Weekly Education News Update!

The Journal published the article 7 Digital Learning Trends, which examined a research project known as Speak Up. The project surveyed more than 514,000 educators, parents, and students over the past few months. One of the main findings was “demand is growing for game-based learning environments and new learning models, such as blended, flipped, and competency-based learning.” Teachers told researchers that when attempting to find quality digital content, they looked for relevance, standards alignment, customizability, and adjustability for reading levels.

Further discussed in The Journal, researchers found that the majority of educators and students who were in the study believed having a mobile device in the classroom can be beneficial. Students are using their individual phones for online research, playing educational games, taking exams, and watching videos their teachers have approved to be viewed.  Principals and teachers are also starting to use social media to engage with their students.

In the study, 80% of principals said they were using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to communicate with students and parents to keep them informed. Administrators, teachers, parents, and students all view using technology in the classroom in different ways. After these findings, parents and educators need to be on the same page about how technology should be used more uniformly in classrooms.


In a recent study discussed in Medical Daily, it was discovered that there may be a way to make it easier to learn new languages and musical instruments. Scientists found that reducing or blocking certain chemicals – A1 and adenosine – in the brain creates better auditory memory and learning skills. When the adenosine chemical in the brain is manipulated, it was much easier for the brain to distinguish between tones with slightly different frequencies.

“The researchers suspect that it may lengthen the critical learning period during childhood, and allow adults to learn new instruments and languages with the same ease as young children.” Knowing this newly discovered information could allow scientists to help people more easily become bilingual,  by controlling the A1 and adenosine chemicals in people’s brains.

On the Today Show, researchers from NYU and Princeton conducted a study with 400 six-year-old children to see which they believed were smarter, boys or girls. The children were given scenarios without mentioning the person’s gender and at the end of the story they were asked if the smart person in the story was male or female. Unfortunately, the majority of the boys and girls involved in the study stated that the smart person in the scenario was a boy.

The study concluded that negative stereotypes still persist in our society, especially in regard to girls. It is vital for parents, educators, and influencers of young children to allow boys and girls to view a world where women are just as smart and have as many opportunities as men. We need to offer young girls more material where women are portrayed as strong, smart leaders, and they are able to achieve their goals independently.

Also this week, Nibletz wrote an article about how Genius Plaza is built on diversity. It discusses how, more recently, diversity has become an oft-mentioned issue, with much negativity surrounding it.  Nibletz states Genius Plaza is a “breath of fresh air” when talking about diversity in the ed tech world. Here at Genius Plaza, we have hundreds of resources available to parents, teachers, and students, all of which incorporate diversity.

Genius Plaza makes sure that all of their lessons include people and highlight people of all shapes, colors, and backgrounds.” Also, by offering a completely bilingual platform, we are able to leverage technology to make our educational products truly accessible rather than just available.

This weekend, July 8-11, we will be at the National Principals Conference in Philadelphia, booth #934, as well as the National Council of La Raza Conference in Arizona, booth #1154.

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