education
Can You Answer Today’s A Level Maths Questions?

Today is A Level results day in England and Wales, and no doubt there are going to be lots of people who do spectacularly well and get all the grades they need to go to University. Only to drop out after a year and try to form a bike-share start-up . It's also bound to kickstart that same conversation we have every year, with some miserable old people complaining that exams are too easy these days and kids are lucky they get to do coursework and get extra time because of everyone's shared anxiety. Read More >>

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A Top Medical University in Japan Has Been Lowering Women’s Test Scores For Years: Reports

A leading medical university in Japan wanted more male students—so it’s reportedly been lowering the entrance exam scores of female applicants for years. Read More >>

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This Kit Uses a Motion-Sensing Wand to Teach Kids Code – No Hogwarts Required

Kano’s first product was a computer that kids could build as easily as a Lego set, helping to demystify the technologies we obsess over. The company’s next product is a buildable, motion-sensing wand that swaps spells for simple programming making it easy for kids to conjure up magical interactions with a flick of the wrist – and hopefully learn a thing or two about coding in the process. Read More >>

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Study: Future Teachers Are Already Biased Against Black Children

That black school children are treated more harshly than white children by teachers is no secret, as plenty of studies and painful anecdotes have repeatedly shown. But some recent research published in the journal Contemporary Educational Psychology suggests an even more discouraging reality: The incoming generation of teachers shows bias against black kids, too. Read More >>

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Algeria Shuts Off the Entire Country’s Internet to Stop Students From Cheating

Predictably, cheating in school has advanced with time. Students have hacked servers, hit schools with DDoS attacks, and purchased schoolwork on the dark web. In an extreme measure to prevent students from leaking high school diploma exams online, Algeria has begun instituting nationwide internet blackouts. Read More >>

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US Student Punished for ‘Implied Threat’ After Putting High School on Craigslist

While some of his classmates wanted to execute end-of-year pranks that would potentially disrupt classes, high school student Kylan Scheele in the US state of Missouri opted for some tomfoolery that was a little more chill. Read More >>

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Watches are Now Being Banned From GCSE and A Level Exams

It's no secret that people are willing to be big fat cheats whenever the opportunity arises, which is why things like smartphone and smartwatches are banned from exam rooms. Now, though, regular old watches are being added to the no-no list. Read More >>

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US Company Embedded a ‘Social-Psychological’ Experiment in Students’ Educational Software

Education and publishing giant Pearson is drawing criticism after using its software to experiment on over 9,000 mathematics and computer science students across America. In a paper presented Wednesday at the American Association of Educational Research, Pearson researchers revealed that they tested the effects of encouraging messages on students that used the MyLab Programming educational software during 2017's spring semester. Read More >>

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An Elaborate Test Cheating Scheme in Asia Involved Hidden Phones and Flesh-Coloured Earpieces

A tutor and several accomplices were recently caught running a complex exam cheating operation in Singapore that one prosecutor called “highly sophisticated.” Unfortunately for them, it apparently wasn’t sophisticated enough to avoid getting busted. Read More >>

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How Many Times Did Apple Make This Kid Lick the iPad?

Keeping with tradition, Apple has released an ad promoting its new iPad and educational tools for students and teachers after announcing the updated hardware and software during its education event. The heartwarming commercial is centred around “Group Three,” a cadre of five students who use an iPad to complete a class project about gravity. The ad, while highlighting the iPad’s new Pencil support and educational tools, raises another, perhaps even more important question concerning the actions of group member Thomas. Read More >>

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All the New Education Software Apple’s Bringing to iPads and Macs

At an education-focused event in Chicago, Apple announced more than just a stylus-friendly iPad. The company also revealed some new features coming to its office and productivity software, as well as new education tools for teachers, school administrators, and developers. All told, the event seemed like Apple’s way of saying something it’s been wanting to say for some time: Stop buying Chromebooks, please. Read More >>

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Oh Hey, There’s a New iPad with Pencil Support

While tablets don’t demand nearly the same kind of attention they once did, especially with Apple devoting much of its time to improving its pseudo-laptop replacement iPad Pro line, these handy little devices can still be pretty useful. Read More >>

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The Tabletification of Chrome OS Continues

What started out as a super lightweight OS for low-powered laptops has expanded to run on desktops, pricey 2-in-1s, and even mini PCs, while also adding support for most of your favourite Android apps. But now, it seems Chrome OS is headed to the classroom, in tablet form only, with the oddly named Chromebook Tab 10. Read More >>

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Calculators Aren’t Turning us into a Nation of Finger-Counting Simpletons

The pendulum of opinion regarding the use of calculators in schools has swung back into positive territory, with a new report finding that they help students of all ages engage with maths and formulate strategies for solving problems themselves -- as long as the teachers integrate them into lessons appropriately. Read More >>

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Universities Complain About Spread of Paid Essay Writer Ads

An essay writing company that claims it offers nothing more than assistance and guidance has been given a telling off by the Advertising Standards Authority, which ruled it was guilty of advertising itself as more of a direct homework-doing service than the vague study assistance adviser it is supposed to be. Read More >>