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EdTech Buzz: Defining Personalized Learning, Shifting EdTech, & Closing the Digital Skills Gap

Jun 27, 2017

Summer is in full swing, filled with professional development and conferences to push educator collaboration and conversation. We are currently in the midst of the ISTE 2017 conference, but reports are already coming back about hot topics this year, providing a great temperature check for educators across the country.

1. Teachers at ISTE Share Their Definitions of Personalized Learning...and They're All Different

EdSurge's Jenny Abamu asks teachers the tough question about a term we all use, but definitions vary: personalized learning. Check out her fun, engaging report back about what the ISTE crowd had to say. Do any definitions resonate with you?

2. 3 Shifts in the Use of EdTech: Exploring, Personalizing, Closing Equity Gaps

Unable to attend ISTE and grappling with a severe case of FOMO? Check out this recap of ISTE CEO Richard Culatta's speech, in which he told the crowd that education technology is at a "tipping point," as evidenced in three shifts he has observed.

3. Reducing the Digital Skills Gap Starts with Equal Access to Education

In non-ISTE news, Vala Afshar, Chief Digital Evangelist at Safesforce, contributed this piece to the Huffington Post addressing the digital skills gap that exists between how we teach and what future workers will need to know, and how this all hinges on educational equity. Afshar pulls in data from the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs report, interviews Sarah Franklin, Senior Vice President of Developer Relations & GM Trailhead (Salesforce), about her company's needs and experience with the skills gap, and highlights ways to accelerate the learning process and close the digital skills gap to benefit our students' future.

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