This Week in EdTech – May 13, 2016

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Welcome back to This Week in Edtech – where we curate the latest and greatest articles from what’s happening in the world of education and edtech. From adaptive learning, to nanodegrees, to the effects of digital devices in classrooms, check out what caug

5 Ways Adaptive Learning Is Evolving

A new report by Tyton Partners argues that the evolution of adaptive learning has been largely influenced by five concepts. In recent years we’ve seen it change the way we teach, the way we learn, and the way we build technological products for institutions. Check out this article to find out what these five influencers are or read the full Learning to Adapt 2.0 report..

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Taking Competency-Based Credentials Seriously in the Workforce

If corporations know exactly the kind of person and skillset they need, Udacity (an online education provider) can help build a curriculum to generate those competencies. Although this concept isn’t new – AT&T, Facebook, MongoDB, GitHub, Amazon, and Google are some of the major companies now collaborating with Udacity to develop targeted Nanodegree programs to help fill a specific staffing gap.

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Classroom Technologies Haven’t Reached Their Potential

Teachers’ Dream Classroom Survey reveals only 16% of teachers rated their schools with an ‘A grade’ for technology integration. Check out this insightful infographic by Edgenuity, to learn more about how many teachers are not yet experiencing the full benefit of technology in their classrooms.

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Bringing College to Students Who Can’t Leave Home

With more and more students leaving their hometown to earn degrees from other schools, the Universities of Shady Grove are working to build a local workforce that supports the growth of their local economy. Read this article to learn how they’re doing it and what obstacles stand in their way.

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Students Who Use Digital Devices in Class 'Perform Worse in Exams'

Are computers and the internet harming the education of students? A new paper by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that students who were not allowed personal use of their laptops or digital devices in class performed better on their exams than those who were given access.

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Education Around the World

This Mongolian Teenager Aced a MOOC. Now He Wants to Widen Their Impact.

Four years ago, free online courses changed Battushig Myanganbayar’s life. He took a massive open online course (MOOC) from MIT and at the age of 15, he passed with a perfect score. He gained attention from The New York Times and other media, and was soon accepted to the real MIT campus. Find out how much of an impact MOOCs made for this student and how he feels about them now. You can also listen to a podcast of his interview here.

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What Is the Problem with Australian Schools?

With student skills in math, reading, and science declining, this new report claims Australian schools are in serious trouble unless the government takes urgent action. Check out this piece and decide for yourself if there is cause for alarm.

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Women’s Universities Go Urban for Survival

Universities for women located in the suburbs of Tokyo have started to relocate to the urban center. Their objective is to increase the number of applicants to the universities. They have their work cut out for them however, as the number of 18-year-old females will decrease in 2018 and the preference for coeducation is beginning to increase.

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