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Preparing for 2019 - Startup Digest Education - Issue #38

Hope everyone is having a great 2019 so far! This week's digest covers some great pieces on how we ca
Issue #38  •  January 14  •  view online
Startup Digest Education
Startup Digest Education
The latest news and information about startups and innovations in education.
Hope everyone is having a great 2019 so far! This week’s digest covers some great pieces on how we can further prepare to make edtech success a focus for 2019.

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The school system is unlike any other system in that it is dynamic but slow to change, structured but disconnected, progressive but often skeptical that a new product might complicate its life. That is not to say that schools are not open to technology and tools. The key is to find alignment between the needs of the school system and the problems that entrepreneurs should solve.
Where the problem lies: seeing the school from the outside. For the edtech entrepreneur, it largely is about tech in the schools; however, to the principal, it’s about tech for the school. Let’s see what matters most to the school as we look at the priorities.

We have witnessed greater collaboration among cybercriminals exploiting the underground market, which has allowed them to develop efficiencies in their products. In 2019 this market economy will only expand.
So, what does 2019 have in store when it comes to cyberthreats? Here are three security concerns businesses should turn their attention to quelling in the coming year.
  1. Watch Out for AI Threats
  2. Cloud Security Becomes Paramount to Keep Student Data Safe
  3. Keep an Eye on Voice-Controlled Digital Assistants

As we look ahead to the future in edtech, we see an industry marked by significant change and stubborn challenges. Within this framework, what significant developments might we expect to see emerge over the coming year? While it’s always risky to make predictions, I believe there were several strong trends from 2018 that suggest the shape of things to come in 2019.

Here’s how you can help make edtech a priority at your school according to Ascione:
  1. Show us the edtech funding
  2. Integrate and understand edtech in the classroom
  3. Bring wi-fi to the buses
  4. Focus on closing the Homework Gap

In US, teachers and public education staff, including community-college faculty employees, school psychologists and janitors, are fleeing their jobs in record numbers. Teachers cite puny pay raises, frustration about school budgets and improving prospects elsewhere — thanks to the tighter labor market — as key reasons for their departures. An average 83 per 10,000 public educators quit in the first 10 months of 2018, the highest rate on record. The number is striking because “stability is viewed as a key perk,” and longevity is typically rewarded.   •   Share

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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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