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Finally, EdTech That’s Based On Real Research « Annie Murphy Paul

Finally, EdTech That’s Based On Real Research « Annie Murphy Paul | Creativity and learning |

Imagine you’re walking down the street when your phone buzzes. “What is the capital of Maryland?” it asks you. You know the answer but you can’t quite grasp it until all of a sudden you remember: “Annapolis.” The question prompted your brain just in time.

That is the scenario envisaged by the makers of software Cerego, which launched last week, writes Hal Hodson in New Scientist:


“It uses a basic principle of cognitive science called ‘spaced repetition’ to improve learning. To remember something long term, a student must return to it several times, increasing the interval between each revision. The concept isn’t new, but Cerego aims to harness the idea to let people learn anytime, anywhere.

Clive Hilton's insight:

As the article declares; it's not new and it's not original, but it might be useful.

Lori Pirog's comment, January 8, 2013 12:59 PM
As a boomer who has struggled with memory issues my entire life, I may just give a program like this a try. Despite using the technique of repetitive learning for many years now I still seem to struggle more than the average person. I would give a lot to understand why.
Clive Hilton's comment, January 10, 2013 4:56 AM
It's intriguing isn't it, Lori. I was recently bought a book by my other-half on improving memory. I took it as a hint, but fear that my alleged poor memory is simply a symptom of lifestyle overload.
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It's a memory thing - Tales of Things

It's a memory thing - Tales of Things | Creativity and learning |

Wouldn't it be great to link any object directly to a 'video memory' or an article of text describing its history or background? Tales of Things allows just that with a quick and easy way to link any media to any object via small printable tags known as QR codes. How about tagging a building, your old antique clock or perhaps that object you're about to put on eBay?

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Do E-Books Make It Harder to Remember What You Just Read? | Healthland |

Do E-Books Make It Harder to Remember What You Just Read? | Healthland | | Creativity and learning |

Digital books are lighter and more convenient to tote around than paper books, but there may be advantages to old technology.


Kate Garland, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Leicester in England, is one of the few scientists who has studied this question and reviewed the data. She found that when the exact same material is presented in both media, there is no measurable difference in student performance.

However, there are some subtle distinctions that favor print, which may matter in the long run. In one study involving psychology students, the medium did seem to matter. “We bombarded poor psychology students with economics that they didn’t know,” she says. Two differences emerged. First, more repetition was required with computer reading to impart the same information.


Second, the book readers seemed to digest the material more fully. Garland explains that when you recall something, you either “know” it and it just “comes to you” — without necessarily consciously recalling the context in which you learned it — or you “remember” it by cuing yourself about that context and then arriving at the answer. “Knowing” is better because you can recall the important facts faster and seemingly effortlessly.



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