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Can computers grade history essays?
What is going on with EdTech in Ethiopia?
What are some tips for starting your own EdTech company?
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As humans, we’re often remarkably bad at regulating our own learning. We ignore research-backed strategies for effective learning like varying our study environments or interleaving topics because they often appear to slow the rate of learning in the short-run. What’s more, our schools are in the practice of testing knowledge, as opposed to testing whether we have the skills to learn, even though learning how to learn is more important than ever. Read this paper to understand what makes a good learner and how we might encourage good learning skills in our students and in ourselves.
“A well-cultivated brand sets you apart from others operating in the same space, allowing real people to identify with you and encouraging them to interact with you directly. Build your brand with some of these tips:
1. Establishing a unique and consistent voice.
2. Broadcasting a clear message about your mission and your company culture.
3. Using the same kind of storytelling techniques you apply to your marketing strategy.
4. Including your audience’s voice in the conversation to boost brand advocacy.
5. Occupying the same space as your talent pool and catering your efforts to the kind of high-quality edtech job seekers you want to employ.”
“Ethiopia’s government has become serious about investing in education. It doubled its budgetary allocation to the sector between 2000-13. It has one of the highest student enrollment rates in Africa. Students enrolled grew from 3-18 million within 1996-2015.
One of the challenges is a lack of quality teachers. The worst performing students are admitted into the country’s teachers colleges.
Success will depend on leveraging the portability of mobile devices to deliver educational content to those with little access to the internet and the survival of technology hubs and incubators and increased support from the government.”
“Software developers believe that the technology behind automated AI scoring programs is good enough to deploy in schools and help grade student essays.
One expert "says computers ‘learn’ what’s considered good writing by analyzing essays graded by humans. Then, the automated programs score essays themselves by scanning for those same features.”
Several states already use automated grading on their standardized tests, but many teachers are unconvinced. Critics also worry it will change the way teachers teach. The technology may be “demonstrating proficiency”, but experts say, it’s still got plenty of “room for improvement.”
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