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February 8, 2017

Understanding Learning Science and Its Value to Educators


Education should be thought of as a discipline and at least partly an applied science. Strides toward improving higher education will be limited until academics (and the people who design their compensation packages) embrace the idea of the empirical educator as core to the mission of academia.

January 26, 2017

Education Week
DeVos-Associated Company Alleges Brain-Training Autism "Fix'


President Donald Trump's nominee to head the federal Education Department is a major backer of a company claiming its neurofeedback technology can "fix" problems such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and has "proven and long-lasting" positive effects on children with autism. CMU’s Ken Koedinger weighed in on the implications for science.

January 23, 2017

Inside Higher Ed
Beyond Teaching by Instinct

Inside Higher Ed

"Learning science" is becoming a buzzword, but it means experimenting with new approaches and learning from what doesn't work as well as what does, writes Michael Feldstein. And everyone who teaches for a living must do it. Feldstein shares what he learned from CMU Simon Initiative experts.

January 10, 2017

Mind Shift
What Kids Can Learn When Blocks Get A Tech Boost

KQED MindShift

CMU’s Nesra Yannier decided to invent a new kind of educational machine with which kids could learn together. Hers would use a real table with real blocks — and a computer at the heart of it that uses motion sensors to “see” what students are doing.

January 9, 2017

EdSurge Learning
When Personalized Learning Is a Logical Fallacy


Personalized learning is not a product you can buy — it’s a set of strategies that teachers can implement, sometimes with the help of products that are designed to support those strategies. To explore this more, Michael Feldstein talks to CMU’s Ken Koedinger and Marsha Lovett.

January 9, 2017

E-Literate TV
CMU Learning Scientists Featured on e-literate TV

e-literate TV

Three Carnegie Mellon University learning scientists, Marsha Lovett, Ken Koedinger and Lauren Herckis, have been featured on e-literate TV, which is designed to provoke conversations about how technology can be employed in the service of education.

January 7, 2017

Physical, Virtual Worlds
CMU Postdoc's Play Table for Children Balances Virtual, Physical Worlds


Students use a prototype of Nesra Yannier’s “mixed reality” teaching machine in a laboratory of Carnegie Mellon University. The research is part of a partnership between CMU and Forest Grove Elementary School to see if high-tech ideas can improve teaching and learning