The latest news and information about startups and innovations in education.
This week’s digest casts light on the edtech sector growth.
Learn about the edtech tools at the service of English language learners and their families. Read about the increased UK government’s attention and support for the edtech industry and the record year 2019 has been for the U.S. market when it comes to VC investment in edtech.
Facing this success, how early we should start teaching programming to kids?
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As the number of English language learners in today’s classrooms continues to grow, educators must consider new ways to facilitate their learning. English language learners, or ELLs, are the fastest-growing group of K–12 students in U.S. public schools. They currently make up 10 percent of the total public school enrollment, according to research by the National Center for Education Statistics. By 2025, that percentage is expected to rise to 25 percent, making nearly 1 in 4 public school students an ELL.
Federal law requires schools to ensure ELL students can “participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs,” which also involves successfully communicating with their students’ parents in a language they can understand. Thankfully, there are tools such as Microsoft Translator for Education and Flipgrid that can help educators bridge the language gap.
The United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Universities, speaking at the 2020 Bett Show edtech conference, stressed the importance of edtech to the UK. In particular, he noted the value of edtech as the UK pursues opportunities for global collaboration with edtech providers. He also highlighted the fact that University College London has a mentoring program for edtech startups, which has assisted hundreds of companies and which will be franchised to universities around the world beginning in 2020.
Drawing on both personal and professional experiences, this opinion gives food for thought about the “why?” of edtech. Should we prepare the future generation as soon as possible to excel at programming languages for the market demand? Is it the best thing to do in order to help them succeed later on in life?
Despite being a highly requested skill, rather than literally teaching coding to children, the author suggests simple steps to help toddlers develop their abilities for later programming careers:
- teaching them independence and ethics,
- teaching them to collaborate and to learn from the others, and
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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