For Investors, the Future of Education Technology is now the Workplace

For investors, the future of education technology is now the workplace plus four more stories of the day.

by / April 19, 2018 0

1. For investors, the future of education technology is now the workplace.  After several years of waiting for the K-12 market to grow faster, and a couple of years getting schooled in higher education, education technology investors seem to have decided edtech’s future is the workplace. At least that’s the sense of what has become the largest industry-facing edtech conference, ASU+GSV Summit.

2. Meltdown: why our higher ed tech systems fail and what we can do about it. The authors of Meltdown step through a range of systems, technical, and organizational failures in order to draw some unified conclusions about calamities. Examples range from fatal subway crashes to airline disasters (both now exceedingly rare), to company failures such as Enron.

3. The classroom of tomorrow takes its cues from tech startup. The Creativity, Innovation & Research Center at Haine Elementary/Middle School was once a library. Today, it has more in common with a Silicon Valley startup incubator. On the polished-concrete floor, children huddle around laptops, play with educational robots and craft “Shark Tank”-style pitches for inventions they’ve dreamed up.

4. Introducing infotech in early years of education. While conventional literacy rates have risen over the years and reached 74.04%, lower enrollment of girls, high rates of drop out, low retention of knowledge and poor attendance of teachers are still some problems that the education sector faces in India. Access to information and communication technology (ICT) in the early years of a child’s education can tackle these problems. ICT not only enables them to access information online but also brings socio-economic and cultural benefits, thereby potentially enabling them to break from the cycle of poverty that their families have been trapped in.

5. Report: 7 in 10 attempted data breaches on education are financially motivated. One in five attacks on educational institution were motivated by espionage, often targeting sensitive research, and 11 percent of attacks are "just for fun," according to the report. This year's report looked at more than 53,000 incidents and 2,300 data breaches from 5 countries. For the purposes of the report, an "incident" is defined as, "A security event that compromises the integrity, confidentiality or availability of an information asset," whereas a data breach is, "An incident that results in the confirmed disclosure — not just potential exposure — of data to an unauthorized party."

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Susan Gentz Contributing Writer
Susan is passionate about transforming education for every student and works on content for the Center for Digital Education. She loves policy, running and biking, and is a proud Iowa native.