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Susannah Holz

Susannah Holz

Susannah would have liked to be a student forever, but life had other things in mind. Writing is the perfect medium for keeping up with the world of e-learning and edtech.

The race is on for the AI-powered classroom

In my previous post I explored the subtle, yet significant, difference between brute force computing and ANN (Artificial Neural Networks), and how that distinction is slowly producing what one would c...

AI in the classroom: Are we there yet?

We’ve described before the nuanced distinction between AI and machine learning: machine learning is a subset of AI and encompasses cutting-edge work primarily using neural networks to mimic how the br...

How edtech supports the success of the Nordic Education

Our previous blog described the background to Finland’s successful education system and today we’ll unpack that a bit more, but also take a more detailed look at the role edtech plays in that success....

The Nordic Effect: An education paradigm for the world?

In 2000 the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) released its first PISA results (Program for International Student Assessment), and Finland has never been the same again. PISA...

Using news and entertainment media in the classroom

“Media” is a funny word these days, it refers to both the medium of communication (digital media, print media etc.) as well as the content (news media etc.). For this blog we will be lensing in on the...

Thinking differently about dyslexia in the classroom: Part 2

In my last post we explored the exceptional ways in which dyslexia enhances certain types of thinking. This week we’ll look at some best practices, including useful education technologies that are add...

Thinking differently about dyslexia in the classroom: Part 1

Many successful thinkers, inventors and revolutionaries have dyslexia*. From Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Alexander Graham-Bell to Mohamed Ali, Walt Disney, John Lennon, Steven Spielberg and Richard ...

Life-Long Kindergarten: Reviving play in the classroom and beyond

Dr Mitchell Resnick, MIT professor of learning research, heads up the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten research group. He believes the greatest invention of the last 1000 years was kindergarten. ...

Teacher PD training: Should self-care be part of it?

Like therapists, nurses, doctors and priests, teachers fall into a special category of professionals whose work is to help others. This leads to a particular and unique combination of stressors: the r...

Digital humanities in the K-12 classroom

In my previous post we explored the origins and definitions of digital humanities and covered a few examples of how the techniques are being applied in higher education. Today, I’d like to look at way...

Digital humanities in Higher Education

In my last post we left off pondering what digital humanities are and how — especially in higher education — advanced cross-sections between the written word and digital technology are creating new ar...

Teaching and reading literature in the digital age

In an age of digital formats, quick texts (and the associated degradation of spelling and grammar), online content, blogs and posts, many in the education, publishing and library sectors — as well as ...

38 Time-saving hacks every teacher absolutely needs

I love this new trend of putting reading times on top of articles, so you know up front if you have the time to commit to it or not. On a fundamental level, when we save time we are also in fact creat...

Edtech that "Sparks Joy"

Marie Kondo is upon us, like a modern-day Mary Poppins she is sweeping our lives clean of clutter with Zen-like élan. While I have not read Marie’s book, and have so far avoided the guilty pleasure of...

3 Teachers that are crushing assessments with ed-tech

Assessments are the unloved orphan of schooling — no-one likes them. They are typically named as one of the most time-consuming activities for teachers, and debates continue on how effective current s...

The very best videos on the future of education

YouTube may be a rabbit-hole of clickable memes and fun compilations, but it’s also home to some essential watching for teachers and parents looking to understand not only key edtech trends, but also ...

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