These organizations range from professional associations to foundations to institutes and governmental offices. Some operate only in the United States, others world-wide, but they all have one thing in common: educators of all kind can find support in their professional lives and connect with like-minded individuals
There are 18,429 education startups and companies listed on Angel.co today. Thousands of these edtech startups have received investments in the millions to the tens of millions. Last year, U.S. education technology companies raised $1.45 billion.
In this interview Keith Westman, COO of Otus, a former teacher and middle school principal, talks about the gap between educators and entrepreneurs, Westman’s work at Otus, what Silicon Valley needs to understand about K-12 education, and how edtech companies can thrive.
Governments across the Arab world have been struggling to provide quality education to serve a growing population of students. The stagnation in learning outcomes across the public education system is coupled with weak interest and support for education entrepreneurs across the region.
The Queen Rania Foundation launched an award for education entrepreneurs in 2018. The competition the opportunity to dig deeper into the nascent ecosystem and come back with 3 key lessons:
1: Help startups design for impact.
2: There are abundant opportunities for innovation.
3: The presence of highly centralized school systems might lead to further inequity.
On the back of widespread adoption of app-based services and innovations in consumer-facing technologies, education has slowly started to fall under the B2C umbrella, creating several novel offerings and deploying business models that borrow directly from the consumer products playbook. Even still, education has lagged where other industries have led this change.
The role that tech plays is to support the digital experience by bringing education more in line with other tech-enabled products, so edtech companies should expect to see wider adoption as consumers worldwide grow accustomed to on-demand offerings.
Technology in education has come a long way from then, with third and fourth graders submitting their homework via email, or taking online tests.
School and college students already have access to some form of technology in the form of smartphones and laptops. Still, they can learn how to put these to good use.
Is it enough to just invent technology and infuse it into an existing educational system? Is edtech really working? There are questions that we must seek answers to before blindly exposing students to edtech.
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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