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This Week in EdTech – Apr. 29, 2016

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This week, we’ve been reading articles from top publications such as Edutopia, Education Dive, University World News, Times Higher Education, and much more. Check out the below to stay up to date on what’s happening in the world of education and edtech.

6 Ways to Help Students Understand Math

Math is not a fun subject for most people, but there’s no argument on its importance. Unfortunately, there is little benefit in having students memorize formulas and functions for a test, only to have them forget the core concepts by next week. Here are six ways to teach math in a way students will actually understand the material being taught.

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Do Smartphones Have a Place in the Classroom?

What is the ideal learning environment for today’s students? One that is free from digital distractions or one that is a refuge from a barrage of information. Or is there some sort of middle ground? A teacher shares his opinion on whether smartphones work as a benefit or a hindrance to learning in the classroom.

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Open-Source Assessment Tool Could Transform College Advising

Excelsior College has developed a new way of measuring college readiness that could one day replace entrance exams, and it’s called the Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills (DAACS). Read the full story to learn more.

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Employee Engagement = Alignment + Empowerment

Without proper alignment or empowerment, employees don’t feel connected with their company or see what role they play in its success. Check out the three areas companies should focus on to improve the productivity and commitment of employees.

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When Celebrating Learning Differences Is at the Heart of School Culture

A high school that was founded by a group of parents focuses on making sure learning differences don’t work against students. The curriculum is tailored to students by using ideas common to special education teachings, so that it is suited to the needs of each unique learner.

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Education Around the World

Australia $72 billion Worse off Without Gonski, Report Says

A new report has found the literacy and numeracy attainment of Australia’s children is declining while the gap between the richest and the poorest students continues to grow. If the number of graduating high school students does not dramatically increase, the economy will suffer – by about $72 billion.

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Major Bodies Partner to Raise Higher Education Quality

The African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES) that is responsible for accreditation in Africa’s French-speaking countries has signed a partnership with UNESCO to promote higher ed quality across the continent. The result? UNESCO and its partners will contribute US$1.5 million to five CAMES countries in support. Check out the full story.

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Chinese Private School Company Buys US University Campus

Weiming Education Group is the largest provider of private schools in China, and will be buying a 58-acres campus for 12.6 million, from the University of Connecticut to turn into an international school. Weiming hopes to attract Connecticut students to teach in its international schools across Asia.

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