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Educators Share How Video Games Can Help Kids Build SEL Skills

Paul Darvasi is teaching his 12th graders that if there’s something about themselves they don’t like, they have the power to change it.

10 Tips to Start Teaching With Minecraft

My students come from a small, rural community and lack a broad understanding of the larger world around them. This inspired me to seek out a game, or online environment, that could provide more expansive experiences for them—a place that would allow them to explore, on their own or with others, and where I could embed history content for them to discover. On Twitter I came across an exploratory discussion of Minecraft’s potential for school use. I dove in and began a journey that ultimately changed my perception of teaching and how I interact with my students.

Its 2019. So Why Do 21st-Century Skills Still Matter?

When tech giant Amazon announced its search for a second headquarters site, cities across the country scrambled to produce persuasive pitches. In Loudoun County, Virginia, fourth-graders from Goshen Post Elementary School took up the challenge personally. To create compelling video arguments, student teams interviewed experts in economic development, researched state history and geography, and even wrote poems to sing the praises of their region. When Northern Virginia was ultimately picked as a new HQ site, students were as proud as any civic leaders from their community.

Massive Online Courses Find A New Audience With Continuing Medical Education

Applications are surging for New York University’s School of Medicine after the university announced last year that its medical program would be tuition-free for all students.

How Colleges Can Support Faculty New to Teaching Online #DLNchat

“Online teaching is the joy, fun, and magic of bringing teaching and learning into the online environment,” Karen Costa tweeted last Tuesday, January 8, kicking off the #DLNchat. Many may agree with Costa, but for faculty who have spent their academic careers teaching face-to-face, the shift to online instruction can be daunting. So last week, the #DLNchat community shared ideas about how to best support instructors making the transition to the online classroom.

How Can Online Instructors Get Students to Talk to Each Other?

The following is the latest installment of the Toward Better Teaching advice column. You can pose a question for a future column here.Dear Bonni: How can we make student-to-student interaction more personable and engaging in online learning? —Andrea Fuentes, Director of Online Learning, Doral College

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What’s an HBX Again? Nevermind. Harvard Business School Rebrands Its Online Offerings.

Harvard University’s famed business school has an announcement to make: Forget HBX. From now on the school will instead refer to its online offerings under a more straightforward banner, Harvard Business School Online.

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How Speech Recognition Could Change Studying Forever

Tech entrepreneur Fred Singer is the CEO and founder of Echo360, a company which he launched after a visit to his son’s classroom. Singer has funded and led a wide range of digital companies over the past twenty years, and the list of business and charitable boards on which he serves is long. But his current venture is something of a personal mission.

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What Student Leaders Think About the Future of Education

There’s a lot that goes into innovation efforts on campus—think curriculum design, technology training for instructors, and bureaucracy. But too often, a critical element is left out of the process: student voice.

Nontraditional but More Collaborative: Edtech Trends for 2019

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year.As we look ahead to the future in edtech, we see an industry marked by significant change and stubborn challenges. Within this framework, what significant developments might we expect to see emerge over the coming year? While it’s always risky to make predictions, I believe there were several strong trends from 2018 that suggest the shape of things to come in 2019.

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