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Social robots for 21st century skills: The new EdTech frontier?

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Social robots: the missing link in EdTech Social robots are robots designed to interact with people. In contrast to their manufacturing siblings, social robots are intended to help not with physical activities, but with social interactions. They are usually cute, highly expressive and fun to be around. And like all robots, they can be equipped…

“Students learn how to behave online”

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Minecraft is fun – but it’s also a useful tool for teachers. Swiss teacher Stefan Huber’s students explore complex issues while also reflecting on their online behavior. Caroline Smrstik Gentner: What led you to start using Minecraft in your lessons? Stefan Huber: During the first Covid-19 lockdown in spring 2020, I felt that we were…

How hubs for ed-tech startups promote positive change in education

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By 2030, the digitalization of the workplace could eradicate up to 800 million jobs. “If we do not change the way we teach, thirty years from now we will be in trouble,” said Jack Ma, CEO and founder of Alibaba, on the occasion of the WEF 2018 in Davos. Ed-tech startups are among the drivers…

Rethinking assessment for diverse learners

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Imagine applying for a driver’s license in a foreign country. The forms are in an unfamiliar alphabet and the road signs are unknown to you. Although you’re an experienced driver, the words and symbols on the driver’s test will likely keep you from getting your license. This is what school feels like for many learners.…

Personalized learning – a data revolution

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Who doesn’t want a world in which everything they interact with is tailored personally to them? The advent of big data and machine learning has moved us towards a place where this vision is being realized at an incredibly rapid pace, fueled by our ability to capture and store everything about ourselves – from the…

Introducing podcasts worth hearing: Moving at the Speed of Creativity

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If you liked the Teachers Talking Tech podcast that we recommended a few months ago, you’re going to love Moving at the Speed of Creativity. Hosted by teacher and author Wesley Fryer, this podcast is all about educational technology and digital literacy. The longer, roughly monthly episodes often feature guests that share their experiences with…

“Knowing how to learn is key in the information age” 

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UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education wants to prepare learners for the fourth industrial revolution. Mmantsetsa Marope, leading its global consultation, explains her vision. How can we ensure that people, even in the poorest countries and neighbourhoods, can participate in – and reap riches from – the new information and technology economy? Experts fear that those…

Human computer interaction and child development

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In many households, children drive technology adoption and use. Grandparents get Skype to see their distant grandchildren. Parents get social media accounts to connect with their children as well as to monitor their usage. The siren’s call for new and more video games drives gift giving at the holiday season. And for many families, playing…