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Education & Technology News: February 2016

Published on 07/02/16

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Texting used to support students learning

Data has shown that linking communication channels could significantly improve student engagement. Research presented on edSurge.com examined the experiences of almost 7,000 students, and discovered that adding text messages into the learning and coaching process (rather than using just phone and email to contact students) made pupils nearly 30% more likely to take part in multiple meetings with teachers, a metric which directly correlates to student success. This research has shown that it’s increasingly more beneficial to use practices that resonate with your target audience, and students use mobile technology a lot so it makes perfect sense. Originally featured on edSurge.com

Children under 16 spend more time online than watching TV

Research conducted by Childwise has discovered that children aged 7-16 spend 3 hours online each day, compared to just 2.1 hours spent watching TV. Older children, 15-16 year olds, spend almost 5 hours online each day, choosing to watch most of the TV they do consume via catch up services, through a smartphone or tablet. Online services such as Netflix proved very popular among youngsters, overtaking traditional media channels in viewing hours. As the shift from traditional channels moves to an online space, it is now up to education providers to ensure learning opportunities are reflected, by providing information via email, links to catch up programmes, and internet alternatives for researching homework. Originally featured on BBC News.

Using ebooks to improve literacy levels

Having trouble making your students excited about reading? A national study into the impact of ebooks on a students reading has found that using ebooks can markedly raise literacy levels, improve engagement and change attitudes to reading for reluctant readers. The study, held by the National Literacy Trust, is the largest to look into the impact of ebooks on reading attitudes, behaviour and attainment in schools across the UK. During school projects, it was found that boys’ reading levels grew by an average of 8.4 months, with girls making an average of 7.2 months progress. The study also saw a positive change in attitudes towards reading, with an 11% increase in the number of boys who enjoyed reading using the technology. Originally posted on EdTechnology.com