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Hello Teachers & Entrepreneurs!
This week includes quite a fascinating bunch of stories on edtech in China, edtech in rural Idaho, tips on launching edtech, how a teacher built a million dollar business, and…what in the world is a lawnmower parent?
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Lawnmower Parents are “the parents who rush ahead to intervene, saving the child from any potential inconvenience, problem or discomfort.”
Avoid becoming a Lawnmower Parent. Let school-age children do the talking as often as possible, from ordering at restaurants to calling friends. Insist that high school students attempt all communication on their own first, from asking for make-up quizzes to resolving conflict. And for kids of all ages, TRUST them. “Give [them] room to make mistakes, even major ones sometimes, and learn from them together.”
According to analysis firm Metaari, edtech investments have skyrocketed to over $10.58 billion in the first three quarters of 2018, shattering records compared to last year’s total of $6.72 billion invested within the same time frame.
Leading the pack is China where 12 Chinese companies raised over $100 million, including one online tutoring company that raised $500 million in June 2018. Other trends include consumer-facing companies, which 55% of the total investment, and growing investments in AI-based learning and Mixed Reality learning companies.
“Wilder, Idaho’s small school district is one of only a handful across the country to personalize how kids learn. Wilder was just named one of the 25 most innovative districts in America. Students there spend much of their time learning to use 3D printers, studying robotics, or creating animated movies using the same technology as Hollywood studios. Instead of everyone learning the same subject at the same time, at Wilder, each student is working on a different subject using their individual iPads.
Every student studies independently, but always watched closely by their teacher. An important change for one small school district in Idaho and a big idea for education nationwide.”
“Half of teachers with second jobs currently work in a role outside of education, and 5% of teachers take on a second teaching or tutoring job outside of their school districts. However, some educators are leaving the classroom to become entrepreneurs and launch their own businesses.
Anna DiGilio spent 23 years working as a second-grade classroom teacher. She realized the power of the Internet and within a few short years, she built a million-dollar business, and continues to impact the education ecosystem in all ways. DiGilio shares her story in this interview.”
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. email@example.com
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