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Pedagogy - 05.06.2023
Scaling audio-visual learning without labels
A new multimodal technique blends major self-supervised learning methods to learn more similarly to humans. Researchers from MIT, the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, IBM Research, and elsewhere have developed a new technique for analyzing unlabeled audio and visual data that could improve the performance of machine-learning models used in applications like speech recognition and object detection.

Pedagogy - 31.05.2023
Learning a new language makes you forget other languages
Learning words in a new foreign language makes it more difficult to remember those same words in another foreign language. That is the conclusion of a research study by Kristin Lemhöfer, Psycholinguist at Radboud University and The Donders Institute, and her colleagues. For the first time, a situation for which there was only anecdotal evidence was replicated under controlled conditions.

Pedagogy - 19.04.2023
Bayesian optimization to improve WiFi performance
Publication of the LIP in the ACM MSWiM Conference proceedings on October 24, 2022. Communication of the CNRS-INS2I on April 14, 2023. "This site can't be reached, check your Internet connection".

Pedagogy - 18.04.2023
Improving learning and wellbeing for autistic children
The first evidence-based guide to creating a sensory room to support the well-being and learning of autistic people has been launched. The Wales Autism Research Centre at Cardiff University collaborated with teachers and psychologists who work with autistic children, autistic people and parents to develop the new sensory room guide.

Pedagogy - Health - 06.04.2023
Breast and mixed-fed babies are at lower risk of having special educational needs
Children who are exclusively breastfed or fed a mix of formula and breastmilk for the first six to eight weeks of life are at lower risk of having special educational need and learning disabilities, according to a new study. The research, led by the University of Glasgow and published in PLOS Medicine, studied data from more than 190,000 children to understand the impact of early life feeding on later development.

Pedagogy - Innovation - 31.03.2023
The Myth of the Fast Learner
Learning science experts from Carnegie Mellon University's  Human Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) wanted to know why some students learn faster than others. They hoped to identify fast learners, study them and develop techniques that could help students understand new concepts quickly. What they found was surprising: In the right conditions, people learn at a remarkably similar rate.

Pedagogy - Psychology - 15.03.2023
Children's drawings can help with early detection of giftedness
Children’s drawings can help with early detection of giftedness
Potential talents of children with characteristics of giftedness are not always seen in mainstream education. Children's drawings, however, can play a role in early detection of their needs and talents, argues psychologist Sven Mathijssen in his dissertation titled "Back to the drawing board: Potential indicators of giftedness in human figure drawings," which he defends on March 22, 2023 2:00 pm.

Pedagogy - 07.03.2023
Small support improves access to childcare and employment
Small support improves access to childcare and employment
Benefits for women with lower educational attainment Relatively minor support with the application process is enough to help families with lower educational attainment secure childcare places. A new study shows that mothers subsequently spend more working hours and that the earnings gap between mothers and fathers becomes narrower.

Pedagogy - 27.02.2023
Too much focus can impair certain types of learning, researchers find
Alexandra Decker  was breezing through her multiple-choice driving exam when she realized the correct answer was always the longest and most detailed - an insight she may have overlooked if her attention was trained on the questions themselves.

Pedagogy - Linguistics / Literature - 02.02.2023
Can Codified Gestures Help Language Learners Master Grammar Rules?
New study by a researcher in English didactics at Freie Universität Berlin shows that the use of hand gestures in English lessons can improve language retention A recent study from the Institute of English Language and Literature at Freie Universität Berlin has shown that using codified gestures as a teaching method may make it easier for children and adolescents to understand the grammar rules of a foreign language.

Innovation - Pedagogy - 09.12.2022
Powering vocational education and training with technology
Powering vocational education and training with technology
For more than 15 years, researchers have been exploring ways to improve training for apprentices. The findings are summarized in a recently published book and a website for teachers, and new educational technologies are currently being developed. Switzerland is known for its fondue, its punctual trains and its watchmaking industry.

Pedagogy - Environment - 09.12.2022
Poor classroom air negatively affects learning performance
Since the corona crisis, school ventilation has been in the spotlight, especially to prevent the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 virus. Research published today by Maastricht University (UM) shows that poor ventilation also affects the test scores of elementary school students and thus the core task of schools, good education.

Pedagogy - 29.11.2022
Cognitive flexibility enhances mathematical reasoning
Cognitive flexibility enhances mathematical reasoning
A team from the University of Geneva shows that using different points of view on a problem helps improve students'proportional reasoning.

Pedagogy - 28.11.2022
University students improve their comprehension if the questions are inserted in the text instead of at the end
University students improve their comprehension if the questions are inserted in the text instead of at the end
An investigation of the Interdisciplinary Research Structure (ERI) of Reading of the University of Valencia (UV) affirms that, for the learning of sciences in university students, it is more efficient to integrate the questions in the development of the text than to accumulate them at the end. Applying this method, as the researcher Alba Rubio did for this study published in the journal Instructional Science , has resulted in more focused and careful learning, and helps to better remember what has been learned.

Life Sciences - Pedagogy - 08.11.2022
Neuronal mechanism involved in the learning of maternal behaviour discovered
Various conditions such as postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis can lead to an alteration in maternal behaviour and disrupt the mother-child bonding process. A research team led by Daniela Pollak from MedUni Vienna's Center for Physiology and Pharmacology has conducted a study in which they were able to identify the neuronal circuits in the brain that are activated during the learning of maternal behaviour.

Pedagogy - 17.10.2022
New version of Letter Prince: a game to teach children to read better
New version of Letter Prince: a game to teach children to read better
How can you teach seven-year-olds to read better? Just let them play a game. Friday 14 October 2022 was the launch of a new version of the 'Letter Prince' reading app, an online game that teaches children to read or improve their reading skills. "We don't have to confront children with long lists of words or boring fill-in-the-blanks exercises," said psycholinguist Esther Steenbeek, co-developer of the game.

Pedagogy - 13.10.2022
Teaching self-regulation early - with sustainable effects on children’s educational success
Research study by the universities of Mainz and Zurich demonstrates high effectivity in developing the ability for self-regulation in young primary school students 13 October 2022 Self-regulation, i.e., the ability to control attention, emotion, and impulses, as well as being able to pursue individual goals consequently, is a skill that we usually do not spontaneously associate with young children.

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 13.10.2022
Early Self-Regulation Boosts Children’s Educational Success
A study by the universities of Zurich and Mainz has shown that teaching children how to manage their attention and impulses in primary school has a positive long-term effect on their later educational success. Self-regulation, i.e., the ability to manage attention, emotions and impulses, as well as to pursue individual goals with perseverance, is not a skill that we usually associate with young children.

Computer Science - Pedagogy - 23.09.2022
The Future of Classroom Experimentation
With access to some of the best digital tools and learning systems ever seen, it's a wonder that there is currently no easy way for teachers to conduct experiments to see what is working best in their classrooms. Carnegie Mellon University and its partners were recently awarded a nearly $3 million National Science Foundation grant to fund a new framework for adaptive experimentation in classrooms and digital learning spaces like CMU's (OLI) and the Carnegie Learning K-12 platform.

Pedagogy - 26.07.2022
New AI system using light to learn associatively
New AI system using light to learn associatively
New AI uses associative learning techniques rather than AI's traditional neural networks to challenge the conventional wisdom that artificial neurons and synapses are the sole building blocks of AI. Researchers at Oxford University's Department of Materials, working in collaboration with colleagues from Exeter and Munster have developed an on-chip optical processor capable of detecting similarities in datasets up to 1,000 times faster than conventional machine learning algorithms running on electronic processors.
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