This project aims to change how schools adopt technology

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K-12 educators spend billions on tech—but still need help identifying the products that actually help kids learn. Educators in the United States spend $13 billion annually on ed tech but have no way to collectively track the success of those technology tools. That’s why the EdTech Evidence Exchange, part of the University of Virginia, has launched the EdTech Genome Project—to create a framework to give K-12 school and district decision makers a tool for making more informed choices when it comes to purchasing and implementing classroom technology. Read Full Story

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How the rise of automation can inform our upskilling during the pandemic

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To see how workers have overhauled their skills in the past, look to the influx of skills from the previous explosion of machine and process technology. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a devastating loss of lives and livelihoods around the globe, and for those of us continuing to shelter-in-place, it has drastically changed the way we go about our daily lives. With limited opportunities to return to work for millions, COVID-19 has also accomplished something that few of us could have predicted: it has revealed fundamental flaws in how we approach employment in the face of changing times. Read Full Story

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Managing human resources in a digital world

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The most human of corporate departments must embrace technological change, according to an HR executive whose company employs 69,000 people. When COVID-19 shut workplaces across the globe, human resources teams faced the unique challenge of managing the health, safety and welfare of employees in a purely remote environment. Read Full Story

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Why patients have begun to lead the way in the fight against rare diseases

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There are hundreds of millions of rare disease patients, half of them children, whose conditions aren’t getting enough funding for research and treatment. But by banding together, the patients are changing how the medical community responds to their diseases. Several years ago, I was working in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where I had the privilege of helping lead the effort to develop President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative—an effort that aimed to catalyze a new era of medicine where patients receive the right treatments at the right time. Read Full Story

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The marriage of biology and silicon is poised to unleash (literal) life-changing innovations

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Computing has already transformed labs. Now it is biology’s turn to reinvent tech and every other industry, a top McKinsey researcher writes. Never before have biology and silicon been so well positioned to interact in a way that will unlock new forms of innovation. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said that biology will undoubtedly fuel computing. Conversely, computing is already powering advances in biology. Now is the time for innovators and investors to look carefully at this collision of science and technology that is creating a new frontier. Read Full Story

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