This Week in EdTech – Apr. 22, 2016

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This week we have a mixed bag of news articles for you wrapped up in one tidy post. From the possibility of AI surpassing human writing skills to an innovative new way to educate working professionals – check out what has the edtech world buzzing this week!

What Happens When AI Can Write Better Than We Can?

In the next 15 years, experts believe computers will be able to write as well as humans. The question is – will artificial intelligence (AI) enhance education? Or will it hinder learning for students by masking their poor writing skills?

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9 Out Of 10 Parents Think Their Kids Are On Grade Level. They're Probably Wrong

Although 90% of parents believe their kids are at or above grade level for math and reading, a nationally administered test (NAEP) in the U.S. revealed a very different reality. A new organization called Learning Heroes is making it their mission to improve the disconnection between parent perceptions and their children’s test scores.

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New Program Aims to Build Pipeline for Female District Leaders

There is a very real gender gap in educational leadership for K-12 schools. In order to raise awareness and break down these barriers, the School Superintendents Association has introduced a new two-year program that aims to boost the number of female superintendents in U.S. school districts.

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MIT Is Now Helping Companies Educate Their Workers Instead of Hiring Consultants

This summer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is launching a new certificate program in innovation and technology to help working professionals learn how to think outside-of-the-box, instead of resorting to third-party consultants.

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This Coding Bootcamp Hopes to Increase Student Employability

Pearson and Flatiron School are partnering up to provide an on-campus “coding bootcamp.” With software engineer careers ranking as one of the top 10 jobs to have (in terms of compensation and opportunity), this new program will help build the skills needed for these high-paying jobs.

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Education Around the World

Applied Learning in Schools: Making Lessons More in Tune with Real Life

In an effort to make learning more relevant to real life, and across all education levels – check out how the Ministry of Education in Singapore is revamping schools subjects to better equip students with skills for the future.

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Employers and Universities Already Work Together - We Shouldn't Put That at Risk

Beginning April 2017, employers in the UK with a wage bill over £3 million will have to pay an apprenticeships levy. But will creating another range of qualifications only encourage employers to bend the rules, and potentially weaken what currently exists for employer-sponsored degrees?

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High MOOC Completion Rates in Developing Countries

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are used very differently in developing countries, and the completion rates are surprisingly high. However, these countries have their own barriers to online learning. Check out some of the key findings of a recent study.

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