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This Week in EdTech – June 24, 2016

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For this week’s roundup, we have some great suggestions on apps to help you integrate mobile technology in the classroom, a post on why learning should be more like the video game Angry Birds, and some inspiring news from around the world.

Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation

If you’re looking to bring technology into the classroom, but don’t have time to research and test out all the various apps out there – this article is for you. Several tech-savvy librarians got together to curate 30 awesome apps that will help you turn your student’s mobile devices from a distraction to a learning tool. For all you history buffs out there, check out the What Was There app – it’s pretty cool.

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VHS Weekly Lesson: Fast Forward

Last time we highlighted how this online high school is taking a unique approach to distributing curriculum-aligned content that’s fun, free, and an easy way to participate in the online learning community. The lesson for this week is part one of an upcoming three-part series on how technology has increased the speed of language, and how language has evolved as a result.

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Can You Teach Students to Think More like Entrepreneurs?

Yes, you can, but teaching these kind of skills needs to go beyond simply building business plans or creating a fictional company. Check out this article to learn what kind of deeper learning needs to take place, if we’re to teach students how to be entrepreneur-ready by the time they graduate.

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This Is the Tech That Will Make Learning as Addictive as Video Games

According to this article, “the way we learn today is just wrong. Learning needs to be less like memorization and more like…Angry Birds.” We’ll leave it at that and let you find out where it goes from there. And in case you’re tired of reading, there’s a fun video summary included as well.

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Higher Ed Will Ride the Wave of 3D Printing as the Market Grows

The amount of money spent on 3D printer shipments has increased by 20% between 2014 and 2015, and is projected to grow by another 20% by 2020. In fact, Campus Technology predicts 3D printer sales in the educational sector will increase by $300 million dollars, in the next three years. What does this mean for higher education? Read this article to learn more.

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Education Around the World

Universities to Forge Links with African Counterparts

The year 2017 will be a big one for Egypt. Plans are now in motion to dedicate efforts in building strong ties with Africa, for research and innovation in higher education. The Egypt-Africa cooperation initiative aims to increase the number of scholarships for African students in Egyptian universities, reduce tuition fees, and much more.

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China's Graduates Face Rapidly Changing Jobs Scene

A record number of students graduated this year in China. This means more competition, fewer opportunities, and perhaps a slower pace of economic growth. A bachelor degree is apparently no longer the career ticket it was once, but there may be hope for those in certain fields. Check out the article to find out more, and for an interesting illustration of China’s rapidly ageing population.

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Assam Announces Free Higher Education for the Poor

The government of Assam, in India recently announced free education for students who come from low-income families. The government will cover costs for students who pursue higher education for three-year degrees and polytechnic diploma courses from this year. Check out the article to learn how India is making strides in making education more accessible.

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