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Farewell Deborah - Startup Digest Education - Issue #27

And now, the time is near. And so we face the final curtain.... After 5 AMAZING years it's time for a
Issue #27  •  October 22  •  view online
Startup Digest Education
Startup Digest Education
The latest news and information about startups and innovations in education.
And now, the time is near. And so we face the final curtain….
After 5 AMAZING years it’s time for all of us on the Startup Digest Education Team and our fantastic community to say farewell to our OG curator Deborah Chang. In her own words:
Dear readers,
I announce the bittersweet news that after 5 years of curating Education Startup Digest, I am leaving the curating team to concentrate on my growing work in education advocacy and collective impact with #NYCEDU.
My favorite part about curating has been collaborating with my fellow education innovation enthusiasts and community builders from around the world. Together, Hrvoje, Aurelio, Jess, Jen, and I have shared countless laughs, supported one another’s endeavors, and learned more than we thought imaginable. Team, I will miss you.
My other favorite part has been getting to know you, our readers. Thank you for the resources you submitted, for the invitations to meet when you made your way to my hometown of New York City, and for the updates on your own entrepreneurial journeys. It was an honor to have supported you.
Finally, the brilliant Education Startup Digest team is now looking for new curators to join. If you’ve been reading Education Startup Digest and want to now take on a leadership role, I encourage you to apply to be a curator at I promise, you won’t regret it.
Cheers and farewell,

We’ll miss you, Deborah!

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We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t. Silence is the residue of fear. It is feeling your flaws gut-wrench guillotine your tongue. It is the air retreating from your chest because it doesn’t feel safe in your lungs. Silence is Rwandan genocide. Silence is Katrina. It is what you hear when there aren’t enough body bags left. It is the sound after the noose is already tied. It is charring. It is chains. It is privilege. It is pain. There is no time to pick your battles when your battles have already picked you.   •   Share

The ability to remember things is not the goal of learning, or at least it shouldn’t be. But we still put memorizing things at the center of the exam process: the regurgitation of facts onto paper or recited before a tribunal. Absurd as it is, this is still the way that a wide range of posts and responsibilities are appointed, as though the ability to remember something were in itself a guarantee of something. Of course there is considerable resistance to change, in large part because those in power got where they are in this way.

In terms of scientific proof, there is none that supports the idea that people have different learning styles. However, Willingham asserts that “Learning style theories ignore the fact that one mental strategy may be much better suited than another to a particular task.”
Here are his key learnings:
  1. Instead of trying to transform a task to match your style, transform your thinking to match the task.
  2. Don’t let your purported style be a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure or an excuse for resignation.
  3. We are not constrained by our learning style. Any type of learning is open to any of us.

According to a study by the Family, Kids and Youth research group:
  • 69% of secondary schools are using tablet devices
  • 9% of these have a tablet device for every pupil
  • 45% are looking to introduce tablet devices soon
In 2014, it was reported that there were 430,000 tablets in education establishments and this figure was expected to rise to over 900,000 by 2016.
According to Sir Anthony Seldon, AI will develop enough in the next decade to cause a huge change in the method of teaching we use. Although teachers will still have a job in the classroom, they will act as assistants only while letting the AI device teach the lesson.

Want to be the next Education Startup Digest curator? - Application due November 16rd, 2018.
We are expanding our curator team to include people from more regions, specifically Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
If you love reading education innovation news, writing, and sharing, please apply.
We’re so excited about the applications that have already come in and we also want to make sure that you don’t miss your chance!

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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
jen.chin jen.chin
Jessica Falkenthal Jessica Falkenthal - Education Community & Growth Strategist
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