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This Week in EdTech – Aug 12, 2016

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Your weekly roundup of trending new stories in higher education, K-12, and corporate learning.

From how to retain new teachers, to which universities could be known as the elite in another decade, as well as inspirational stories from across the globe – this week’s roundup touches on a little bit of everything.

Help or Hindrance? Technology and Learning Outcomes

It’s becoming the age-old question – is technology a help or hindrance to learning outcomes? According to a new study, playing video games can improve a student’s academic outcomes. However, another report cautions the use of social media can have the opposite effect. Interested in this debate? Check out the article to learn more.

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Which Universities Could Challenge the Elite by 2030?

Which institutions have the potential to become globally renowned within the next 10 years? A new study identifies a different breed of “challenger” universities that are quickly becoming leaders in world rankings. The countries that these universities are located in range from the US, Australia, Finland, South Korea, Germany and Japan. Check out the article to learn which universities from these regions made the list.

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6 Strategies for Retaining New Teachers

If you’re a leader at your institution, an instructional coach or an administrator, and you’ve wondered what you could have done to keep a teacher from moving on to another institution – this article is for you. Here are six things you can do to retain teachers who are new to your school or to the profession.

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Employee Training: The Best Investment Your Company Can Make

This article asks – if more knowledgeable and engaged employees equal more success for a business, then why don’t more companies invest in their people? Check out this article for some interesting stats and how one company took their employee training to the next level.

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Education Around the World

China and Russia Establish Association of Universities to Expand Educational Cooperation

Two leading countries came together recently at the Rectors Forum to improve the future of education. According to the Rector of the Moscow State University, “this forum will go down in the history of relations between our countries.” The forum resulted in the development of a new association between the two nations – check out the article to learn what this means for universities in both China and Russia.

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Online 'University of Anywhere' Opens to Refugees

Everyone deserves the right to an education, and the founder and president of the University of the People agrees. He believes, “there isn’t a better reason for the invention of the internet” than offering higher education to those who don’t have the ability to pay or access it. That’s why this non-profit online university is offering free courses to 500 refugees from Syria. Learn more about this university and its different approach for offering education to those who require it most.

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'My Job Is to Make Children Hopeful': Inside Liberia's Deaf School

Here’s a truly inspiring story about how one small school in Liberia is trying to make a difference, one pupil at a time. There are no government-run specialist schools, but the Oscar Romero school for deaf children is one of the few privately run facilities for those with disabilities. The principle of the school strives to make these children hopeful, because she sees “no reason why they can’t live full lives.”

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