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This Week in EdTech – Jan. 15, 2016

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Welcome to This Week in EdTech, our weekly roundup of all things happening in education and edtech from around the world. This week we’re reading about data security, MOOCs, big data and lifelong learning.

EDUCAUSE: Why Security Tops This Year’s Top 10 Higher Ed IT Priorities

EDUCAUSE has released their Top 10 Higher Ed IT Issues of 2016 and information security tops the list, as the number of data breaches in higher education continue to increase.

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MOOC Offers Science Teachers Specialized Lessons in Reading Instruction

Reading science textbooks can be a difficult task for K-12 students who are just learning to read. This new MOOC from Stanford’s Graduate School of Education is aimed at teaching science teachers strategies for reading and comprehension.

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Can Blended Learning Reach Superstar Status with MOOCs?

A compilation of case studies on MOOCs indicates that this format shows potential when integrated into a blended learning model.

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Don’t Lose Track of Education Technology in the New Education Law

In this Forbes opinion piece, two educators urge schools to take advantage of the provisions in the new ESSA bill, in hopes of increasing spend on education technology and to continue evolving technology strategies for learning.

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The Future of Big Data and Analytics in K-12 Education

Big data has been making a big impact in higher education to personalize learning, identify at-risk students, and even select courses. The big data revolution is just beginning in K-12; are schools ready?

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Are Employers Missing the Full Potential of Digital Learning?

A recent report argues digital learning in the workplace is ineffective, but learning and development managers admit that most digital tools aren’t being used to their full potential. Are employers simply overlooking the potential?

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Education Around the World

So What’s the Right Device for Your Child’s Learning Style?

New research from Microsoft Australia shows 41% of Australian parents know only a little about what type of learner their child is, and over a third of parents are getting little to no guidance when purchasing the correct device for their child.

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Spoilt for Choice for Lifelong Learning

More than 2 million Singaporeans can now make use of $500 in government credit to pay for skills-based classes as part of the country’s SkillsFuture lifelong learning program.

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Inspiring School on the Wrong Side of the Tracks

Socio-economic factors in the UK are contributing to a growing achievement gap, but one inspiring school is looking to change that with extended hours that increase learning time by nearly a full academic year.

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