Kio Kit is Stuff’s education gadget of the year for 2015

One of the perks of being behind the curve is that, with the right solutions, you can leapfrog said curve entirely. BRCK’s Kio Kit is precisely that sort of solution. It’s a digital classroom in a hardy, water resistant and lockable travel case. It’s designed in Kenya with Africa’s unique challenges kept in mind from concept to final product, and that’s what makes it ...[Read More]

Minecraft: Education Edition will ensure kids never have to stop playing

For all of the parents and teachers who blamed video games as the source for our flagging interest in school and homework, please allow us to shove Minecraft: Education Edition in your faces. (Gently, of course. Love you, mom.) As the title implies, the newly announced Education Edition for PC turns the utterly beloved block-building sensation into a learning experience designed for educators to u...[Read More]

How technology can open up South Africa’s universities

There are two revolutions happening in South Africa’s universities. One is very public and hard to ignore. In 2015 the country saw the emergence of energetic, organised student movements demanding wholesale changes in the sector. On the face of it, these protests are about visible issues: statues that honour colonialists; tertiary fees that most students simply cannot afford; universities’ h...[Read More]

How Minecraft could help teach chemistry’s building blocks of life

Children should be playing more computer games in school. That idea might enrage you if you think kids today already spend too much time staring at screens or if you are already sick of your offspring’s incessant prattling about fighting zombies and the like. But hear me out. Specifically, I think more children should be playing the online game Minecraft. Minecraft is like a digital version of Leg...[Read More]

Microsoft releasing source code for MS-DOS 1.1. For science. Well, education

Microsoft has made the source code for MS-DOS 1.1, 2.0 and Word for Windows 1.1a available to the public as a part of a partnership with the Computer History Museum, the first time that the company has done something like this. Microsoft’s Roy Levin said in a blog post “As part of this ongoing project, the museum will make available two of the most widely used software programs of the ...[Read More]

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