“Students learn how to behave online”

Minecraft is fun – but it’s also a useful tool for teachers. Swiss teacher Stefan Huber’s students explore complex issues while also reflecting on their online behavior. Caroline Smrstik Gentner: What led you to start using Minecraft in your lessons? Stefan Huber: During the first Covid-19 lockdown in spring 2020, I felt that we were … Read more

“Good teaching means being open to adventure”

Swiss secondary school teacher Stella Stejskal-Blum’s English learners dive into the world of digital entrepreneurship. Caroline Smrstik Gentner: What prompted you to have your English class explore ideas for a start-up business? Stella Stejskal-Blum: In 2019, I was working with students who had dropped out of school or were homeschooled, in a bilingual learning group, … Read more

Understanding the adolescent brain

If we want to help children succeed and thrive so that they can reach their full potential, we need to understand their mental, biological, and emotional needs. Join Sean Sanders, Director and Senior Editor for Custom Publishing at Science, as he interviews outstanding researchers in a broad range of fields whose work either directly involves … Read more

How social distancing affects social development

In recent months, rising COVID-19 cases and overwhelmed health services in the UK triggered further school closures and the imposition of strict social distancing measures. For adolescents, this means being deprived of opportunities to spend time with their peers during a period that is essential for their social development. Reports published at the end of … Read more

Rethinking higher education in Africa

Gordon Adomdza, Associate Professor at Ashesi University in Ghana, explains why we need to educate the next generation to be ethical and entrepreneurial leaders. Aisha Schnellmann: How has higher education evolved over the years in Ghana and comparable African countries, and what are the key roles of universities today? Gordon Adomdza: In the sixties, many … Read more

Do older children influence their siblings’ willingness to take risks?

We pick up a lot from our big brothers and sisters – bad habits, good advice and maybe even the way we think about risk. In a new study, researchers found that observing an older sibling’s risk-taking can change the behaviour and brain patterns of younger siblings. It all depends, however, on their relationship. “Siblings … Read more

The BOLD podcast: Episode one

If we want to help children succeed and thrive so that they can reach their full potential, we need to understand their mental, biological, and emotional needs. Join Sean Sanders, Director and Senior Editor for Custom Publishing at Science, as he interviews outstanding researchers in a broad range of fields whose work either directly involves … Read more

Screen time before bed could reduce teens’ ability to learn in the morning

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept many students out of school for extended periods. With social distancing and quarantines, the overall amount of screen time has increased for many children and adolescents. Home schooling has no doubt made parents more aware of the benefits of digital technologies. However, research suggests that digital media can have a … Read more

Levelling up research on the adolescent brain

During adolescence, the brain undergoes a fundamental reorganisation. It is a time when many mental illnesses can first emerge, but it’s unclear how this happens. Tobias Hauser explains that harnessing the power of citizen science through games could be key to understanding this developmental period. Juanita Bawagan: Decision-making is behind every move we make and … Read more