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Helping Underrepresented Students Score Tomorrow’s Jobs

Housing prices are still soaring in many major metropolitan areas today. In the San Francisco metro area, an $82,000 annual salary is considered “low income” for a single adult. For a family of four, the number is $117,400, according to a study from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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The Most Important Skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution? Try Ethics and Philosophy.

For those keeping count, the world is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. That’s the term coined by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, to describe a time when new technologies blur the physical, digital and biological boundaries of our lives.

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Educating the Whole Child? Consider How Their Brains Work

Children often live in two different worlds. That was the premise of a video Akimi Gibson, the vice president and education publisher of Sesame Workshop (the nonprofit behind Sesame Street), showed the audience at the EdSurge Fusion conference in Burlingame, Calif.

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How Mental Health, Trauma and Stress Shape Educational Outcomes

Pamela Cantor knows first-hand how a child’s environment and early experiences can affect their educational outcomes.She knows this not only because she is a child psychiatrist who has studied how the human brain responds to trauma, but also because she herself was sexually abused as a child. For many years after that experience, she said, she carried “deep shame.”

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What Can Machine Learning Really Predict in Education?

Gather student data, make predictions about their learning—and perhaps their future. For years education companies have tried to apply technologies to better understand students and tailor their learning experiences, or support instructors who can intervene when human help is needed.

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When Education CEOs and Bigwig Financiers Go ‘Back to School’

Students and teachers were not the only ones to return to class this week.Nearly a thousand of the education industry’s C-level executives, private equity fund managers and investors gathered at BMO Capital’s “Back to School” conference in New York City. On their syllabus: networking and identifying the latest market trends in the education industry that can drive a company’s growth—and, of course, financial returns.

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How to Win Jobs and Influence Recruiters: Preparing for a Networking Event

They say first impressions are the most lasting. But don’t underestimate the sticking power of your second or third impression either; follow-through and follow-up are just as important as that introductory handshake. And of course, there’s plenty of work that goes into preparing for the one big moment that sets everything else in motion. So, let’s take it, step-by-step, to make sure you’re ready to shine at your next edtech networking event.

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Students Tackle Myths, Stereotypes and Social Change in Video Game Showcase

A cat out to get revenge against a fraternity. An Asian-American man who refuses to live up to stereotypes, seeking instead to become a career house husband. A young wizard seeking a place where she can fit in.Such were the unique games built by students and put on display last weekend at the fourth annual showcase for Gameheads, an Oakland-based nonprofit. Founded in 2014, the organization seeks to use video games to teach low-income and underrepresented youth the skills they need to succeed in the tech industry.

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Education Technology’s Machine Learning Problem—and Responsibility

From Formula 1 to Yelp, industries across the board are seeking ways to apply machine learning to their work. Even academics and Goldman Sachs analysts tried using it to predict World Cup winners. (Those predictions proved very, very wrong.)

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Chase the Endless Summer With These 50+ Higher-Ed Conferences

Summer is a time to relax and reflect before the academic year kicks off yet again. For those looking to keep the feeling alive beyond September, there’s good news: Any time of year, faculty, administrators and software developers are gathering to discuss what’s next in education and technology—and we’ve compiled a free, downloadable calendar of the events that innovative instructors and entrepreneurs don’t want to miss.

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