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This Week in EdTech – June 10, 2016

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It's been quite the exciting week in edtech. We have everything from a new holographic technology that’s about to hit the market to why you shouldn’t be concerned about robots taking over your jobs – and even a tip on how to lengthen your lifespan!

Why I’m Not Worried About Robots

Technological advances and automation have certainly made our lives easier, but what about the impending takeover by robots of human employment? “Robots are taking our jobs” apparently clocks in at 10.3 million hits on a Google search, but this author isn’t worried about that. Read this article to find out why he’s not losing sleep, and why you shouldn’t either.

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3-Step Method to Increase Teacher Voice

Almost half of the teachers who were surveyed in a recent study agreed that they would quit teaching immediately, if they could get a higher paying job. Evidently, teachers are frustrated and the leading cause is due to the perception that their opinions do not matter at the national, state, or district level. Check out this article to learn more about the findings of this survey and a simple 3-step method that school and district leaders can take to ensure the teacher voice is represented.

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Why Character Can’t Be Taught Like the Pythagorean Theorem

Can non-cognitive qualities such as grit, curiosity, self-control, optimism, and conscientiousness be taught in the classroom? Paul Tough, a best-selling author and a past Fusion speaker, shares his thoughts in this incredibly insightful piece on the best ways to develop non-cognitive strengths in young students. Find out what needs to change, in order to figure out how to develop these crucial qualities in today’s youth.

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The Real Reason Employers Are Helping Workers Pay for College

Some employers are adding education benefits to their employment offers, which agree to help pay for college. So what are the reasons behind this seemingly altruistic gesture? According to this article, it’s more of a self-serving act than a selfless one. Could receiving this sort of financial aid come at the compromise of academic quality? Check out this article and decide for yourself.

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Windows Holographic Coming to Various Devices for 'Mixed Reality'

A new Microsoft platform called Windows Holographic is coming to various devices in the coming months. The Vice President of the company describes it as “…wearing a VR device and seeing your physical hands as you manipulate an object, working on the scanned 3D image of a real object, or bringing in a holographic representation of another person into your virtual world so you can collaborate.” We’re excited already!

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Education Around the World

Attaining Higher Levels of Education Can Lengthen Your Lifespan

Who doesn’t want to live longer? So what if furthering your education could help you prolong your lifespan. Well apparently, it can and there’s no catch. A recent study in Slovenia has revealed that starting education early and pursuing lifelong learning can lengthen a person’s lifespan a considerable amount.

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Personalization Is Key to Minimizing Student Dropout

Could one negative experience of a first-year university or college student set them on a path of low performance or dropping out? Are institutions aware of all the potentially negative experiences these new students are up against? The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has conducted a very interesting study with their students to learn how one-time experiences can set them on destructive trajectories.

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The United Nations Set an Ambitious Education Goal. Why did it fail in Congo?

The United Nations met back in 2000 to launch an ambitious goal called the Education for All (EFA) act. The intention was to improve the quality of basic education for all children and adults by the year 2015. Unfortunately, to this day one of six students has not finished primary school in low and middle-income countries. The Washington Post recently investigated the progress of education in the Democratic Republic of Congo – read the full article to learn what they found.

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MOOCs: Leeds and Open University Offering Course Credits Towards Degrees for First Time

For the very first time, two major universities in the United Kingdom are allowing their students to earn course credits through massive open online courses (MOOCs). Those looking to complete their degree or MBA can try out these courses for ‘free’ to see if it’s a suitable match, before they decide to pay for a certificate of achievement. Check out the full article to see what kind of benefits this will have for both the students and institutions involved.

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