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Best of 2018 Part 2 - Startup Digest Education - Issue #37

Continuing our Best of 2018 roundup with part 2! Which ones have been your favourites?
Issue #37  •  January 7  •  view online
Startup Digest Education
Startup Digest Education
The latest news and information about startups and innovations in education.
Continuing our Best of 2018 roundup with part 2! Which ones have been your favourites?

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Never ask a student to do:
1. Meaningless work
7. Aspire for college without clarifying exactly why
9. Value answers over questions
11. Be something they’re not
18. Ignore peer pressure
20. Always work with partners
22. Dream big without showing them how
24. Respond for an entire culture, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation etc., based on perceived/known membership in group
Read the article for the full list.

While there are many 3 and 4 star edtech tools out there, 5 starred tools are rare. Why? Higgin examines this question and uses his own business as an example. He’s come up with several key best practices by combing thousands of reviews:
  1. Listen to Teachers and Students
  2. Identify a Real, Solvable Problem
  3. Do an Exhaustive Competitive Analysis
  4. Create Clear, Concrete Messaging
  5. Focus on Learning Design
  6. Make Privacy a Priority
  7. Give Teachers and Students Agency

Research by Fresco Capital on the global edtech ecosystem gives an analysis of the future of edtech and how education is eating the world. 3 lessons learned so far:
  1. Investing early makes a big difference
  2. A cross-border strategy pays off
  3. Cross-sector partnerships are the most fruitful   •   Share

When it comes to education, there is no one-size-fits-all model. However, governments still search for the one education system that will trump them all and produce the best outcomes for every child.
Three good reasons to consider moving from a school system to a diversified system of schools:
  1. Different students have different needs. Students learn best when their learning is adapted to their context.
  2. A diversified portfolio of schools is better equipped to deal with an uncertain future.
  3. A systems of schools would allow for more experimentation and innovation.

“There is little scientific support for this fashionable idea—and stronger evidence for other learning strategies. It is clear that people have a strong sense of their own learning preferences (e.g., visual, kinesthetic, intuitive), but it is less clear that these preferences matter.” What does work? “Students are more successful when they space out their study sessions over time, experience the material in multiple modalities, test themselves on the material as part of their study practices, and elaborate on material to make meaningful connections rather than engaging in activities that involve simple repetition of information.”

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Techstars Startup Digest Startup Digest Education is curated by:
Aurelio Jiménez Aurelio Jiménez - COO at Zapiens Technologies
Hrvoje Morić Hrvoje Morić - Teacher, Podcaster
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Jemma Israyelyan Jemma Israyelyan - Director at CEED
Diana Anthony Diana Anthony - Diana Anthony is the founder of Figure Eight Investments, a venture capital firm that invests in education
Raphaëlle Houdot Raphaëlle Houdot - - 🇨🇦🇫🇷 COO at Voilà Learning (language learning disruption)
Laura Truncellito Laura Truncellito - Laura is the founder and CEO of Language Scholars, LLC, a company which seeks to utilize cutting edge technology to enhance global learning and communication.
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