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5 Revolutionary Educational and Professional Uses for Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality has a lot of potential uses, and not only in gaming and entertainment, although these are two areas that are likely to help drive the development and improvement of both hardware and software. VR is also being used in retail for example, by offering things  like virtual mannequins and is also proving popular in education and training. In these instances, VR offers accessibility to experiences and locations that might not otherwise be accessible. * Read the full article here

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Microsoft announces professional degree program to fill the skills gap

Microsoft wants more data scientists in the job market. But some young people need to acquire their knowledge starting completely anew, while mid-career professionals need to build on their previous experience. To plug the skills gap for both categories, Microsoft launched a series of classes in data science through edX.org, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard University and MIT. * Read the full article here

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7,000,000 children in England now learn computing in school, but how well is that going?

Since the autumn of 2014 computing has been a statutory subject for all children in England from age 5 through to age 16. Computer science is at the heart of the new computing curriculum and for almost all schools is a new and intellectually challenging academic discipline, and one that most teachers have had no experience of before 2014. What are the chances of schools making this new subject a long-term success that benefits all students, no matter where they live or what their home circumstances? * Read the full…

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New academies will tackle serious digital skills gap in UK

A series of new academies will be opened to tackle the serious digital skills gap across the UK, amid demand from companies for more computer-literate staff. Five Microsoft and Risual academies are to be unveiled across the UK, with the first located in Derby, as part of a partnership with IT services company Risual and a select group of colleges. * Read the full article here

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Inside the Online School That Could Radically Change How Kids Learn Everywhere

An insight into New Hampshire’s self-paced Virtual Learning Academy Charter School, where 200 full-time middle and high school students and about 10,000 part-timers from brick-and-mortar schools statewide take online VLACS courses a la carte. There is no entrance exam, screening or application required to attend VLACS, which is free for any New Hampshire student. * Read the full article here

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Tinybop Skyscraper Shows Kids Exactly How Tall Buildings Work

Who doesn’t love tall buildings? (Besides agoraphobics, the cast of the The Towering Inferno, and Hans Gruber from Die Hard?) The gang at Tinybop have introduced a new app in their Explorer’s Library that not only lets your kid build their own skyscraper, but learn about all the architectural ins and outs from top to bottom. * Read the full article here

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