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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education.

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This Add-on Makes It Easy to Create Photo Slideshows

Photo Slideshow is a free Add-on that makes it quick and easy to import an entire Google Photos or Google Drive folder into Google Slides. Once you have installed the Add-on just select either Google Photos or Google Drive and then choose the folder of images that you want to have displayed in a slideshow. Each image in the folder will automatically be placed on a slide.

Amazon’s Education Hub, Amazon Inspire, Has Quietly Restored ‘Sharing’ Function

Amazon has quietly re-opened a previously-controversial sharing feature that allows allow anyone to add to its directory of online educational materials, a platform called Amazon Inspire.

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Join Our ‘EdSurge Live’ Video Discussion On The Future of Microcredentials

These days college degrees are coming in new shapes and sizes—with the rise of microcredentials. But the trend raises plenty of tough questions: Who should offer these new degrees? How short is too short? How can quality be measured? Will employers accept them?To address these and other questions, we’re holding a live video discussion on January 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PST. We’ll be joined by Sean Gallagher, the founder and executive director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy.

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California Could Soon Have Its First Fully-Online Community College

California is one step closer to having a fully online public community college.In a state budget proposal issued on Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown called for spending $120 million to create the online institution within the 114-campus California Community College system. The college would aim to help 2.5 million students earn credentials through more-flexible and affordable digital learning options.

7 Ways for Students to Use Google Drawings

Google Drawings is an often overlooked, yet useful tool that students can access within their G Suite for Education accounts. As I shared in one of yesterday's posts, Google Drawings can be used to create hyperlinked images much like you can do in Thinglink which now requires a subscription in most cases. There are other ways that your students can use Google Drawings.

Is Your Institution Really Ready for Predictive Analytics?

The idea of an advisor telling a student who just received an associate's degree to next enroll in a Ph.D. program seems farcical. But, leaders in higher education act similarly when it comes to analytics by embarking to create predictive models without first building a baseline level of understanding around data and analytics.As a result, we hear all too often, “my institution needs predictive analytics.” This is not where you should start. An institution must build its analytics muscle to reach the stage where predictive analytics can be powerful and transformative.

DOCENTES EMERGENTES PARA PEDAGOGÍAS EMERGENTES

En este primer post del año 2018, deseo homenajear la 

figura de unos profesionales 

de la educación a los que, con vuestro permiso, 

(os) voy a denominar 

«docentes emergentes» (1)

Sois ese profesorado que, poco a poco, estáis poblando las aulas en todos los niveles educativos con el empuje y la energía que os da el saber que Otra Educación es Posible... y, con la urgencia que marca la