In honor of a record Cyber Monday (which, at $3.5 billion, was only a quarter the take of Alibaba’s Single’s Day), we bring you stories about how big of an influence technology really is today.

From India using tech to boost its K12 education system to how bots can now write code, we have come a long way from the first official Cyber Monday 11 years ago.

While we may not have any sweet deals for your holiday shopping list, we promise there’s a reason to spend some time with this week’s top eight innovation news stories as you toggle back and forth between deal-hunting and your regularly-scheduled browsing.

Research & Reports

1. Leadership For Learning

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Access & Opportunity

2. Diversification Of Gifted & Talented Programs

#STEM Gems

3. Closing The STEM Gap

#SmartPlanet

4. K-12 Tech Boost In India

Technology can be useful for educators in so many ways. For example, here are 3 Strategies For Building a School Community Through Technology.

#AskAboutAI

5. Bot Coding

Want to learn more about how humans can beat the bots? Click here.

#EdPolicy Pieces

6. New Secretary of Ed

7. ESSA Accountability

Speaking of ESSA, iNACOL’s policy team, Dale Frost and Maria Worthen, recently shared 6 Ways States Can Redefine Student Success and Transform Education Under ESSA on our blog.

Let’s Get Personalized

8. #PLearning for Teachers

Have a news item you’d like us to consider for next Wednesday’s edition? Tweet us @Getting_Smart using #innov8 or to email [email protected] with “Innov8” in the subject line. Check out the full Innov8 series on our blog.


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