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Happy Meals in Sweden Will Soon Come With Happy Goggles, a Virtual Reality Toy for Little Learners

Jayne Miller wrote this on Mar 4, 2016

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When I was a child, Happy Meals contained tiny plastic cartoon characters or miniature Barbie dolls that were eventually lost in couch cushions or under car seats.

But for children today (ahem, okay, children today in Sweden) the prizes are a wee bit cooler. McDonald's Happy Meals will soon feature a foldable box that can be used as virtual reality goggles with a smartphone. CNN Money has the full story below.

All Happy Meals aside, as we perused edtech picks for this week, we found lots and lots of pieces on student coding. Of note is the NPR Ed story that asks if coding should be taught as a foreign language. The Atlantic also has a thoughtful student coding piece on historically marginalized groups, asking if emphasis on Java and JavaScript will put some students on the "bottom rung of the tech workforce."

As always, a stellar blended learning piece from the Hechinger Report is below. Also more stories on digital inequality and increasing access to edtech. Get clicking.

Virtual reality Happy Meal comes to McDonald's in Sweden | CNN Money

French, Spanish, German ... Java? Making Coding Count As A Foreign Language | NPR Ed

Will the Push for Coding Lead to ‘Technical Ghettos’? | The Atlantic

Despite its high-tech profile, Summit charter network makes teachers, not computers, the heart of personalized learning | The Hechinger Report

For Internet Access, Hop on the Bus—and Discover What Really Prevents Teachers from Using Digital Tools | EdSurge

Bridging a Digital Divide That Leaves Schoolchildren Behind | The New York Times

Education Dept. Developing Tool to Help Teachers Choose the Right Ed Tech | EdTech Magazine

Taking the new SAT: Five tips from an expert who won a ‘Shark Tank’ deal for test prep | The Washington Post

How Do You Fix Schools? Maybe Just Give Them More Money. | Slate

Why Do Colleges Still Use Grades? | The Chronicle of Higher Education

 

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