The latest news and information about startups and innovations in education.
Happy Summer! We bring to you this week a variety of topics featuring ed tech research, blockchain, data, and as always, an important question to answer: how much benefit is Ed Tech bringing to our kids?
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The U.K. Department for International Development announced the launch of an EdTech Hub, bringing together experts from around the world to work on ways to harness the potential of education technology to improve learning outcomes in low-income countries.
After urging ed-tech vendors and districts to sign pledges to support data “interoperability,” the advocacy group, Project Unicorn, is taking it up a notch and asking entire states to make a similar commitment. States signing the commitment agree to act as champions for interoperability in a variety of ways. One is that they’ll try to build support for best practices across different state agencies, not just those focused on education. In addition, states that sign are also asked to collaborate with districts and schools on their interoperability efforts, and establish a data governance structure that encourages interoperability.
According to Techcrunch, global investors invested $8.15 billion in Edtech companies in the first ten months of 2017. You would think that with so much money invested, Edtech would have proven itself by now. Yet, many Edtech startups fail and schools and educators hesitate to take the plunge. The thing is, educators are not entirely convinced about Edtech. On top of that, they are not being adequately consulted on it. This disconnect is one of the many reasons why we haven’t yet seen Edtech reach its full potential.
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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