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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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Sep 15, 2017

The fourth edition of the ASU GSV Summit Series on The Edtech Podcast.

Welcome everyone to this fourth episode from the ASU GSV Summit series on The Edtech Podcast. This week we hear about China and Edtech featuring a whole raft of entrepreneurs talking about the internationalisation of Edtech and the part China is playing in investment, innovation and change at a state and consumer level.

Educator looking to navigate online tutoring opportunities? Listen In. International School or University looking to understand how to expand into China? Listen In. Start Up wanting to know how to expand into China and/or what the incubator opportunities are? Listen In. Want to check you know about the Government priority areas in educational innovation? Listen In. Fancy some new book recommendations from some of China's top innovators? Listen In.

Basically, listen in.

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

What's in this episode?

    • Message from this week’s episode sponsors Qatar Foundation International and Class Central
    • Sophie Bailey introduction – latest events, competition winners and news
    • Michael Moe with the GSV Cap. perspective on China and Edtech
    • 1:1 interviews featuring:
    • Joy Chen 陈丁鸿, Executive Advisor, International Business Development, TAL Education Group (at 13 minutes and 21 seconds)
    • Dun Xiao, Co-founder, 17zuoye.com (at 24 minutes and 35 seconds)
    • Cindi Mi, CEO, VIPKid (at 51 minutes and 22 seconds)
    • Yi Wang, CEO, Liulishuo (at 1 hour and 11 minutes)
    • Sophie Chen, Partner, JMDEdu (at 1 hour and 34 minutes)
    • Pei Yu, Head of the Edstars Programme at TAL Education at 1 hour and 38 minutes)
    • Sophie Bailey outro – what’s next in the series?

Sample Quotes: 

US spending on housing is 33%. in Asia, 10%. Family spending on ed in US is 2%. In Asia, 15% - Michael Moe, GSV Cap.
You know, the Chinese Olympic Games had this spirit of 'one world, one dream' and it very much inspired me to set up my next two start ups - Dun Xiao, Co-founder, 17zuoye.com
'I think the Chinese Government has invested $1.7bn in the edtech system, since 2015 alone, but i think the major factor is families' - Cindi Mi, CEO, VIPKid
'We are one of the first in the world that focus entirely on building AI teachers instead of doing online tutoring' - Yi Wang, CEO, Liulishuo
'Nowadays, we are doing lots of investment in early education, STEAM, K-12 learning and International Ed' - Joy Chen 陈丁鸿, Executive Advisor, International Business Development, TAL Education Group
'The top 3 things for edtech expanding into china? Localisation, partners, and patience ' - Sophie Chen, Partner, JMDEdu
'We are definitely finding a trend in extra-curricular learning' - Pei Yu, Head of the Edstars Programme 

References: 

Michael Moe with the GSV Cap. perspective on China and Edtech

Cindi Mi, CEO, VIPKid 

Yi Wang, CEO, Liulishuo

Dun Xiao, Co-founder, 17zuoye.com

Joy Chen 陈丁鸿, Executive Advisor, International Business Development, TAL Education Group 

Sophie Chen, Partner, JMDEdu 

Pei Yu, Head of the Edstars Programme at TAL Education

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

From Silk Road to Silicon Valley with Anthony Chang, CEO, Global Education Learning, Victor He, Deputy CEO, China First Capital Group, Cindy Wenjuan Mi, CEO, VIPKID, Dr. Yachao Liu, Co-Founder and Board Director, TAL Education Group and Rick Levin, CEO, Coursera, former President, Yale University

Riding the China Wave: Understanding Trends and Opportunities in Chinese Education with Sean Cavanagh, Associate Editor, Education Week; Senior Editor, EdWeek Market Brief, Mr. Bill Boyu NING, Partner, Blue Elephant Capital, Mr. John Ying Wu, Head of Investments, TAL Education Group and Mr. Yi WANG, Co-Founder and CEO, Liulishuo

China's Edtech and Its Impact on the Future of Education with Julia Rosen, Managing Director, Global Launch; Executive Director, Thunderbird Academy; Office of the University Provost, Arizona State University with Cindy Wenjuan Mi, Founder & CEO, VIPKID, Dun Xiao, Co-Founder, 17zuoye, Greg Ferenbach, Special Counsel, Cooley LLP and Scott Altschuler, Academic Partnerships, Vice President, University Partnerships

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 Class Central. Its been more than half a decade since free online courses from Stanford kicked off the modern-MOOC or massive online open courses movement. Since then more than 700 universities around the world have launched MOOCS, and more than 60 million people have taken at least one course. Class Central has been keeping track of the MOOC space right from the beginning. Over 10 million learners have used Class Central to find and review online courses. As the #1 search engine for online courses, Class Central provides a comprehensive listing of more than 8000 MOOCs. Class Central’s MOOC Report blog contains the most comprehensive coverage of the industry, including a recent listing of the top 50 MOOCs of all time. To find out what’s up, down, new or just slightly left field in the world of online courses, head to www.class-central.com/report/

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  • Our website has just launched! You can check it out here 
  • 10 tickets for listeners available for GET, China at 40% discount using the code 40OffSuperVIP redeem here  
  • Applications to host a guest episode of The Edtech Podcast are now open. Find out 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!
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We're placing ads for our second half 2017 schedule. 

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Sep 10, 2017

#82 - On Efficacy and Impact in Edtech

The third part of the ASU GSV Summit Series on The Edtech Podcast. Listen here.

Welcome everyone to this third episode from the ASU GSV Summit series on The Edtech Podcast. This week we hear about efficacy and impact touching upon evidence-based education, why you shouldn't attempt to be a researcher, and why accreditation isn't the answer in the complicated world of education! 

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

What's in this episode?

Sample quotes: 

Rather than saying let’s do it like this because Vgotsky said so in the 1920s, let’s look at what is the alternative 
Very very infrequently is the efficacy and impact judged in advance of major policy decisions
We want to make it more likely that the edtech products that reach our classrooms will have the best impact, not just the best marketing claims 

References: 

Bart Epstein - Jefferson Education Accelerator

Tom Bennett - ResearchED

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

Solving Higher Ed's complex problems with Bart Epstein, Founding CEO, Jefferson Education Accelerator and Research Associate Professor at the University of Virginia and company...

 

Under 30 Conversation: Dorm Room Founders On Impact And Reform with Caroline Howard, Editor, Forbes with Jacob Allen, Founder-CEO, pilotEd Schools (30 Under 30 2017), Alexis Morin, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Students for Education Reform (30 Under30 2013) and Joe Vasquez, Co-Director, Runway Incubator; Co-Founder, Michelson Runway EdTech Accelerator (30 Under 30 2017):

 

Solving K-12’s most complex issues across ed-tech dev, funding, and procurement with Katrina Stevens, Former Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education and Bart Epstein, Founding CEO, Jefferson Education Accelerator and Research Associate Professor at the University of Virginia moderating... 

 

 

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  • Our website has just launched! You can check it out here.
  • Applications to host a guest episode of The Edtech Podcast are now open. Find out more here
  • Have you checked out Innovate Edtech yet? It takes place in November and focuses on learner experience. More here.
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Thank you to this week's sponsors:

The 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/  

 

This episode is brought to you by the Michelson 20MM Foundation. A nonprofit based in Los Angeles, California that supports and invests in leading edge entrepreneurs, technologies, and initiatives with the potential to improve access, affordability, and student success in higher education. In 2016, 20MM launched the Michelson Runway, the world’s first accelerator dedicated to supporting innovations in higher-ed and career training. Both were founded thanks to the generous support of renowned spinal surgeon, Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya. Visit 20mm.org and michelsonrunway.com for more information.

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/

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 - photo in past guests folder

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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