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We Weren’t Ready for a 710% Rise in Tuition Costs

The outstanding student loan debt in the United States is 1.78 trillion dollars. For reference, the GDPs of developed countries like South Korea, Australia, and oil-rich Saudi Arabia are less than $1.7T respectively. The explosion in tuition costs and associated debt accumulation is undeniably a looming economic crisis. It’s a crisis that requires a basket of…

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How ChatGPT and similar AI will disrupt education

“We need to talk,” Brett Vogelsinger said. A student had just asked for feedback on an essay. One paragraph stood out. Vogelsinger, a ninth grade English teacher in Doylestown, Pa., realized that the student hadn’t written the piece himself. He had used ChatGPT. The artificial intelligence tool, made available for free late last year by the company…

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Harvard’s new computer science teacher is a chatbot

Harvard University plans to use an AI chatbot similar to ChatGPT as an instructor on its flagship coding course. Students enrolled on the Computer Science 50: Introduction to Computer Science (CS50) programme will be encouraged to use the artificial intelligence tool when classes begin in September. The AI teacher will likely be based on OpenAI’s GPT 3.5 or GPT 4…

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A Better Way to Teach Math

A Better Way to Teach Math Fixes looks at solutions to social problems and why they work. Is it possible to eliminate the bell curve in math class? Imagine if someone at a dinner party casually announced, “I’m illiterate.” It would never happen, of course; the shame would be too great. But it’s not unusual to…

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Bloom’s 2 sigma problem

Bloom’s 2 sigma problem refers to an educational phenomenon and associated problem observed by educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom and initially reported in 1984 in the journal Educational Researcher.[1][2][3] Bloom’s paper analyzed the results of University of Chicago PhD students Joanne Anania and Joseph Arthur Burke who, through their dissertations’ research, found that the average student tutored one-to-one using mastery learning techniques performed two standard deviations better than…

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How countries are using edtech during the pandemic

The information on this website was collected by the World Bank’s Edtech team during the initial response of education systems (“coping phase”) to school closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The data shown on this page corresponds to resources, initiatives, programs and events collected from March 2020 to June 2020. The resources on this page remain available…

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