Science

Get smarter with these gamified learning apps

Luke Porter / UnsplashThe internet is filled to the brim with opportunities to learn new things. But even if you have the willpower to push forward without the direct guidance of a teacher, it’s hard to dedicate the five to ten hours a week a lot of these courses require to stay on track. Plus, without regular positive feedback, your initial motivation could take a quick nosedive.This is why apps like Duolingo are so wildly popular. The app constantly praises…

HARDWARE

Education’s aversion to digital archival could potentially erase billions in student debt

Thanks to a lack of digital back-ups, an estimated $5 billion in student loan debt could essentially disappear. Last month, the New York Times reported on a series of lawsuits brought by financial institutions against former students who have defaulted on their loans. Some of the suits were dismissed, and all of the student’s debt erased, because important physical documents proving loan ownership had gone missing. No one can prove who owns the loans, meaning a judge can rule the student doesn’t…

Technology

Let's be clear about science education and engagement

Let's be clear about science education and engagement science In last week's blog piece "The public don't want to be involved in science policy" Hannah Baker used the recent Wellcome Trust Monitor Survey to argue that rather than involving the public in decisions around science, we need to be focusing on … Math, Science Popular Until Students Realize They're Hard science The researchers found that while math and science majors drew the most interest initially, not many students finished with…