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Sep 22, 2017

The fifth edition of the ASU GSV Summit Series on The Edtech Podcast. Listen here.

Welcome everyone to this fifth episode from the ASU GSV Summit series on The Edtech Podcast. This week we’re getting into the many-headed beast of educational reform.

Educational reform can mean many things to many people, but essentially focuses on changing public education for the better. For example at the time of recording the interviews for this episode the incoming 11th Educational Secretary in the US, Betsy Devos, was advocating for more choice in school options (an approach rejected by critics for only favouring those who are able to exercise such choice due to economic and social mobility and freedom.)

During her ASU GSV Summit keynote, Devos stated: 

“Our education-delivery method should be as diverse as the kids they serve, instead of our habit of forcing them into a one-size-fits-all model” 
 “Traditional, charter, private, virtual, and other delivery methods not yet developed—would all be treated as viable options as long as they meet the needs of students.”

To a choice audience of educational technology proponents, Devos gave a confident endorsement of edtech - something we are yet to see explicitly from the UK Government - stating:

“I’m pretty confident that we have not yet realized the full range of technology’s power and ability to help students learn’.

She also vowed to cut bureaucracy to unleash these benefits, in other words to:

...'Move the federal government out of the way so you can do your job'

In this episode, we spend time looking at the various efforts of educational reform across the US and how these compare internationally, including focus on literacy, adult education and higher education. How is educational reform co-ordinated across multiple states in the US, how can the tide of adult illiteracy be turned and how can the financial structures of Higher Ed be challenged to increase access? All this and more in our interviews with this week’s guests. You’ll hear from: 

What's in this episode?

Don't forget to also check out the reference links below, for more follow up videos, podcasts and reading on this topic!

Sample Quotes: 

Some programmes, they never sustain, they never catch, because there is no policy basis for their programmes - Lizzette C Gonzalez Reynolds, Vice President of Policy, ExcelinEd 
How do we continue to work with our State leadership? If the policy is going to get in the way, we need to have different conversations - Lizzette C Gonzalez Reynolds, Vice President of Policy, ExcelinEd 
We have a mission of trying to help 11million people who otherwise would not be prepared for knowledge economy jobs -  Heather Hiles, Deputy Director on the Postsecondary Success team, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
There are 36 million Americans that are not at the basic level of reading - Hutton Hinson Higgins | Senior Director, Development & Strategic Alliances Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

References: 

Lizzette Reynolds

Heather Hiles

Hutton Higgins

Like this episode? Check out these related videos and podcasts:

Keynote and Fireside Chat with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos & Jeanne Allen, CEO, The Center for Educational Reform   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW4m61KWdHs 

American Revolution 2.0 How Education Innovation is Going to Revitalize America and Transform the U.S. Economy - download here.

RoboEd: The Who, What, and Why of Personalized Learning with moderator, Michael Moe, Co-Founder + Partner, GSV Asset Management and panelists, Dr. Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University and Jose Ferreira, Founder + CEO, Knewton

https://soundcloud.com/global-silicon-valley/roboed 

Thank you to this week's sponsors:

ASU GSV Summit LogoThe ASU GSV Summit annually brings together the most impactful people from diverse constituencies – entrepreneurs, business leaders, K12 and higher ed leaders, policymakers, leading tech companies, and philanthropists – to create partnerships, explore solutions, and shape the future of learning and talent innovation.

Go to: https://www.asugsvsummit.com/  

 

Qatar Foundation International (QFI), LLC, is a U.S.-based member of Qatar Foundation (QF). QFI operates as both a grant-making organization, and a convener of thought leaders on issues related to global and international education, open education and education technologies as they intersect with the three core QFI programmatic areas: Arabic language and Arab culture, STE{A}M (STEM plus the Arts), and Youth Engagement. 

Go to: http://www.qfi.org/

 

A quick message from our friends at iClassics Education.

iClassics Education is a new program, based on the award-winning iClassics Immersive Reading App Collection, an Indie Start-Up based in Barcelona. Created by a team of Educators, Developers and Designers, it provides a truly unique and high-quality medium to engage students with literature.

The program includes:

·      An Analytics Platform Enabling Teachers to Monitor Student Progress

·      iClassics Specific Teacher Resources for each App

·      Unlimited Access to the ENTIRE iClassics App Collection

·      Maintenance and Updates

For more information on engaging students with literature and to see what they’re up to, visit iclassicscollection.com/en/education/. You can also sign up for a free account at iclassicsedu.com/

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Aug 31, 2017

 

#81 - How can Edtech Drive School Improvement?

A panel discussion run by the British Educational Suppliers Association during London Edtech Week 2016, recorded for The Edtech PodcastListen here.

What's in this episode?

Hello and welcome everyone. From apps that are aspiring to be the Uber of supply teaching, to cutting-edge platforms and assessment tools allowing school data to be analysed in innovative new ways, many EdTech companies are aiming to enhance teaching and learning experiences across the UK and in doing so, transform the way that schools operate – saving them both time and money. As well as playing a unprecedented role in helping to raise standards of attainment; and improving the quality of what is taught and how it is taught.

This week's episode looks at all of these things and the UK's standing in edtech, alongside an increasing attraction to international expansion opportunities. I hope you enjoy! (Plus, don't forget to check out the reference links below, for more guest suggestions and reading on this topic.) 

Included:

Sample quotes: 

We need to drive efficiencies within our schools so we can save money and spend that money on having more teachers in classrooms with our kids, as thats what schools are all about 

Edtech as a term means more to policy makers, incubators than to schools  

There’s a famous saying for those teachers here, y’know, consistency leads to outstanding outcomes 

References: 

Like this episode? Check out these related videos and podcasts:

Thank you to this week's sponsors Unio by Harness and Qatar Foundation International:

Unio is an interactive lesson delivery and assessment platform, designed with teachers to promote excellence in teaching and learning. Based around shared online screens between teachers and students, Unio makes it easy to personalise learning and assess progress at a glance.

Teachers can:

  • Create an interactive lesson by uploading an existing PowerPoint, Word or PDF.
  • Display lessons and live annotations on all student screens.
  • Assess understanding with self-marking quizzes.
  • Take control of any student’s screen to provide targeted feedback which students can access after class.

 Get involved here:

  1. Sign up for a free account on Unio by visiting www.uniobyharness.com
  2. Unio love to hear from teachers or senior leaders in education and welcome you to get in touch via email or Twitter at nihal.salah@uniobyharness.com or @uniobyharness

Qatar Foundation International (QFI), LLC, is a U.S.-based member of Qatar Foundation (QF). QFI operates as both a grant-making organization, and a convener of thought leaders on issues related to global and international education, open education and education technologies as they intersect with the three core QFI programmatic areas: Arabic language and Arab culture, STE{A}M (STEM plus the Arts), and Youth Engagement. 

Go to: http://www.qfi.org/

Messages from The Edtech Podcast:

  • Our website has just launched! You can check it out here.
  • Win a free pass to China's biggest edtech event by listening to this week's episode and answering our competition question!
  • Some interesting jobs out there, including here and here.
  • Applications to host a guest episode of The Edtech Podcast are now open. Find out more here 
  • The 24th Annual Conference of the Association for Learning Technology, taking place 5-7 September 2017, University of Liverpool, UK. More here
  • Have you checked out Innovate Edtech yet? It takes place in November and focuses on learner experience. More here
  • Do you love The Edtech Podcast? Share the love by checking out our Patreon campaign and joining our list of awesome Patrons! 
  • Don't forget to subscribe to The Edtech Podcast on iTunes or Stitcher

Subscribe to The Edtech Podcast: 

Never miss an episode! Subscribe to The Edtech Podcast via iTunes, TuneIN Radio, Stitcher, Pocket Cast and many more. You can also subscribe to The Edtech Podcast weekly for news, events updates and episode links: Sign up to The EdTech Podcast Weekly  🎧  - Latest Episode Links & News 📢 

Sponsorship:

We're placing ads for our second half 2017 schedule. 

Contact theedtechpodcast@gmail.com to find out more

Thank you for your podcast reviews!:

‘I am both a listener and a past interviewee on The Edtech Podcast and I can’t recommend it highly enough: it’s an excellent resource.’

Prof. Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL Knowledge Lab 

Your written iTunes reviews encourage me and they help other people find the podcast. If you appreciate the edtech conversations I share, please write your own review on iTunes or Stitcher!

Feedback:

Add your thoughts and feedback for inclusion in the next episode, by recording a quick VM for free at speakpipe.com/theedtechpodcast and recording a quick comment. You can also tweet to @podcastedtech. 

 

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