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Startup Digest Education - Issue #81

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Issue #81  •  December 9  •  view online
Startup Digest Education
Startup Digest Education
The latest news and information about startups and innovations in education.
Gear up for some great reads from this week with some of our favourites below including a list of top startups to watch in Europe and how some envision the education gap being closed with the help of technology.

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“Building solutions to produce better teachers in Nigeria is a tough one. This is due to factors ranging from digital literacy to smartphone and Internet access to regulations. With limited investments, edtech startups in the country are then forced to provide solutions for consumers who have little barrier to entry — students.
There is the opportunity to develop edtech solutions for teachers to support the sector but it first requires a more enabling environment.”

As Duolingo hits unicorn status, we track down some of Europe’s brightest edtech startups, from VR surgery simulations to cyber-security games.   •   Share

According to Brown and Agarwal, “students in the United States and around the world are struggling to get an education that prepares them for a rapidly changing workplace.” To close the gap, they believe technology is the answer and cite examples such as MOOCs, bootcamp education, and post-college online micro-credential programs. They believe that “Policymakers should see the growing skills gap as an urgent threat to social and political stability, as well as to economic growth.”

In addition to providing new options for educators, education technology, and online learning in particular, can lower the cost of education as well as making it accessible to a larger number of learners. In addition, by implementing machine learning and AI, online education has the benefit of allowing for personalized learning so that students can learn at their own pace and receive the instructional attention they need to thrive.

The newest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, assessing the education system of 79 countries, reveals uneven progress in its quest to find the unicorn education system to follow. Indeed, while education spending per student in OCDE countries has increased, results in reading, maths and science skills have stagnated or deteriorated. On the other hand, countries like Singapore or China have seen robust improvements. A major issue raised by this year’s report is the lack of political consideration to evidence such as prioritizing teachers’ education.

“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand” is a Chinese saying that speaks to the wisdom and hope educators have about how revolutionary learning with VR can be, thanks to its power to facilitate experiential learning, and it’s an approach that immersive technology solutions experts and researchers have used as well.
If the reality of VR’s pedagogical potential still seems far-fetched, consider this: VR headsets allow students to walk alongside dinosaurs or study the flora and fauna of rainforests by virtually trekking through them. Students can even dissect frogs without using a scalpel. And VR exercise games are getting sedentary students moving in physical education classes.

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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