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          July 2018
Promoting excellence and transformation in education globally.
MIT Prof. Angie Belcher is convinced that even the most complex concepts can be translated for the youngest learners. In this clip, she discusses teaching children how to amplify DNA.

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Upcoming Events and Courses​


MIT Edgerton Center K12 Maker Workshop Summer Series
July 16-20 at MIT
This series of workshops is designed to meet the needs of K-12 educators setting up a new Makerspace or aiming to use an existing space more effectively.  
Connected Learning Summit
August 1-3 at MIT 
With a unique focus on cross-sector connections and progressive and catalytic innovation, this event brings together leading researchers, educators, and developers. The program includes a mix of engaging presentation and workshop formats ranging from speculative design to game walkthroughs, sharing work in progress, and research panels. Register now.


For J-WEL Members

For the MIT Community

Save the Date! Our next J-WEL Week will be held at MIT October 22-25, 2018. 

Register for upcoming courses/programs, discounted for J-WEL members:

MIT Executive Education & MIT CSAIL courses

Apply now for a grant in Workplace Learning Innovation. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. 

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New on the J-WEL Website
The J-WEL Website shares videos and other resources supporting educational transformation, including both public content and content available exclusively to our members. Visit our library often, as we are constantly adding new materials. If you don't have a website account, please email us.
From our pK-12 webinar: "Teaching and Learning Creatively in the Era of Games"

What are chocolate-covered broccoli games, and why might better alternatives exist for teaching kids using games? Prof. Eric Klopfer explains. 

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Public Content
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In this xTalk, MIT Prof. of Electrical Engineering Denny Freeman discusses task-based, task-centered learning.

Executive Director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, Dr. Chris Caplice, describes his experiences and challenges putting together the first MicroMasters recognized by MIT.

Featured News 

Personalized "deep learning" equips robots for autism therapy
Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have developed a type of personalized machine learning that helps robots estimate the engagement and interest of children with autism spectrum conditions, using data that are unique to that child. The end goal is to create robots that can augment, but not replace, human therapists. Read more in MIT News.

Most popular MOOCs focused on computer science, self-help
MOOCs are online courses, typically free, that anyone in the world who has an internet connection can take. The most popular course of all time on the edX platform is MIT's “Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python.” Two psychology courses, “The Science of Happiness” by UC Berkeley and “The Science of Everyday Thinking” by the University of Queensland, also make the top 10. Read more.
A humanistic approach to video games and technical education
MIT Lecturer Kyle Keane's course on building videogames with Unity Game Engine and Microsoft Connect makes use of positive psychology and improvisational comedy to foster creativity and develop soft skills among his students. Soft skills, including interpersonal communication and emotional intelligence, are critical in the modern workforce and are less susceptible to automation. Read more. 

Girls or geeks? Gender bias in makerspace culture
In a new report published by Drexel University, researchers found that implicit gender bias in makerspace culture was “pervasive,” and occurred in many facets, ranging from the materials used to recruit makerspace instructors and students, to the language used to refer to students once they join a makerspace (e.g., referring to boys as "geeks" and "makers" and girls as simply "girls"). Read more.

Updates from Community Jameel initiatives at MIT 
J-PAL North America's Education, Technology, and Opportunity Innovation Competition announces inaugural partners
Launched at MIT this past year, J-PAL North America’s Education, Technology, and Opportunity Innovation Competition supports education leaders in using randomized evaluations to generate evidence on how technology can improve student learning, particularly for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Read more.

J-WAFS' Student Spotlight: MIT PhD student grows a living water sensor
MIT PhD student Tzu-Chieh Tang (Zijay) was selected for the first J-WAFS Fellowship in Water Solutions. In this interview, Zijay shares details about his background and the unique water sensor he is developing that takes its inspiration from living systems found in nature. Read more.
About J-WEL
The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) promotes excellence and transformation in education at MIT and globally by engaging educators, technologists, policymakers, societal leaders, employers, and employees. Through online and in-person collaborations, workshops, research, and information-sharing events, J-WEL member organizations work with MIT faculty and staff to address global opportunities for scalable change in education. 
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