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 five days.
Each Friday we 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
We enjoyed reading these engaging stories this week, featuring a change of Google's student data privacy policies, a helpful list of programming languages to learn, and an encouraging announcement about new tech training offerings for teachers.
Wall Street Journal: Google Changes Course, Signs Student Data Privacy Pledge
Mashable: 15 Programming Languages You Need to Know in 2015
The Guardian: Tech Titans to Fund Computing Training for Primary Teachers
Davos 2015: World Economic Forum & Education
The annual World Economic Forum held in Davos Switzerland was this week and as expected, leaders from all over the world, weighed in on what they believed would be the future of education.
Bill and Melinda Gates published their annual letter, which coincided with the 15th anniversary of the formation of their organization, underscored the transformative potential of how 'technology will revolutionize education for poor people by 2030.'
Luminaries within the academic community also weighed in with the President of the University of Southern California speaking at the summit and publishing an piece on the WEF blog. He outlined his views on the 'future of education' by emphasizing the priority for continuing education programmes, embracing the formative years of students' lives, and greatly encouraging online technologies to facilitate learning.
However, it wasn't just global leaders expressing their futurist perspectives-- the BBC interviewed philanthropist and entertainer Will.i.am. They posted a video interview showcasing his views on how "new-age education" is imperative for children and schools need to encourage "coding programmes to help fight global inequality." Through his charitable organization, Will.i.am seeks to enhance educational access for all kids worldwide.
We found it interesting to see how the various participants of Davos advocated similar priorities on education, yet it remains to be seen the timeline for executing these imperative, yet complicated, plans.
Times Higher Education shared a detailed infographic showcasing the staff-to-student ratios across the European Union higher education institutions. Sweeden and the UK spent the most per student and offered the most academic staff and support for pupils. Greek universities spent less than 545 Euros per student and there were over 42 students for each academic staff member. The infographic was a succinct representation of the current state of higher education spending and the teaching resources available across the entire EU region.