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Brain Training Games Don’t Work

October 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

A few days ago, 73 scientists signed a letter asserting that brain training games – which typically feature puzzle games and mental exercises on smartphones, tablets, PCs, or handheld devices – do not successfully increase general measures of intelligence or memory.
I have long had my doubts about the efficacy of games like Brain Age in [...]

Tags: edu · games · neuro · psych · science

The UK is not the same as the US

June 5th, 2011 · No Comments

In Louis Menand’s insightful article about why we have college in this week’s New Yorker, he highlights the increasing selectivity of private US universities (in contrast to the very accommodating nature of public universities) and reinforces his point by comparing them with Oxford and Cambridge:
In 1940, the acceptance rate at Harvard was eighty-five per cent. [...]

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University tuition fees, and private schools

April 12th, 2011 · No Comments

Here’s what the government is currently saying about the change in university fees:

Allowing universities to charge students anywhere between £6000 to £9000 will create competition, leading to better value and higher quality education.
These fees – which can’t be paid upfront – shouldn’t be considered like normal kinds of debt since they don’t need repaying until [...]

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A Civilized Education

August 21st, 2010 · 4 Comments

I’ll say it: I don’t think Civilization is all that educational. It’s more educational than most videogames, certainly, but that’s not saying a lot.
There are four arguments made by the pro-educational camp:
Firstly, that Civilization teaches people about technologies, cultures, buildings, leaders, and of course, civilizations, from all over the world and across the sweep of history. [...]

Tags: adrian · civilization · edu · games

Educational games from 3500 years ago

June 13th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Freeborn children [of Greece] should learn as much of these things as the vast throngs of young in Egypt do with their alphabet. First as regards arithmetic, lessons have been devised there for absolute beginners based on enjoyment and games, distributing apples and garlands so that the same numbers are divided among larger and smaller [...]

Tags: edu · games · history · science

The Unbidden

March 29th, 2010 · 3 Comments

If you’re a parent, you want the best for your children. You want them to eat healthily, to do their homework, to keep fit, and to be well-mannered. You may go a step further and carefully study nutritional information to make sure they receive the right balance of calories, protein, and vitamins. You’d hire a private [...]

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The Quick Rise of Reading

January 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

A mere two weeks after I wrote about The Long Decline of Reading, which drew largely on the US National Endowment of Arts’ (NEA) 2007 data, the NEA promptly released a report (Reading on the Rise) showing that fiction reading rates significantly increased from 2002 to 2008. Not just for certain age groups or ethnicities, [...]

Tags: book · edu

Ernst Choukula

January 7th, 2009 · 3 Comments

There’s been some ruckus about a History class at George Mason University in which students created a hoax about an ‘Edward Owens’, the “Last American Pirate”. They made a blog, put up some YouTube videos, and most annoyingly, created an article on Wikipedia.
I find these hoaxes tiresome. We all know that it’s easy to publish [...]

Tags: arg · edu · silly

The Long Decline of Reading

December 28th, 2008 · 55 Comments

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore. Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”
- Steve Jobs on eBook readers and the [...]

Tags: book · edu · future · spec · tech · web · writing

Teaching ARG Design to teenagers

April 29th, 2008 · 15 Comments

The vision: Eager teens, listening quietly and attentively as I led a discussion about alternate reality games.
The reality: Thirty seconds into my prepared spiel, there were four hands waving in the air and the kids at the back were already talking. “Oh boy,” I thought, hoping to make a quantum leap out of here, but [...]

Tags: adrian · arg · edu · games