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Why have you chosen to do what you do? What makes you tick about the education sector?

Every child has special gift to offer the world and that talent needs to be nurtured. Edtech provides the tools to do that. It will continue to grow and help nourish that talent within every kid as personalization grows.

The present system fails. It standardizes children so they grow up as rule followers and memorizers. Some Edtech promotes rote learning but there is much out there now that promotes creativity; we are all excited to work with edtech that promotes creativity and enthusiasm for learning. Edtech is like the golden pencil...it is valuable, fun, and everyone wants it. 

Share with us three predictions on the future of Edtech.

  1. Edtech will grow dramatically in the coming years and teachers will learn to use it to support their teaching, not in place of their teaching. This will happen as more education leaders recognize teacher professional development is the key to effective use of tech.
  2. The use of VR and AR will help engage students more effectively. Teachers will use VR and AR to get their ideas across instead of lecture. The use of technology will help teachers bring more real world examples into the classroom and enable students to work on solving problems within their communities. Academic learning will be supported by project based learning. Edtech will support learning outcomes with evaluation tools that show social emotional skills, not just memorization.
  3. More work environments will use more edtech to train workers and use personalized training and use edtech to change the skills workers have to meet the needs of the industry without firing them.

What technologies do you have the potential to transform the education industry?

Companies like ExplorePlanet3 that uses immersive technologies, gaming, filming and AR to teach science have the potential to transform the way science is being taught in our schools. We lose the interest in science in more than 50% of all students by grade 9. With tools like ExplorePlanet3, all kids will love science. We need more platforms like this in other subject areas.

Adaptive learning will grow and more schools will use it and so will businesses to train employees. Students, teachers and employees will use more VR and simulations to experience the real world. Google Explorations is a good example of what will be coming in education and business training. Real world learning that can be simulated using tech is on the horizon.

 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?

Mobile computing makes the difference. All kids have a phone and schools will finally realize that teaching kids to use those phones is better than banning them.

 Interactive MOOCs could possibly be on the horizon or MOOCs involving social interaction. The reason MOOCS failed is that they typified learning in isolation and no one likes to do that.

Why is it important for all players in the edtech ecosystem to continuously connect, network and learn from each other?

People work most effectively in teams. Creativity happens through interaction with people and ideas. If we want to dramatically grow we need to connect continuously and learn from each other. It should happen more often. It is also important to connect with teachers and students, try ideas out in the real world, not in isolation. Lots of failures can be prevented by letting the targets of the learning, the students, have a say. We need to understand what works and share it.

 When you think about joining EdtechXEurope this year, what are you looking forward to? What makes you excited about our event in London?

It is so exciting to be able to connect with people who have similar interests, see the new products that have been created, see the new data that is available. There is nothing like being with people who are just as excited about edtech as you are. It is great to meet thinkers from all around the world and exchange ideas and contact information. We need to stay in touch...not just during conferences, but during the year using the tools we are hoping the rest of the world will also use. 


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