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This article presents the main findings of research about how decisions are taken by many higher ed institutions when it comes to selecting new ed-tech tools. As a surprise, some of the reasons on which tech adoption is based often rely on weak evidence that new technology is beneficial to student learning.
Boston’s public school system is using an MIT algorithm, which uses data from Google Maps, to calculate its bus routes. The algorithm completed its work in much less time than humans had in the past, and resulted in savings of millions of dollars, as well as increased efficiency.
There are over 132,000 school communities in the USA. Many have innovative programs, but few have redesigned the core of school in a meaningful sense or in ways that meet the needs of diverse learners and a shifting economy. Billions of dollars have been spent on edtech by these same communities. These investments have served to reinforce the status quo. There may be an alternative. Today’s edtech market is fragmented. Purchasing decisions happen at all levels from districts to schools to individual classrooms to parents. How might we escape this vicious fragmentation? How can edtech catalyze and accelerate a redesign of school itself?
Even if you know everything about the lean startup methodology, there’s one tool you must have in your kit: innovation accounting. This strategy allows you to measure the quality and effectiveness of your edtech upheaval. Without innovation accounting, you’re not measuring your progress the way you should be. For several reasons, innovation can be one of the most difficult initiatives to measure, and it can lead to guessing wildly.
This is the first of a series of articles to share insights based on the following questions: - Why some teachers are afraid of technology - Best advice for entrepreneurs who want to go into education technology - What catches a teacher’s eye for a prospective product One of the many tips for entrepreneurs: If you’re going to sell your product, market directly to the consumers about their current needs, not about the future ones.
GoGuardian conducted a field research study with over 350 educators and students across the country to better understand and define student engagement to answer these two main questions: 1. What are the emotions, behaviors, and cognitive habits that occur when students are engaged, or disengaged, in a learning experience? 2. What are the factors that contribute to an engaging learning experience?
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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