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Australia’s second-biggest miner, Rio Tinto, has entered into a partnership with global tech giant Amazon in the latest initiative aimed at addressing the resources sector’s looming skills shortage.
Rio Tinto is preparing to announce a $10 million program to identify education providers to work with Amazon Web Services in an effort to boost students’ skills in science, math, engineering and technology subjects. The program invites startups to bid for funding grants, Rio Tinto said, with successful applications to be selected by an advisory board of business and education industry leaders early next year.
With the ongoing increase in education technology, school systems will need enhanced network resources in order to smoothly implement new edtech tools. As such, cloud communications are a critical component of the edtech revolution. A successful cloud communications system can have a number of benefits, but must adequately address concerns about security and reliability.
International students in Asia Pacific from wealthier backgrounds have access to a plethora of resources that even middle-class students do not. These include everything from private tutors and enrichment activities to supplemental courses and one-on-one advising. For the vast majority of people in Asia, these resources are cost-prohibitive. Can ed-tech address this inequality?
A recent report from the Consortium for School Networking identified five key roadblocks for K–12 schools’ digital transformation in 2020. Two of the top hurdles are the gap between technology and learning techniques, and a lack of foresight in considering how technologies on the horizon will impact teaching, learning and the world that awaits students after graduation. Three other barriers — scaling and sustaining innovation; instituting ongoing professional technology training; and digital equity — are related to these top hurdles.
Microlearning is in a hype. Somehow, microlearning has become the answer to too many performance questions. But microlearning is a means, not an end to itself. To be effective, microlearning needs to be part of a thoughtful, personalized plan to acquire relevant knowledge and develop critical skills.
Project-based learning isn’t a new concept for K–12 education. Research supports the positive impact of a PBL approach on student learning and retention, but the time required to develop new teaching frameworks and a lack of technological resources necessary to underpin PBL success at scale hamper widespread adoption.
Connective, collaborative environment required for successful PBL deployments isn’t possible without strong administrative support. Just as digital technology initiatives fail in businesses without C-suite buy-in, schools need committed administrators to help teachers develop new lesson plans, diagram technology implementations and ensure outcomes align with district, state and federal education goals.
Laura Truncellito- Laura is the founder and CEO of Language Scholars, LLC, a company which seeks to utilize cutting edge technology to enhance global learning and communication. firstname.lastname@example.org
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