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Startup Digest Education - Issue #57 - Chinese Edtech, Machine Learning, and Attracting Top Talent

Hi All, Sorry this digest is a bit late, but we have a bunch of really insightful resources this wee
Issue #57  •  June 5  •  view online
Startup Digest Education
Startup Digest Education
The latest news and information about startups and innovations in education.
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Today, edtech tools are ubiquitous, and the rise of personal devices and anytime, anywhere access have changed how we consume and create. The Common Sense Census: Inside the 21st-Century Classroom looks at how K-12 educators have adapted to these critical shifts in schools and society.
From the benefits of teaching lifelong digital citizenship skills to the challenges of preparing students to critically evaluate online information, Educators surveyed in the report share their perspectives on what it’s like to teach in a digital classroom and in the fast-changing digital world beyond.

Education investments showed modest growth in the first quarter of 2019, even as venture investing in China in all other sectors dropped sharply. Within the Chinese education sector, three sectors saw a concentration of investments:
  1. competency-based education
  2. language learning
  3. education “informazation.“- a broad idea outlined by the Chinese government that aims to establish one big internet and education platform.
Teaching kids to code is a rising trend. Three of the biggest recent deals have gone to support companies teaching students to code. 

As students are increasingly connected through their phones and online, technology is adapting to help parents and schools monitor potentially dangerous situations that could happen to students in and outside of the classroom, from others and from themselves too.
Through social media and text messaging monitoring - respectful of students’ privacy -, AI systems alert parents or schools. This machine learning technology also acts as a resource to guide the latter with the steps to take in order to address the threats arising and help keep schools safe for every student.   •   Share

Employers are increasingly turning to online education platforms to help upskill their own employees and to find new hires. A tight labor market for high-tech talents, amplified by the concern that current skills may soon be made redundant as technology evolves, has driven corporations to partner with online education providers. In terms of revenue, corporate learners are now generating the biggest chunk of revenue for MOOCs, more than undergraduate, graduate and high school students.

As edtech grows in popularity, so too does competition for top talent. Reiners has created a comprehensive guide on what companies who want to thrive in this new competitive landscape need to know including:
  • Edtech Industry Breakdown
  • The Most In-Demand Roles in Edtech
  • 9 Edtech Companies Recruitment Examples   •   Share

3D printing will be ingrained across industries, which makes it essential to teach students the proper skills before they graduate.
Students may not be familiar with how and when to use 3D printing to solve problem sets. To prepare them, professors need to teach students to use a wide variety of machinery, ranging from the consumer-grade printers they knew in high school to the complex devices used in in modern-day manufacturing.
The field is brimming with potential for universities. Departments that take advantage of this trend will find themselves and their organizations well-positioned for innovation and growth.

Techstars Startup Digest Startup Digest Education is curated by:
Hrvoje Morić Hrvoje Morić - Teacher, Podcaster
Jemma Israyelyan Jemma Israyelyan - Director at CEED
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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