“While intelligence as assessed by IQ tests is important in the early stages of developing mathematical competence, motivation and study skills play a more important role in students’ subsequent growth,” says researcher Kou Murayama, in a new long-term study exploring why students succeed in math.
Looking at the progress of 3,520 students as they matured from 5th to 10th grade, Murayama finds that self-confidence and good study habits are more important than inherent intelligence.
While IQ is often considered an important trait of a good student, other research finds that self-confidence is roughly twice as predictive of learning college chemistry than SAT Scores [PDF]. As a result of this latest research, Murayama recommends that schools should focus more on the psychology of learning as the content itself. Indeed, given that nearly half of students drop out of college, motivation is certainly an overlooked factor in our education system.
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Just like every year, there will surely be long lines in front of your local Walmart, Best Buy and Macy’s on Black Friday in two weeks (assuming you live in the U.S.). With the shopping season about to start in full force, Google is launching an update to its Google Shopper mobile app for iOS and Android to help consumers find that one cashmere sweater they’ve always wanted to give to their loved ones.
According to Google, four out of five smartphone and tablet owners plan “to use their device for holiday shopping – for comparing prices, locating nearby stores, and searching for coupons.” Those shoppers will now be able to use the redesigned Google Shopper app to find what they are looking for. The app’s new home screen now features a larger search box for easier navigation and larger photos to “let you view product designs in more detail.”
If you’re looking for a good deal on that moving alarm clock from Brookstone, Google Shopper now also makes it easier to find sales thanks to the introduction of the aptly named ‘Sales’ page. This page will show you deals from nearby stores’ weekly circulars and show you store promotions like 30 percent off deals and free shipping offers.
With this update, Google is also integrating ratings from GoodGuide, so if you are not sure how healthy, safe and environmentally friendly a given product is, Google Shopper can now help you put your mind at ease by showing you GoodGuide’s scores.
Available for iOS, the app lets you track scores for seventeen sports and table games you play with friends and colleagues, including: Football (American), soccer, baseball, ice hockey, basketball, handball, rugby union, volleyball, tennis, table tennis, badminton, Russian pyramid, pool, snooker, poker, darts and uno.
You can also track any other kind of game, by selecting Other Sport or Other Team Game in the list of sports.
Each game/sport has a customized scoreboard, for example it displays sets for tennis or volleyball, strikes/outs/balls in baseball and so on. It lets you store and view the overall detailed stats for players and teams too:
Matches within the same sporting discipline are organized in series of games, so users can create a series for sports with friends, and one for games with work colleagues. Other neat inclusions include iOS address book integration, scheduler for repeating matches, email export/import and yes – reference books for rules!
The free version of the app comes with a limited number of series available, and if truth be told you’re best forking out the $1.99 in-app purchase to make this unlimited and unlock the full features.
The free version stores one ‘serie’ with up to three games simultaneously. You can delete the existing ‘serie’ (or games), and create new ones. This means that if you want to use the app just as a counter for the current games, the free version will suffice. However, the full version is designed for those who want to track stats over, say, a season.
There are other similar apps available, but what Sports Counter brings to the table is a pretty comprehensive feature-set, with a nicely designed interface. I can’t help but think it would act as a nice accompaniment to Teamer, the app that helps amateur sports clubs manage team affairs.
“Unlike other counter apps from the App Store, Sports Counter is not just some ‘big figures on a plain screen’”, says a company spokesperson. “Our goal was to create a useful tool for tracking scores and stats. With Sports Counter, users can create teams, schedule future matches, save scores, share results with friends by e-mail or Facebook and gather detailed stats by teams and players.”
Meanwhile, you can view the official promo video below.
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If you use an iDevice, you’re aware of the slide to unlock functionality that Apple brought to the world. Sure, it’s a feature that you’ll find on most smartphones, but it’s something very unique and iconic to Apple.
Folks at a company called The Falco Initiative have come up with the ultimate, and addictive, iOS-friendly game that I’ve ever played. It’s called Slide and it tests your ability to slide quickly and accurately.
Yes, the thing that we all have to do every single time we need to check our tweets or email, has been turned into a game. And I love it.
Slide has a few gameplay options, with the “classic” version allowing you to slide to unlock as quickly as you can for points and achievements. If you thought that this action would get boring after a while, it totally doesn’t.
When you try the other modes of gameplay you’ll find that it gets increasingly harder, asking you to swipe both ways:
The game uses the OpenFeint and Game Center platforms to make the game more social, allowing you to share your high scores with your friends.
Vibhu Norby, co-founder of Everyme, says that one of his friends created the app and that it was originally called “Slide to Unlock”, but guess who had a problem with that name? Correct.
I highly recommending grabbing this free game, but get ready to lose a few hours of your productivity in the process.