Quipper School Hits Asia

This has been a week of great events for Quipper School.

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First our participation to Mobile Learn Asia in Singapore has been incredibly exciting and inspiring. But the inspiration was far from over since we visited Marcelo H. Del Pilar National High School where the students and teachers have welcomed us with touching warmth. 

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And while the Quipper School trip to the Philippines continues, we thought there was no better time to publish...

A New, More Beautiful Quipper School!

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Over the past weeks we’ve been working on improving the Quipper School Link user interface. We wanted to make it easier to use, and more intuitive for first-time users. Here's a rundown of the main changes.

Tweaks to the Dashboard

We’ve changed the layout and a few of the graphics to make the early steps more obvious. There's now a prominent ‘Create your first class’ button on your dashboard. 

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You might also notice that we've labelled...

The 3 Biggest Challenges for Mobile Learning

Smashed Phone

Imagine a classroom where every student is connected to the teacher and every other student via a mobile phone. Instead of dictating from a white- or blackboard, the teacher pushes information directly onto each student’s phone. They assign work and monitor students’ progress in real-time. 

For their part, students can research answers on the internet. Much of their work can be marked automatically, with multiple choice quizzes. The...

The Long Tail of Mobile Learning

Long Tail Of Education

The internet has been pushing towards the so-called Long Tail ever since its inception.

The ‘long tail’ of a distribution graph is the portion where events (ie. sales) are spread thinly among many units. The other part of the graph is known as the ‘head’. In a distribution graph showing the sales of books, for example, the head of the graph would be populated by the bestsellers (generally including some thriller knocked out by one of James...

Is Mobile Learning Relevant in Developing Countries?

Mobile Learning Developing Countries

New technology is expensive. And mobile learning has, up to now, been tied to the rise of new technology – smartphones and tablets. So how relevant is mobile learning to countries whose populations can’t afford the asking price for an Android or iOS device? After all, the priorities of developing nations lie with infrastructure. What good is an iPad with no running water or sanitation? Perhaps it’s unfeasible to expect mobile learning to have...

Gamification Pt. II: Gamification for Good and Evil

Gamification

You brushed your teeth and your mum gave you a gold star to add to your collection. You did pretty well in class and your teacher gave you a merit. You did OK at university and you got a degree certificate. In every instance, the abstract is objectified. As we get older, and as our horizons both deepen and broaden, it’s tempting to believe that our goals get further away, and become more abstract.

Except, fundamentally, as adults our goals...

Gamification Pt. I: How Computer Games are Helping Kids Learn

Gamification And Learning

Ananth Pai had a problem with his third grade class. His 20 students ranged from the 10th to the 90th percentile of achievement. How to teach the more advanced students without leaving the others behind? Or – how to teach the less able students without compromising the others? There was no way he could helpfully instruct such a diversely able group.

So he began furnishing his classroom with technology. He bought 11 Nintendo DS’s, a few...

Why Adaptive Learning Might Actually Change the Way We Learn

Adaptive Learning

After creating the pigeon-guided missile, American polymath B. F. Skinner invented a teaching machine in the late 50s, intended to improve upon the traditional classroom learning experience.

The problem with the traditional classroom – as Skinner saw it – is that students don't receive feedback often enough, since the teacher’s attention is divided among the entire class. His teaching machine would prompt students, often requiring them...

What MOOCs Might Mean For Higher Education

Moocs

Or: Why It All Comes Down To Jobs

As Joey ‘Clams’ Scala declared in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Mean Streets’, – “We don’t pay mooks.”

MOOCs, likewise, are rarely paid.

Standing for Massive Open Online Course, MOOCs have been gradually transforming the future of higher education for the past year or so, and now look to be gaining velocity. A MOOC is an online course that generally allows students to watch lectures, read notes and take tests, though...

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