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.Read article
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.Read article
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.Read article
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?Read article
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.Read article
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.Read article
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.Read article