Disrupt London Finalist Photomath Rockets To The Top Of The App Store

 Have you tried Photomath yet? It’s brilliant. It’s a camera app that solves math equations. Just point and solve.

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Wabbitemu – Android Apps on Google Play

Wabbitemu creates a Texas Instruments graphing calculator right on your Android device. Wabbitemu supports the TI-73, TI-81, TI-82, TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-83 Plus Silve…

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How a 19th Century Math Genius Taught Us the Best Way to Hold a Pizza Slice | WIRED

Why does bending a pizza slice help you eat it? How does a mantis shrimp’s punch use a Pringles chip? A surprising geometrical link between curvature and strength.

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How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Help Kids Learn to Read | Clive Thompson | WIRED

Minecraft is the hot new videogame among teachers and parents. It’s considered genuinely educational: Like an infinite set of programmable Lego blocks, it’s a way to instill spatial reasoning, math, and logic—the skills beloved by science and technology educators. But from what I’ve seen, it also teaches something else: good old-fashioned reading and writing.

How does it do this? The secret lies not inside the game itself but in the players’ activities outside of it. Minecraft is surrounded by a culture of literacy. The game comes with minimal instructions or tutorials, so new players immediately set about hunting for info on how it works. That means watching YouTube videos of experts at play, of course, but it also means poring over how-to texts at Minecraft wikis and “walk-through” sites, written by gamers for gamers. Or digging into printed manuals like The Ultimate Player’s Guide to Minecraft or the official Minecraft Redstone Handbook, some of which are now best sellers.

This is complex, challenging material. I analyzed several chunks of The Ultimate Player’s Guide using the Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease scale, and they scored from grade 8 to grade 11. Yet in my neighborhood they’re being devoured by kids in the early phases of elementary school. Games, it seems, can motivate kids to read—and to read way above their level.

 

This is what Constance Steinkuehler, a games researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discovered. She asked middle and high school students who were struggling readers (one 11th-grade student read at a 6th-grade level) to choose a game topic they were interested in, and then she picked texts from game sites for them to read—some as difficult as first-year-college language. The kids devoured them with no help and nearly perfect accuracy.

How could they do this?

 

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Source: www.wired.com

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What You Can Learn About Learning Through Video Game Play

Video game play can go beyond entertainment — it can mean building on prior knowledge and taking risks with learning in order to grow skills and a greater understanding.

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Games and Your Brain: How to Use Gamification to Stop Procrastinating – – The Buffer Blog

What does our brain do when playing games? Well, it is actually learning.

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Learning in an introductory physics MOOC: All cohorts learn equally, including an on-campus class | Colvin | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Learning in an introductory physics MOOC: All cohorts learn equally, including an on-campus class (Study claims that online learning works, after analysis of campus-based and online versions of an @MIT physics course

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