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
Times Higher Education: 6 key trends accelerating technology adoption in higher education in 2015
Fast Company: The Layman's Guide to Virtual Reality
Time: Why Chevron is Helping Fund STEM Education
Parents and the EdTech Revolution
This week, WIRED Magazine published an interesting perspective about whether parents were to blame for slow adoption of technology within schools. The story was written by WIRED's editor-at-large, Jason Tanz, who is a parent himself and frequently composes articles about how innovative tech can greatly improve education.
Tanz detailed how while his child was attending a San Francisco school, countless parents stymied the incorporation of new EdTech products; citing expressed concerns over potential data privacy issues and unawareness of the true effects associated with the technology. In particular, other parents referenced the InBloom non-profit as the example that showcased the dangers of collecting data, yet Tanz quickly refutes this aptly stating, 'To this day, many ed-tech enthusiasts see InBloom as a cautionary tale of parental hysteria run amok—a sign of how unaddressed fears can sink even the most benevolent efforts.'
The article is a great read to gain the view of a tech-savy parent who presents a well-researched, sound argument advocating for increased EdTech products and solutions within schools.
Digital Single Market Survey
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