Everyday, we read and share via social media a range of stories from a variety of international sources about education technology. As the week comes to a close, we compile a few of our favourite articles as a basis to summarize the themes, trends and notable EdTech events from the past seven days. Every Friday we will publish a variation of this recurrent post to showcase what we're reading, things that inspire us and other findings we have recently discovered about the EdTech industry.
3 Interesting Editorials:
The EdTech community is filled with individuals who express their diverse set of perspectives on various online news outlets. This week, we enjoyed reading:
Huffington Post: 2015 Educational Technology Forecast: Increasingly Cloudy Skies
EdSurge: How Asia is Emerging as the World's EdTech Laboratory
Forbes: Duolingo For Schools is Free, And it May Change the EdTech Market
Notable Government Efforts:
This week, France and the United States announced promising plans to advance education technologies in the classrooms, offering new devices and funding for their students:
France: EDUKWEST Europe reported that the French president Francois Holland declared in a televised speech that by the beginning of the 2016 school year, all 45,000 middle school students in France will be using a tablet in the classroom. These digital devices will be developed and manufactured exclusively in France and will incorporate either a Windows or Android operating system.
United States: Continuing with the excitement from Computer Science Education Week in December, President Obama announced this week new efforts to encourage computer science in U.S. schools. The White House press office posted a Fact Sheet listing the four key computer science education commitments, ranging from pledges from over 60 school districts to offer courses to over '$20 million in philanthropic contributions to train 10,000 teachers by fall 2015.'
Resources We Love:
TheNextWeb published a summary of an extremely helpful tool called StartupBlink that compiles all the startups, influencers, accelerators, co-working spaces and job opportunities worldwide. The site is a dynamic map that is frequently updated and aggregates data into a collaborative, community driven online resource.
One of our favourite academics and philanthropists, David Sengeh, is involved in a range of EdTech endeavours to help enable future leaders worldwide. One of his projects, Global Minimum, strives to 'empower locals who wish to create and implement their own solutions to the issues they understand.' We were incredibly inspired by the videos posted on the project's YouTube channel, especially the one about 15 year old Kelvin Doe who with the help of the MIT Media lab continues to create amazing technology inventions in his native Sierra Leone.