Welcome back to This Week in EdTech. Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the US, and EdSurge is giving thanks to those who taught us to write. Here’s a selection of other articles and books we’ve read this week that you can check out while in line at those Black Friday sales, or recovering from your turkey hangover.
What Happens When Students Create Their Own Curriculum?
Personalized learning is becoming a large part of the learning models used in our schools today, but this idea takes that concept to the next level.Read article
Cellphones Make a Comeback in the Classroom, With Teachers’ Support
Many districts and teachers outright ban the distracting devices as they fight for what little attention students will give them. But in these classes, students become more engaged in classroom material when they are trusted with their phones.Read article
Why German-Style Education is Coming to America
Minnesota is giving Germany’s style of education and apprenticeship a shot as a potential solution to the states’ skills gap. Will it work?Read article
Empowering Innovative eLearning Design: Foundations, Barriers and Practices
In an industry where innovation is a buzz word, what does being innovative even mean? This article takes a look at what it is, and how to create organizations that support innovation.Read article
EdTech Around the World
Exciting World of Blended Learning
How much technology in the classroom is too much? Can blended learning programs be successful? This article from EducationHQ Australia digs into those questions, with some helpful answers on where blended learning is suitable and how to implement it.Read article
Singapore Universities to Enhance Learning Through Technology
Recent conference attendees at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) explored ideas on how to enhance learning through technology, and use it to effectively design individual learning experiences for students.Read article
Dinosaurs Are Getting Younger (and Six Other Things I Learned as Dean)
Outgoing dean of Nottingham University Business School, Martin Binks, reflects on the lessons learned during his years in academic leadership in the UK and Asia.Read article
Leadership in Higher Education: 14 Pieces of Food for Thought
If you’re interested in academic leadership, also check out these tips from The Guardian’s recent live chat.Read article
This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for all educators around the world, and the valuable work they do teaching, designing courses, and managing infrastructure, as we all strive to transform teaching and learning. We’ll leave you with these creative “hand turkeys”.