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Humans first. Too much tech in education. Is edtech clashing education or improving it? In this digest, you will find a good number of articles on the topic and, of course, some about investing in edtech.
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The edtech strategy must ultimately be about leading and enabling. In an age of technological transformation, how do we lead with the human at the heart? How can technology contribute to an enabling and empowering educational experience? What we have in front of us is the potential to thoughtfully deploy so many elements of the 4IR in schools, colleges and universities, to increase efficiency, include and positively assist all, staff and learners alike.
According to Staff “The question of whether edtech companies are complementing and improving the education system, or clashing with it, is relevant, but certainly not a deal-breaker in the Nordics.” He even believes that “As ever, the Nordics are likely to lead the way in demonstrating to the rest of the world how this can be achieved.”
Only time will tell, but in the meantime, Staff points out several edtech businesses who are on the right track.
Across the globe there is a growing consensus that education demands radical transformation if we want all citizens to become future-ready in the face of a more digitally enabled, uncertain and fast changing world. Education has the potential to be the greatest enabler of preparing everyone, young and old, for the future, yet supporting learning too often remains an issue for schools alone.
In this report they explore the potential of learning ecosystems: first through a rapid review of recent writing by leading authors, and next, through nine case studies of initiatives at various stages of maturity.
Crowdinvesting platforms offer one of the newest ways for companies to raise funds directly from individuals instead of institutions. More than $200 million has been invested in companies through such platforms. According to the article, at least 15 education companies have tried one of these popular platforms, some of which raised more than $1 million.
Experts from Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and other companies are bringing their skills to teaching—and reaching students far from the the tech giants’ home turf. TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools), a free program run by Microsoft Philanthropies trains tech industry employees to teach computer science lessons in partnership with classroom teachers. Through live streaming classes taught by industry experts TEALS addresses one of the largest barriers school leaders cite to being able to teach computer science: finding experienced teachers.
Edtech solutions have been a boom for teachers and students alike. However, when they permeate every minute of the day, it’s time to reduce our reliance on technology.
This article discusses some characteristics of edtech-rich classrooms and offers suggestions on avoiding excessive edtech engagement and taking control of class time, not letting technology permeate every aspect of instruction.
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