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This Week in EdTech – Nov. 27, 2015

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Show Your Work!

D2L Courseware Developer, Jenny Hill, recently recommended this book as being a fantastic read for those interested in workplace learning, saying, “I love some of the author’s ideas around capturing tacit knowledge.” Check out the book >

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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