What makes you tick about the education sector?
Digital represents only 2.5% of the total education market. Education is undergoing a (too) slow digital transition. We need to accelerate it because digital education is the oil of the knowledge economy!
Share three predictions on the future of EdTech
- Emerging markets to be the promised land of edtech because of their combined “digital supremacy” (60% of the global digital population) and “youth supremacy” (90% of the < 30 year old global population)
- The rise of nanodegrees
- International schools to be the fastest adopters of edtech solutions in the K12 segment
What technologies do you believe have the potential to transform the education industry?
As AI-integrated technologies continue to emerge, researchers and developers need to harness the unique strengths associated with humans and technology. A key trend in 2017 will be the exploration of ‘cyborg learning’ – how to couple emotional intelligence with the vast computational abilities of AI. In order to better prepare a ‘future-ready’ generation, we need to leverage the full potential of AI to focus on how we learn, opposed to what we learn.
Technologies powered by neuroscience have the potential to significantly change the way edtech helps students learn. Knowledge and skills depreciate much faster as a consequence of the rise of artificial intelligence, technology and robotics at unprecedented speed across all the sectors of the economy. And so the future of education and training is not about what we learn but about HOW we learn. That is why learning sciences and neuro-education have huge potential.
As we are celebrating out 5th anniversary of EdTechXEurope, we are looking at the key trends over the past 5 years in edtech. What would you say have been the key areas of change that are impacting edtech today? Anything unexpected that surprised you? Trends that were overhyped and never met their expected potential?
The rise of China in the edtech ecosystem. Today China continues to dominate the Asian education market and represent 30% of the global venture investment made in edtech. China will be soon the next education giant, producing more education unicorns than any other country!
Why is it important for all players in the edtech ecosystem to continuously connect, network and learn from each other?
Because innovation and capital travel faster in a well connected ecosystem. Technology accelerates the globalisation of education brands, content, learners, curricula, teaching methodologies, degrees and beyond.
When you think about joining EdTechXEurope this year, what are you looking forward to? What makes you excited about our event in London?
Innovation in education requires collaboration and community-led approaches. It’s exciting to see EdtechXEurope grow into a week-long celebration – London Edtech Week. We are partnering with BESA, EdTech Exchange, EdTech Podcast, Emerge Education, Google for Education, Nesta, TES Global, UCL and UK Education Weekly to further enhance the learning and networking opportunities for over 6000+ attendees. We want everyone to feel inspired and empowered by the most innovative and finest minds of the global edtech ecosystem.