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This Week in EdTech – March 11, 2016

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Welcome back to This Week in EdTech! Here’s our weekly curation of what’s happening in the world of education and technology. We’d particularly like to highlight the SxSWedu event that took place earlier this week. If you missed it, check out this summary of Dr. Temple Grandin’s inspiring keynote from EdSurge.

In other news, check out what caught the eyes of the D2L staff this week:

What Will Be the Impact of IoT on Education?

The Internet of Things (IoT) in education expects to increase over the next several years through online, blended, and even traditional education models. Here are the top four ways IoT will impact the classroom.

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In One West Virginia School, Contests Inspire eLearning

This elementary school used gamification and eLearning to help students retain knowledge and skills over the summer break, as well as on snow days. Find out how they kept kids engaged and learning all year long!

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How to Close the Skills Gap

Technological advances are driving demand for more highly skilled employees, but there seems to be a mismatch between the skills businesses require and the skills applicants have. Here are three key steps employers need to know, if they want to close the skills gap.

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The Six Tech Advances in Higher Ed That Are Preparing Students for the Future of Work

Higher education institutions are certainly consumers of technology, but they’re often the innovators too. Check out the valuable technical skills researchers and students developing these technologies are learning.

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Virtual Classrooms: A Vision of the Future of Teacher Training

Think of it as a flight simulator for teachers: this tool gives teachers in training a venue to practice the skills they will need to manage a classroom and engage with students – all before setting foot in the classroom!

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EdTech Around the World

Top Universities Could Give Students Credit for Completing Cheap Online Courses

Two of Australia’s top universities are considering offering students credit for massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by other universities. Check out how they plan to fill the gaps in their own offerings.

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Are Laptops More Important Than Desks in Kenya’s Schools?

Schoolchildren in many parts of Kenya will soon be learning on laptops, thanks to a government-funded initiative to improve Kenya’s digital literacy. However, in rural areas, students often don’t even have desks and schools are without electricity.

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