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Check out this collection of conferences, summits and convenings, a healthy mix of education events catering to K-12, higher ed and business audiences. There are gatherings as close as Canada and as far off as Malaysia, South Africa and Australia.
Across the UK and beyond, increased use of technology requires a variety of spaces wherein educators can teach their students most effectively or students can learn by themselves in private, often outside teaching hours.
The physical educational environment has been transformed almost beyond recognition through the introduction of technology. Classrooms with rows of desks have given way to sofas, breakout spaces, outdoor learning and virtual reality. Children and students can learn anywhere at any time. Schools and universities will need to meet the expectations of present and future generations, meaning learning spaces will continue to evolve.
Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft pour millions into K-12 through philanthropies. Microsoft and Google create products just for schools—and give them away for free. All four spearhead efforts to expand computer science courses, teach kids to code, or join the engineering profession. Some enlist educators to serve as representatives and sounding boards for the companies.
Our recent, nationally representative survey found that 60% of teachers think Big Tech has too much influence in K-12 schools. But is that influence really all negative, and all driven by profit motives, as some critics of Big Tech suggest?
Colleges and universities are beginning to install smart speakers across campus, including in student dorm rooms. While the hope is that these devices, often augmented with AI chatbots, will enhance the student experience, increase student success, and reduce dropout rates, there is cause for concern, and it is difficult to predict what unintended negative effects might be.
The number of edtech startups in the UK is growing all the time. Global spend on education is $6tn, growing at 7% annually, and the global educational technology sector is projected to grow to £128bn by 2020, according to the Education Foundation. There’s no shortage of ideas or talent in the edtech world but one of the biggest challenges they face is breaking into the education sector. In this article, successful companies share their tips on how to break through.
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. email@example.com
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