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
The Telegraph: Using iPads to pacify children may harm their development, say scientists
Fast Company: Google's Secret Weapon in the Battle for the Internet of Things: Academia
Mother Jones: We Can Code It! Why computer literacy is key to winning the 21st century
TES Global: Under New Leadership
This week, TES Global announced that current Chief Operations Officer, Rob Grimshaw, would replace Louise Rogers as CEO. Louise will remain with TES but transition to being the Chairman of the Board. TES Global has over 7 million members in its network and provides 800,000 teaching resources as well.
Rob only recently joined TES, in November 2014, from the Financial Times where he was instrumental in encouraging the adoption of a digital subscription model for FT.com. According to EDUKWEST, Rob's efforts led to the addition of 455,000 digital subscribers; generating two-thirds of FT's revenue.
We are also honoured that Rob will be joining EdTech Europe at SXSWedu during our panel discussion entitled 'European EdTech: Industry Leaders Share Lessons Learnt.' He will be joined by SVP of Discovery Communications, Kelli Campbell; Charles McIntyre the CEO of IBIS Capital, with the panel being moderated by the Co-Founder of EdTech Europe, Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet.
21st Century Pope
Pope Francis showed off his developing digital connectivity skills and engaged virtually with viewers worldwide by hosting a Google Hangout session. He was joined remotely by children from Brazil, India, Spain and the United States to discuss Scholas.Labs, which advocates the use of technology to solve education problems.
Pope Francis was quick to admit that he 'was a dinosaur when it came to technology,' but the 40 minute Google Hangout demonstrated that even the Pope embraced and encouraged technology programmes to encourage digital literacy.
We're so happy to see such a high profile, global figure advocating the importance of technology within learning environments.