The latest news and information about startups and innovations in education.
Travel to India, the UK, in the VR/AR dimension and of course in a classroom with fresh edtech insights.
Echoing last week’s digest, our curated resources also underline the importance of a human-centred approach when it comes to innovation and technology in education.
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The UK Government has recently doubled down on its commitment to using technology to support education, this took the form of a new EdTech Innovation Fund, which is run by Nesta on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE). This fund is designed to boost the development of technology that can help schools provide better education and assist students and teachers. The competition is not open to individuals, but charities, schools, or companies can all apply (or perhaps ideally, partnerships including all three).
Despite hosting several bright students, smaller Indian cities and towns lack infrastructure and quality education providers.
Indian metro cities are already familiar with edtech startups with the likes of UpGrad and BYJU’s. According to a report by KPMG and Google, the Indian edtech market is pegged to touch $1.96 billion by 2021.
However, the need for innovative edtech solutions is far greater in Tier II and III markets. YourStory takes a closer look at startups taking advantage of this nascent rural market that still lacks quality education avenues.
According to a new forecast, augmented and virtual reality will see massive growth in the next five years, reaching nearly 10 times the scale of what’s expected for this year, driven in large part by both K–12 and post-secondary education.
Weston Kieschnick, an American educator, discusses the position of teachers in the current innovative classroom environment, the necessity to change mindsets about ‘old’ and ‘new’ things as well as decision making under excitement.
In his opinion, the school system is not broken. The reliable 85% graduation rate in 2017 in the US proves it. “We have to make sure that within the space of innovation we are not embracing this culture of ‘or’, where we decide we are either about old school practices or new school practices. We have to embrace a culture of ‘and’.”
Recent surveys have repeatedly found that employers want college graduates with strong soft skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration. In this article, some students with technical backgrounds share their experiences in the arts and the importance of soft skills as key to setting them up for success in their respective fields.
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