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This Week in EdTech – Oct. 9, 2015

Welcome back to our weekly roundup of what’s going on in education and EdTech. The folks at D2L have come to the education space from a variety of backgrounds, from elementary education to game development to higher ed administration, and the content that inspires them is just as broad. Here’s some of what they’re reading this week.

Q&A: How Tech Can Improve Youngsters' Reading Skills

Tech in the classroom has been getting some heat since the OECD report on computers and learning. But these authors of a new book argue it’s not whether technology is used, it’s how technology is used.

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Brains At Play: What Do We Know?

Shannon Forte, a Senior Solutions Engineer at D2L recently read this article on NPR. Shannon said, “play is likely a deep seeded human instinct and social need” and the lack of play in school could lead to serious problems in child development.

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Higher Education: Lifetime Training or a Path to the Next Job?

Post-secondary programs don’t always align to the current economy. There’s concern that students are graduating without the job skills they require. But what if that’s ok?

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Tennessee Promise Ups Enrollment at Chattanooga State, Cleveland State

The state-wide program aimed at boosting the number of college graduates has resulted in increased college enrollments by 14%.

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Can Online Education Help Refugees Earn Degrees?

The Syrian refugee crises has prompted discussions of what will happen to the current generation of young Syrians, from education to employment. This article looks at how online education could be a solution.

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EdTech Around the World

We have offices around the world, so we wanted to include what D2L staff are reading globally. Check out these articles from around the world.

The Secret of Singapore's Success in Education

Singapore has a particularly high graduation rate. What are they doing to achieve such high levels of attainment? This article from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy looks at the legacy of the former prime minister the school was named for.

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The Importance of Ongoing Teacher Learning

This article in the October issue of Education Matters: Secondary discusses the importance of professional development for teachers, pointing out that teacher learning is most effective when it’s relevant and collaborative.

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Once Students Went to University for Education. Now it’s an ‘Experience’

Keeping students happy is a means to ensuring more students will want to enroll in the future. But are UK higher education institutions taking it too far, and putting education at risk?

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