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This Week in EdTech – July 22, 2016

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Your weekly roundup of trending new stories in higher education, K-12, and corporate learning.

Yes, Pokémon GO is still making headlines but so is a new blended learning program from the other side of the world, a generous donation from one of the top social networking companies, as well as a debate over the value of learning advanced coding skills in preparation for the corporate world.

As Pokémon GO Becomes a Sensation, Ed. Experts Weigh Pros and Cons

Now that we’ve had about two weeks to take it all in, it’s time to assess the positives and negatives related to the latest gaming craze, Pokémon GO. Check out this article to learn how educators from both K-12 and higher education feel about Pokémon GO and its potential uses in education.

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Facebook to Donate $15mil to Code.org Programs

Facebook has not only agreed to donate 15 million dollars to Code.org programs over the next five years, but what’s really great is the company’s focus on teaching women and underrepresented minorities how to code. This non-profit initiative will also use the funding to help teacher training in public schools. Read the article to learn more.

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Forget Learning to Code: Every Employee Should Know Data Analysis

Unlike the article above, this piece argues that instead of placing such importance on advanced coding initiatives, there should be more of a focus on teaching basic tech skills. This article wagers that 99% of businesses in the US don’t need all of their employees to be skilled in C++ or Java. Instead, it outlines three data analysis skills that most companies are looking for in their employees.

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VHS Weekly Lesson: The Science of Coffee

Here’s another great example of an online lesson that uses a learning platform and inspiration from news stories to create engaging learning experiences. This one uses the topic of caffeine and ties it back to subjects covered in grade 11 and 12 science class. Most of us can’t function without our daily caffeine boost in the morning, so check it out – you might be surprised by what you learn.

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The Best Augmented Reality Apps That Aren't Pokémon GO

Are you sick of hearing about Pokémon GO yet? Hopefully not, because the excitement doesn’t seem to be subsiding anytime soon. The good thing is, the Pokémon GO craze is pushing augmented reality (AR) into the spotlight, as well as the uses for it in education. According to this article, however, there’s many more AR apps that are far better than Pokémon GO at blending virtual objects with the real world.

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Education Around the World

Volcano School to Pilot Blended Learning

A state public charter school in Hawaii, Volcano School of Arts and Science, will be piloting a blended learning program in the upcoming school year. The school plans to limit the program to only 30 students for the first year but is hopeful of the outcome – especially as a better alternative for those who are currently homeschooled.

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3 Digital Tools for Helping Students Gain Perspective on Immigration

Younger generations who don’t have a personal connection to an immigration story might have a tough time understanding the complex and emotionally charged topic of immigration. This article outlines three tools to help teachers introduce the topic of immigration in their classrooms, through multimedia tools.

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Indian Education Sector Continues to Remain Unpopular Amongst Foreign Students

Despite the increased actions of the Indian government, the country is still quite unpopular as an education destination. According to this article, only 31 000 foreign students opted to pursue higher education in India out of the targeted 450 000. There are a number of reasons behind this, check out the article to find out more.

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