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Education Ticker: Learning on iPad an oxymoron

The best of the web on education from kindergarten to postsecondary, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail education editor Simona Chiose.

Everyone's online, except Oxbridge

The Universities of Cambridge and Oxford are some of the highest-profile resisters to the online learning evolution in postsecondary education. A consortium of universities in the U.K. announced last week that they would offer massive online open courses through Open University, with courses from Bristol, Southampton and Warwick among others, but not the internationally-renowned names.

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Look for apps that target comprehension, not just letters

Most learning apps, regardless of the platform for which they are built, target very basic learning like understanding letters and sounds, researchers have found. They urge parents to look for apps that promote vocabulary, comprehension and the ability to tell stories.

For two weeks, drop the course reading list

Looking forward to the holidays as a time to catch up on work is a recipe for burnout, argues Jo VanEvery. Sleeping and reading for pleasure should be higher on the list than planning next term's course. Do you agree? Or is the downtime of the holidays perfect for getting ahead of the next term and reducing future stress?

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